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A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research

January 2018

Multiple sclerosis: Prevalence and impact

by Heather Gilmour, Pamela L. Ramage-Morin and Suzy L. Wong

Estimates from individual provinces suggest that the prevalence of multiple sclerosis (MS) among Canadians may be one of the highest in the world. MS is a progressive, potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system that damages myelin, the protective layer surrounding nerves. This disrupts communication to and from the brain, producing symptoms such as vision impairment, loss of coordination and balance, extreme fatigue, pain, bladder dysfunction, cognitive impairment, numbness, weakness, and mood changes. The nature and severity of symptoms vary and may be characterized by periods of relapse and remission.

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Trends and correlates of frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption, 2007 to 2014

by Cynthia K. Colapinto, John Graham and Sylvie St-Pierre

Fruit and vegetable consumption is recommended as part of a healthy diet. Fruit and vegetables are a source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, and carotenoids. They also provide fibre, which is important for digestive health. Diets that include fruit and vegetables have been linked to a lower risk of some chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal cancer. High consumption of fruit and vegetables suggests better diet quality.

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