User: cassels Topic: Health in Canadian Media
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Nunavut leads Canada in childhood respiratory illness: pediatrician 31.3.2015 Health
Infant RSV rate climbs in Nunavut

Nunavut has a higher rate of young children being admitted to hospital for respiratory illness than the rest of Canada, says a pediatrician with the Qikitani General Hospital.

Health Canada willing to ease fecal transplant rules for recurrent C. difficile 31.3.2015 Health
HealthMatters Fecal Transplants 20120206

Health Canada has signalled it is willing to loosen the rules on the use of fecal transplants to treat persistent C. difficile infections.

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Date set for inquest into death of high school rugby player 31.3.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
A coroner’s inquest into the death high school rugby player Rowan Stringer will begin May 19. Stringer, 17, was captain of the girl’s rugby team at John McCrae Secondary School in Barrhaven. She was knocked unconscious by a hit to her head during a game on May 8, 2013, and died later at hospital. The inquest, announced […]
Burst watermain in Gatineau causes road closures, detours 31.3.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
A burst watermain near a major corridor of Gatineau’s Promenades District led to road closures early Tuesday morning. The City of Gatineau says the busted watermain is near 355 Boulevard Gréber. Detours have been set up along Rue du Barry and on Boulevard de la Gappe. The city says all lanes along Gréber are closed. […]
Study to assess whether integrative treatment helps cancer patients live longer 31.3.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
Can naturopathic therapies help late-stage cancer patients live longer? That question is going to be examined by Canadian and U.S. researchers in the largest study of its kind. Dugald Seely, executive director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre and Canadian lead investigator of the Canadian/U.S. Integrative Oncology Study, said 400 people with advanced breast, colorectal, pancreatic and […]
New websites aim to sort information from nonsense on bipolar disorder 31.3.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
For many people, the Internet is the first place to turn for answers about illness and mental health issues. But if you’ve ever consulted Dr. Google, you know that it can be difficult to sort the helpful, evidence-based information from the nonsense.
Blood research gets personal at Vancouver laboratory 31.3.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
Tucked above a bank and overlooking a handful of fast food joints, a one-of-a kind Vancouver laboratory is helping researchers across Canada find better ways to use blood. Called netCAD, for Network Centre for Applied Development, it is a combination blood-donor clinic and research laboratory on the campus of the University of B.C.
Most hockey helmets fail new safety evaluation 30.3.2015 Health
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Most hockey helmets on the market weren't adequate to reduce the risk of head injuries when an experimental new measurement was used.

The cure for childhood obesity parents will hate 30.3.2015 Health
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The battle of the bulge is getting younger. Childhood obesity have more than doubled in Canada since the 1970s . An editorial just published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal proposes some new tools to help doctors reverse the trend. But who knows if helicopter parents will say yes.

Most hockey helmets fail new safety measure 30.3.2015 Health
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Most hockey helmet brands on the market weren't adequate to reduce the risk of head injuries when an experimental new measurement was used.

Bigger hockey helmets may follow proposed new safety measure 30.3.2015 Health
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Hockey helmets alone won’t protect against concussions but there’s room to improve their design to reduce the risk of head injuries, a new lab rating suggests.

Potatoes or Pablum? Vote for your favourite Ontario invention 30.3.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
In 1966, Gary Johnston bred the first Yukon Gold potato — a vegetable he really didn’t think we needed. The University of Guelph plant scientist would write to colleagues that Belgian and Dutch farmers, who had immigrated to the Lake Erie area, “began petitioning for the breeding and licensing of a yellow-fleshed potato variety like they had ‘over […]
Toronto Community Housing needs $7.5B in repairs over 30 years, study says 30.3.2015 Toronto Star: Living
A new report on Toronto Community Housing’s 30-year capital repair plan paints a grim picture of what will happen if the $7.5 billion-dollar investment isn’t made. Mayor John Tory (open John Tory's policard) and interim TCHC CEO Greg Spearn and other officials held a news conference Monday to unveil the report's findings. TCHC retained the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis to conduct the third-party study to examine the economic and social impacts of its revitalization program and capital repair plan. The study clearly “identifies how investing to repair and aging buildings will result in substantial economic and social benefits for the city, province and country,” a news release said. It also shows that the loss of housing which would result from failing to make these repairs would create significant social, economic, environmental and financial risks. The report breaks down the required funding as $5 billion for the city's current 10-year revitalization plan and another $2.6 billion in additional ...
Germanwings co-pilot was treated for ‘suicidal tendencies’ before joining airline: prosecutor 30.3.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
German prosecutors say the co-pilot of the Germanwings passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps had received treatment for suicidal tendencies
Life & Times: Wheelchair basketball legend’s determination trumped disability 29.3.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Diane Earl’s passion for sports and fierce desire to make the world a better place for those with disabilities permeated everything she did. It was evident as she swelled with pride as she led the first Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team onto the court at the 1988 Paralympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Her focus remained steady as she flew across the floor in her wheelchair, her long brown hair bouncing in a ponytail. Passing the ball among her teammates, she was at home on the hardwood.
Medical pot users could help researchers dispel haze around risks, benefits 29.3.2015 Health
OrganiGram ships first major crop

