Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Health & Wellness

Province moves to regulate e-cigarettes

TORONTO—Ontario yesterday moved to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes, ban all flavoured tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, and mandate calorie counts on restaurant menus with its Making Healthier Choices Act.
The omnibus bill would treat e-cigarettes just like tobacco cigarettes, with a total ban on sales to youth and on using them in restaurants and public buildings.

Funding for mental health

TORONTO—The Ontario government is promising $65 million this year to offer more help for people with mental health and addiction issues, part of its 10-year program to improve services.
Health minister Eric Hoskins said the funding, which will grow to $83 million next year, will help reduce wait times and improve access to mental health services.

Ontario regulates electronic cigarettes, bans all flavoured tobacco products

TORONTO — Ontario moved Monday to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes, ban all flavoured tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, and mandate calorie counts on restaurant menus with its Making Healthier Choices Act.
The omnibus bill would treat e-cigarettes just like tobacco cigarettes, with a total ban on sales to youth and on using them in restaurants and public buildings.

Houses should be checked for radon gas, can cause lung cancer, experts say

TORONTO — It’s a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep through cracks and crevices in houses and other enclosed spaces — and can cause lung cancer. Yet many Canadians aren’t even aware of its existence or the health risk the substance can pose.

McKinsey report says global obesity costs hit $2 trillion, nearly as much as smoking

LONDON — A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute says that the global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism.
The report released Thursday focused on the economics of obesity and says 2.1 billion people — some 30 per cent of the global population — are overweight or obese.

New report says hospitalizations for self-harm way up among teens

TORONTO — There is a troubling trend among some tweens and teens, says a new report that points to a sharp rise in self-harming behaviour such as attempted suicides and cutting.
The report, from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, compares hospitalizations for self-harm induced injuries over a five-year period, from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

Kidney donors face higher risks during pregnancies

TORONTO—A new study says that women who have donated a kidney are at higher risk of developing gestational hypertension or a potentially dangerous condition called pre-eclampsia during pregnancies that follow the donation.
The study suggests the increase in risk is not enormous, and in fact most women who have donated a kidney can safely carry a pregnancy to term.

Living kidney donors face higher health risks during later pregnancies: Study

TORONTO — A new study says that women who have donated a kidney are at higher risk of developing gestational hypertension or a potentially dangerous condition called pre-eclampsia during pregnancies that follow the donation.
The study suggests the increase in risk is not enormous, and in fact most women who have donated a kidney can safely carry a pregnancy to term.

Personnelle and Cuties baby wipes recalled due to bacterial contamination

TORONTO — Health Canada says two baby-wipe products are being recalled due to bacterial contamination, which has caused a number of consumer complaints about adverse health effects following their use.
The recall affects all Personnelle Baby Wipes and Cuties Baby Wipes with lot date numbers prior to and including lot 29414.

Provinces need screening programs to find lung cancer when most treatable: report

TORONTO — Comprehensive screening programs that detect lung cancer early and improve patients’ chances of survival are lacking across the country, says a report by Lung Cancer Canada, an advocacy and research fundraising organization.

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