Friday, May 29, 2015

Health & Wellness

There is no Frankenwheat: professor says protein unchanged in 100 years

Go ahead — bite down on that bagel.
A University of Saskatchewan professor says he’s debunked claims that modern varieties of wheat are causing gluten intolerance because of how their protein content has been manipulated.
“The science doesn’t support what people have been saying,” said Ravi Chibbar, whose paper was published Thursday in the journal Cereal Chemistry.

Cancer cases to rise 40% by 2030; aging population fuel increase: report

TORONTO — The annual number of new cancer diagnoses in Canada will increase by 40 per cent by 2030, the Canadian Cancer Society predicted in a report released Wednesday.
At first blush that projection seems alarming.
But the cancer society was quick to point out that demographics will fuel the increase, not a heightened risk in developing the disease.

Taco Bell, Pizza Hut join growing list of companies nixing ‘artificial ingredients’

NEW YORK — Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they’re getting rid of artificial colours and flavours, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

Shrinking demand behind closure of blood donor clinics

The non-profit agency that operates Canada’s blood donor clinics is shutting down four permanent sites and eliminating 16 mobile clinics across the country, saying the cutbacks are needed because Canadian Blood Services is collecting too much blood.

Jays able to avoid sweep

TORONTO—Aaron Sanchez is getting more comfortable with each outing on the mound.
The Blue Jays’ right-hander, making just his ninth career start, had another solid performance yesterday as Toronto beat the Seattle Mariners 8-2.
“It’s been flowing and we’re just kind of running with it,” Sanchez (4-4) said after going 6 2/3 innings.

Cold kills more people: study

TORONTO—Cold temperatures kill more people than hot weather does, says a large international study that examined deaths in 13 countries, including Canada.
Interestingly, the research found most weather-related deaths were not associated with times of temperature extremes—polar vortexes or wilting heat waves—but to moderately cold days.

Fruit juice may be squeezed out of Food Guide

TORONTO—The federal government is considering whether fruit juice should be squeezed out as a healthy dietary choice under Canada’s Food Guide.
The dietary bible recommends that children and adults consume up to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Half-a-cup (125 ml) of 100 percent fruit juice is among the recommended examples of a serving.

Health Canada reviewing whether fruit juice should be dumped from Food Guide

TORONTO — The federal government is considering whether fruit juice should be squeezed out as a healthy dietary choice under Canada’s Food Guide.
The dietary bible recommends that children and adults consume up to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Half a cup (125 ml) of 100 per cent fruit juice is among the recommended examples of a serving.

Toronto baby first born after mom has ‘game-changing’ egg-enhancing treatment

TORONTO — A Canadian woman is the first mother to give birth after undergoing a new procedure that boosts the health of women’s eggs to improve the success rate of in-vitro fertilization.
Natasha Rajani, 34, of Toronto gave birth to son Zain about three weeks ago.

Experts to review female sex pill

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will ask a group of outside medical experts next month to evaluate a much-debated experimental drug designed to boost sexual desire in women.
The meeting is the latest twist in the ongoing saga of flibanserin—a proposed female libido pill which the FDA already has twice declined to approve.

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