Thursday, April 24, 2014

Health & Wellness

Almost blind Michigan man ‘seeing something new every day’ thanks to new retina procedure

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.
Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a “bionic eye,” he’s regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.

Navajo Nation lawmakers take up bills that aim to combat diabetes on vast reservation

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles.
The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country’s largest reservation, is to use the tax system to push people to ditch junk food.

SARS revisited? Sharp jump in cases, hospital outbreaks raise MERS concerns

TORONTO — It’s beginning to feel like SARS revisited.
For some of the scientists and doctors who helped the world battle the 2003 SARS outbreak, the recent rapid rise in human infections in several Middle Eastern countries caused by a cousin virus is creating a sense of sharp unease.

Child anti-vaccination message wrong: Matthews

TORONTO—It’s “outrageously irresponsible” for celebrities like Jenny McCarthy to encourage parents not to immunize their children against potentially deadly diseases, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews said yesterday.

Out-of-pocket health costs rising

TORONTO—A new report says out-of-pocket health expenses rose sharply from 1997 to 2009 with low income households taking the hardest hit.
The Statistics Canada report says low income households saw their health-care related costs rise by 63 percent over that period, compared to an increase of between 36 and 48 per cent for higher earners.

Out-of-pocket health costs rising; low income homes face biggest pinch

TORONTO — A new report says out-of-pocket health expenses rose sharply from 1997 to 2009 with low income households taking the hardest hit.
The Statistics Canada report says low income households saw their health-care related costs rise by 63 per cent over that period, compared to an increase of between 36 and 48 per cent for higher earners.

Teens who suffer concussion more likely to attempt suicide, be bullied: study

TORONTO — Teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion have a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide, being bullied and seeking help for mental health issues from crisis help lines, a study has found.

FDA approves Glaxo’s injectable Tanzeum to control diabetes in adults

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a new injectable drug from GlaxoSmithKline plc for adults with Type 2 diabetes.
The agency cleared the company’s drug, Tanzeum, to help patients control their blood sugar levels, in combination with diet and exercise.

Hungry spouse, angry spouse? Study with voodoo dolls ties marital discord to low blood sugar

WASHINGTON — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.
That’s because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose.
In fact, it can make them “hangry,” a combination of hungry and angry, said Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman.

Help promised to infertile women

TORONTO—Ontario’s governing Liberals are promising to provide limited coverage of infertility services to more women who are struggling to get pregnant.
They say they plan to help would-be parents pay for one cycle of in vitro fertilization for all forms of infertility starting early next year.

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