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Patient navigation specialists are helping Indigenous cancer patients navigate their care

One Inuit cancer patient in Toronto wanted to return home to Nunavut to die. Another cancer patient wanted to smudge – a traditional cleansing ritual that involves burning sacred medicines such as sweet grass, sage, tobacco or cedar – while in hospital. And yet another was uncomfortable having male health professionals examine her and preferred to be seen by a female. In all of these cases, Leonard Benoit, an Aboriginal patient navigator with the Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program, was their advocate. Mr. Benoit’s job – which the seasoned nurse began more than six months ago – was created to...


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Washington: Turns out, playing golf is not only good for your mental and physical health, but it may also help one lead a longer life. Amid a growing body of evidence on the health impacts of the sport, the consensus aims to help current and would-be players maximize the health pros and minimize the health cons of golf, and to guide policy-makers and industry leaders on how best to make golf more inclusive and accessible and so encourage more people from all walks of life to take up the sport. The statement draws on a systematic review of the available...
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