Health

Exercise, keeping weight down help prevent breast cancer recurrence, review finds

Women who’ve survived breast cancer can reduce their risk of recurrence by avoiding weight gain and getting consistent exercise, a new Canadian review suggests.  The researchers reviewed 67 published research articles or reviews focused on lifestyle factors, such as exercise, weight, diet and smoking, to weigh how patients with breast cancer can improve their prognosis. “Of all lifestyle factors, physical activity has the ...

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91% vs. 47%: Why vaccination rates are so different in these neighbouring Alberta towns

Erin Henderson’s kids are among a minority in the Fort Macleod area — they’ve been immunized against polio. The mother of four made the decision to take her children for the recommended immunizations after researching the benefits and risks of vaccines, including the so-called “five-in-one” shot. That one protects against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, polio and one of the most common forms of meningitis, but ...

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‘She was actually burning from it,’ Manitoba mom says about toddler’s cast removal

A mother from Sandy Bay First Nation in Manitoba is worried her two-year-old daughter may be scarred for life after a cast removal at Portage District General Hospital left her arm covered in burns and the child terrified of strangers. Lana Roulette brought Ambriel to the emergency department Feb. 8 for what she thought would be a painless procedure — the ...

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U.S. teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found. The research found declines in states that passed laws allowing gays to marry before the U.S. Supreme Court made it legal nationwide. The results don’t prove there’s a connection, but researchers said policymakers should ...

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Fish still healthy, but study suggests species with more mercury may be linked to ALS

Many people think of fish and seafood as being healthy. However, new research suggests eating certain species that tend to have high levels of mercury may be linked to a greater risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gherig’s disease. Questions remain about the possible impact of mercury in fish, according to a preliminary study released Monday that will be presented ...

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Young kids at risk of opioid overdose from adult prescriptions in household: study

Young children whose mothers have been prescribed an opioid are at an increased risk of being hospitalized for an overdose from the potent pain medications, most often through accidental ingestion, a study has found. “It wouldn’t be at all surprising for a two- or three-year-old to find a tablet and put it in his or her mouth,” said Dr. David ...

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‘Keep our kids from dying’: Ottawa dad pens letter warning of overdoses

When Sean O’Leary pulled into the driveway of his family’s home in the Ottawa community of Kanata on New Year’s Eve, chaos was unfolding inside his garage. His daughter had invited a few friends over and when O’Leary got home, a 17-year-old boy was lying on the ground without a heartbeat. “[There were] five or six teenagers running around, freaking out,” said O’Leary, who immediately ...

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Taking on vitamin D headlines, and health professionals weigh in on Donald Trump

This week, we look behind breathless headlines about vitamin D and a reported spike in autism spectrum disorder. We also find that it’s difficult to determine who “owns” science or to diagnose from a distance.  Get the full newsletter in your inbox every Friday morning. Subscribe to Second Opinion. What’s with this week’s vitamin D hype? Vitamin D beats colds and ...

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Donating body to science ‘the last best thing,’ says prof

Hundreds of people in Canada know what’s going to happen to them after they die: they’re going back to school. They’ve arranged to give their body to science and advance the learning of future medical students.  17 medical schools in Canada including the University of Ottawa, University of Waterloo, University of Guelph and McMaster University in Hamilton accept body donations.  Donating your body ...

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Stuart McLean’s death could help boost melanoma awareness, experts say

In the shock and mourning of Stuart McLean’s death, two skin cancer experts see a positive side to his battle with melanoma and the profound impact it could have on others.  The veteran storyteller and host of CBC’s The Vinyl Café died Wednesday at the age of 68. In 2015, he was diagnosed with melanoma — one of the most common forms of ...

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