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Complementary headache therapy: a close look at the treatments and the evidence

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Howard B. Pikoff
Publisher: 
Data for Decisions
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Buffalo, NY

Takes a close look at a dozen complementary hadache therapies that have generated sound clinical research.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
ALTH.P55 2004
ISBN 0964098113
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, Network Spring 2006: There are many different medications available to treat the pain of headaches and migraines, and new drugs continue to appear regularly. There are also many alternative remedies. A popular guide to complementary medicine describes 90 treatments for headache, from acupuncture to zone therapy. A third of these are routinely recommended for headache. But do these therapies really work? Do they meet scientific standards of effectiveness? Do they pass muster in randomized controlled trials? Pikoff attempts to answer some of these questions and reviews the evidence for 15 alternative headache therapies that have generated sound clinical research, including acupuncture, biofeedback, feverfew, and homeopathy. He includes what is known about each therapy, how it works, and how effective it has been proven to be.

Breast implants: everything you need to know

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Nancy Bruning
Publisher: 
Hunter House Publishers
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Alameda, CA

Examines why implants are so popular and how to decide whether or not to get them. Looks at the pros and cons of various types of implants. Provides information on complications due to implants and how ofter they occur.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
BREA.B78 2002
ISBN 0897933710
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, May 2005: Breast implants first appeared in the 1960s. Thus began a saga of promises and broken promises, reassurances and warnings, speculation disguised as facts, and wishful thinking, disguised as truth. Women have not been well served by the media-coverage, which has tended to swing from one extreme (a great option for women!) to the other (a time bomb in your breasts!) to another (women who say their implants make them sick are greedy ambulance chasers!). Very rarely did the media capture the distressing story of women who underwent surgery with a product that they thought was safe, only to find out that no objective studies of women with implants had even been conducted. This book is intended to provide a review of information and resources regarding breast implants and breast-enhancing and reconstructive procedures alternative to implants. The author, a breast cancer survivor living with an implant and former board member of Breast Cancer Action, navigates the reader between what is known and what is not known, providing up-to-date research findings as well as a wide range of opinions from patients, physicians, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United Sates, and other experts.

Bearing up with cancer: life, and living with ...

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English
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Paper
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Annie Smith
Publisher: 
Second Story Press
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Shows us what it's like to live with cancer by narrating her experiences, all illustrated using her childhood alter ego, Bear, to play the part of the patient.

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CANC.A56 2004
ISBN 1896764800
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Review, December 2004: Annie Smith has been fighting cancer for almost 20 years. In this book Dr. Smith shows us what its like to live with cancer by narrating her experiences, all illustrated using her childhood alter ege, Bear, to play the part of the patient. This is a wonderful work that not only gives health providers a chance to experience cancer from the patients point of view, but will also appeal to anyone else who has been affected and touched by cancer.

Beyond the blues: a guide to understanding and treating prenatal and postpartum depression

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English
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Shoshana S. Bennett
Pec Indman
Publisher: 
Moodswings Press
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
San Jose, CA

Provides information about risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders in pregnancy and postpartum.

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ISBN 0971712417
MENH.S56 2003
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, November 2004: Becoming a mother - either for the first or fifth time - is a life-altering event. And contrary to popular belief, motherhood isn't instinctive and it certainly isn't easy. Feeling sad and anxious and depressed after childbirth makes it even harder, especially when people tell you to "cheer up," or "you just need some more sleep." Our healthcare providers rarely screen for postpartum depression, yet it is a real condition that can have many negative effects on our health, and our babies' health. Thankfully, the authors of this work are around to help! This small book provides a large amount of information about risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders in pregnancy and postpartum. It's written not just for sufferers of postpartum disorders, but also their families and healthcare professionals. I wish I had this book after my daughter was born - I would have learned that I wasn't alone and that I could have gotten the help I needed. This book should be required reading for anyone working or caring for pregnant women.

Health literacy: a prescription to end confusion

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English
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Lynn Nielsen-Bohlman
Allison M. Panzer
David A. Kindig
Publisher: 
The National Academies Press
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Washington, D.C.

Brings together research and practice from diverse fields including education, health services, and social and cultural sciences, to address problems of health literacy, the ability to understand and/or act upon information received.

