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The ABC's of constipation

You think constipation isn't important? If so, an article in the American Journal of Gastroenterology suggests you'd better think again. Annually, in the U.S., 700,000 people are seen in hospital emergency wards for this problem. Since 2006 there's been a shocking 42% increase in constipation, costing 1.6 billion dollars. So what's gone wrong, and

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Fidgeting has health benefits

Stop tapping your pencil! my teacher called out. I didn't. And one day he walked up to my desk, threw me to the front of the class, then tossed me out of the classroom. Now, a study at the University of Missouri, shows that fidgeting has health benefits!

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The hottest skin treatment you've never heard of

Micro-needling is the hottest skin treatment that you never heard of. In the last several years, this odd-sounding, at-home treatment has morphed into an effective professional treatment used to reverse wrinkles, acne scars, discoloration and skin laxity.

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The smug satisfaction of being right

This week, a big thanks to Dr. Freddie Hamby, Professor of Surgery at Oxford University, England. Why? Because, for many years I've advised readers, diagnosed with early prostate cancer, to take their time when deciding which treatment is best for them. Some authorities have disagreed with me. Now, I can legitimately say, "I told you so."

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Dying: I don’t want to be there when it happens

Woody Allen, when asked for his opinion about death, replied, “I don’t worry about dying, I just don’t want to be there when it happens!” Unfortunately, Allen will be there and so will the rest of us. This week, why I have a personal interest in the end of life. And what can we all do to provide the best of care to loved ones near death.

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How antioxidants aid in healthy living

Antioxidants are everywhere. Energy drinks, skin treatments, vitamin supplements, and cold remedies, and all extol the virtues of their special combination of health giving ingredients.

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Three things that age the skin

Yes, it is true that some people age better than others. One might look young at 65, while another looks old at 40. To some extent it’s a game of chance. If you pick the right parents your genetic makeup will help you age gracefully, and well. But it isn’t all predetermined.

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9 ways to decrease the risk of heart attack

Every 37 seconds someone dies of a heart attack in North America. But there are several natural remedies to protect the health of our hearts. They’re all available in health food stores and are not associated with the complications of cholesterol-lowering and other prescription drugs. Remember, the first rule of medicine is to do no harm:

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Thank you for being our voice

Last week, I wrote that unless we use Singapore's solution to hang drug pushers, we will never defeat the opioid epidemic in North America. This week, a strong response from readers.

Laurie de Grace, a former University of Alberta student, interviewed 21 people for her research on how elite athletes may be at a higher risk for substance abuse. (Larry Wong)

Sports may be linked to addiction

Athletes who compete at an elite level may be at greater risk of substance abuse, says a University of Alberta researcher. Laurie de Grace, who has interviewed 21 people recovering from addiction, wants to raise awareness about the potential link between athleticism and the use of drugs and alcohol.

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