User: cassels Topic: Health in Canadian Media
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BRCA testing needed for all women with ovarian cancer, McGill study says 18.4.2015 Health
McGill cancer study

Every woman who contracts ovarian cancer should be tested for the genes that cause it, regardless of family history, says the head of a cancer study from McGill University in Montreal.

Why do women still earn so much less than men? 18.4.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Can you believe there are still some places in North America where women earn much less than men for the same kind of job? Sadly, Toronto is among them. Here, in the city that’s on everyone’s “It” list as one of the most livable on Earth, women still earn 31 per cent less than men. If you’re from outside Toronto, no smug laughs, please: for Canada as a whole, women earn 33 per cent less. The biggest gap between what men earn and what women earn? Alberta, where women make 42.5 per cent less than men. And Canada itself doesn’t exactly own the podium in income equality. Of the 34 member countries of the OECD, Canada is worse than 28 of them, right behind Turkey. If those numbers don’t make you look twice at the success of women’s advancement in the workplace, perhaps this will: Equal Pay Day is how far into the next year that a woman has to work in order to make the same that a man did the year before. In 2013, Equal Pay Day was April 9. Last year, it was April 16. And this year? It’s April 20 . In other ...
A closer look at the startling recovery of Gordie Howe 18.4.2015 Toronto Star: Living
LUBBOCK, TEXAS—By all accounts, Mr. Hockey is doing well. Gordie Howe is 87 and yet here he is, catching balls, climbing stairs and even dancing with his therapist. And he keeps up the pace for more than an hour. It’s a far cry from the hockey legend’s condition a few months ago when he suffered a devastating stroke. His family didn’t think he would survive. On Oct. 26, the family announced the bad news: “(Gordie) suffered a significant stroke on Sunday morning while at his daughter’s home in Lubbock, Texas. His condition remains guarded although he is showing some signs of improvement. We acknowledge that there is a long road to recovery ahead, but Dad’s spirits are good and his competitive attitude remains strong.” “He had an acute hemorrhagic, left thalamus stroke,” recalled his son, Murray Howe, a radiologist in Toledo, Ohio. He and other members of the family spoke to W5 in exclusive interviews. “He couldn’t talk. He really couldn’t use his right leg and his right arm at all.” A blood vessel had ...
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Breast milk may alter behaviour of babies 18.4.2015 Health

Mothers may influence the mood and behaviour of their behaviour through their breast milk, researchers say.

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NDP criticizes elimination of diabetes program 18.4.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
A provincial program that funds medical supplies for low-income Albertans with diabetes has become an election issue after being cut in the latest provincial budget.
Terror-linked arrests lead to soul searching at Montreal school 18.4.2015 Toronto Star: Living
MONTREAL— A Montreal school is ratcheting up security and looking deep into its soul after the arrests of a young couple for what police allege were plans to commit terrorist acts. Coming just months after five other Collège de Maisonneuve students were among seven Quebecers who fled Canada with plans to enter Syria and the ranks of the Islamic State, school officials have consulted experts on extremism and even arranged for preventative police patrols looking for signs of radicalization at the downtown campus. Little is known so far about the arrests Tuesday night of El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djaermane, other than the police allegation that they planned to commit an unspecified terrorism offence and that they attended Maisonneuve. Wrapped up in the school’s recent saga is Adil Charkaoui, an Islamic leader in Montreal who rents the school’s facilities for a weekend Muslim youth group but is more commonly known for the years he spent being probed by federal agents as a suspected Al Qaeda sleeper ...
What we’re learning from an Amazon tribe’s poo 18.4.2015 Toronto Star: Living
In 2008, a military helicopter flew over a wide savanna in southern Venezuela and spotted a circle of grass-roof huts, where time had mostly stood still for more than 11,000 years. It was an “uncontacted” village of Yanomami, a semi-nomadic indigenous tribe spread across the Amazon. When Dr. Oscar Noya-Alarcon arrived the following year — by car, boat and helicopter — he and his medical team became the village’s first contact with modern civilization. A group of Yanomami men greeted them first, friendly but cautious, followed by rest of the villagers, who curiously poked at the doctors’ beards and shoes. Over four days, the medical team lived with the Yanomami, attended community meetings, performed medical examinations, and treated villagers for pneumonia and other infections. At some point, they also asked the question: can we have your poop? “They laugh,” chuckled Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello , an associate professor with NYU School of Medicine who later analyzed this poop. “They say: You come all ...
The secret to living to 100 – from those who’ve reached it 18.4.2015 Toronto Star: Living
At 100 years old, the ravages of time should have taken their toll on Konstantinos Grachos. But the Toronto centenarian says it’s his past life as a soldier, not old age, that brings pain. “I feel the pain of the war on my body,” he said, as translated by his granddaughter Christine Kertsanis. When he was just 26, Grachos went to Italy to fight Mussolini. After the Second World War ended, he was forced to take up arms again, between 1946 and 1948, when Greece became embroiled in a Civil War. The things he saw — German soldiers carting Greek Jews from their homes, soldiers starving and freezing in the mountains — haunt him still. “We’re way better today, it used to be war and famine,” he said. “For the 60 years I’ve been here, I’ve never felt fear.” Grachos moved to Canada in 1951, and he has completely embraced this country (and its winters) as his own. Although he admits he’s lived a pretty healthy lifestyle, he attributes much of his longevity to a peaceful life in his adopted home. “It’s because of ...
Driving: Iconic Terry Fox van endures long after Marathon of Hope 17.4.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
The homely Ford E250 Econoline provided shelter for Terry Fox as he inspired a nation. Now, it serves as a reminder of his legacy
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Forget the minimum wage. Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price sets $70K ‘happiness’ wage 17.4.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Dan Price knows the value of a dollar. Or more to the point, Price knows the value of $70,000. That’s the bare-minimum wage the founder and CEO of Gravity Payments, a mobile credit-card payment service, decided everyone in his company should earn. The 30-year-old entrepreneur made the announcement on Monday in Seattle, to his astonished and happy staff of about 120 employees. “How much money do you need to not have emotional stress from money?” he asked. Price’s idea is revolutionary at a time when both Canada and the U.S. are talking about raising the minimum wage , with some arguing for a “living wage” of at least $15. A new report suggests that Toronto couples with kids need to earn at least $18.52 an hour to make ends meet. But what Price’s $70,000-base salary suggests is that living on the minimum isn’t living at all. If companies want to have happy, motivated employees, they should consider paying them enough to thrive, not survive, Price said. “We should all recognize that this is a big problem,” ...
Don't needle anti-vaxxers too hard, says Ottawa mom who changed stance 17.4.2015 Health
Tara Hills, mother who changed anti-vaccination stance

