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The planned expansion of Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAID) law to include people with mental illnesses whose death is not imminent has been delayed, but not cancelled. (Shutterstock)

Canada delays expanding medical assistance in dying to include mental illness, but it’s still a policy built on quicksand

Canada’s planned expansion of MAID to mental illness is based on ignorance — if not outright disregard — of fundamental suicide prevention principles.
Family and household resources were critical to individuals who struggled with both employment income and savings during COVID-19. (Shutterstock)

For Canadians with disabilities, multiple types of support were important during COVID-19

Supports that were crucial in helping Canadians with disabilities stay afloat during COVID-19 are no longer available, causing concern from many about their economic future.
Widespread protests have followed changes in the subsidised price of Baladi bread, a traditional Sudanese flatbread. Photo by MUJAHED SHARAF AL-DEEN SATI/AFP via Getty Images

Russia-Ukraine conflict is driving up wheat prices: this could fuel instability in Sudan

Wheat and bread play a central role for food security and political stability in Sudan.
Frailty is a state of reduced physical function for seniors living independently in the community. It can affect endurance, balance, cognition or social engagement. (Shutterstock)

Faster diagnosis of frailty in seniors aging at home is key to helping them stay independent

Frailty — the physical limitations of seniors living in the community — needs to be assessed before it can be addressed with social and health support. Virtual assessments can speed up this process.
Rosa Eugenia uses a capulana masks produced at a small sewing workshop in Maputo, Mozambique. EFE-EPA/Ricardo Franco

Efforts to protect the poor during COVID: how five African countries fared

Study shows that agriculture, one of the most important sectors, did not decline in 2020 compared to its historical trend. Service sectors were hit hard in each of the five countries.
Access to transgender medical care has been under attack in many places in the U.S., and protesters, like those seen here in Texas, are pushing back. Erich Schlegel/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign

Transgender medicine – what care looks like, who seeks it out and what’s still unknown: 3 essential reads

Across the US, politicians, activists and transgender people are fighting over the right to access transgender medical care. Rarely is the care itself actually discussed. This is that discussion.
Isolation and other pandemic stresses can harm pregnant women’s mental health, with effects on their babies too. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Pregnancy during COVID-19 lockdown: How the pandemic has affected new mothers

Pregnant women’s experiences can affect their babies’ health, even into adulthood. Researchers know societywide stresses can lead to these long-term consequences – and the pandemic likely fits the bill.
Just feeling that there’s someone out there she can count on can help a mom-to-be. d3sign/Moment via Getty Images

Pregnant women’s brains show troubling signs of stress – but feeling strong social support can break those patterns

Fetal brains are changing rapidly over the course of pregnancy, but so are the brains of mothers-to-be. Neuroscience research shows one way worry can start taking hold – and a simple way to help.
Only three per cent of HIV organizations in British Columbia offer basic dental care to those who need it. (Shutterstock)

People living with HIV struggle to access much-needed dental care

Research shows that many people living with HIV struggle with tooth decay, bleeding gums and tooth sensitivity – due to the costs of dental care and discrimination by dental professionals.

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