There is a call for researchers to tap into the growing pool of medical marijuana users to help answer lingering questions about its safety.

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Sick Kids reassigns oversight of Motherisk program 29.3.2015 Toronto Star: Living
The Hospital for Sick Children says it has temporarily “reassigned medical oversight” of its controversial Motherisk lab program, in the wake of questions from the Star about ties between its director, Gideon Koren, and the Quebec-based drug company Duchesnay. Sick Kids is also “actively reviewing the disclosure practices on the Motherisk website, and (has) updated the site to clarify the relationship between Motherisk and Duchesnay,” hospital spokeswoman Gwen Burrows said. “We take these matters very seriously and continue to investigate,” she said. Burrows would not comment on whether Koren has been removed as head of the program or whether he is currently under investigation. “We can’t discuss employment issues with the paper,” she said. “It is … the right of employees to have some privacy.” She confirmed that Koren, who founded the Motherisk program, is still employed at the hospital. Sick Kids temporarily suspended non-research operations at the Motherisk lab earlier this month, pending the results ...
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French, German foreign ministers join Iran talks amid signs of discord 28.3.2015 Toronto Star: Living
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND — Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program grew frantic on Saturday amid signs of discord, with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran’s top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal . With just four days to go until that target, negotiators in the Swiss town of Lausanne were meeting multiple times in various formats to produce what they hope will be an outline of an agreement that can become the basis for a comprehensive deal to be reached by the end of June. Iranian negotiator Majid Takht-e Ravanchi denied a news report that the sides were close to agreement on a text, and other officials spoke of remaining obstacles, including Iranian resistance to limits on research and development and demands for more speedy and broad relief from international sanctions. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters as he arrived that the talks have been “long and difficult. We’ve advanced on ...
What the forbidden grapefruit has to do with Ontario innovation 28.3.2015 Toronto Star: Living
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a succulent grapefruit mixed with certain medications is forbidden fruit because it could lead to physical distress, a Western University researcher discovered more than 25 years ago. In the worst case scenario, it could be a deadly cocktail, Dr. David Bailey found. His research changed patient care worldwide. Bailey is among 50 innovators, identified by Research Matters, a collaborative project involving Ontario’s 21 publicly assisted universities, who have revolutionized the fields of medicine, science, technology, food production and the arts. Also among these game-changers are the Group of Seven artists and Dr. Norman Bethune. Research Matters’ aim in compiling the list of 50 is to increase public awareness of how the province’s university researchers have helped change the world for the better. Their contributions will be highlighted at the Ontario and Canada Research Chairs Symposium taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on April 1 and ...
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What’s the next vision for Shopper’s World Danforth? 28.3.2015 Toronto Star: Living
From auto plant to bargain-bin retailer gone bust, Shopper’s World Danforth is a 123,000 square foot metaphor for Canada’s shifting economic fortunes. The former Ford plant in east-end Toronto once lured workers from across the city with the promise of solid, middle class jobs assembling Model A cars. Almost a century later, even the hope of low-wage, part-time employment is fast evaporating as Target, the building’s current major tenant, shuts its doors. The hulking mega plaza may, however, be in for another transformation. Local residents are coming together in the hopes of transforming the old plant floor into an engine of innovation once more — this time, in the form of a social enterprise to combat the neighborhood’s growing income inequality. “With the closure of (Target) we’ve kind of reached rock bottom here,” says NDP MP Matthew Kellway, who represents the community of Beaches-East York and is leading efforts to brainstorm a new future for the soon-to-be-vacant space. “The biggest need for this ...
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