Diseases and Disorders

We need Change in the Mental Health System

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Psychiatric facilities in British Columbia need to rebuild their mental health systems for being unethical with patients. Mental health facilities allowed staff to constrain patients with no explanations, they denied patients the right to have a lawyer and, took away clothing from patients as a way of discipline. The “Operating in Darkness” report states the provincial Mental Health Act allows patients in confinement to be restrained to their beds, giving unwanted drug treatments and, losing their right to cloths.

 

Stop Romanticizing Things That Hurt

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You would like to think that mental health was taken seriously, wouldn’t you? For years, the idea of romanticizing mental illness has come to play and Dawnie Cheung explains more on the issue. She starts off by explaining how mental illness is hard to understand unless you’ve experienced it. She goes on to explain how mental illness was taught to her to be frightening and scary, although now in this generation, it’s viewed as normal and “cool” to have.

Assisted death to end sufferance

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In this article, we learn from a report by the Department of Public Health that 111 people died after the California’s right-to-die law got implemented.  On June 9th of 2016, the End of Life Option Act took place. It allows citizens of California 18 years old and over to ask for euthanasia from their doctors if they are expected to die in the next 6 months and are suffering from their illness.

The United States raising state of public health emergency on opioid crisis

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On October 26th, the Trump administration has declared the opioid crisis to be a national public health emergency under the federal Public Health Service Act in order to combat the “worldwide problem” with deep-reaching negative effects of drug abuse. In a speech delivered, he decries how the United States has lost “at least 64 000 Americans to overdoses, that’s 175 lost american lives per day, that’s 7 lost lives per hour” in 2016.

Random Errors in DNA Replication Play Major Role in Cancer

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Briefly, human cancer is traditionally known to occur from heredity or environmental sources, but researchers found errors in the DNA replication of many healthy cells that has an effect on cancer and they called that factor ‘’R’’ or random mutations.

Random Errors in DNA Replication Play Major Role in Cancer

The main result of this article is that “nearly two-thirds of mutations in human cancers are attributable to random errors that occur naturally in healthy, dividing cells during DNA replication.”  Before this result, the scientific community believed a much bigger part of the DNA mutations were cause heredity or environmental source. According to one of the researcher, the implication of the R (random) mutation was underestimated he believes that their result will increase the attention given to it.

Random Errors in DNA Replication Play Major Role in Cancer ... What Else ?

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A lot of element can cause a cancer but one of them is particularly grabbing our attention: the “R mutations” or “random mutations”. In fact, two-thirds of mutations in human cancers are engendered by a random error in DNA replication and this happen even when the cells are completely healthy. This means that heredity and environment have a greatly lower impact on cancer mutation than everybody always thought. Up until now, R mutations have been neglect but these mutations need to be taken very seriously.

The Medicine of Older TImes

       During the trip to the Osler Library that was on the McGill campus my class and I had the opportunity to work with some old artifacts which happened to be books. The book my group worked with was William Cockburn’s," Sea Diseases: Or A Treatise Of Their Nature, Caufes, And Cure. Also, An Essay On Bleeding In Fevers;". What was great about the book was the fact that the information that was portrayed throughout the pages was about how they discovered diseases that happened while men sailed the seas.

Locking Up People with Mental Health: West Africa vs. Quebec

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Every country struggles to take care of people with mental health problems. Now, in West Africa in particular “mental health is an incredible neglected issue […] [because] there are so many competing priorities”. In this article written by Carey Benedict, on October 11th 2015, the lack of resources to treat mental illnesses is very clear.