Breast cancer in Algeria

Breast Cancer in Algeria: Survivors Lose Rights as Women

“I no longer want you as my wife, you are a half woman!” – These are the heartbreaking words that Yousef told his wife Yasmin (not their real names). They have lived together for more than two decades. Just recently, Yasmin was diagnosed with breast cancer in Algeria. With advice from her physician, she went through a surgical procedure and had one of her breasts, the one with cancer, amputated. She then proceeded to have chemotherapy sessions and her recovery process kick-started.
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Intersex Africa

Genderqueer: The Challenges of Being Intersex in Africa

Being intersex in Africa is a taboo. Even if you survive the lynching by family, then you might not survive suicide. For a long time, intersex people in Africa have been perceived as a curse by their families. Just like those suffering from poor mental health in Africa, the stigma has pushed some into depression and suicide. It is worse if the community around them gets to know of their condition.
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Dengvaxia Dengue Fever Philippines

Dengvaxia: The Philippines Dengue Fever Failure

In June 2017, Dengue Fever cases in the Philippines were at 36, 000. Though this is lower than the almost 57,000 cases at the same time in 2016, it is still an alarming figure. A new immunization vaccine, Dengvaxia, promised relief but turned out to may even be more damaging.
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Safe injection sites

Safe Injection Sites: Addicted in Montreal

Earlier this year Montreal, Quebec in Canada had announced they would be opening several safe injections sites around the city. This raised a few eyebrows and a few concerns as well, as safe injection sites are gaining traction across Canada.
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Sugar Fat Healthy

Eating Healthy: A Big Fat Lie? Or A Sugar Conspiracy?

It’s 2018, and we have just made a bunch of New Year’s Resolutions, many of which pertain to getting fit and healthy. However, with hundreds of sources on exercise and nutrition, people are getting confused. We are looking at one of the most confusing nutritional debates of them all, fat versus sugar.
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Medications Philippines Healthcare

Medications and Healthcare in the Philippines: A Price that Kills

Getting sick in the Philippines is a nightmare. Not only because you do not feel well but because you have to pay for it. It would have been bearable if the cost of medications and treatment is affordable and if you are doing it short-term, but what if you are reliant on maintenance drugs which cost at least half of your monthly income? What would happen to you?
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Abuse Intellectual Disabilities

The Silent Population: Abuse of the Intellectually Disabled

How many of you are aware of the different types of abuse that occur every day? We all have probably witnessed or have been confided in by victims of different types of assault at least once. However, if you go into a room with 100 people and ask how many of them are aware of abuse to persons with intellectual disabilities, the number would be less than ten. And what does this tell us?
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Food proverb

Food Proverb: How Food Slogans Mislead Us

It’s a characteristic of humans to pass down thought processes to their offspring. In so doing, proverbs from the Mesopotamian era are still with us today. It’s unfortunate that most humans never question them. They just swallow them, waiting to pass it on to their next in line. Like the food proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. You have always believed that, right? Well, sorry, but I have to tell you, it’s a lie! Not entirely. But most of it. Today we’ll pause and question a few of these false food proverbs.
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Grains

The Consequences of Grains: Are We Eating Like Cattle?

Grains are the world’s biggest source of food energy. Grains have the ability to form macronutrients from sunlight, fertilizers, water, and air. Dry grains, after harvesting, are more durable than any other staple foods out there. Grains are grown throughout the world proving that it has versatility and, since it is durable, it is used and is well-suited to industrial agriculture. But are they really healthy? Or are we eating like cattle?
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