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  • Exploring statins: What does the evidence say?

    National Women’s Health Network

    Statins may be an effective treatment for men with heart disease or men with high risk of heart disease. The evidence is not strong for the use of statins as a form of prevention for women or for people over 65 who do not have heart disease.

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

    Health Link B.C.

    Ultrasounds can discover abdominal aortic aneurysms. The Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery recommends all men aged 65-75 get screened, as well as men under 65 and women over 65 who are at higher risk. Not all doctors agree with this recommendation. This resource has links to more information about risk factors, screening and treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysms.

  • Hot flashes

    National Women’s Health Network

    The most common symptom of menopause is hot flashes. To treat symptoms sip cold fluids, stay in a cool environment, limit foods that trigger hot flashes, pace your breathing or try acupuncture. Try non-hormonal options first and research the benefits and risks of treatment options.

  • Prescription for change: Forget fat!

    National Women’s Health Network

    Lack of exercise and poor nutrition may be more important predictors of poor health than body weight. Be skeptical about research studying the health impacts of body weight, or weight categories ('obese' and 'overweight'), rather than Body Mass Index (BMI). Factors such as socioeconomic status, exercise habits, nutrition, depression, surgery, medications, and researcher bias can also affect research results.

  • Ankle fracture: What can help get you back on your feet again?

    Informed Health Online

    Rehabilitation practices like physiotherapy, splints or braces are shown to help recovery from an ankle fracture. Do not start physiotherapy too soon after an ankle fracture to avoid the risk of healing problems.

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