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October 2012

Want to know more about the effectiveness of the flu shot? This month’s Question of Health provides you with the information you need to understand why the flu shot is the best way for you to protect yourself and your family from catching the flu this season. Check out our news and features sections for even more up-to-date information on women’s health.

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A Question of Health

Every month Women’s Health Matters will be recruiting an expert to answer a question about a health issue that’s in the news or on women’s minds.

This month’s topic: Why you and your family should care about the flu shot

In October, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Jessica Ip, manager, Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) at Women’s College Hospital, about the importance of the flu shot and how you can protect yourself and your family during the flu season.

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New guidelines for cervical cancer screening – Regular Pap screening is a crucial defence against cervical cancer. Cancer Care Ontario recently updated its cervical cancer screening guidelines.

Mental health on campus: the mental health needs of university students – When we think of students heading off to university in the fall, mental health might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But it’s a topic that may merit more thought and resources.

Fertility rates are rising in women with schizophrenia – Results of a new study show that women with schizophrenia are now having more babies than they have in the past.

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Women's College Research Institute

Linking community health and research – In collaboration with St. Michael’s Hospital and more than 15 community partners, WCRI scientist Dr. Sheila Dunn is making mammograms and Pap smears for breast and cervical cancer screening more accessible through the CARES project.

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Online Mental Health Centre

As human beings, it’s entirely normal for us to feel sad or down from time to time in the midst of our busy schedules and daily activities. When we start to feel a sudden loss of interest in activities that used to make us happy or consistently feel a depressive mood, this is characterized as depression. Your ability to perform usual daily tasks and maintain relationships with those around you can become increasingly difficult. Although both men and women can suffer from depression, women are more susceptible to this condition and will have vastly different experiences than men. This is because causes of and responses to stress are different between men and women. For example, women may feel depressed at unique times, such as during or after pregnancy. The Online Mental Health Centre provides more information on different types of mood disorders, which symptoms to look for and what you can do to alleviate your depression, so you can get back to enjoying your life.

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