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Opioid death toll in Canada nearly 4,000 last year, new data show

Opioid death toll in Canada nearly 4,000 last year, new data show

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Nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit, new government figures show. The numbers released Tuesday came as the federal government announced plans to severely restrict the way drug companies market opioids to doctors. The death toll rose to almost 4,000 in…
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WHO declares compulsive video gaming an addictive behaviour disorder
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Suicide 2nd highest cause of death in people aged 15-29

Suicide 2nd highest cause of death in people aged 15-29

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The recent deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have cast a spotlight on a jarring spike in suicides worldwide and on the importance of confronting the issue. More than 800,000 commit suicide annually around the world and suicide is listed as the second highest cause of death among people between…
Chickenpox overview: Myths and realities

Chickenpox overview: Myths and realities

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Few days ago, I managed to catch chickenpox even though I had the vaccine about five years earlier. To make matters worse, I transmitted it to my husband, my sole caretaker in this city of Dhaka, who by the way, had the disease once before! Well, my story ends here. But I believe it debunks…
Health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

A warning and an opportunity

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Independent High-Level Commission has proposed six bold recommendations to accelerate action and tackle the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It poses a stark warning that the Sustainable Development Goal for NCDs — to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by a third by 2030 and promote mental health — will…
Health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is an unpasteurised, organic product with a wide variety of uses. From salad dressings to beauty products, cider vinegar has been used as a traditional medicine for centuries. Some health benefits are mentioned below. Healthy oral hygiene: Using apple cider vinegar as mouthwash provides a variety of benefits. In addition to easing…