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WHO Director-General discusses priorities on traditional, complementary and integrative healthcare with civil society

Civil society organizations highlight the essential role of traditional, complementary and integrative health in addressing global health challenges, and opportunities for its integration into health systems WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and a group of WHO senior officials met with representatives of civil society on 3 July, to discuss their priorities on traditional, complementary

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WHO to declare artificial sweetener aspartame as a possible carcinogen

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the cancer arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), recently indicated that aspartame will likely be declared a “possible carcinogen to humans.” Image Credit: Iryna Imago / Shutterstock.com What is aspartame? After several decades of research on artificial sweeteners (ASW) to reduce obesity and diabetes

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Eating healthy is hard. It’s even harder for people who can barely afford to eat at all

It’s becoming more expensive to eat healthy, and food banks are having trouble keeping up with the demand. (Nicola MacLeod/CBC) Household food insecurity is directly linked to health issues, including heart disease and diabetes. For someone living with a food ailment like celiac disease or diabetes, going to the grocery store is a big expense,

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Lucid-21-302 MS clinical trial doses 1st group of healthy volunteers | FSD Pharma testing safety, tolerability of therapy dubbed Lucid-MS

FSD Pharma has completed dosing in the first group of healthy volunteers enrolled in its Phase 1 clinical trial testing Lucid-21-302, an oral medication candidate for all types of multiple sclerosis (MS). The medication, also known as Lucid-MS, was first given to a sentinel subject — one individual in advance of the first full group

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Collaborating locally is key for progress globally towards health-related SDGs

A new progress report is being jointly released today by the 13 signatory agencies of the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All (SDG3 GAP). The report entitled “What worked? What didn’t? What’s next?” reflects four years of joint work by major multilateral agencies outlining what has and has not worked in

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Supreme Court dismisses BC doctor’s appeal in challenge over access to private health care

Canada’s highest court will not hear an appeal from a Vancouver-based physician who has been challenging the health-care system over access to private care. The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision Thursday ends Dr. Brian Day’s 14-year legal battle to allow patients access to private care when the public system isn’t able to offer timely care.

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‘Dad jokes’ help kids develop into healthy adults: study

A recent study says that despite the embarrassment that “dad jokes” can cause, it might do some kids good in the future. Humor researcher Marc Hye-Knudsen published a study in British Psychological Society’s journal this week argues that “dad jokes” actually have a positive effect on development. “When considered properly, dad jokes are an intricately

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