News/Health

It’s time to talk about your final moments of life, survey suggests

May 12, 2019

Most respondents to a recent survey in the U.K. said they aren’t sure what will happen in their final days, a sign of the challenges faced by health-care providers there and in Canada when helping aging populations die with dignity.

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Contracts gave Coca-Cola power to quash health research, study says

May 9, 2019

Health research bankrolled by Coca-Cola at universities in Canada and the U.S. included provisions allowing the beverage giant to quash studies midway, in a move potentially allowing the firm to shut down projects that are counter to its interests, says a new study.

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First-time cannabis use up after legalization, StatsCan reports

May 3, 2019

More Canadians say they’ve used cannabis recreationally since it was legalized last fall, particularly those aged 45 to 64 and males, according to Statistics Canada.  About 18 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and older, or about 5.3 million people, reported pot use in the last three months, the federal agency said in its quarterly report […]

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Drug treatment stopped transmission of HIV in gay couples, study finds

May 2, 2019

A European study of nearly 1,000 gay male couples who had sex without condoms — where one partner had HIV and was taking antiretroviral drugs to suppress it — has found the treatment can prevent sexual transmission of the virus. After eight years of follow-up of the so-called serodifferent couples, the study found no cases at […]

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Pediatric allergist traces ‘mystery’ reactions to pea protein — an increasingly popular ingredient

May 2, 2019

As a pediatric allergist, Dr. Elana Lavine often advises parents to avoid peanuts, eggs and seafood. Now, she’s warning them that allergies can also be triggered by “pea protein” found in a growing number of foods. Lavine described what happened to a two-year-old patient after eating non-dairy yogurt. “When given the yogurt, they had a full-blown […]

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Cigarette packages will be the ‘ugliest colour in the world’ starting in November

May 1, 2019

Canadian cigarette packs will have to be plain, drab brown with standardized layouts and lettering under new rules that kick in Nov. 9, Health Canada says. Officials said plain packages will increase the impact of graphic health warnings about the dangers of smoking, keeping them from getting lost amid colourful designs and branding. The government […]

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Doctors worry as anti-vaccination messages escalate from social media misinformation to personal threats

May 1, 2019

As anti-vaccination groups fight back against public health campaigns to promote immunization in the face of measles outbreaks, some Canadian doctors say the battle has escalated beyond social media platforms to personal threats and attacks. “The pitchforks are coming out,” said Dr. Anna Wolak, a family physician in Vancouver who has publicly spoken out on […]

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Nova Scotia’s health care ‘crisis’ is Canada’s crisis too

April 27, 2019

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Does Nova Scotia have a health-care crisis? That’s the powerful accusation made by a cancer patient in a video that went viral […]

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No, eating small amounts of peanuts will not cure an allergy, review suggests

April 25, 2019

Contrary to what you might have heard, eating tiny amounts of peanuts does not appear to help a person with a peanut allergy build up a tolerance in the real world.  In fact — according to a recent review by researchers in Canada, the U.S. and Italy — such attempts at “oral immunotherapy” might make things worse, […]

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Over 20 million children worldwide miss out on measles vaccine annually

April 25, 2019

Children are amongst the most vulnerable to measles. In 2017, youngsters made up the majority of the 110,000 people who died from measles. UNICEF executive director Henriette Fore said that missing vaccinations lays the foundation for measles cases today. The World Health Organization recommends a 95 per cent vaccination rate to achieve “herd immunity” — a level needed […]

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