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Twelve healthy ways to brighten up your fall back-to-work attitude

 

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You should be eating less salt. So how do you actually do that?

Margaret Brum

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

Think you don’t have much salt or sodium in your diet? Well, think again. Most Canadians don’t realize they actually consume enough salt to put them at risk of developing high blood pressure or hypertension, the reigning silent killer of our generation. So how to make sense of Canada’s salt guidelines in daily life?

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You’ve been diagnosed with a serious disease – treating the emotional symptoms is important too

Dr. Gary Rodin

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Receiving the diagnosis of any serious illness is a disturbing event that will eventually occur in the lives of almost all of us. Once called the “emperor of all maladies,” cancer has been associated with particular fear and stigma. It is perhaps fitting then that the global emergence of psychosocial and palliative care came most prominently from the field of oncology.

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Why your teen likely needs more sleep – and how you can help

JUDITH DAVIDSON

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highlights the importance of teenagers’ sleep. Most teens don’t get enough, and this sleep deficit has potential consequences on school performance and may contribute to a range of physical and mental health problems, including risk of car crashes, obesity and depression. The report states that adolescents should get 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep a night, and emphasizes that parents, schools, sports coaches and the teens themselves must recognize this sleep need.

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Seven ways to get your whole family ready for the new school year

Cathy Piedra-McKenzie

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September brings a fresh start with the beginning of a new school year. If your child is going to school for the first time or returning after a summer break, there are plenty of ways to ease the transition. Here are seven tips to get the entire family ready.

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Grocery stores or farmers' markets: Which offer safer food?

Jason Tetro

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

With summer in full swing, many Canadians bypass the four walls of the grocery store and head straight to the open ambience of the fresh air market. There, a plethora of locally grown produce can be found as well as a smorgasbord of select sweets, pastries, condiments and artisan treats. Crowds congregate en masse to find the best of the best in anticipation of what can only be described as gastronomical joy.

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Five ways to ease the family stress of a child with a mental-health challenge

PETER SZATMARI

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Raising a child with a mental-health challenge, an addiction or a developmental disability can be very stressful. Feelings of stress can erupt at any moment; at the grocery store, family gatherings, meetings with teachers. Parents of these children are often faced with comments such as “There is something wrong with that kid,” “You must be an awful parent to cause such lousy behaviour,” and “Why can’t you handle your own children?”

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Pregnancy delayed: Why freezing your eggs is a crummy insurance policy

Dr. Beth Taylor

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Aren’t we all trying to slow, if not stop, the biologic clock? Many of us are doing brain exercises, building muscle at the gym, injecting our lips with fillers, and colouring our hair to cover the grey. Most of these anti-aging behaviours seem to start in our 40s, around the time we realize that 40 really isn’t the new 30.

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Pumped-up or stripped-down: Which is the best shoe for running?

Justin Vanderleest

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For many runners, the perfect pair of shoes can be critical for optimal performance and injury prevention. But there are seemingly endless footwear options. The most popular shoes these days are unrecognizable from their predecessors, some little more than slippers, having shed much of the support that characterized shoes of the eighties and nineties.

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Aim for the healthiest life you can enjoy, not just tolerate

YONI FREEDHOFF

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Would it surprise you to learn that according to a recent poll, more than 60 per cent of those who struggle with their weight have failed more than six weight-loss efforts? Amazingly, of those who have failed more than six times, a third of them report having failed more 20 times. An incredible 20 per cent report they’ve failed so many times that they’ve lost count!

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Don’t dive into a life-changing injury: Use common sense to stay safe in pools and lakes

Charles Tator

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“My boyfriend picked me up and threw me in the pool. I floated to the surface face down and was drowning before he rolled me over and saved my life – but he broke my spinal cord.”

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Get fit, it will help your unborn kids

GILLES BEAUDIN

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In April, 2003, the human genome project was complete. After years of collaboration, the scientific community had mapped all 20,500 genes of the human DNA. No more mysteries, right?

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The future of insomnia treatment: Non-drug intervention available from your family doctor

JUDITH DAVIDSON

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

In parts of the United Kingdom, if you go to your general practitioner with depression or anxiety or insomnia, you are as likely to be offered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a psychological treatment, as you are a medication. That is because CBT is an effective treatment for these conditions, and the U.K.’s National Health Service has therapists trained in its delivery.

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