User: cassels Topic: Health in Canadian Media
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Six more Edmonton families given keys in largest Habitat build in Canadian history 31.7.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton helped make the dream of home ownership a reality for six more families Thursday. “For as long as I can remember, I have seen my parents (go) to work and (study) with the hopes of providing a better opportunity for me and my sisters,” said 10-year-old Ameerah Ahmed. “Despite their efforts, it was hard for us to find a proper home.
UBC's Quantum Matter Institute received $66.5 million from Ottawa 30.7.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
The University of B.C.’s Quantum Matter Institute has received $66.5 million dollars over seven years from the federal government.
Water venues for Rio 2016 Olympics contain dangerous levels of viruses, bacteria from human feces 30.7.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Olympic athletes are almost certain to come into contact with disease-causing viruses, according to an AP study
Olympic athletes expected to swim in Rio waters awash in feces, test finds 30.7.2015 Toronto Star: Living
RIO DE JANEIRO—Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites. Brazilian officials have given assurances that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes and the medical director of the International Olympic Committee said all was on track for providing safe competing venues. But neither the government nor the IOC tests for viruses; they rely on bacteria-testing only. Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil, where ...
Did U.S. dentist who killed Cecil the lion hunt in Canada? 30.7.2015 Toronto Star: Living
EDMONTON—There appears to be a Canadian connection to a U.S. hunter at the centre of a social media storm for killing a protected lion in Africa: The Bowhunting Records of Alberta lists a Walter Palmer as having killed a mule deer legally in October 2006. It’s listed as the 187th-largest mule deer bagged in Alberta. One media report said Palmer shot and killed a black bear in northern Quebec in 2007. In Minnesota, the dentist, who killed the well-known lion while on a hunt in Zimbabwe, has advised his patients to seek care elsewhere since becoming a target of outrage from across the world. Walter James Palmer remained secluded in the face of protests Wednesday at his suburban Minneapolis clinic and intense condemnation online. He has not appeared in public since being identified Tuesday as a party to the lion’s death, but has said, in a statement, that he was unaware the lion was protected and that he relied on his guides to ensure a legal hunt. Palmer, whose practice offers general and cosmetic ...
NDP makes most of opportunity to set mandate for health firings investigation 30.7.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
VICTORIA — The New Democrats seized the initiative last week in drafting the mandate for an investigation by B.C.’s ombudsman, Jay Chalke, into the botched health firings. “I took the liberty of outlining some of the issues that my colleagues will likely be looking for in the terms of reference for Mr. Chalke,” wrote NDP MLA Carole James in a July 22 letter to B.C. Liberal MLA Scott Hamilton. “We think it’s helpful to provide some clarity so that Mr. Chalke has a better understanding of the parameters under which the committee wants him to operate.”
Water venues for Rio 2016 Olympics contain dangerous levels of viruses, bacteria from human feces 30.7.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Olympic athletes are almost certain to come into contact with disease-causing viruses, according to an AP study
AP Investigation: Olympic athletes to swim and boat in Rio waters awash in viruses, bacteria 30.7.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
RIO DE JANEIRO - Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Genetic testing used to target more effective prescription medication 30.7.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
Dr. Martin Dawes thinks patients deserve better when doctors are prescribing medications, starting with the safest, most-effective drugs based on a number of factors that would include patients’ genetic profile. Dawes, the University of B.C.’s head of family practice, is asking 250 patients to submit saliva samples that will be tested for genetic aberrations that could affect the way they metabolize or react to medications. About 50 per cent of prescribed drugs aren’t effective because of patients’ genetic diversity, he said.
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Albertans more obese and overweight than national average: report 30.7.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Six out of 10 adult Albertans are overweight or obese, compared to five out of 10 Canadians, says a new report from the Health Quality Council of Alberta. The council conducted the survey of 4,424 people in 2014, in which adults self-reported their height and weight to calculate their body mass index, and answered questions about their use and satisfaction with health care services.
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Battle of the sexes over office A/C explained 30.7.2015 Health

The summertime battle of the sexes that erupts in some offices over the air conditioner setting has a physiological basis, experts say.

Albertans fatter than the average Canadian, report indicates 29.7.2015 Health

Albertans are leading the country when it comes to being obese or overweight, according to a new report. The greatest incidence of obesity was in men, people between ages 45 and 64 and residents in the northern part of the province.

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Many Alberta teachers give ‘emergency food’ to hungry students, survey says 29.7.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Almost two-thirds of principals surveyed in a recent study say teachers are providing “emergency food” to hungry students in Alberta classrooms. The voluntary survey on food in schools found a patchwork of initiatives exists to feed hungry kids, and highlighted a lack of long-term funding for food programs in schools.
Consumer impact of oil price crash looms as TransUnion sees spike in credit delinquencies 29.7.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
The dramatic crash in oil prices is expected to trigger a major spike in consumer credit delinquency rates in parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan over the final half of the year, a new study warns. TransUnion Canada, which assigns credit scores to millions of consumers who hold credit cards, mortgages, car loans and credit lines, said overdue payment levels could soar as much as 60 per cent by year’s end in such oil dependent Alberta communities as Fort McMurray.
SFU researcher awarded grant to study HIV among vulnerable populations 29.7.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
SFU health sciences researcher Robert Hogg has been awarded a $6.5-million grant to identify ongoing health inequities among vulnerable HIV-positive populations in B.C. and the rest of Canada. The award is among the Canadian Institute for Health Research’s inaugural grants totalling $409 million.
Fat reduces strength of muscle tissue, SFU study finds 29.7.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
High-fat content changes muscle fibres and robs them of strength, according to new research published by researchers at Simon Fraser University.
Top Toronto doctors alleged to have falsified research data 29.7.2015 Health

The retraction of two scientific papers and a concern raised about a third written by a team of Toronto researchers have led to allegations of data falsification.

Ottawa Hospital teams awarded $28 million in grants 28.7.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
Twenty-two teams of researchers at The Ottawa Hospital have been awarded more than $28 million in research grants for projects that range from improving care for patients with life-threatening illnesses and studying blood donation. The research grants, from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, were announced by Health Minister Rona Ambrose in Calgary Tuesday. Dr. […]
Smartphones tested as tools for medical research 28.7.2015 Health
Smartphone Medicine

Scientists say apps could transform medical research by helping them collect information more frequently and from more people than traditional health studies.

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$114M grant to fund cutting-edge stem cell research at U of T 28.7.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Stem cell researchers at the University of Toronto have won a $114 million grant from the federal government that is expected to help find cures for such serious diseases as cancer, diabetes, blindness and heart and liver disease. It is the first investment from the federal government’s new Canada first research Excellence Fund, announced last year, ‎and marks the largest single research donation to Canada’s largest university. The funding will be steered in large part to the stem cell lab of U of T Professor Dr. Peter Zandstra , who gave a tour of his cutting-edge centre in stem cell research to federal politicians before the announcement to show the kind of research the gift will fund. MP Ed Holder, minister of state for science and technology, said the gift will help U of T “harness Canada’s‎ strengths in regenerative medicine to treat and cure serious diseases that impact every Canadian family while creating new opportunities for Canadian health-related business. Citing Toronto’s recent gold-medal ...
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