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Treating a cellphone addiction: Can we crowdsource more solutions?

A few weeks ago I wrote an article in the Toronto Star on reducing cellphone addiction. I shared how I was addicted to this tiny little rectangle glued to my leg and a few ways I’m combating the disease. Well, that article ended up getting more responses than any article I have written for The […]

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Grounding — walking on grass barefoot — has health benefits, research says

By Carrie DennettThe Washington Post Mon., July 16, 2018 It is no secret that spending time in nature is good for you. For years, researchers have been detailing how people who live near green spaces — parks, greenbelts, tree-lined streets, rural landscapes — have better physical and mental health, and practices such as Japanese forest […]

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David Sedaris, Carrie Fisher among summer’s stimulating beach reads

By Neil Pasricha Special to the Star Mon., July 9, 2018 Does your brain turn off in the summer? Mine doesn’t. Yours doesn’t. Everybody’s doesn’t. Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue, Random House, 400 pages, $37.  (Random House) The late actress Carrie Fisher published a riveting memoir called Wishful Drinking.  (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press file photo) […]

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Swimming pools, hot tubs more likely than lakes to make you sick: Studies

Taking a cool, refreshing dip in a lake or swimming pool is one of summer’s enjoyments and sometimes a necessary escape from the stifling heat. But two recent federal health studies found that some waters are better than others, at least when it comes to avoiding water-borne illnesses. Of 633 outbreaks nationwide caused by bacteria, […]

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1,000s of Canadian breast cancer patients will reap reward of no-chemo study: experts

When Lisa Freedman was diagnosed with breast cancer, a genetic test of her tumour suggested chemotherapy would have no effect on the risk of recurrence, allowing her to safely skip the treatment and its dreaded side-effects. “When the test came back, it showed that I would have a 13 per cent chance of recurrence if […]

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The unknown, debilitating stroke side effect many doctors don’t recognize

By Dr. Chris BouliasSpecial to the Star Mon., June 25, 2018 Imagine your fist is tightly closed and you can’t open it. You can’t release it to open a jar, let alone pick up a pencil. Now imagine living with this condition for months or even years. This is spasticity. Spasticity is a tightening of […]

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Exercise should work out the brain and the body

By Prof. Darlene ReidSpecial to the Star Mon., June 18, 2018 Research shows Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease — or COPD — can affect more than your ability to breathe. It can also affect your ability to multi-task. COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, develops over time and leads to shortness of breath as a […]

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Why drinking diet pop isn’t the best way to manage weight

By Mayo Clinic News Network Thu., June 14, 2018 Few words carry as much weight as the word “diet.” But, when it comes to drinks, cutting calories with diet soda may not cut the pounds you think it does. Dr. Donald Hensrud, who heads up the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and is the author […]

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Lungs from deceased donors with hepatitis C can be safely transplanted: researchers

Toronto doctors have successfully transplanted lungs from deceased donors with hepatitis C into patients in need of the life-saving organs, followed by treatment to prevent them from becoming infected with the potentially liver-destroying virus. Since October, surgeons at Toronto General Hospital have performed the transplants in 11 patients as part of a pilot study to […]

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Judith Timson: Celebrity envy makes us forget no one is immune to deep personal suffering

Is envy our blind spot when it comes to truly understanding that most people’s lives are at least as fragile as our own? Last week was an extraordinary one, in which two well-known, highly successful people killed themselves in what could be regarded as the prime of their lives. Anthony Bourdain, seen interviewing and having […]