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Patient navigation specialists are helping Indigenous cancer patients navigate their care - Dotemirates

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: According to a recent study, spending some quality time enjoying nature helps in boosting the learning abilities of children. The results of the study were published in the journal 'Frontiers in Psychology'. The researchers found that nature boosts learning in eight distinct ways. They found strong evidence that time in nature has a rejuvenating effect on attention, relieving stress, boosting self-discipline, increasing physical activity and fitness, and promoting self-motivation to students, enjoyment, and engagement and all of these have been showed to improve learning. Ming Kuo, the lead author of the study explained, “It is time to take nature...
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Assaults on north Wales NHS mental health staff halve

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It is the first time and one of a kind opportunity for Kochites to turn their early morning jogs into a social cause. Plogging, which is emerging as a new trend, promotes picking up the litter while jogging, which in turn makes the environment clean. Therefore the aim is to keep both the jogger as well as the environment in which he/she lives clean. For the first time in Kochi, HDFC Bank is organising a Ploggathon to bring in awareness about the trend and its necessity in the present scenario. The event is all about running for a healthier, cleaner...