Sunday, May 3, 2015

Health & Wellness

New Ontario law requires schools to let asthmatic kids keep inhalers

TORONTO — Ontario has made it illegal for schools to keep inhalers away from kids suffering from asthma with legislation crafted following the death of a 12-year-old boy.

Campaign to wipe out polio has never been in such a strong position: UNICEF

TORONTO — The nearly three-decades-long battle to wipe out polio is making significant progress and may be poised for success, leaders in the campaign said Thursday.

Health agencies need to take action on antimicrobial resistance: auditor general

TORONTO — A knuckle-rapping report on federal government inactivity on the subject of antibiotic resistance is earning praise from experts.

Breast cancer gene found in French- Canadian, Polish ‘founder’ populations: study

TORONTO — Researchers have identified a new genetic mutation strongly linked to hereditary breast cancer in two specific populations of French-Canadian and Polish women.
The Canadian-Polish research team found recurrent mutations in the RECQL gene among the women, who have a strong family history of breast cancer but do not carry one of the more common BRCA mutations.

’Sugar Coated’ documentary explores health dangers of sweets

TORONTO — Is sugar the new tobacco? It’s a provocative question that’s explored in the documentary “Sugar Coated.”
In the film, screening at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival, director Michele Hozer takes a hard look at how sugar has escaped scrutiny as a leading cause of obesity, diabetes and heart disease for more than four decades.

FDA official says increased popularity, safety issues led to review of unproven remedies

WASHINGTON — A top federal drug regulator says that increased safety problems with homeopathic remedies contributed to the government’s decision to revisit its oversight of the products at a public hearing this week.

MRI used to study knuckle-cracking

EDMONTON—A team of crack researchers finally may have solved the mystery of knuckle-popping.
In a study published yesterday, University of Alberta scientists describe how modern imaging technology has shed new light on the age-old riddle of why some joints crack when you pull them.

Breast cancer in South Asian women often diagnosed at later stage: study

TORONTO — Women of South Asian descent are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer in its later stages compared to the general population, while women of Chinese ethnicity tend to be diagnosed when the disease is at an early stage, an Ontario study has found.

Canadian Kraft Dinner to lose its synthetic colour by end of 2016

NEW YORK — Kraft is pledging to remove synthetic colouring from its Canadian Kraft Dinner Original product by the end of 2016.
This year will mark the last that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese, sold in the U.S., will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colours.
In January, Kraft said its macaroni and cheese would be coloured using paprika, annatto and turmeric.

Twin gets new liver

TORONTO—A three-year-old girl from Kingston, Ont. has received a liver transplant two months after her twin sister underwent the same surgery to combat a potentially-fatal genetic disorder.
A post on the Wagner family’s Facebook page said Binh received her “gift” from an anonymous donor, though the timing of the surgery is being kept secret to protect the donor’s privacy.

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