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Gardening may help cancer survivors eat and feel better, study suggests

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST


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.

Staff-to-resident abuse in long-term care homes up 148% from 2011

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:41:38 EST


A year-long CBC Marketplace investigation reveals there were 2,198 reported incidents of staff-on-resident abuse in 2016. This means an average of six seniors were abused by their caregiver at a long-term care home every day.

Health officials urge Vancouver to distribute safe opioids

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:49:42 EST


Health officials urged Vancouver city council to push the boundaries and provide a safe supply of opioids to addicts to help curb the opioid crisis.

A look at the cognitive test that Trump aced — and why it's 'not considered definitive'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:53:05 EST


For all their apparent simplicity, 10-minute quizzes like the Montreal Cognitive Assessment offer doctors a snapshot of someone's memory and certain other neurologic functions, one piece of information to help determine if trouble's brewing.

Morning sickness drug Diclectin doesn't work, confidential industry documents reviewed by doctor show

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:37:49 EST


Confidential company documents show Diclectin is no better than a placebo. Toronto family doctor Nav Persaud, who fought seven years to see the documents, has stopped prescribing the popular morning sickness pill, but Health Canada has no plans to order the drug off the market.

After #MeToo, phone app allows you to legally consent to sex

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:01:05 EST


A Dutch startup is launching an app that will allow people to give legal consent to sex via their mobile in an initiative spurred by Sweden's plans to bolster its rape law.

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:50:10 EST


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 millions as it swept the globe.

Predicting diseases could improve with new 'reliable' count of cell proteins

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST


Scientists have produced what they say is the first reliable count of protein molecules in a simple cell. They hope the finding will lead to new ways to predict diseases such as cancer in more complex human cells.

U.K. names minister to tackle 'silent epidemic' of loneliness

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:26:09 EST


British Prime Minister Theresa May has given one of her cabinet ministers the task of coming up with a national strategy to combat loneliness in the U.K.

Why your birth year may increase your risk of dying during a flu pandemic

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:54:13 EST


New research suggests that the year you were born may increase your risk of death in an influenza pandemic.

'Do not eat': Teens warned against taking 'Tide pod challenge'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST


The latest social media fad called the "Tide pod challenge" has parents and health professionals worried and has led to an NFL star making a public service announcement against the dangerous trend.

U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade, Gallup survey suggests

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:52:24 EST


The number of Americans without health-care insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, according to a new Gallup poll.

Breastfeeding appears to cut risk of Type 2 diabetes in women

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:36:29 EST


A 30-year national study in the U.S. says women who breastfeeding for six months or longer seem to have a lower risk of developing diabetes.

Family calls for provincial seniors advocate after father lives in long-term care

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:15:00 EST


The family of a man who lived in long-term care in Thunder Bay, Ont., for six years, says there needs to be a provincial advocate for seniors.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental state

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:30:14 EST


Donald Trump has aced a test on his mental health — likely putting to rest days of Washington political gossip. And one Arab-Canadian couldn't be prouder.

Stifling a sneeze can rupture your pharynx, doctors warn

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:59:06 EST


A case study published in the journal BMJ Case Reports details what happened to a British man who held back a sneeze.

Trying to lose weight? Then ditch the scale, says P.E.I. dietitian

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:00:00 EST


A P.E.I. dietitian is encouraging people to stick with their New Year's resolution of losing weight by doing away with the scale.

P.E.I., N.B. close diabetes camps for kids

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST


Diabetes Canada is closing a popular camp on P.E.I. for Island children with Type 1 diabetes, along with their summer camp in neighbouring New Brunswick.

Health Canada says processed-food makers aren't cutting enough salt

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:32:06 EST


Health Canada says its strategy to get some of the salt out of processed foods has produced a reduction in sodium "much lower than anticipated."

Black Death spread by human fleas and lice, research shows

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:05:00 EST


The Black Death, which killed millions throughout Europe in a pandemic stretching from the 14th to 19th century, was likely spread by parasites such as fleas and lice carried on the human body.