Friday, January 30, 2015

Health & Wellness

Stem cell target of MS trial

TORONTO—Two Canadian research centres are gearing up for a clinical trial to determine if a type of stem cell can help alleviate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Coke to see changes

TORONTO—The Real Thing soon will be the less sweet thing—at least in Canada.
Coca-Cola is getting an eight percent calorie cut in Canada, which will bring its sweetness in line with how the beverage tastes elsewhere in the world, the company said this week.
Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada also is tweaking the size of bottles and cans.

Boil-water advisory lifted for Winnipeg

WINNIPEG—A water warning was lifted for Winnipeg’s 700,000 residents yesterday, although officials couldn’t say why tests for E. coli came back positive in the first place.

This year’s flu vaccine offered little or no protection in Canada: study

TORONTO — This year’s flu vaccine offers little or no protection in Canada against becoming sick enough to require medical care, a study published Thursday suggests.
The research, based on data from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, found the vaccine offers most people virtually no protection against the strain that’s causing the lion’s share of the illness this year, H3N2.

Sex ed. criticism surprises Sandals

TORONTO—Ontario’s education minister is surprised by some of the criticism over the province’s proposed changes to the sex ed. curriculum, saying the concept of consent already is taught to primary school children.
“I’ve been quite taken aback by things that people are trying to label as sex ed.,” Liz Sandals said yesterday.

Winnipeg boil-water advisory still on

WINNIPEG—The most recent tests done on Winnipeg’s water supply came back clean yesterday, but the city’s 700,000 residents remained under a boil-water advisory while the results were verified.
Mayor Brian Bowman said it could be this afternoon before yet another round of tests was completed and people would be able to safely drink the water without boiling it first.

First bird ’flu strain found

TORONTO—A woman from British Columbia is the first person in North America to be diagnosed with H7N9 bird ’flu, after apparently contracting the virus while travelling in China earlier this month, Canadian health officials said yesterday.
Her husband, who had been travelling with her, also was sick with an influenza-like illness around the same time.

Milk industry fighting back against ‘naysayers, these anti-dairy folks’

NEW YORK — The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.

High-tech or old-fashioned, products aim to take the bite out of getting into a cold bed

As a guy who built heating systems for spacesuits, Mark Aramli found it perplexing that there was no good way to get the temperature right for his mom when she was laid up during a recent Rhode Island winter.
“I kept astronauts warm in space, and this was just a bed,” the former NASA engineer says. “Everything was too hot or too cold.”

Dancing genitals online hit

STOCKHOLM, Sweden—In socially-liberal Sweden, an educational video for children featuring dancing genitals has become an online hit—and even drawn criticism for not being progressive enough.
The one-minute animated video by public broadcaster SVT, promoting a television series about the human body, has been seen by more than four million YouTube viewers.

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