User: cassels Topic: Health in Canadian Media
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Last updated: Dec 23 2014 01:52 IST RSS 2.0
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Can the blood of Ebola survivors create a cure? 23.12.2014 Health

Several leading scientists have embraced the idea of using survivors' antibodies as the most promising approach in the fight against Ebola.

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Combining statin and some antibiotics could cause acute kidney injury 23.12.2014 Health
Statins Antibiotics

Taking the antibiotic clarithromycin with certain statins could increase risk of acute kidney injury and other serious adverse effects among older adults, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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Seven Canadians thinking big in 2014 22.12.2014 Toronto Star: Living
What are Canadians thinking? Not so much, according to the global roundups of great thoughts, and thinkers, of 2014. In fact, the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine left us off the list entirely this year: So what were they thinking? Here are some of the Canadians who forged through the complex landscape of this tumultuous year and cleared a space for their groundbreaking work: Naomi Klein WHO: Author of three international bestsellers, activist, counterculture heroine. WHY: Her latest book , on climate change and capitalism, This Changes Everything, has won global kudos, including the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. QUOTE: “I had to walk around my first climate change conference with a decoder in my back pocket.” The sheer scope and earth-shattering import of climate change make most of us want to pull the duvet over our heads. Klein plunged right into the vexed questions of ever-expanding growth and a shrinkingly habitable planet with customary determination and refused to buckle ...
Woman saved by pig liver 20 years ago reunites with medical team 22.12.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
MONTREAL - Mavis McArdle says she doesn't feel weird at all that a pig's liver helped save her life.
Monday’s Editorials: Just say ‘No’ to Santa’s little Big Brothers 22.12.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
Parents don’t need additional stress at this juncture of fun and festive, but we thought you should know that hosting Elf on the Shelf is akin to waltzing your sweet darling into Big Brother’s embrace — at least according to two Ontario academics. At the risk of choking on your eggnog, read on. This is a genuine position published in mid-December by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in a paper called Who’s the Boss: The Elf on the Shelf and the normalization of surveillance.
Woman saved by pig liver 20 years ago reunites with medical team 20.12.2014 Health
Pig Liver Patient 20141219

Mavis McArdle reunited Friday with her old medical team to celebrate two decades of good health since the breakthrough procedure in 1994 at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital and is described by her doctors as the only person in Canada to have been kept alive using a pig's liver as life support.

'It's tragic': Smith Falls' Neil Doef latest potential case of hockey spinal trauma 20.12.2014 Ottawa Citizen: News
Neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Tator has made it his life’s work to help prevent the kind of traumatic spinal injury suffered by Smith Falls Bears hockey star Neil Doef. While there has been progress, he says, more must be done. The community of Smith Falls has rallied behind Doef, 17, who was badly injured Sunday while playing […]
What dance does for your brain 19.12.2014 Health

What's the connection between dance and mental health? Hamilton dance therapist Megan English knows the answer. She will be speaking live on Ontario Today on Friday at noon to discuss the cognitive and emotional benefits of moving to music.

