Saturday, November 1, 2014

Health & Wellness

Why do victims of sexual assault stay silent? No easy answer, say experts

A simple question, but without a simple answer when it is posed to sexual assault victims.
Experts agree that the reasons why sexual assault victims are often reluctant to step forward are myriad.
Mabel Athena is all too aware of the complexity surrounding the issue.

Health spending increase this year smallest in 17 years; up only $61 per person

TORONTO — The cost of health care in Canada will go up this year, but the increase is expected to be the smallest in the past 17 years, a new report suggests.
The report on health-care spending in Canada estimates that total health expenditures will rise by only 2.1 per cent, or $61 more per person compared to last year’s health costs.

Donor shortage: UK opens National Sperm Bank to meet rising demand for donors

LONDON — Britain opened a National Sperm Bank on Thursday to help meet rising demand for donors.
Officials said it is designed to help single women, men with fertility problems and same-sex couples to build families.

Task force against PSA screening for prostate cancer

TORONTO—A national task force that produces guidelines for doctors says PSA testing should not be used to screen men for possible prostate cancer because it can lead to more harms than benefit.

Canadian task force advises against screening for prostate cancer using PSA test

TORONTO — A national task force that produces guidelines for doctors says PSA testing should not be used to screen men for possible prostate cancer because it can lead to more harms than benefit.

Winnipeg reports fastest spreading, highest number of syphilis cases in region

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says it is experiencing the worst and fastest-spreading outbreak of infectious syphilis ever recorded.
In a bulletin to health-care providers, the medical health officer says the region has recorded 60 syphilis cases in the first 10 months of this year — up from 40 cases the same time last year.

Doctor diagnosed as first patient with Ebola in NYC

NEW YORK—A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms.
And health officials stressed the nation’s most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.

Non-cow’s milk linked to lower vitamin D in kids

TORONTO—Children who drink non-dairy milk products such as rice, almond, or soy milk may have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow’s milk, a study suggests.

Kids who drink non-cow’s milk twice as likely to have low vitamin D, study finds

TORONTO — Children who drink non-dairy milk products such as rice, almond or soy milk may have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow’s milk, a study suggests.

White House: Positive Ebola tests for 2 Texas health workers indicate ‘shortcomings’

WASHINGTON — The White House is conceding there were shortcomings in the response to an Ebola patient’s care in the state of Texas that has now resulted in two health care workers testing positive for the disease.

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