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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 […]