How healthy are you? 10 questions Canadians need to ask themselves now: from Maclean's magazine



    Also in this issue: Good news: The worst of the recession is over

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - Living a healthy and long life is important to
almost everyone, and since last May, more than 10,400 Canadians visited
macleans.ca/howhealthy to get a handle on their own mental and physical
well-being. The Q-GAP test from Maclean's and Scienta Health, which is posted
online again, is an exclusive head-to-toe health check that provides reliable,
relevant insights into each individual's current and potential health
problems, probing for the presence, frequency and intensity of approximately
100 symptoms of disease or discomfort.
    Inside Maclean's fifth "How heathy are you?" series, a shorter
10-question quiz helps Canadians determine how their health stacks up.

    Psychosocial health

    Surprisingly, the latest Q-GAP results showed it wasn't an aching back or
a nagging cough topped Canadians' list of complaints. Respondents' top health
worries were psychosocial issues: A large number are unhappy with
relationships and with work, which, of course, can in turn lead to other
health issues, such as mental illness, sleeping difficulties, headaches, not
exercising enough and obesity.

    
    Maclean's 2009 Health Guide, compiled by Dr. Elaine Chin, co-founder and
chief medical officer of Scienta, and Maclean's associate editor Cathy Gulli
and staff writer Kate Lunau, also features:
    - It's all in your head: breakthroughs for treating headaches and
      migraines (Plus: A Headache Quiz to evaluate the seriousness of
      symptoms)
    - Tough itch to scratch: The science of skin problems is often better
      explained by a neurologist than a dermatologist (Plus, Skin Care Dos
      and Don'ts)
    - Size isn't everything: New research suggests even those who appear
      "thin on the outside" can be "fat on the inside."
    

    For more, go to macleans.ca/howhealthy.

    THE ECONOMY: AND NOW FOR SOME GOOD NEWS

    It was only two months ago that the word "depression" seemed to be on
everyone's lips. Some pundits even predicted that bloody wars would soon break
out between collapsing nations, or that rioters would run wild in the streets
of America. Lately, the roar of the markets have drowned out such anxieties.
Over the past two months, major stock indices, such as the Dow Jones
Industrial Average and Canada's S&P/TSX composite, have steadily clawed their
way back. Although the recession is definitely not over, some experts say
we've seen the worst of it and that there's cause for optimism. Maclean's
senior writer Jason Kirby investigates: What will a recovery look like? And
what kind of economy will we have after the Great Recession has run its
course?

    ANDREW COYNE ON THE VOTE THAT COULD CHANGE CANADA

    Politics is broken in Canada, says national editor Andrew Coyne. On May
12, B.C. could help fix it with its referendum on electoral reform. If voted
in, the "single transferable vote" system would replace the current "first to
the post" style of voting-a much fairer system that would, among other
benefits, eliminate regional ghettos and make one-party majorities less
likely.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca.





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