Health

Admin January 21, 2018

Farmers Dairy has announced it’s pulling several milk products from shelves in Atlantic Canada after customers reported a chemical taste. “This withdrawal is only preventive and there is no health risk associated with consuming these products,” the company said in a statement posted to its Facebook page Saturday. Several products are listed as being affected, including two per […]

Admin January 20, 2018

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s this week’s round-up of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Asking the ‘crowd’ to pay for Canadian science Catherine Scott studies black widow spiders at the University of Toronto. She needed a field assistant because it’s dangerous studying […]

Admin January 20, 2018

The University of Manitoba now has a never-ending belly — and one which will never get heartburn — to help researchers stomach any and all of the dietary and digestive research they have on their plate. The buffet-busting machine — an artificial stomach the size of a large refrigerator — is helping researchers better understand digestion […]

Admin January 20, 2018

Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials. But the proposal from the Food and Drug Administration could have another unexpected effect: opening the door for […]

Admin January 19, 2018

An advocacy group for midwives in the province wants to know what’s happening with the legislation that could make it legal for midwives to practice on P.E.I. The BORN midwife advocacy group met Wednesday evening in Charlottetown to assess next steps in their campaign to allow midwives to practice in the province. The Registered Health […]

Admin January 19, 2018

Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now. Many groups are working on liquid biopsy tests, which look for DNA and other things that tumours shed into blood, to try to find cancer […]

Admin January 19, 2018

For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say. Possibly as a result of these healthy behaviours, gardeners in the small study also tended to gain less weight around their waists compared to their counterparts on a […]

Admin January 18, 2018

Health officials have urged Vancouver city council to push forward with new strategies to curb the high opioid death rate, including providing a safe supply of drugs to addicts. Dr. Patricia Daly with Vancouver Coastal Health and Dr. Mark Tyndall with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control made the suggestion during a presentation to council at city hall […]

Admin January 18, 2018

Diana Pepin never expected to capture abuse when she installed a camera in her mother’s room in an Ottawa long-term care home. She wanted to keep an eye on her mother and, as a former nurse, monitor the staff’s handling of her mother’s hygiene. Instead what she captured was these words: “Die, die you bitch. […]

Admin January 18, 2018

The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history’s most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of […]