Health & Wellness
TORONTO — Almost half of Canadian infants develop flat areas on the back of their heads by the age of two months, likely the result of sleeping face-up to prevent sudden infant death syndrome, a study suggests.
The study by Calgary researchers is believed to be the first in Canada to look at the incidence of what’s known as plagiocephaly, a flattening of the back of a baby’s skull.
TORONTO — Mothers-to-be in rural and remote parts of Canada face a different experience than their urban counterparts when they are giving birth, with longer trips to hospital and less access to the specialist doctors that women in urban centres might see.
Canadians may revel in the splendours of summer — hot-weather clothing and open-toe footwear, trips to the lake or seaside, and the no-fuss joy of outdoor cooking on the grill. But those lazy days of summer also come with a slew of health hazards, from bug bites and burns to sore feet and serious injuries.
Here are five of those warm-weather pitfalls and how to avoid them:
NEW YORK — An environmental group said Wednesday that the caramel coloring used in Pepsi still contains a worrisome level of a carcinogen, even after the drink maker said it would change its formula.
TORONTO — Toronto should consider opening safe-injection sites for drug users inside existing health-care institutions to help reduce number of drug-related deaths, the city’s public health agency suggested Tuesday.
EDMONTON — The University of Alberta has opened a new cyclotron facility at its south Edmonton campus.
The facility will make a reliable supply of medical isotopes for diagnostic imaging.
A shutdown of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.’s Chalk River research reactor in 2009 caused a worldwide shortage of the medical isotopes used to detect cancer and heart ailments.
OTTAWA—Caregivers could become collateral casualties of mental illness without a major change in the way they are supported, a new report says.
Family-support networks provided an estimated $3.9 billion worth of care in 2006 alone. But without support, those networks are at risk of falling apart, the Mental Health Commission of Canada warned.
ARCTIC BAY, Nunavut—Some 20 tourists and their guides who had been stranded on an ice floe off Baffin Island in Nunavut all were airlifted to safety yesterday night after spending much of the day waiting to be rescued.
The tourists, who were with Arctic Kingdom Expeditions, all managed to get off the floe when it floated close to shore early yesterday.
Canadian post-secondary students feel stressed, overwhelmed, lonely, and some even have considered suicide in the past year, a new study released yesterday suggested.
More than 30,000 students were surveyed for the report, which sheds light on mental health and other health issues faced by students at Canada’s colleges and universities.
WINNIPEG—A fast-food restaurant in Manitoba has backtracked on its offer to make customers a burger fit for Fred Flintstone.
Barb Barker, an administrative assistant for the Wendy’s outlet in Brandon, said last night that they have stopped selling their “T. Rex” burger, consisting of nine quarter-pound patties held together by nine pieces of processed cheese and a flimsy bun.