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Choosing the Right PGx Test As pharmacogenetics testing becomes more widely available, it is important to understand that not all tests are the same. Different testing companies provide different recommendations with regards to applying information from PGx tests into clinical practice. It is important to understand what you are getting when you buy a PGx 

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Can I use my ancestry genetic test results to get a Pillcheck report?

Ancestry genetic testing is a great introduction to genetics for many consumers. Direct-to-consumer ancestry tests can predict how much Neanderthal DNA you’ve inherited or that your eyes are blue rather than brown. These tests are entertaining, affordable and have changed the relationship we have with our DNA. However, ancestry tests are not a substitute for 

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anxiety

What is the best medication for anxiety and depression?

An estimated 17 percent of North Americans will experience a serious bout of depression during their lifetime, and 20 percent will experience an anxiety disorder. Antidepressant medications are typically prescribed to help with six broad categories: panic attacks; obsessions and worries; general anxiety; social anxieties or phobias; and any combination of depression, anxiety and/or panic. Most 

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Ketamine: an option for treatment resistant depression?

Ketamine: an option for treatment resistant depression?

Millions of people are diagnosed with major depressive disorder every year. For roughly 30% of these individuals, standard antidepressants are not effective. People with treatment-resistant depression typically exhaust all options, trying antidepressant after antidepressant with no improvement in symptoms. Treatment-resistant patients sometimes turn to other therapies, such as cognitive behaviour therapy, electroshock therapy and transcranial 

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Preventing Falls in the Elderly: Interventions, Risks, Benzodiazepines and Personalized Medicine

Preventing Falls in the Elderly: Interventions, Risks, Benzodiazepines and Personalized Medicine

Falls are the most common cause of injury and injury-related hospitalizations in the elderly. According to the Canadian Community Health Survey, between 20-30% of seniors fall each year. Falls in seniors are estimated to directly cost over $2 billion per year in Canada alone. Falls account for 95% of all hip fractures, and the elderly 

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Health Canada Strengthens Warnings on Labels for Green Tea Extract

Update: Health Canada Strengthens Warnings on Labels for Green Tea Extract after Safety Review

A recent safety review of Green Tea Extract by Health Canada has prompted the agency to reinforce label warnings, as announced on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.  The changes are in response to yet another case of liver and kidney injury caused by a diet supplement. Health Canada is now asking manufacturers to use stronger language 

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Mental Health

Millennials, Mental Health, and the Modern Labor Market

Millennials, Mental Health, and the Modern Labor Market Western medicine has become much better at detecting mental illness. Decades ago, far too many people went undiagnosed. Their problems are much more likely to be recognized today. More than any other age group, Millennials are being diagnosed with depression or  anxiety disorders. ○ Rates of Depression Diagnosis ○ 19% 

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