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A 55-year-old woman is in serious but stable condition in hospital after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing at the Glebe Community Centre. Bystanders immediately started CPR and an off-duty physician used a defibrillator to shock the woman, who had regained consciousness by the time paramedics arrived. Read more here: http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/10/19/woman-revived-after-suffering-cardiac-arrest-at-glebe-polling-place

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Biomechanical engineer Alyssa DeMarco is distressed whenever she spots two nearly identical snow-sport helmets -- with a subtle difference that could be life shattering. Superior helmets are certified by an international standards organization, but in Canada there's no law on safety regulations for ski or snowboard headgear. Imposter helmets are a big concern as Canadians prepare up for another winter sport season, said DeMarco, who leads the helmet-research team at MEA Forensic, a collision and injury reconstruction firm in Vancouver. Read more here: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/imposter-snow-sport-helmets-a-concern-while-canadian-sellers-not-bound-by-laws-1.2615376  

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Volunteer search and rescue teams regularly join police forces searching for people who get lost in the Canadian wilderness. Tony Rodgers, spokesman and searcher with Halifax Regional Search and Rescue, said they've worked with Dr. Kenneth Hill, a psychology professor at Saint Mary's University, to study how lost people behave. Read more here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/search-and-rescue-expert-tells-you-how-to-stay-safe-1.3240804  

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The effects of long distance running is debated regulary by medical experts. While it is true that long-term endurance athletes have had some scarring noted in the heart muscle, it is at this point an association and not a causation. There is concern because if scarring of the heart muscle (fibrosis) becomes severe, it can lead to thickening of portions of the heart which can impact heart functioning. The discussion really hinges on two articles. In a study by Matthew Wilson, which was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, advanced imaging techniques were used to look at the hearts of three groups of people:...

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The Symptoms Immediately after a blow to the head, any number of the following: headache, loss of memory, loss of consciousness, confusion, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, etc. Later on, concentration problems, irritability, and sensitivity to light and noise. If you didn’t get hit very hard, some of the symptoms might be subtle. What’s Going On In There? In medical terms, a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, but in reality there’s nothing mild about it. It’s serious. When you get whacked in the head, the force makes nerves twist and stretch, and your brain hits the inside of your...

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