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August 2013

Many women experience some negative emotions shortly after giving birth. But how can you differentiate between passing sadness and mood swings – which are very common – and postpartum depression?

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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: What’s the difference between “baby blues” and postpartum depression?

This month, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis, senior scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute and Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research at Women’s College Hospital, about the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression.

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Managing migraine
More than four million Canadians suffer from migraine, and it affects three times as many women as men. Dr. Christine Lay, director of the Centre for Headache at Women's College Hospital, talks about what migraine is, and what patients can do to take control of their migraines.

Kidney disease patients taking calcium may have higher risks of heart disease and death
New research shows that kidney disease patients who use calcium-based phosphate binders have increased risk of heart disease and death, compared to those who use non-calcium-based phosphate binders.

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Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that disproportionately affect women (over 90 per cent of people with eating disorders are women). These conditions are not about appearance, being thin or seeking attention, but often develop as a way to cope with difficult and painful feelings. Find resources and information about different types of eating disorders, as well as risk factors and what kinds of help are available, in our Online Mental Health Centre.

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