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How antioxidants aid in healthy living

Antioxidants are everywhere. Energy drinks, skin treatments, vitamin supplements, and cold remedies, and all extol the virtues of their special combination of health giving ingredients.

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PROULX: Learn to live in the slow lane

Last week, cancelled flights thwarted a weekend away in New York with my boyfriend. We stayed home. Almost no one knew we were still in Toronto. The slow, delicious unfolding of three days with no plans, obligations or commitments was shockingly delightful.

Laurie de Grace, a former University of Alberta student, interviewed 21 people for her research on how elite athletes may be at a higher risk for substance abuse. (Larry Wong)

Sports may be linked to addiction

Athletes who compete at an elite level may be at greater risk of substance abuse, says a University of Alberta researcher. Laurie de Grace, who has interviewed 21 people recovering from addiction, wants to raise awareness about the potential link between athleticism and the use of drugs and alcohol.

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Male birth control works but...

A new male birth control shot has been found to be 96% effective, according to a study, but the trials have been nixed because men couldn't handle the side effects.

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Nitric oxide: The miracle molecule

My initial reaction to this news was "It's too good to be true." But three researchers received the prestigious Nobel Prize for its discovery. Louise J. Ignarro, one of the prize winners, says, "There may be no disease process where this miracle molecule does not have a protective role."