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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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Can breakfast help keep us thin?

NEW YORK — Cereal makers have happily encouraged the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin and bring other benefits, partly by paying for studies that seem to support the idea.

Vitamin C can increase protection from flu

Sir William Osler, one of the world’s great doctors, suggested a treatment for the common cold. He said, “Hang your hat on the bedpost, go to bed, start sipping whisky, and stop when you see two hats.” He was stressing, humorously, there wasn’t any sure treatment for the common cold. Now, during the flu season, I’m often asked if I get a flu shot.

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Flu cases on rise: Experts

TORONTO — The number of cases of influenza, as well as hospitalizations and deaths due to the viral respiratory illness, continue to escalate in Canada, and infectious diseases experts say there’s no telling how soon the seasonal scourge will reach its peak and begin to taper off.

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