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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…

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…

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…

RELATED | Homeless Nanaimo woman Amber Haug says she feels vulnerable at night (Nanaimo News Now) |

Ketamine offers new hope for patients with severe depression

March 6th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Ketamine offers new hope for patients with severe depression)

Inspired by promising research into ketamine’s therapeutic effects, people are swapping strategies online on how to use the drug to ease their despair. Could ‘Special K’ be a panacea for depression?

John woke up one morning feeling almost like his old self. He got out of bed, took a shower and, for the first time in a long time, felt as though this day would not be his last. His suicidal thoughts had faded overnight. The previous morning, the 50-year-old Ottawa father of three was given his first intravenous infusion of the drug ketamine as part of a trial for people with treatment-resistant depression.  Read the rest at The Globe and Mail…

16-hour video game binges almost ruined Calgary teen’s life

March 5th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on 16-hour video game binges almost ruined Calgary teen’s life)

cam-adair-with-controller.jpg.size.custom.crop.886x650After an addiction to gaming brought on depression, family problems and a wish to end his life, Cam Adair finally broke free

Cam Adair is one of a growing number of young people in North America and beyond, particularly boys, who are addicted to video games. The proportion of Ontario students with symptoms of a video gaming problem in 2015 was 13 per cent, compared to 9 per cent in 2007, according to a health survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. (It defined symptoms as “preoccupation, tolerance, loss of control, withdrawal, escape, disregard for consequences, disruption to family/school.”) And boys are four times more likely than females to exhibit problem gaming, CAMH says.  Read this article at The Toronto Star…