User: cassels Topic: Health in Canadian Media
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British doctor is new UBC dean of medicine 3.3.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
The new dean of the University of B.C. medical school is an Irish gastroenterologist who for nearly three years has run one of the world’s top ranked medical schools. Dr. Dermot Kelleher will move to Vancouver from London, England this summer after he leaves his post there as vice-president, health, and dean of medicine at Imperial College. He will take up his new duties here on Sept. 1.
New sex-ed curriculum backed by about half of Ontarians, poll suggests 2.3.2015 Toronto Star: Living
About half of Ontarians approve of the province’s new sex-education curriculum with one-third disapproving, a new poll suggests. The Forum Research survey found the updated syllabus pushed by Premier Kathleen Wynne, which takes effect for Ontario students this September, was backed by 49 per cent of respondents while 34 per cent opposed it and 17 per cent had no opinion. Using interactive voice-response telephone calls, Forum polled 996 people between Feb. 24 and 27 with a margin of error of three percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Some 74 per cent think sex education should be taught in schools and at home while 15 per cent think it should be taught mostly or only at home, and 9 per cent feel it should be taught mostly or only at school. Just 1 per cent said it should not be taught at all. Forum president Lorne Bozinoff said that, while “moderately popular, it doesn’t look like the new health and physical education curriculum is the home run the premier was hoping it was.” “What may be more ...
Don't be fooled by big fat surprises, fat is still bad for you 2.3.2015 Health

For years, doctors said fat was bad for your health and your waistline. But fat is back and it's even touted as good for you. Whom to believe? Doctors, says cardiologist Christopher Labos. The fat-is-good message is being oversimplified.

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Vaccine delays increasingly sought by parents 2.3.2015 Health
Baby's vaccination pain soothed

Doctors commonly get requests from parents to delay young children's vaccinations and despite their better judgment, they often give in, a new U.S. study finds.

Unpaid labour fits into Harper’s plan: Mallick 2.3.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Our brains are being dipped into a Conservative vat of fluid and moved along down the assembly line. The way we look at the work-and-money transaction is being slowly altered for us in a way that is doing us damage. Short version? We’re worthless. The recent attempt by the University of Toronto Law School, said to be Canada’s best, to help students who do unpaid work in the summer is just the latest evidence of confusion about work and pay. The March #OneDayofPay plan, courtesy of the Students’ Law Society and the faculty, is for students who have paid jobs to donate a day’s pay to their unpaid fellows presumably doing more virtuous “public-interest” work. As the Star has reported, all the students, who already pay $30,710 in tuition in each of their three years of study, must get summer legal jobs, some paid, some not, if they want a shot at finding work after graduation. I hate to call them “jobs” because to my mind an unpaid job is not a job in the first place, it’s charity or slavery or a guilt trip ...
Ottawa Heart Institute Telethon beats its way to a new fundraising record 2.3.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
The stories of troubled hearts appears to have touched the hearts of Ottawans judging by the response Sunday to the annual University of Ottawa Heart Institute Telethon.
Why Coke is lowering its sugar levels in Canada 1.3.2015 Health
Coca-cola cans

Coca-Cola is cutting the amount of sugar in Coke, reducing calories and maybe improving the bottom line. But that doesn't necessarily mean it will taste less sweet.

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The long trail that led to charges in a downtown stabbing rampage 1.3.2015 Toronto Star: Living
On a cold January morning in downtown Toronto, a frantic man ran shouting down Church St., gripping a kitchen knife. Within minutes, he had attacked four people on a busy sidewalk outside the old Maple Leaf Gardens. He knifed a young man in the abdomen. He stabbed a jogger above the kidney and pierced a 19-year-old student in the rib cage. In his final move, investigators say the assailant tried to drive his knife into a woman’s chest, but an auspiciously pocketed cellphone blocked the weapon’s plunge. Police arrested Shawn O’Neill, 61, near the College subway station. He is charged with four counts of attempted murder in what investigators described as a random act of violence. The allegations against him are unproven. His sister, Maureen O’Neill, was in her car that evening when she heard his name on the radio. Filled with rage, she swore silently. “I knew it,” she thought. Maureen was angry — not at her eldest sibling, who had struggled with mental illness and addiction his whole adult life, but at ...
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Seagull population down by half on South Coast of B.C.: UBC study 1.3.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
The population of seagulls in the Strait of Georgia has declined by half since the 1980s in part because a lack of food from the ocean, according new research from the University of B.C.
‘Canada’s Voice at War’ cut his teeth at U of A’s Gateway 1.3.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Matthew Halton’s career began with a meteoric ascent, a nine-month transformation from cub reporter to European correspondent. It really took off after that. In the tumultuous 1930s, the Alberta-born scribbler mingled with glitterati, literati and royalty. In a secret meeting beside the English Channel in 1933, a tightly guarded Albert Einstein warned him about the looming threat of National Socialism in Germany. He spoke with an exiled Haile Selassie and Leon Trotsky. Lawrence of Arabia brushed him off, Gandhi warned him that violence was degrading and Babe Ruth scolded him that cricket wasn’t a game at all.
Saturday’s Letters: We’ve met the idiot, and he is us 28.2.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
I wonder if in today’s social studies classrooms the students are learning about the concept of “useful idiots.” Having an idiot in a position of decision-making allows special interests to influence decision-makers with ease. George W. Bush appears to fit the definition of useful idiot, as did the sainted Ronald Reagan.
Limit audio devices to an hour a day to protect hearing: WHO 27.2.2015 Health

