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Do schizophrenia and autism share the same root?

March 22nd, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Do schizophrenia and autism share the same root?)

New research suggests the two conditions may be the different outcomes of one genetic syndrome

Some researchers have suggested that the relatively high autism prevalence in this population is the result of misdiagnoses of early signs of schizophrenia. New findings, published 21 January in Schizophrenia Research, support an alternate theory: Autism and schizophrenia are independent outcomes of the same genetic syndrome.  Read more at Scientific American…

Teens draw on experience to create mental health program for high schools

March 20th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Teens draw on experience to create mental health program for high schools)

warrior-within-main.jpg.size.custom.crop.891x650Students use storytelling and art to engage peers in discussing stress, anxiety and resilience

The girl with the ponytail and hightop sneakers looks like any other teenager as she grabs a book from her locker and trudges down the corridor to class. But the whisper of a violin signals there’s more going on behind the scene. Over the course of the next 13 minutes on film, the girl will race through a forest and gasp for breath. She will cross a stream on stepping stones and peer into a dark tunnel. She will flail underwater, pirouette in a sunlit barn and finally, end up on the shore of a peaceful lake.  Read more at The Toronto Star…

Dignity, end-of-Life, and concerns in the LGBTQ community

March 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Dignity, end-of-Life, and concerns in the LGBTQ community)

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pfr-banner-post-1The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community is a group in society with a unique set of end-of-life concerns, but their needs remain largely unmet

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Health Canada aims to release secret drug records

March 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Health Canada aims to release secret drug records)

persaud.jpg.size.custom.crop.1086x724“Today, Health Canada is in the habit of keeping this information secret when pharmaceutical companies ask them to. That is what has to change.”

Health Canada plans to release reams of confidential documents that detail the clinical trials of prescription drugs and medical devices. Much of this information, which the government relies on to assess the efficacy and safety of everything from popular heart pills to cancer medications, has never been seen by patients, the doctors who prescribe the treatments, independent researchers, or the trial participants who volunteered their bodies for science.  Read more at The Toronto Star…

Basic income and child benefits are the best bet to reduce poverty

March 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Basic income and child benefits are the best bet to reduce poverty)

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pfr-banner-post-1In Canada, a strong social safety net plus growth have been the factors in poverty reduction. Despite this progress, we hear repeated calls for continued poverty reduction

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Investing in homes for homeless women pays off

March 9th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Investing in homes for homeless women pays off)

homeless-women-sleep-in-emilie-gamelin-park-friday-novembe1Providing shelter to homeless women isn’t a solution. It’s only part of the solution. We must support them in permanently escaping the hellish downward spiral of homelessness and reclaiming their rightful place in our community

The struggles of women living on the streets — our friends, sisters and neighbours — go largely unnoticed, not only during this week in which we mark International Women’s Day, but year-round.  Read more at The Montreal Gazette…

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