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December 2012

Do you know what the differences are between prebiotics and probiotics?  This month’s Question of Health explains the differences between prebiotics and probiotics and how they are beneficial for your health. 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: Prebiotics and probiotics: what’s the difference?

In December, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Behnaz Abedi, registered dietitian at Women’s College Hospital, about the differences and benefits of prebiotics and probiotics.

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Knowing your breasts: how early detection can save your life Since the mid-1980s, the death rate from breast cancer among Canadian women has decreased in each age group because of life-saving breast screening programs, increased breast awareness, as well as improved treatment options.

Despite declining smoking rates, women continue to develop lung diseases Lungs might not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of differences between men and women, but smoking-related lung diseases do affect men and women differently.

Clinicians must be aware of drug shortages Canadians once assumed that prescription drug shortages were an issue reserved for developing countries. No longer. Around the world, many medications that have become a first line of defense for a wide variety of ailments are simply not available. 

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Online Mental Health Centre

Mother Matters

The Mental Health Program at Women’s College Hospital is offering an online support group for new moms, called Mother Matters. This online support group is confidential and an opportunity for new mothers to share their emotional difficulties associated with transitioning into motherhood. Each week a new topic related to life with a new baby is addressed and women are also welcome to introduce topics of concern to them. This is a professionally moderated group co-facilitated by mental health professionals from the Reproductive Life Stages Program within our Mental Health Program at Women’s College Hospital.

The Mental Health Program is currently accepting applications to participate in Mother Matters. The group will last for six weeks and begins in February 2013. For more information on the program and eligibility requirements, please visit our website.

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