Unplug your audio player’s headphones after an hour, the World Health Organization recommends to protect hearing.

Wheat Belly arguments are based on shaky science, critics say 27.2.2015 Health
Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly

The anti-wheat claims made by leading health crusader Dr. William Davis are based on shaky science, an investigation by the fifth estate has found.

Vaping, smoking combo grows in popularity 27.2.2015 Health
E-cigarette vaping

The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix.

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Toronto now Canada's inequality capital, United Way study shows 27.2.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Toronto is now the income inequality capital of Canada, a new United Way Toronto report shows, with the gap between rich and poor households in the city widening at double the national pace. The study, to be released Friday, says income inequality in Toronto ballooned by 31 per cent between 1980 and 2005, the most drastic increase of any major Canadian city. On average, the gap across the country grew by 14 per cent. Drawing on a growing body of research on income disparity, the report warns Toronto’s growing divide could dampen social mobility, weaken community bonds and undermine economic stability. But the study also found Torontonians still maintain high levels of trust in each other and suggested policymakers must tackle inequality now before the city’s social fabric unravels. “It’s a worrisome trend for sure, but we have not gone the path of some of our large city neighbours to the south,” said United Way Toronto president and CEO Susan McIsaac. “This is a wake up call. We should act, and we ...
Vaughn Palmer: Mixed messages, confused Mounties on health firings file 26.2.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
Two and a half years after the B.C. Liberals recruited the RCMP to investigate the allegations that led to multiple firings in the health ministry, the B.C. Liberals have grudgingly called off the cops. “So far as we’re concerned the matter is closed,” Health Minister Terry Lake said this week. “We certainly don’t want to leave the impression we are pursuing an RCMP investigation at all.”
B.C.’s first science and business high school set to open this fall 26.2.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
Rick Hansen secondary school in Abbotsford will become B.C.’s first science and business secondary school, starting in September. The new instructional model will use problem-based learning to focus on career opportunities in business, science and medicine. Classes at the Grade 9 to 12 secondary school will no longer be structured into neat 60-minute blocks by subject, but will be taught in an interdisciplinary manner by a team of teachers, said Abbotsford’s superintendent of schools, Kevin Godden.
ADHD diagnosis can double risk of premature death, researchers say 26.2.2015 Health

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD are about twice as likely to die prematurely as those without the disorder, say researchers.

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SAD no longer: Brilliant light cure for seasonal disorder 25.2.2015 Health
 Grace Kaiche

Grace Kaiche suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, which hits a small portion of the population of the Northern Hemisphere, mostly women, during the darker winter months. Then Dr. Robert Levitan suggested she use a light box. The results have been brilliant.

Computer beats Atari in artificial intelligence breakthrough 25.2.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Thirteen months ago, Google paid somewhere in the neighbourhood of half a billion dollars to acquire a company called DeepMind , a U.K.-based startup with fewer than 100 employees. A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature shows why. Researchers from the company have designed an artificial agent — a computer algorithm, essentially — that can learn to play 49 different Atari arcade games. It performed at or above the level of adult humans in more than half of them. The agent, called deep Q-network or DQN , operates very differently from other artificial intelligence systems like Watson, the IBM computer that won Jeopardy in 2011. Watson was loaded with four terabytes worth of information it could sort through. The DQN algorithm beat the Atari games with no pre-programmed information of any kind — it truly learned how to play. “All it gets access to is raw pixel inputs and the game score. From there, it has to figure out what it controls in the game world, how to get points and how to master the ...
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