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Inflammatory breast cancer

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Inflammatory breast cancer is an uncommon type of breast cancer that can grow and spread quickly even at a relatively early stage of the disease. This type of cancer can develop when breast cancer cells block the lymph vessels that remove fluids, bacteria and other waste products from breast tissue. As a result, the breasts can become inflamed. Unlike the most common types of breast cancer that develop one or more single solid tumours, inflammatory breast cancer tends to grow in layers or nests. 

For more information visit the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Breast Cancer Network.

Stop the rise in HIV: top reasons to get tested

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Many people infected with HIV don't know they have it because specific symptoms may not appear for years. When they are first infected, some people will have noticeable flu-like symptoms, but others will have no symptoms at all. The only way to be sure whether or not you have HIV is to get tested. Read the full article on the Canadian Health Network.

Vulvodynia Awareness Campaign

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Vulvodynia, also referred to as “the pain down there” or also as “feminine pain,” is chronic discomfort or pain of the vulva, which is the area around the outside of the vagina. Researchers estimate that as many as 18 percent of women will experience symptoms consistent with vulvodynia.

To address this serious women’s health issue, the Office of Research on Women’s Health at NIH, in partnership with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the NIH Pain Consortium, and other partners, has established the Vulvodynia Awareness Campaign.

You may order the Vulvodynia Awareness Campaign information packet by contacting the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Information Resource Center at 1-800-370-2943 or visiting their website.

For online information, review the list of frequently asked questions about vulvodynia.

Barriers to Addressing Social Determinants of Health

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Written by Dennis Raphael, Ann Curry-Stevens and Toba Bryant

Despite Canada’s reputation as a leader in developing and promoting health promotion and population health concepts, implementation of public policies in support of health has been woefully inadequate (Canadian Population Health Initiative, 2002). The continuing presence of income, housing, and food insecurity among Canadians has led to Canada being the subject of a series of rebukes from the United Nations for failing to address child and family poverty, discrimination against women and Aboriginal groups, and most recently the crisis of homelessness and housing insecurity.  Barriers to Addressing Social Determinants of Health is available online in PDF Format.

Black Women's Risk for HIV: Rough Living

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A groundbreaking examination of women and their risk of HIV infection

Black Women's Risk for HIV: Rough Living is a valuable look into the structural and behavioral factors in high-risk environments—specifically inner-city neighborhoods like the “Rough” in Atlanta—that place black women in danger of HIV infection. Using black feminism to deconstruct the meaning and significance of race, class, and gender, this text gives a voice to a unique disenfranchised population and legitimizes their lives and experiences. This important ethnographic study focuses not only on the problems associated with the continued rise in HIV rates among African American women, but provides viable solutions to these problems as well.

Purchase or view additional information including complete table of contents, reviews and more on the website.

15/11/2007

Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Women A Clinician's Manual

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The awareness of psychological trauma has grown exponentially in the past decade and clinicians in many areas have increasingly found themselves confronted with the need to provide trauma-related services to clients. Still, there remains a serious lack of manuals that guide clinicians using group therapy to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Women: A Clinician's Manual is the important, “how-to” resource that fills this void with a successful theory-based, field-tested model of group therapy for traumatized women. Concise and full of clinical examples, this helpful text includes a session-by-session guide for clinicians and a workbook for clients.

Purchase or view additional information including complete table of contents, reviews and more on the website.

15/11/2007

Global Health Technical Brief: Contraceptive Implants: Safe Effective, Long-acting, Reversible

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A new Global Health Technical Briefs is now available.  Global Health Technical Briefs summarize the most important information on a timely reproductive health topic in two pages, and pinpoint the implications for public health programs. Each brief includes background/definition of the topic, important recent findings or lessons learned in program application, implications for programs, and where to get more information.  Read the Global Health Technical Brief: Contraceptive Implants: Safe Effective, Long-acting, Reversible as an HTML file or in PDF format.

New Global Health Technical Briefs are posted regularly on MAQWeb. Currently, the site offers 44 technical briefs on Family Planning, Healthcare Programming, Maternal and Child Health, and Malaria. The INFO Project produces Global Health Technical Briefs for the Maximizing Access and Quality Initiative.

Big Bucks, Big Pharma

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Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain. Focusing on the industry's marketing practices, media scholars and health professionals help viewers understand the ways in which direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical advertising glamorizes and normalizes the use of prescription medication, and works in tandem with promotion to doctors. Combined, these industry practices shape how both patients and doctors understand and relate to disease and treatment. Ultimately, Big Bucks, Big Pharma challenges us to ask important questions about the consequences of relying on a for-profit industry for our health and well-being.  Read more about this film and view the trailer on Media Education Foundation’s website.

A Special Edition of Making Waves magazine - Autumn 2007

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Canada's renowned system of health care is at a crossroads. Serious scarcities in services, disparities in health between different groups of citizens, and the prospect of a skyrocketting demand for chronic care - these factors compel a decision.

But have we really only two choices? Either "public" or "private" health care?

No. There is a Third Way forward. It involves engaging in health care delivery a third stakeholder - one with untapped energy, insight, and a devotion to people - Canada's communities. Health co-operatives, community health centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, and many more organizations already demonstrate how ordinary citizens can, should, and must have a far greater say in the health care they and their neighbours receive.

The 2007 Special Edition of Making Waves magazine reframes a national debate by outlining the case for a vast expansion of community-level capacity and authority in our health sector. It has been written by and for people and organizations active in the health care sector as well as CED and social economy practitioners.

To order or to browse the complete contents in PDF.

2/11/2007

Safe and Sound: Optimizing Prescribing Behaviours — Summary of Main Themes and Insights (Report on a Policy Symposium)

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September 2007

This report summarizes the central themes and advice from the Health Council of Canada emerging from a symposium, “Safe and Sound: Optimizing Prescribing Behaviours,” hosted by the Health Council on June 12-13 in Montreal. The purpose of the symposiumwas to support the continued development of Canada’s National Pharmaceuticals Strategy, in particular to “enhance action to influence the prescribing behaviour of health care professionals so that drugs are used only when needed and the right drug is used for the right problem.” To read the full report.

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