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Canadian Medical Association complete home medical guide

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Catherine Younger-Lewis (ed.)
Publisher: 
Dorling Kindersley
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Presents a physician-reviewed Canadian home medical reference book.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
ISBN 1553630548
MEDR.C36 2005 (CWHN Offices)
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Includes index. --- Review, Network Spring 2006: This guide is the type of book that makes my librarian senses tingle. The Canadian Medical Association has designed a book that uses text and illustrations to explain how the body works, provide tools for interpreting symptoms, describe how and why diseases occur, and outlines the details of diagnostic tests and treatments. The layout and organization of the guide is clever and intuitive, and allows you to know what to expect if disease develops, to ask the right questions, and to actively take part in managing your health. A book for every household.

The gathering tree

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Larry Loyie
Constance Brissenden
Heather D Holmlund (ill.)
Publisher: 
Theytus Books Ltd
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Penticton, BC

Presents an illustrated children's book about HIV/AIDS from a First Nations perspective. Addresses aspects of physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health.

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AIDS.L68 2005
ISBN 1894778286
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Review, Network Spring 2006: The current HIV epidemic is increasingly affecting Aboriginal people and women. While research continues to improve treatment, prevention is still the best way to keep the number of new cases from growing. Education is important, and children need to learn how to stay healthy as they grow older. This is the story of a rural First Nations family and community facing HIV. Of particular note is the way the authors have included insights into the influence of elders in the community and of traditional gatherings.

The tiniest warrior of all

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English
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Paper
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Nicola JD Maher
Publisher: 
OBLIO Press
Publication Date: 
2005

Presents a children's picture book that explores the twilight world of a baby born too soon.

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ISBN 0973655410
PREG.M34 2005
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Review, Network Spring 2006: According to recent statistics, one in every eight babies in the developed world is born prematurely. In 2003, Nicola Maher gave birth to her daughter Imogen, who weighed only 1 lb 8 oz at birth, and who spent nearly four months in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Ms Maher transformed her own personal experiences with Imogen and has presented us with a modern day fairy tale. The Tiniest Warrior of All explores the world of a baby born too soon, who battles the obstacles she meets along the way.

What to expect: eating well when you're expecting

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Heidi Murkoff
Sharon Mazel
Publisher: 
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

Presents information on how to navigate healthily and tastily from conception through delivery and beyond.

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ISBN 0761133267
PREG.M87 2005
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Includes index. --- Review, Network Spring 2006: A departure from its predecessor, What to Eat When You’re Expecting, this book loses the whole-wheatier-than-thou attitude, and provides moms to-be with a realistic approach to healthy nutrition throughout the nine months of pregnancy. Chapters are devoted to nutrition, weight gain, food safety, the postpartum diet, and how to eat when trying to conceive again. The authors also offer 150 healthy recipes that feed mom and baby well, take little time to prepare, and are gentle on queasy stomachs.

50 ways to improve women's lives: the essential women's guide for achieving equality, health, and success

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English
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Paper
Author: 
National Council of Women's Organizations
Publisher: 
Inner Ocean Publishing, Inc.
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Makawao, Maui, HI

Addresses topics that affect women on a personal and political level, and provides readers with ways to move beyond arguments and turn inspiration into action.

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ISBN 1930722451
WOMI.N38 2005
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, November 2005: Women and women's organizations have played an active role in protecting and enriching women's rights. With the growing influence of the fundamentalist movement in both Canada and the United States, women must continue to work hard to improve the lives of women. Advocating for rights is something organizations do well. But as an individual, it might feel overwhelming. This book can help. It speaks to women who aren't policy experts but who are living the issues that women's organizations speak so passionately about. Experts describe the issues and offer concrete, doable things to help, no matter how much or how little time we have to dedicate to these causes at any given moment. The essays are grouped together into sections, and the book starts with the section "Do It for Your Health." Not surprising, really, because we can't accomplish much without good health for ourselves and our loved ones.

Estrogen's storm season: stories of perimenopause

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Jerilynn Prior
Publisher: 
Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Provides an account of the various struggles many women may experience with perimenopause. Teaches the essential facts of perimenopause through stories.

