Approximately 1/3 of Canadians will experience a chronic pain condition at some point in their lifetime. Chronic pain represents a significant problem for patients and health care providers and places a tremendous burden on society.
It’s a silent crisis, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
In Canada, four out of five suicides are committed by men. Approximately 10% of men suffer from some form of mental illness. Although that statistic is similar for women (11%), men are much less likely to seek treatment for their illness.
Men’s Health Week (June 10-17) aims to overcome the stigma of mental illness by shining light on what prevents our brothers, fathers, husbands, colleagues and friends from seeking help.
“We have inculcated a culture in our society that men have to be tough, men have to be strong,” says Dr. Dr. Don McCreary, co-chair of Toronto Men’s Health Network, on CMHA’s website. “Weakness is not considered to be masculine.”
Raising awareness is the first step to changing this pattern and reducing the stigma men may face when asking
Does using cannabis lead to weight gain? Not necessarily, according to new research.
In a paper published in International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers used computer-assisted personal interviews with participants to learn about their cannabis use, body weight and height during the three-year duration of the study. Results showed an inverse association between cannabis use and an increase in body-mass index, one indicator of overall health.
At the same time, medical cannabis is often used by patients suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting to help stimulate appetite. Tilray is currently partnering on a study at the University of New South Wales in Australia to better understand the efficacy of using THC and CBD
A few years ago, Natalie, a Tilray patient, bravely talked about her battle with anxiety and depression. Today we’re sharing her story once again to highlight the discussion about mental illness.
One in five Canadians will suffer from some form of mental illness at some point in their lifetime. Out of those five, nearly two-thirds won’t seek help.
Why is that? It’s possible the stigma surrounding mental illness makes people think they can’t share their struggles with others. People like Natalie are helping to change that.
To help end the stigma surrounding mental illness, educate yourself on the facts and myths to help bust stereotypes. Most of all, be kind to those folks who are suffering. Take them for coffee to talk – listen, ask questions and ensure they feel supported.
You can learn more about mental illness and ho
By David Haas
With no definitive cure for mesothelioma, cancer patients have limited options, and enter clinical trials with the hope of increasing their chances of survival and managing their pain.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that primarily affects the lungs. Due to its prolonged latency period of 10 to 50 years, symptoms often do not present themselves until the later stages of a patient’s life. It is paramount that this cancer is detected early on for the best possible outcome, however, this is often not the case. By the time this cancer is diagnosed, it may have already metastasized, or developed into a more aggressive stage.
With treatment options minimal for patients whose mesothelioma has advanced, the focus shifts towards methods of relieving pain, increasing quality of life through comfort, and achieving remission.
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