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Flashing lights at night may help reduce jet lag 9.2.2016 Health

Exposing sleeping people to a series of short flashing lights at night might help them adjust more quickly to time zone changes, according to a small U.S. study.

Magic abounds when daycare, seniors home share roof 9.2.2016 Toronto Star: Living
In the second-floor lounge at Toronto’s Kipling Acres long-term care home, about 15 seniors in wheelchairs and walkers gather to the throbbing techno beat of “Gangnam Style” by Korean pop rapper PSY. “Here we go,” chirps early childhood educator Bama Thillainathan, as she leads a group of preschoolers into the room to “move and groove” with their elderly neighbours. Mary Offen, 82, lights up as the children arrive. Her wheelchair rocks while both feet tap to the music. “I love to dance,” she says, grabbing the outstretched hands of 3-year-old Heaven Tulloch-Rankine. “I love them very, very much.” The children from the daycare centre downstairs revel in the adoration. And while some of them are timid at first, they are soon waving colourful pom-poms, shaking tambourines and cuddling up to the seniors. Everyone is grooving to the music. “Integrating rehabilitation with the children is just another element we use to get seniors moving,” says rehab specialist Adnan Baljic, one of several staff leading the ...
Concussion raises long-term suicide risk, study finds 9.2.2016 Toronto Star: Living
Adults who experience a concussion appear to have a long-term suicide risk three times higher than that of the general population — and that risk rises to four times higher if the traumatic brain injury occurred on a weekend, a study suggests. The study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, also found that having a subsequent concussion was associated with a further increase in the risk that a person would take his or her own life. “We know that a concussion can cause lasting changes in the brain that can alter mood, perhaps resulting in behaviour changes, including impulsivity,” said principal researcher Dr. Donald Redelmeier, an internal medicine specialist and senior scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. “It’s possible that we’re seeing greater suicide risk linked to weekend concussions due to risk-taking associated with recreation or misadventure, whereas weekday injuries may be linked to employment hazards.” To conduct the study, researchers analyzed ...
Concussion raises long-term suicide risk 9.2.2016 Health
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Adults who experience a concussion appear to have a long-term suicide risk three times higher than that of the general population and that risk rises to four times higher if the traumatic brain injury occurred on a weekend, a Canadian study suggests.

10-year snapshot of dental rates reveals Alberta has jumped more than twice that of some other provinces 8.2.2016 Health
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If the cost of accessing dental care is causing pain comparable to a root canal, you likely live in Alberta, a new study by an insurance association reveals.

Surgeon stops mid-operation, teen forced to wait to have same surgery again 8.2.2016 Health
Farouq Sadiq

After waiting more than a year for surgery, an Alberta teen is forced to undergo the same operation twice after his surgeon became ill halfway through the procedure.