An Ottawa mother who publicly changed her anti-vaccination stance says she hopes the worldwide attention her story received reaches people who don't vaccinate. But she also worries hostile comments could harden their positions further.

How puppy-dog eyes steal our hearts 16.4.2015 Health
A dog's love

A dog wins a place in its owner’s heart through mutual affectionate gazes, say scientists, who suspect a hormone reinforces the bond the same way parents connect with their babies.

Crack team of U of A researchers put their finger on knuckle mystery 16.4.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Researchers from the University of Alberta think they have solved the knuckle cracking riddle, using MRI technology to debunk a nearly 45-year-old theory about what happens when your joints pop. Scientists have long thought the cause of cracking knuckles to be collapsing air bubbles in the joint. But the new study, published online Wednesday, suggests gas rapidly fills the space between bones when stress is applied to the joint, likely causing the noise.
St. Paul's Hospital on the move to False Creek flats (with video) 15.4.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
A massive footprint and a vacant plot of land near Main Street and Terminal Avenue will make St. Paul’s Hospital the envy of Canada and chart a course for the future design of health care delivery, board chairs for Providence and Vancouver Coastal told The Vancouver Sun Monday.
Health Canada looks to re-label weed killer Roundup 15.4.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Health Canada is looking into how it labels glyphosate, the most popular weed killer in the world. Under the name-brand Roundup, glyphosate has come to dominate the herbicide market, earning its maker Monsanto Co. millions of dollars. Health Canada said it’s the most widely used herbicide for many of Canada’s biggest cash crops, such as canola, soybean, field corn and wheat, and insists it is safe to use. Nonetheless, the health authority announced on Monday that it will begin public consultations to update the product label to reduce human and environmental exposure. “Products containing glyphosate acid are unlikely to affect your health when used according to label directions,” read the consultation summary provided by Health Canada. But the agency is recommending a number of changes to the label, including: A statement indicating to apply only when the potential for drift to residential or populated areas is minimal. A 12-hour restricted entry period for agricultural uses to better protect ...
Immigrant parents might be at greater risk of stillborn births, Ontario study suggests 15.4.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Nearly three million babies are born every year without any signs of life, a phenomenon that remains poorly understood by medical science. But a new study by Ontario researchers suggests that some parents who are immigrants might be at greater risk of having a stillborn birth. The paper , published Tuesday by the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada , found a “significantly higher risk of stillbirth” among first-generation immigrant parents in Ontario — especially when both mom and dad were born in the same country where stillbirth rates are high. Analyzing the top 20 countries from which couples immigrate to Ontario, researchers found parents from Nigeria, Portugal, Jamaica and Guyana had the greatest risk of stillbirth compared to Canadian-born couples. Parents born in China, the Philippines and Afghanistan had a slightly lower risk than Canadian couples. “We’re trying to ask in the Canadian setting, where we have extreme diversity, whether there’s a difference between immigrants and ...
Brain aging: 5 ways to stay sharp 15.4.2015 Health
Lifestyles Senior Swimmers

Those lost car keys that were an annoyance in your 30s can spark major anxiety in your 60s. Turns out it's pretty normal: The brain ages just like the rest of your body, says a new report that urges Americans to take steps to keep sharp in their senior years.

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Ride the Rideau cycling event to be renamed, rerouted after last year's tragedy 15.4.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
Seven months after an Ottawa cyclist died in a tragic crash during Ride the Rideau, the fundraising event for cancer research is being rerouted and renamed. The Ottawa Hospital Foundation will unveil the new route and name at a news conference Thursday, when officials will also discuss new safety measures being put in place for […]
Halifax care home develops mental health treatment plan for residents 14.4.2015 Health
Trudy Helmke Cathy Low

A $100,000 donation from Halifax philanthropist Marjorie Lindsay launched Seeds of Success, part of the Northwood Foundation's mental health strategy for long-term care. The program is a first in Atlantic Canada.

Reporter Jes Odam a legend in The Sun's newsroom 14.4.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
When Vaughn Palmer joined The Vancouver Sun in the summer of 1973, the newsdesk put him under the wing of reporter Jes Odam.
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