Sunday, November 23, 2014

Health & Wellness

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.

Personalized genetic test could predict prostate cancer recurrence: researcher

TORONTO — Canadian researchers have developed a genetic test to identify which men are at highest risk for recurrence of prostate cancer following localized treatment with surgery or radiation therapy.

Feds unveil Ebola monitoring measures

TORONTO—People coming to Canada from Ebola-affected countries—including returning health-care workers—will need to undergo a more formal 21-day monitoring period, the federal government announced yesterday.
And some will be told to stay at home for the duration of that time.

Canada announces monitoring measures on travellers from Ebola countries

TORONTO — People coming to Canada from Ebola-affected countries — including returning health-care workers — will need to undergo a more formal 21-day monitoring period, the federal government announced Monday. And some will be told to stay at home for the duration of that time.

Hundreds of kids poisoned by detergent pods; poison centres get thousands of calls, study says

CHICAGO — Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets sometimes mistaken for toys or candy landed more than 700 U.S. children in the hospital in just two years, researchers report. Coma and seizures were among the most serious complications.

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