Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Routine breast-cancer screenings can set off false alarms: Video

Canadian cancer societies are concerned women are being sent mixed signals, following a Harvard study suggesting routine breast cancer screenings can cause more harm than good. The study, released Tuesday by researchers from the New Harvard School of Public Health, screened 40,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79 over a period of nine years. Of the women screened,

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Backpack burden

Book, notice folder and spelling homework, 227 grams. Pencil case, 85 grams. Pocket notebook with fairy cover, 28 grams. Lunch, 570 grams. Placemat, 42 grams. Hat and mittens, 227 grams. Extra hat, 28 grams. Inhaler, 28 grams. Sunscreen, 114 grams. Hand sanitizer, 28 grams. Moisturizer, 28 grams. Cellphone (not working), 42 grams. Add these and other small treasures squirrelled away

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Dropping a bad habit could add years to your life, Ontario study says

Butt out the cigarette and grab those running shoes — an Ontario study released Monday suggests that eliminating one of five unhealthy habits could add almost eight years to your life. The report — conducted by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Public Health Ontario, the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute — found that

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Vaccine to stop heart attacks could be here in 5 years

A vaccine delivered in an injection or nasal spray to prevent heart attacks could be available within five years. Scientists have discovered that the drug stimulates the body’s immune system to produce antibodies which prevent heart disease by stopping fat building up in the arteries. It is the first time that the underlying cause of heart disease has been targeted.

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Suicide rates among Canadian girls rising

Suicides are increasing at an alarming rate among Canadian girls, with hanging, strangulation and other forms of suffocation now the predominant methods used by children and adolescents “regardless of sex” to kill themselves. It’s a disturbing phenomenon that researchers speculate may be linked to the increasing popularity of the “choking game”, raising the possibility that unintentional strangulation deaths from the

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