Friday, December 19, 2014

Health & Wellness

Access to palliative care needed for all those nearing end of life, says report

TORONTO — Dramatic improvements are needed to provide quality palliative care for all patients facing the end of their lives, including boosting the number of health providers trained in specialized care of the dying, says an Ontario health advisory agency.

Dance program gives seniors with dementia and their caregivers a lift

TORONTO — About a dozen men and women sit around the edges of a spacious room, some perched on chairs, others in wheelchairs, waiting for a special class to begin. A few of these seniors have their eyes closed. Some stare into space. Others have a look of anticipation, as if they’re ready for anything.

The First Noel: Keeping routine helps parents of new baby cope during holidays

The festive season can be a stressful time for anyone. But for parents with a young baby, trying to keep up with family traditions and expectations while juggling feedings and diaper changes can make the holidays anything but the most wonderful time of the year.

Calgary hospital implants world’s smallest pacemaker as part of global study

CALGARY — A team at Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre has successfully implanted the world’s smallest pacemaker into eight local patients and is taking part in a global study to evaluate the device.
Pacemakers are implanted into patients with heart rhythm disorders and the traditional devices can be quite cumbersome for the patient as they have external cords and power supplies.

Obesity cuts years off life

TORONTO—A new study suggests obesity can shave years off lives and—before it does—dramatically increase the time obese people spend dealing with two major chronic conditions.

Avian ’flu strain found to be H5N2

VANCOUVER—The virus at the centre of an avian influenza outbreak in B.C.’s Fraser Valley is the H5N2 strain, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said yesterday—the same variety behind at least three previous outbreaks at Canadian farms.

Obesity can shave years off life, and off years of life lived free of disease

TORONTO — A new study suggests obesity can shave years off lives and — before it does — dramatically increase the time obese people spend dealing with two major chronic conditions.

Why snot? Gooey gunk is actually a vital part of your body’s protective arsenal

TORONTO — It’s icky and messy and sometimes it clogs your airways, making you feel like you can’t breathe. Heck, even its name is repugnant.
We’re talking about snot here.
Yeah, gross topic. But with cold and flu season looming, snot — or nasal mucus, as it can be more delicately described — is something many of us will experience first hand in the not-too-distant future.

Saskatchewan scientist finds ancient cancer in man who died 4,500 years ago

SASKATOON — A group of researchers, including a Saskatchewan scientist, have found what may be the oldest case of human cancer in the world.
Bones of a man exhumed in Siberia that date back 4,500 years to the Early Bronze Age show he had lung or prostate cancer, which eventually spread through his body from his hip to his head. He died between 35 and 45 years old.

CAMH study: more than 230,000 Ontario adults considered suicide in 2013

TORONTO — A new study from Canada’s largest mental health and addiction research centre suggests more than 230,000 Ontario adults “seriously contemplated suicide” in 2013.
The Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says that amounted to 2.3 per cent of Ontario’s adult population.

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