Diet rich in corn oil leads to lethargy and pre-diabetic symptoms: UBC study 19.12.2014 Vancouver Sun: News
Mice fed a high-fat diet rich in corn oil developed lethargy and pre-diabetic symptoms in less than two months, while mice eating olive oil remained active and healthy, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. The group that was fed corn oil developed insulin resistance and impaired glucose disposal and showed reduced physical activity compared with mice on the olive oil diet and a low-fat control group, according to biologist Sanjoy Ghosh.
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Confusion abounds in determining Alberta’s next Official Opposition 19.12.2014 Edmonton Journal: News
The sudden defection of nine Wildrose MLAs to the governing Tories has left a quagmire on the opposition side of the Alberta legislature, and created some difficult questions for Speaker Gene Zwozdesky heading into the spring session. In particular, the Speaker must figure out which party has the right to the title of Official Opposition, a decision that is usually determined by simple numbers but becomes much more complicated when those numbers are in flux.
Tiny gene fragments linked to altered brain development in autism, U of T scientists say 19.12.2014 Toronto Star: Living
Tiny, poorly understood gene fragments are linked to altered brain development in autism, according to new research from scientists at the University of Toronto. Their study, published in the journal Cell, focuses on small segments called microexons. Microexons are tiny stretches of DNA that code for equally tiny parts of proteins. Until now, only a handful of these extra-short microexons were known. The Cell paper identifies hundreds of new ones. Moreover, microexons appear to have been underestimated. The scientists found that the “vast majority” of microexons form parts of genetic messages that are expressed in neurons in the brain, and that they play an important role in how those neurons function. When the scientists deleted microexons in the lab, proteins in the neurons had trouble interacting with each other. They also analyzed samples of brain tissues from individuals with autism spectrum disorder, and found many microexons were missing in the genetic messages. The research was noted in two ...
Trauma call: Behind the scenes on a life-or-death injury 19.12.2014 Ottawa Citizen: News
When Carp farmer Ken Paul lost both arms in a horrifying farm accident Wednesday morning, there was only one hospital ready to treat him. Ottawa police shut down the eastbound Queensway as the ambulance sped to The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus, the only Level 1 Trauma Centre for adults in Eastern Ontario. But what happens then? […]
From Ottawa to Peshawar, religious fundamentalism is a common enemy 19.12.2014 Toronto Star: Living
Eight weeks ago, it was Ottawa. At the beginning of this week, it was Sydney. Two days ago, it was Peshawar . If anybody questioned the global and diffuse nature of the challenge that religious fundamentalism poses, the last few weeks have provided a clear demonstration of the problem. Indeed, one of the greatest threats facing the world today is jihadist terrorism. The jihadists are a self-appointed collection of Muslim fanatics who have launched a holy war, a jihad, against the U.S., Europe and anyone else who opposes a world governed by their vision of Islamic law. Ironically, the foremost target of the jihadists has been the Muslim world itself. Most Muslims reject the jihadists’ rigid interpretations of Islam, and few relish the austerity of jihadist rule. It is the Muslims who have borne the brunt of jihadist terror, with the past year claiming more than 2,000 lives in Pakistan alone. A considerable number of people worldwide now recognize that Muslims and non-Muslims alike are involved in a war ...
Life expectancy grew six years since 1990, global study finds 18.12.2014 Health
Greece World AIDS Day

Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhea, tuberculosis and malaria.

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Anti-marijuana ad's dubious claim a scary hit with parents 18.12.2014 Health
Health Canada pot ad - screenshot

Health Canada's focus-group testing of anti-marijuana ads found parents reacted most strongly to claims that smoking too many joints can lower IQ in young people. The IQ effect has been challenged by medical researchers, but the department launched a TV and internet campaign asserting the claim anyway.

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Vancouver’s native soil ‘too contaminated to grow in,’ SoleFood founder warns 18.12.2014 Vancouver Sun: News
The native soil in Vancouver’s community gardens may be no worse than soils used in rural areas for commercial agriculture, but SoleFood founder Michael Ableman still wouldn’t grow food in it. People’s “romantic perception” that rural areas are somehow pristine environments where all is clean and pure is misplaced.
Advocacy groups say Ottawa sex workers need more social services, not legislation 18.12.2014 Ottawa Citizen: News
A new survey by a pair of advocacy groups looking at how the drug and sex trades are intertwined in Ottawa highlights just how many sex workers are homeless and says many live in fear of being mistreated by clients or police. The survey was conducted by PROUD — or Participatory Research in Ottawa, Understanding Drugs, along with DUAL, Drug Users Advocacy League. […]
From Snow White to Frozen, animated films 'rife with on-screen death and murder' 18.12.2014 Health
CORRECTION Frozen Frenzy

Children’s animated films such as Frozen and Finding Nemo are rife with murder, says an Ottawa researcher whose own young kids begged him to stop a video about cute cartoon dinosaurs.

When cartoons kill! Children's films have higher death rates than adult movies, study finds 17.12.2014 Ottawa Citizen: News
Top-earning children’s movies are “hotbeds of murder and mayhem,” with death rates more than twice as high as adult movies, says a University of Ottawa study that’s been published in the British Medical Journal. It’s an idea that first occurred to Ian Colman when his young children urged him to quit his dragon boat team. It took him a while […]
Homicidal cartoons: The analysis 17.12.2014 Ottawa Citizen: News
Some findings from the research: • The authors say children under the age of seven are as likely to suffer lasting stress from fictional violence as from witnessing television coverage of real-life violence, such as a terrorist attack. They also say many children’s films send the “dubious moral message that bad guys deserve to die.” • There’s a […]
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