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ISBN 0973827505
MENO.P75 2005
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, August/September 2005: Estrogen's Storm Season is an engaging and thoughtful account of the various struggles many women may experience with perimenopause. Prior teaches the essential facts of perimenopause through stories instead of cold medical diagrams and jargon. In so doing, she proves that complicated medical facts and debates may resonate more with women if they are embedded first in women's actual lives.

What would Marilyn say?: supporting women to health and happiness

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Diane Vines
Publisher: 
Arnica Publishing
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Portland, OR

Looks at a variety of women's health topics, using Marilyn Monroe as a model.

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ISBN 0972653511
WOMH.V56 2005
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Review, December 2005: Imagine that Marilyn Monroe didnt die on August 5, 1962, and instead, offers advice and encouragement to women to live healthier, happier lives. I realize that this is a difficult concept to grasp, but once you get into the book, it all falls into place. The author, Diane Vines, brings Marilyn back as an observer of a group of women returning to college who get together once a week to talk about their lives, health, and happiness. The fictional women discuss a wide range of topics, including dieting, eating disorders, diabetes, exercising, caregiving, PMS, sexual dysfunction, and more. Marilyn and a virtual professor comment on these discussionsthey give the reader factual health information and dispel the more popular misconceptions. A very entertaining read that can help motivate women to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Rural, remote and Northern women's health: policy and research directions - community kit

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
R Sutherns
S Fish
Publisher: 
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Provides summaries and background information about "Rural, Remote and Northern Women's Health: Policy and Research Directions, Summary Report." Also includes information for local communities to use in advocating for change.

ISBN/ISSN: 
PWHCE WOMI.R87 2005
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Review, Network Spring 2006: In 2004 a national project was undertaken that included consultations with women who live in many different rural or remote places throughout Canada—from the high arctic to the prairies to coastal regions and everywhere inbetween. Women who were part of the national project said that a plain-language kit would give them the information they need to make helpful changes in their communities. So the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence created this useful tool. This is a kit designed to improve the health of rural, remote and northern women across Canada by making sure that women have a say in how health programs, plans and policies are developed. It provides summaries and background information about the national research project, as well as information for local communities to use in advocating for change. The Kit is available in hard copy, but is also available online for free at: www.pwhce.ca/rrKit.htm

Culture & clinical care

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Juliene G. Lipson (ed.)
Suzanne L. Dibble (ed.)
Publisher: 
UCSF Nursing Press
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
San Francisco, CA

Provides information on various cultural and ethnica groups to sensitize health providers to cultural variations within each group it describes.

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IMWO.C85 2005
ISBN 0943671221
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, Network Spring 2006: People have various beliefs about the transitions that accompany health, illness, birth and death—beliefs that are influenced by such things as culture and age. Therefore, providing appropriate, cross-cultural health care is critically important. The purpose of this book is to sensitize health care providers to cultural variations, to encourage asking questions and to stimulate learning about how patients identify with and express their cultural background. By itself, information about a specific cultural or ethnic group does not necessarily make for culturally appropriate care, but neither can good care be provided in the absence of such information. As the authors believe, all health care providers need to know something about their patients’ sociocultural backgrounds because it is easy to inadvertently insult a patient or family when clinicians act only on what they believe is correct (which is usually based only on their own values and/or education). While the information in this book draws upon US statistical data, the underlying principles and information will be of use to a Canadian audience.

Women's sexual health

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Gilly Andrews (ed.)
Publisher: 
Elsevier
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Provides a reference book that covers the range of women's sexual and reproductive health issues.

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ISBN 0702027626
WOMH.W66 2005
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, October 2005: There is a definite need for a comprehensive view of women's sexual health and reproductive health written by women who understand the implications of these disorders. Luckily, there is this book, which deals not only with women's sexual health, but also looks at problems of libido, intercourse, young people and sex, contraception, sexual abuse and the use of complementary medicines. The editor has even included a unique chapter on women with special needs, covering in some detail the cultural and religious aspects of sexuality and discussing the gynaecological problems that may be encountered in women of all major religions. The book is divided into three sections. Section One, ‘Women Today,' explores the concept of sexuality and well being within physical, psychological and social dimensions. Section Two, ‘Fertility,' examines issues surrounding female fertility. Section Three, ‘Women's Health Issues,' concentrates on specific female health problems. Of special note: all the contributing authors are nurses who have been chosen for their skill, expertise and knowledge of their individual subjects.
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