Health & Wellness
TORONTO — Canadian women lack access to the best known option for abortion, two reproductive medicine experts argued in a commentary published Monday by the Canadian Medical Association.
The authors said Health Canada is currently studying an application to bring that option, a drug commonly known as RU-486, to the Canadian market.
TORONTO — A line of baby monitors is being recalled in Canada and the United States because the items pose a strangulation risk for infants.
The devices are Angelcare movement and sound baby monitors, made by Angelcare Monitors Inc.
Health Canada says that in the U.S. there have been reports of two deaths and two other incidents where babies became entangled in the monitors’ cords.
DALLAS — Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study.
Nuts have long been called heart-healthy, and the study is the largest ever done on whether eating them affects mortality.
TORONTO — Scientists in Toronto have identified two proteins that could save men with infertility problems both pain and time.
They say the proteins could form the basis of tests to figure out what type of infertility a man has and whether he has a chance of fathering children.
More work will be needed before commercial tests using the proteins could be approved and marketed.
NEW YORK—Mayor Michael Bloomberg planned to sign landmark legislation today banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, making New York the first large city or state in the country to prohibit sales to young adults.
City health officials hope that raising the legal purchase age from 18 to 21 will lead to a big decline in smoking rates in a critical age group.
WASHINGTON—Boys are slightly more likely to be born premature than girls—and they tend to fare worse, too, says a new report on the health of the world’s newborns.
“This is a double whammy for boys,” said Dr. Joy Lawn of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who led the team of researchers.
“It’s a pattern that happens all over the world.”
TORONTO — Lung cancer kills more Canadians each year than any other malignancy, but the disease receives a disproportionate amount of research and donation dollars compared with far less deadly cancers, says a national advocacy organization.
WASHINGTON — Boys are slightly more likely to be born premature than girls, and they tend to fare worse, too, says a new report on the health of the world’s newborns.
“This is a double whammy for boys,” said Dr. Joy Lawn of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who led the team of researchers. “It’s a pattern that happens all over the world.”
A new analysis of MERS case data suggests a large number of infections are going undetected, with the researchers estimating that for each case that has been found, five-10 may have been missed.
TORONTO — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s admitted alcohol and drug use have shone a glaring spotlight on addiction and substance abuse. But have Ford’s troubles raised the kind of awareness that is beneficial or harmful to the public’s understanding of the disease and those struggling with their own booze and drug-abuse demons?