User: cassels Topic: Health in Canadian Media
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Steve Whysall: Canada on track to breed super rose 25.1.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
Canada is on track to becoming the best producer of super-hardy, disease-resistant roses in the world.
Pain of dental fees mounts for Albertans 24.1.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
A visit to the dentist in Alberta may end the discomfort of a toothache, but a Herald investigation shows that appointment is likely to cause more financial pain than just about anywhere else in the country.
Why rising inequality is great news: Burman 24.1.2015 Toronto Star: Living
For those of us who worry that the growing global gap between rich and poor is a critical threat to the planet, this has been a glorious week. On this crucial issue, it appears, the world is going to hell in a handbasket. In a high-profile study released Monday, the international development agency Oxfam warned that the world’s richest one per cent will soon own more than the remaining 99 per cent. This confirms other recent studies indicating that growing income inequality is seriously hampering global economic growth, leading to a significant reduction of the middle class and showing every sign that it will only get worse if something dramatic is not done. And that’s just for starters. So why is this great and glorious news? Because, finally, this issue is now being publicly framed and presented in a way that only the greedy or ideological among us can fail to understand. Here are three of the most recent warning bells: This week’s Oxfam study, titled Wealth: Having it All and Wanting More , indicated ...
Jay Ingram explores Alzheimer’s, which likely afflicted his mother 24.1.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Jay Ingram sends along a photograph of his mother, Doris, circa 1960. The photographic setting is eloquent and appropriate, for there Doris sits, contemplative and alone, on a summer’s day. She’s not truly alone, of course, for someone takes the photo, perhaps Ralph, her husband, who decades later would pen a love letter to his wife after she had begun her creeping descent into dementia. So the photograph uncannily suggests distance as well as introspection. Ralph Ingram was 90 when he wrote his billet-doux to his wife. Doris was 88. “It was actually pretty intimate,” Jay Ingram says of the letter, discovered after his father died. “More intimate at the age of 90 than I thought they ever were. So that was a revelation to me, because I started thinking, you know, I’ve carried an image of what they were like. Well, maybe it’s completely off.” Doris Ingram no longer knew Ralph Ingram when she passed away in 2006. Did she die of Alzheimer’s, by far the most common form of dementia? It’s likely, posits Jay ...
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Why haven’t any Harper-friendly charities been scrutinized: Keenan 23.1.2015 Toronto Star: Living
It turns out charities in Canada — at least the ones the government doesn’t like — are forbidden from “exercising moral pressure.” As if that isn’t the entire point of charitable enterprises. The absence of the profit motive and of self-interest in those involved in such an organization virtually defines a charity. Without those two things, what’s left is the pressure of morality compelling people to do the right thing. But that’s illegal for a charity, it turns out. This news comes to us courtesy of the Canada Revenue Agency, acting on a $13-million mandate from Stephen Harper’s Conservative government to take a close look at charities the government thinks are engaged in “excessive political advocacy.” This crackdown on politicized goodwill most recently busted the do-gooders at Dying with Dignity, who have been wielding contraband moral pressure in the service of their mission to provide information about patient rights, planning for end-of-life-care and the case for physician-assisted suicide. The ...
Let your children out to play so they can learn: Bob McDonald 23.1.2015 Health
Youth and Teen Center summer camp,  MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif

Childhood obesity, too much screen time, sedentary lifestyles, and cyberbullying are the new threats to the health of young people. One solution is to tear the kids away from their devices and tell them to go outside and play … with other kids.