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HEAE.H43 2004
ISBN 0309091179
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Review, Network Winter/Spring 2005: Health literacy defines the degree to which individuals obtain, process and understand the information needed to make appropriate health decisions. It is essential to successful health care. As patients we convey our symptoms and medical history to health professionals who then convey back results, recommendations, information and instructions. But what if you don’t understand what’s being said to you? This report looks at the problems associated with low levels of health literacy, and recommends actions to promote a health-literate society. While written for an American audience, many, if not all, of the recommendations can be adapted for a Canadian perspective.

Diabetes in women: adolescence, pregnancy, and menopause

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English
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Paper
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E. Albert Reece
Donald R. Coustan
Steven G. Gabbe
Publisher: 
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Philadelphia, PA

Provides detailed guidelines on diabetes diagnosis, prevention, and management throughout the lifespan.

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ISBN 078173861X
WOMH.D43 2004
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Winter/Spring 2005: Diabetes affects approximately five to ten percent of Canadians and nearly half of those with the disease are women. This book provides an educational and therapeutic resource for health care workers who care for women who have diabetes.

First stage trauma treatment: a guide for mental health professionals working with women

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English
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Paper
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Lori Haskell
Publisher: 
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Presents therapies with a conceptual map for understanding women’s experiences of trauma. Outlines components of first stage trauma treatment and offers tools and strategies.

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ISBN 0888684142
MENH.H37 2003
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, Network Winter/Spring: Many women seeking treatment for depression, chronic anxiety, substance-use problems, difficult or abusive relationships and self-inflicted harm are actually experiencing complex post-traumatic stress responses associated with chronic abuse and neglect in childhood. While mental health professionals may be aware of their clients’ early histories, they may underestimate the role of the trauma as the origin of their symptoms and fail to provide these women with the treatment they need. This guidebook has been developed to assist mental health workers and caregivers in understanding more about the impact of abuse and neglect in women’s lives. The author outlines the basic components of first stage trauma treatment and offers specific tools and concrete strategies to use in beginning this difficult work.

Damaged angels: a mother discovers the terrible cost of alcohol in pregnancy

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Bonnie Buxton
Publisher: 
Alfred A. Knopf Canada
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Tells of the pervasive effects of prenatal alcohol exposure through the author's family’s struggle for understanding of their daughter Colette’s disability.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
CDEV.B89 2004
ISBN 0676976387
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Winter/Spring 2005: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) describes a range of physical and developmental problems affecting some children born to women who drink alcohol during pregnancy. While the damage is permanent and irreversible, early diagnosis and intervention can prevent common secondary disabilities such as mental health and behavioural problems. The author writes from her personal perspective as she learns to understand her daughter Colette’s disability. She describes how a diagnosis of FASD can change everyone’s attitude towards the person affected and that a person who is seen as mean, defiant, lazy and uncooperative becomes someone with a neurological disability who needs a special approach to care, education and treatment.

Is it safe for my baby?

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English
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Paper
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Diana Ballon
Publisher: 
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Provides information about the relative risk and safety of prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs, along with alcohol, tobacco and other substances to the fetus during pregnancy and the baby during breastfeeding.

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ISBN 0888684460
PREG.B35 2003
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Review, Network Winter/Spring 2005: This booklet is for women who are planning a pregnancy, who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It gives information about the relative risks and safety to the fetus of prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs, along with alcohol, tobacco and other substances when the mother is pregnant, and to the baby, when breastfeeding. While the information in the booklet is a good starting point to address the questions of safety, it is also a great way for a woman to prepare herself for more in-depth talks with her doctor, midwife or pharmacist.

My body, my responsibility: a health education video for deaf women

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English
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Video
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University of Rochester Medical Center
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Rochester, NY

Covers topics including puberty, menstruation and related hygiene, pregnancy and labour, pregnancy prevention, birth control methods, and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and how to be tested for HIV.

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DISA.M93 2003
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Review, Network Winter/Spring 2005: There is a serious need for educational materials on reproductive health and this video helps fill that gap. It covers topics including puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and labour, birth control methods, and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, and how to be tested for HIV. The film features deaf actresses in most roles and dialogue in American Sign Language throughout. It also has a spoken English voice-over and open captions (subtitles), so the film is accessible to hearing and hard-of-hearing people as well as sign language users.
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