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Medical marijuana patients struggle to access pot under federal rules: study

VANCOUVER — A University of British Columbia study suggests medical marijuana patients are struggling to access cannabis under current regulations and many are turning to the black market.

The study, led by UBC nursing Prof. Lynda Balneaves and PhD student Rielle Capler, looks at the impact of shifting federal regulations on patient access to medical pot. READ

As end-stage kidney disease rates rise, demand for organ transplants grows: report

The number of Canadians with end-stage kidney disease has steadily risen over the last decade, but a new report shows the number of donor organs available for transplant continues to lag far behind demand. READ

Goal setting tips for spring and summer seasons

With the spring season around the corner, some of you are already thinking about what goal setting you should be doing for the months ahead. READ

Addictions consortium looking for leadership committee to implement alcohol, drug strategy

Central Alberta Addictions Consortium is looking for community members to work together to implement Red Deer’s new Alcohol and Drug Strategy. READ

Health Canada says Shoppers Drug Mart recalling some birth control pills

Health Canada says Shoppers Drug Mart is recalling a batch of birth control pills sold to consumers in Western Canada that were past their expiry date. READ

Once an afterthought in trial planning, Guinea may provide Ebola vaccine answers

When research teams planning clinical trials of Ebola vaccines were divvying up West Africa last fall, no one wanted Guinea. READ

Report examines how boy got food allergies from blood transfusions

A boy being cared for at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children got more than he bargained for when he was given blood transfusions while being treated for a brain tumour. READ

Worker says making cancer-related terms understood in Inuit a challenge

For Annie Buchan, educating Canada’s Inuit about the dangers caused by cancer has been challenging. READ

A cold remedy that uses ingredients grown in Alberta gardens

This past couple of weeks, I have been making a traditional cold remedy called fire cider with people who are looking for alternatives to over-the-counter cold medicine. Fire cider is a remedy one makes in the fall, during harvest. All the ingredients but two (and if need be, these can be eliminated from the remedy) are grown in Alberta gardens. READ

What it takes to stay committed to your health

Real commitment doesn’t always have to be about sacrifice — or does it? When it comes to your health, where do we draw the line between having our cake and eating it, too, to avoid the self-defeating behaviour of not allowing ourselves certain indulgences? And when should we hold true to a commitment to our health and our well-being and ensure our bodies are getting the best treatment possible — no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods? READ

Stories to help deal with the season of sickness

This week I launch my book, The Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and The Human Being. Because it is the season of coughs, sore throats and colds, I thought three plant stories from the book might be of interest. READ

Probiotics can change your life

It may not be what’s trending on Twitter right now, but it is certainly coming to the forefront of more people’s nutritional conversations, as it should. READ

The future of our health — well-being for kids

After presenting to a group of middle school students on the topic of nutrition recently, I got a taste of what it would be like to be a parent — tough. READ

Give body the help it needs

By the time we’re 30 years old and beyond, our lives have undergone a great deal of change. Often we are on our second career, we’re starting a family — whatever it is, it’s safe to say life has really changed. For most of us through our mid-20s to our mid-60s, much of our time is spent on our working life. READ

Woman loses over half of her body weight

Alicia Snell stepped on her new scale and stared at the number. 28 pounds. READ

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