Southern B.C's bighorn sheep at risk from disease 23.1.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
Wild bighorn sheep in southern B.C. are threatened by a new, devastating disease and the province is urging a helicopter company to help out by curtailing training flights over important habitat in a protected area, a freedom-of-information document reveals.
Breakfast Bylines: Horner retires, fancy movie theatre coming to arena district, celebs and science clash in new book 23.1.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Good morning, Edmonton. It’s currently 2 C with a high of 8 C coming your way to get your Friday off to a good start. Here are five articles in today’s Edmonton Journal:
Life Story: Eystein Huus (1928-2014) led fight for fellow workers' pension benefits 23.1.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
Eystein Huus Born: Sept. 28, 1928 in Norway Died: Dec. 16, 2014 of a stroke in Arnprior, Ont.   By Jan and Hilde Huus Eystein Huus grew up in Norway, but spent most of his life as a proud Canadian. He was 11 when the Nazis occupied Norway, and 16 when the war ended. During those years, […]
B.C. First Nation launches independent study of Gibraltar Mine expansion 23.1.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
VANCOUVER - A small First Nation says it has given up waiting for government and industry to address its concerns about the Gibraltar Mine expansion in British Columbia's Interior and has launched its own investigation.
Bighorn sheep in southern B.C. at risk 23.1.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Wild bighorn sheep in southern B.C. are threatened by a new, devastating disease and the province is urging a helicopter company to help out by curtailing training flights over important habitat in a protected area, a freedom-of-information document reveals.
Loss of aboriginal culture linked to diabetes rates, U of A study finds 23.1.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
High rates of diabetes among aboriginal communities can be strongly linked to declining knowledge of indigenous languages, a new University of Alberta study has found. The two-year research project, published recently in the International Journal for Equity in Health, is the first of its kind to establish a direct connection between the loss of culture and physical health, the study’s authors say.
New network to advance research into technology, aging 23.1.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
Intelligent wheelchairs, improved health monitoring and easier Internet access are some of the research projects that stand to benefit from a new initiative. Aging Gracefully across Environments using technology to support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life (AGE-WELL) will unite researchers and scientists from across the country with industry, clinical, policy and community partners.
Egan: Gang members often mentally ill, survivors of trauma, study finds 23.1.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
An in-depth study of gang members in Ottawa, based on jailhouse interviews that took two years, is full of surprises and shattered clichés. Carleton University sociologist Katharine Kelly spoke at length to 16 gang-involved young men. Their candour was striking. “They didn’t look like typical gang members that you find, particularly in the U.S. literature,” Prof. Kelly said this […]
Vaping at high temperatures may be dangerous, lab tests suggest 22.1.2015 Health
E-cigarette vaping

People who smoke high-voltage e-cigarettes have greater exposure to formaldehyde, a suspected carcinogen, than those who keep the voltage low, according to a new study.

Mental health report warns of caregiver stress, suicide rates 22.1.2015 Toronto Star: Living
OTTAWA — Canadians who care for chronically ill family members are experiencing extreme stress at a time when an aging population means more people will need such care, says a mental health study. The report by the Mental Health Commission of Canada also found that suicide rates are higher here than in some other G8 nations. Among those 15 and over who provided care to an immediate family member with a long-term health condition, 16.5 per cent reported very high levels of stress, the report found. The commission’s findings cover 13 indicators that provide a glimpse of how Canadians are faring mentally. By April, the commission will provide details on close to 60 indicators involving children, youth, adults and seniors in a variety of settings. The objective of the study was to “paint a fuller picture of mental health in Canada,” the commission said Thursday. It aimed to determine how many people experience positive mental health and how many struggle. The biggest trouble spots in the report indicate ...
Editorial: Stand on guard for polar bears 22.1.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Northern Alberta is hardly unfamiliar with bears. Grizzly bears, black bears and brown bears call this province home. Only provinces and territories with Arctic coastline, however, such as Manitoba, Ontario, Northwest Territories and Nunavut get to lay claim to the polar bear, the largest of the bear species and icon of the Canadian north.
'One-stop shop' for help quitting smoking opens for Eastern Ontario 21.1.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
Smokers across Eastern Ontario who want to quit have one new central spot to go for help, put together by health agencies all the way from Renfrew and Lanark to the Quebec border. “We really already have very good cessation programs. The key is to do the outreach,” said Dipika Damerla, the province’s associate health […]
‘The dollar has tanked’ in wake of shock interest-rate cut 21.1.2015 Toronto Star: Living
The Bank of Canada’s unexpected decision to lower its key interest rate came as a shock to economists and market watchers on Wednesday morning. The move, which sent the dollar spiralling , could also magnify concerns about sky-high household-debt levels, the Bank of Montreal said. The central bank cut its overnight target rate by one-quarter of a percentage point to 0.75 per cent on Wednesday morning. “We can’t stress enough how much of a shock this rate cut was. Only a few days ago, Deputy Governor Timothy Lane said that there would not be any ‘drastic’ changes in the policy outlook,” Capital Economics wrote in a research note. The rate reduction is a reaction to collapsing oil prices, which are expected to slash government revenues by billions and slow the pace of growth in Canada’s economy this year. Oil-rich Alberta is poised to take the biggest hit, and is forecast to fall into recession . “The Bank was obviously spooked by the collapse in oil prices, which has already prompted some energy producers ...
Even with regular exercise, excessive sitting linked to disease, premature death 21.1.2015 Edmonton Journal: News
Sitting on one's butt for a major part of the day may be deadly in the long run — even with a regimen of daily exercise, researchers say.
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