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Albertans can have their say in what the province’s mental-health strategy will address by completing an online questionnaire on a government website.

A media release from Alberta Health says the survey, which will be available online until Oct. 23, is intended help inform the review committee about what Albertans want to see in terms of improving the lives of people living with addictions and mental health challenges.

The Mental Health Review, announced in June by Premier Rachel Notley, will be co-chaired by Alberta Liberal leader Dr. David Swann and NDP MLA Danielle Larivee. Tyler White, CEO of Siksika Health Services, will provide an aboriginal perspective as the third committee member.

The report and recommendations are expected to be presented to the government by the end of the year.

The survey can be found at http://www.health.alberta.ca/initiatives/Mental-Health-Review.html.

Alberta Health Services has lifted an air-quality advisory that was in place for most of the province, including the Edmonton Zone, as a result of smoke from wildfires in the northwestern U.S.

The health provider warns, nonetheless, that air quality can vary, year round, depending on weather conditions. Up-to-date information on warnings can be found at www.airquality.alberta.ca.

With September being recognized as Arthritis Awareness Month in many parts of Canada and beyond, the Arthritis Society is hoping to get residents thinking green.

Medical marijuana has been available to Canadians for many years, but the laws and the process can be understandably confusing to many patients. To that end, the society has released “Medical Cannabis: A guide to access,” in the hopes of helping patients understand how to access cannabis to treat arthritis symptoms.

“There are many Canadians seeking an effective treatment to manage their pain and they are interested in medical cannabis,” society president Janet Yale said in a media release. “This new resource helps prepare them so they can ask the right questions and make informed treatment choices.”

Visit www.arthritis.ca for more information.

Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered what many have known all along – the benefits of spinal manipulation vary depending who you ask.

A study published last week in the journal Spine concluded the short-term benefits of spinal manipulation techniques – typically provided by chiropractors and physiotherapists – vary from person to person.

Lead author Greg Kawchuk, a researcher with the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, noted in a University of Alberta publication that the causes of back pain vary from patient to patient, and likewise the efficacy of different treatments will vary.

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