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Toronto Star - Health

The best health and wellness podcasts -- Put on your headphones and listen in to the wellness conversation

4 days ago

A tired mom test-drives the weighted blanket -- The weighted blanket is set to hit the mainstream. We put it to the test

11 days ago

Surviving the holidays without alcohol -- One woman reflects on approaching her second sober party season.

18 days ago

I paid for cuddles and I'm not ashamed of it -- Lack of connection in these modern times means the human need for touch is on the rise. One millennial sets out to satisfy her "skin hunger."

1 month ago

Can cannabis take away your pain? -- More of us are using pot to manage pain. But does it actually work?

1 month ago

How I was recruited into sex trafficking -- Survivor Casandra Diamond shines a light on Ontario's dark underbelly

1 month ago

What you need to know about the alcohol content in kombucha - Concerns in Canadian study centre on consumption of fermented tea beverage by pregnant women and small children.

3 days ago

New health report says more patients got organ transplants in 2018 than over the last 10 years, but more than 200 died while on the wait list. -- A report found that nearly 2,800 organ transplants were performed in Canada in 2018, marking a 33 per cent increase over the course of 10 years. But more than 4,350 Canadians were still waiting for an organ transplant by the end of last year. Another 223 patients died while on a wait list.

3 days ago

Sneezing too much to enjoy the holidays? A mouldy Christmas tree might be to blame, but there are ways to breathe easy -- Dr. Sharmilee Nyenhuis, an allergist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said some people who have mould allergies don't realize the dangers of Christmas tree mould.

3 days ago

Cellphone-linked face injuries are on the rise -- Dr. Boris Paskhover of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and others analyzed 20 years of emergency room data and found an increase in cellphone injuries starting after 2006, around the time when the first smartphones were introduced.

3 days ago

When it comes to humans in need, these therapy llamas have a sixth sense -- Llamas and alpacas are growing more common in therapeutic settings. While a handful are registered with Pet Partners, a U.S. non-profit clearinghouse for therapy animals, most are simply family farm pets whose owners take them to hospitals, college campuses and senior centres to ease people's stress.

6 days ago

Canadian pharmacists say pushing Benadryl behind the counter won't eliminate the safety concerns -- They're calling for a push to educate health professionals and consumers about the risks to children, including seizures, comas and cognitive impairment.

6 days ago

Can 'hustle culture' become a detriment to your health? -- A growing group of entrepreneurs, founders, and workers are feeling the emotional and physical toll of being employed by the tech and startup industries, where long hours, skipping faily time and always being available is the norm

8 days ago

Are we headed back to a time before antibiotics? -- In 2018, 14,000 Canadians died from "resistant bacteria," and superbugs are on the rise. But what can you do, when you need antibiotics you need them, right? Wrong.

11 days ago

CBD gifts for a calm Christmas -- The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Some believe CBD oil can help your loved ones relax.

22 days ago

Instead of fearing memory loss as you age, take action to keep your brain sharp -- One of the most common fears people have as they grow older is losing their memory. Keeping your brain healthy and your memory sharp is about more than doing puzzles or remembering what you needed in a room.

23 days ago

Commercial climbing gyms are booming, but might not be right for you -- The commercial climbing gym industry is experiencing double-digit annual growth in the United States, but experts say it does not provide the full-body workout that most people need in order to burn body fat.

24 days ago

Allergists want Benadryl behind the counter due to side effects -- Allergists say the antihistamine is less effective and less safe than newer alternatives.

27 days ago

Why I think puppy yoga is wrong -- To practise yoga with a dog underfoot diminishes and dilutes the sacred teaching of the practise that requires one to be present, mindful and attentive during class, writes yoga instructor Denise Moore.

27 days ago

Yes, it's good to stick with an activity. But there is also value in walking away. -- My entire life, I've heard "Finish what you start" touted as a critical maxim for kids.

29 days ago

Millennials' deteriorating health means they could have shorter life expectancy than GenXers -- They suffer from higher rates of physical ailments, such as hypertension and high cholesterol, as well as problems such as depression.

1 month ago

Do you know what constitutes a standard drink by Canada's alcohol guidelines? -- Most people don't know what the guidelines are for alcohol consumption, unless they live in Quebec.

1 month ago