User: cassels Topic: Health in Canadian Media
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UBC’s ISIS Research Centre eyes a name change 30.9.2014 Vancouver Sun: News
ISIS is formally surrendering — its name, that is. The University of B.C.’s ISIS Research Centre announced Monday it was time for a rebrand, given the negative associations that could be made between its moniker and that of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham.
We want to walk: Report finds strong preference for walkable neighbourhoods 30.9.2014 Vancouver Sun: News
A new UBC study of Metro Vancouver residents has provided more evidence that pedestrian-friendly communities are much healthier than car-dependent ones. The study led by Larry Frank, a UBC professor who is considered a world leader in this field, has refuted the notion that people in places like Kitsilano and the West End are fitter than those in the suburbs because they naturally gravitate toward these areas while people in suburbs tend to be more sedentary because they are naturally drawn to cars to get around.
A family grieves while SIU investigates officer's death 30.9.2014 Ottawa Citizen: News
While Ontario's Special Investigations Unit begins to look into the death of a veteran Ottawa police officer, his family has reached out to the community to express its grief.
Ice storm stress affected pregnant women's offspring, study suggests 30.9.2014 Health
1998 Ice Storm

The stress and level of hardship faced by pregnant women during the 1998 Quebec ice storm may have affected the health of the children they gave birth to, researchers say.

Sepsis survivors studied by Calgary researchers 29.9.2014 Health

Scientists at the University of Calgary are working to improve the lives of sepsis survivors.

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Will the sympathy factor influence Toronto’s mayoral race? 29.9.2014 Toronto Star: Living
When U.S. president Ronald Reagan’s popularity surged in the polls after his cancer surgery, pundits chocked it up to public sympathy. Political analysts applied the same logic in their assessments of why India’s Rajiv Gandhi swept into the prime minister’s office following his mother’s assassination in 1984. Rob Ford’s cancer diagnosis has some wondering if his condition will translate into sympathy votes for his harder-edged brother, Doug Ford, who has replaced him on the ballot for mayor. A snap poll done on the day Rob Ford dropped out showed support for Doug Ford climbed during his emotional first campaign speech. Pollster Forum Research noted a jump in the mayor’s own approval rating, to 40 per cent from 34 per cent, “in what is clearly a sympathetic response to his illness.” Prior to the mayor’s attendance at Ford Fest on Saturday, numbers showed that support for his brother was languishing. The latest Ipsos-Reid poll , commissioned by Global TV, placed Doug Ford in a tie with Olivia Chow—both ...
The unspoken toll: Police suffering in silence 29.9.2014 Ottawa Citizen: News
The death of a veteran Ottawa police officer, Staff Sgt. Kal Ghadban, has thrown a spotlight on a subject that police departments are often reluctant to acknowledge let alone discuss — police suicides.
Growing class sizes force students to seek tutors 29.9.2014 Calgary Herald: Top news
As schools across the city finalize student numbers for the 2014-15 school year, leaders in education along with their students are already confirming that class sizes are continuing to swell and impact learning. High schools are being hit particularly hard with increasingly limited access to teachers in classes with well over 40 kids in many core courses — all at a time when higher grades are increasingly in demand for entrance into post-secondary programs.
Fitness: 10 tips to get you on the right path for fall 29.9.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
The kids are back in school and it is time to get your fitness program back on track. After a fun-filled summer of vacations, playing, barbecues, and perhaps a few too many happy hours, it is time to get back at it.
Researcher warns of looming 'catastrophe' for St. Lawrence beluga population 29.9.2014 Toronto Star: Living
MONTREAL—A researcher monitoring belugas in the St. Lawrence estuary is warning of a looming "catastrophe" after another difficult calving season for the endangered whale. The belugas have been in a slow population decline for the past decade, according to Robert Michaud, the scientific director of Quebec's Marine Mammals Research and Education Group. His team has found the carcasses of at least five baby belugas so far during the calving period, which officially ends on Oct. 15. The number of dead beluga calves turning up on the shore has been unusually high since 2008, Michaud said. "It's a catastrophic trajectory we're observing, and we don't yet know exactly what are the causes for that," he said. "The only way this population can reverse its trajectory would be to increase the survival rate and the birth rate, and what we've been observing for the last years is totally the opposite. If the population is to recover, Michaud said there must be a concerted effort to reduce the sources of stress on ...
Around Town: Serena Ryder headlines U of O Faculty of Medicine gala 29.9.2014 Ottawa Citizen: News
The circus came to town, and brought with it Serena Ryder to perform at the U of O Faculty of Medicine’s Abracadabra: A Night of Magic and Medicine. The second annual gala, held Saturday at the Westin Hotel, saw the two-time Juno Award-winning artist work her own musical magic with a mix of hit songs […]
Head lice: Most-used treatments no longer very effective, scientists say 28.9.2014 Health
head louse

Head lice have developed high rates of resistance to the treaments that dominate the market, the ones that contain pyrethrins or permethrin, research shows. While there are alternatives, Consumer Reports recommends combing with a lubricant as the safest method.

