Health

Skeletons say arthritis isn’t about aging – it’s about activity

Saturday August 19, 2017 more stories from this episode A new study has revealed that the prevalence of osteoarthritis in the knees of humans has doubled since the mid-20th century – and not because we’re living longer. Dr. Ian Wallace, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, studied over 2000 skeletons from three ...

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SECOND OPINION | Your life is leaving genetic scars that might show up in your child’s genes

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s our mid-summer roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Scientists now know that the mere act of living leaves molecular scars on our genes. But it was long assumed that those marks were wiped clean when the genes were passed on ...

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Technology allows visually impaired, blind to experience solar eclipse

Four months ago, Henry Winter was asked to describe an eclipse to a colleague who had been blind since birth and was initially stumped because he couldn’t use visual terms. Winter, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, then remembered a colleague who had recounted the sound of crickets starting and stopping during an eclipse. After retelling that story, ...

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How a Toronto hospital uses virtual reality to grant dying patients a last wish

Meike Muzzi’s not dressed for travel. Hospital bracelets in all three primary colours encircle her wrinkled right forearm; a gold bangle cradles the left. But she says she’s ready for today’s trip — the promise of an escape from the Toronto palliative care ward in which she’s spent the past five weeks waiting to die. David Parker is there to fulfil that promise, ...

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‘We don’t have any backroom meetings,’ Health Canada says as Food Guide consultations end

Health Canada is facing pressure from medical advocates to ensure there are major changes to its existing Food Guide as it works on highly anticipated dietary guidelines to be released early next year — a process that came a step closer to completion this week. Consultations on the upcoming changes ended on Monday and the department now wants to assure the public ...

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Man who faked physiotherapy licence recently worked at Halifax clinic using alias

A man with a lengthy history of faking his physiotherapy credentials, including during his time in the Canadian Forces, was until recently working under an assumed name as a manager in Atlantic Canada’s largest hospital system, CBC News has learned. Sources say Kelvin Cheung, who was convicted this week in Winnipeg of pretending to be a licensed physiotherapist, was hired last fall ...

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Move it! Too much standing is bad, study finds

People who stand for long periods at work may have another reason to join their seated colleagues in moving more. When researchers followed 7,300 Ontario workers aged 35 to 74 who were free of heart disease, they found the risk of heart disease was higher among those whose job titles involve mainly standing compared with those who mainly sit. “There’s a ...

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Mylan, U.S. finalize $465 million EpiPen settlement

New Deal followed a whistleblower lawsuit filed by French rival Thomson Reuters Posted: Aug 17, 2017 1:39 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 17, 2017 1:39 PM ET Mylan NV has finalized a $465 million US settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, resolving claims it overcharged the government for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, which became the centre of a firestorm over price increases. The U.S. ...

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Science Says: DNA test results may not change health habits

If you learned your DNA made you more susceptible to getting a disease, wouldn’t you work to stay healthy? You’d quit smoking, eat better, ramp up your exercise, or do whatever else it took to improve your odds of avoiding maladies like obesity, diabetes, heart disease or cancer, right? The scientific evidence says: Don’t bet on it. DNA testing for ...

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‘A broken system’: Why workers are fighting mandatory mail-order drug plans

Jamie Mueller has had heart problems since suffering complications from rheumatic fever as a child.    Now 51, and mother to a 13-year-old girl, the longtime Labatt employee takes seven different pills a day. For 10 years, she filled her prescriptions at the same pharmacy in London, Ont., about two hours west of Toronto, where she had “full faith and ...

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