Meet the University of Waterloo dropouts living the digital dream 7.2.2016 Toronto Star: Living
WATERLOO, ONT.—Hongwei Liu is standing in his office wearing head-to-toe black: crisp poplin shirt, jeans, suede sneakers. The co-founder and CEO of MappedIn, a multimillion-dollar company that crafts touch-screen directories for shopping malls and retail stores, is a University of Waterloo dropout who oversees a staff of 26. He is 24 years old. Liu is among a small but growing number of young adults in the Kitchener-Waterloo area who are redefining what it takes to create a successful business. They’ve abandoned their studies in order to launch startups in this cauldron of tech ingenuity. It could be argued they epitomize the entrepreneurial spirit, skipping classes to get in the game instead, following in the footsteps of industry icons such as Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. There’s even a lucrative program for these dropouts. The Thiel Fellowship, established in 2011 by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, hands out $100,000 (U.S.) and invaluable mentorship to university students under the age of 22 who ...
Alert: A feat of engineering sustained by a feat of logistics 6.2.2016 Toronto Star: Living
CFS ALERT, NUNAVUT—Welcome to the northern edge of Canada. The edge of nowhere might be a more fitting description for this military outpost, perched on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island, far from civilization, a dot of humanity in otherwise empty and frozen expanse. The six-hour flight from Trenton, Ont. to Alert — covering some 4,300 km, almost the distance between Halifax and Vancouver — is a testament to the scale of the country and the vast expanse of the Arctic. But this outpost is at the extreme limits of Canadian turf. “It’s absolutely nowhere. There is only one place to go. South,” quipped Chief Petty Officer, 2nd Class, Dan Williams as he was en route to the station in late January to begin a three-month stint. More on Staying busy crucial to surviving 24 hours of darkness in Alert At 82 degrees, 30 minutes, north latitude, Alert’s claim to fame is the most northern permanent inhabited station in the world. The North Pole is a mere 817 km north. The closest settlement is Grise ...
As the Zika crisis grows, scientists are scrambling to understand how the virus spreads 6.2.2016 Toronto Star: Living
As Zika’s impact continues to grow, health officials are still struggling to answer basic questions about how the virus works. “I wish we knew more about Zika today. I wish we could do more about Zika today,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a press conference Friday. “I understand that this is a stressful situation for women and families, and particularly for women who are pregnant.” But scientists are learning more by the day, according to Frieden, and public health bodies are tweaking their recommendations as new pieces of the puzzle emerge. Here is what we have recently learned — and what we still don’t know — about how Zika spreads. Urine and saliva On Friday, researchers with Brazil’s Fiocruz research institute announced they had found live Zika virus in saliva and urine samples taken from two patients. This adds to evidence from previous studies of a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013 and 2014 that also detected the virus in these ...
Sisters of Saint Ann donate $3 million to UBC college 6.2.2016 Vancouver Sun: News
The Sisters of Saint Ann will donate $3 million to the University of British Columbia’s Saint Mark’s College. The endowment will establish the Marie Blondin Chair in Theology at the college, which is a Catholic theological college affiliated with UBC. Marie Blondin was the founder of the Sisters of Saint Ann.
Pregnant women in Brazil urged to think twice before kissing because of Zika virus 5.2.2016 Toronto Star: Living
RIO DE JANEIRO—A top Brazilian health official warned pregnant women to think twice before giving a kiss as global measures mounted Friday against the Zika virus suspected of a link to birth defects. The U.N. human rights agency called for some nations to loosen strict laws against abortion, and U.S. health authorities recommended that men who have visited areas with the Zika virus use condoms if they have sex with pregnant women. Meanwhile, Colombian health officials said three people had died of Guillain-Barre syndrome after contracting the Zika virus. The country’s National Health Institute director, Martha Lucia Ospina, said all three victims were confirmed to have been infected with Zika. Still, most international experts are cautious about whether Zika can trigger the rare syndrome, which can cause complete paralysis, because other infections and conditions can lead to the illness. In Rio de Janeiro, Paulo Gadelha, president of the Fiocruz research institute, told a news conference that scientists ...
Legislate B.C. care home staffing, advocates demand 5.2.2016 Vancouver Sun: News
When Pamela Hollington placed her 80-year-mother into a nursing home she was shocked to learn there would be as few as two care aides at times overseeing 50 residents on a specialized ward for people suffering from dementia. Hollington’s mother had been in a private nursing home, but because of her aggressive behaviour, it was determined she needed a higher level of care and was moved to a secured ward at Inglewood Care Centre, which operated by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in West Vancouver.
Fundraiser shaves heads to raise money for cancer charity 5.2.2016 Toronto Star: Living
Several city luminaries endured a close shave at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre on Wednesday to benefit cancer research. The culmination of the #NoHairSelfie fundraising campaign — part of World Cancer Day — meant that Luminato festival artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt, Princess Margaret Foundation president Paul Alofs, several local firefighters and others were attacked by trimmer-wielding helpers who sent the volunteers’ locks tumbling to the floor, as promised to donors. In Weisbrodt’s case, his husband, musician Rufus Wainwright, did the honours; Weisbrodt cited the 2010 loss of Wainwright’s mother, folk-music legend Kate McGarrigle, to cancer as an inspiration. “How can it be that we cannot cure cancer; that our body can turn against us?” said Weisbrodt in a news release. “Kate was 63 — much too early to pass away.” The #NoHairSelfie campaign, unveiled by the Princess Margaret foundation last year, went global this year in partnership with the Union for International Cancer Control, a ...
Young patient gives cash boost to brain-cancer battle 5.2.2016 Ottawa Citizen: News
Elias Hawa is 13 years old, so he gets right to the point when he talks about how his life changed five months ago when what his family thought was a minor concussion from karate turned out to be something much more serious. “It wasn’t fun,” he told a small group gathered in a lab […]
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Carleton student gets a shave for NoHairSelfie campaign 5.2.2016 Ottawa Citizen: News
As part of World Cancer Day, Carleton University student Josh Nadler invited his grandmother Carol Aronson to do something she hasn’t done in years; cut his hair. Only this time she left him bald, just like he asked her to as part of his effort to raise a little over $1,800 for cancer research. With […]
Popular antibiotics to carry new warning about retinal detachment 5.2.2016 Vancouver Sun: News
A popular class of antibiotics will now carry a warning label after Health Canada completed a second review of reports that some patients using the drugs had suffered retinal detachment. “Given that retinal detachment is a medical emergency, the recommendations of the Health Canada review were that the current labelling for oral fluoroquinolones be revised to highlight the urgency to consult a health care professional if patients experienced vision problems,” a Health Canada announcement said.
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Researchers pinpoint circuits that drive PTSD flashbacks 4.2.2016 Health
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Researchers at a large veterans' hospital in Minnesota say they've pinpointed the neural circuits that drive PTSD flashbacks and panic attacks. And solving the PTSD riddle may help treat those suffering from neuroticism, psychosis and obsessive-compulsive disorder as well.

Brazil not giving enough Zika samples, world health officials complain 4.2.2016 Health
Brazil MED Hoarding Zika

​Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.

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Fitness trackers put users’ health data at risk, study suggests 4.2.2016 Toronto Star: Living
Fitness trackers may help you keep your New Year’s resolutions, but a recent study out of the University of Toronto suggests that wearable devices are full of security holes. The study, conducted by digital research group Open Effect and U of T’s Citizen Lab, found that many of the most popular devices leak information  and are vulnerable to manipulation of recorded data. The devices, which can track everything from heart rate to quality of sleep, collect fitness data that wearers use to keep track of their health goals. These trackers aren’t just for the health conscious: lawyers and insurance companies have used data to verify users’ fitness. In 2014, a Calgary law firm used a Fitbit, the most popular device on the market, to demonstrate that their client’s activity level had suffered following an automobile accident. This spring, American life insurance provider John Hancock offered clients a discount on their policy if they wore a fitness tracker, which could help the company set more accurate ...
Seniors who give up driving may show health decline 4.2.2016 Health

Older adults who give up driving may see their mental and physical well-being decline, a new research review finds.

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