North Bay residents up in arms over TransCanada plan to switch crude oil for gas in local pipeline 28.9.2014 Toronto Star: Living
NORTH BAY, ONT.—From his many-windowed fifth-floor office at city hall, Mayor Al McDonald points to the Laurentian escarpment to the north, then to the shimmering blue waters of Trout Lake to the east. Vast Lake Nipissing is visible to the west, though you have to crane your neck to see it. Below are the Victorian buildings and tree-lined streets of the downtown. McDonald clearly loves showing off the view. But it also pitches him into anxiety. “If something happens to Energy East here, if there is a spill, we’ll be ruined,” he says. “Who would want to come here then?” Somewhere near the escarpment and Trout Lake, there is a natural gas pipeline. It has been there for four decades, but has become a source of concern in this northeastern Ontario city. TransCanada Corp., the Alberta-based oil giant, wants to repurpose the pipeline, now carrying natural gas, to transport crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands to New Brunswick. Dubbed Energy East , the project is TransCanada’s $12-billion oil dream. If the ...
Most-used head lice treatments no longer very effective, scientists say 28.9.2014 Health
head louse

Head lice have developed high rates of resistance to the treaments that dominate the market, the ones that contain pyrethrins or permethrin, research shows. While there are alternatives, Consumer Reports recommends combing with a lubricant as the safest method.

Even moderate drinkers face elevated breast cancer risk, study says 27.9.2014 Health
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Even moderate drinkers face an elevated risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study from the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of B.C.

CAMH loses a shining light: Diana Capponi ‘helped me be brave' 27.9.2014 Toronto Star: Living
The new buildings at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health slumped this week. One of their central buttresses had disappeared. Diana Capponi died, a week after being diagnosed with cancer. She was 61. Capponi was all things at CAMH. She was a self-described “crazy” who spent months there as a resident. She had also been a “human trash can for years” as a heroine addict. And, for the past 11 years, she was staff. Her job was recruiting other survivors to work there — not just in Joe jobs, pushing coffee carts or filing paper, but in professional positions as pharmacists, research analysts, psychologists … She believed passionately that work was medicine for people recovering from mental illnesses and addictions. It provided confidence, purpose, a paycheque. It also cured “normal” people of nasty misconceptions about survivors, which freed us, too. It was revolutionary. By the time she died, more than 330 hospital staff — one-10th of the employees — had come through her “employment works” ...
Man killed in Brampton on Wednesday wanted for probation breach in B.C. 27.9.2014 Toronto Star: Living
There was an outstanding arrest warrant for breach of probation in British Columbia for Jermaine Carby, the 33-year-old man killed Wednesday in a shooting with police in Brampton, court records show. Vancouver Provincial Court documents indicate that Carby had been sentenced in July 2012 to one day in jail and two years probation for uttering threats. He was given credit for the 10 months he had already served in custody after Vancouver police arrested him in September 2011 on charges of assaulting two women in the city’s Downtown Eastside and for manslaughter in the stabbing death of 50-year-old Gerald Haakmat. The proceedings against him for manslaughter were stayed because “the Crown concluded that the available evidence no longer provided a substantial likelihood of conviction on that charge,” said a Ministry of Justice spokesman. It is unclear from B.C.’s online court registry if a verdict was ever rendered on the assault charges. Haakmat’s family told the Star that Carby was convicted for ...
Of Music and Memory: the Allison Woyiwada story 27.9.2014 Ottawa Citizen: News
Three months after an epic operation to remove a giant brain aneurysm, Allison Woyiwada could not communicate.
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Simons: Can we save McKay Avenue School? Or is our history doomed to be history? 26.9.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
On Wednesday morning, bright and early, I was a guest of the Gateway Rotary Club of south Edmonton. Although the club meets at the Delta Hotel on Calgary Trail, the group had specially requested that I speak about the McKay Avenue School at 10425 – 99 Avenue in downtown Edmonton.
Some hospitals seeing mini baby boom 9 months after ice storm 26.9.2014 Toronto Star: Living
Jayme Hay-Mendoza wasn’t planning on having another baby. Then again, she wasn’t planning on a winter ice storm that would knock out her power for four days, either. Cooped in her one-bedroom Oshawa apartment in late December, she, her boyfriend and her 2-year-old daughter quickly burned through the few activities they could think of — cards, and a game called Manhunt. “We just tried to stay warm,” said Hay-Mendoza, 20. One deed in particular was more effective than the rest. “We were pretty active,” she said with a laugh. The couple got extra cozy a few times a day, she said. “There was nothing else to do, really… It was just cold.” On Wednesday, Hay-Mendoza gave birth to a baby girl, her “healthy, ice storm baby,” at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa. She is far from the only one. Lakeridge and at least two other hospitals in the GTA are currently experiencing a surge in deliveries, fuelling speculation about an ice storm baby boom. There have been 192 births at Lakeridge so far this September, with numbers ...
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