Health

Falls take a rising toll on elderly brains

Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers. The reason for the increase isn’t clear, the report’s authors said. But one likely factor is that a growing number of elderly people are living at home and taking repeated tumbles, said one ...

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Britain’s first 3-parent IVF baby medical team granted licence

Treatment to help families with mitochondrial diseases, incurable conditions passed down the maternal line Thomson Reuters Posted: Mar 16, 2017 10:25 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 16, 2017 10:25 AM ET Related Stories Britain’s fertility regulator on Thursday granted doctors the first UK licence to create babies using a three-parent IVF technique designed to prevent inherited genetic diseases. The licence, granted to a team ...

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Dandy the trauma dog makes victims of tragedy feel better, 1 cuddle at a time

Like most support workers, she is highly-trained and ready to help people through tough times. But Dandy does it in a way that only a dog can, with a wagging tail and unwavering loyalty.  That makes all the difference for the people she meets, says her handler Meagan Phelps.  “That scary experience of having to relive or talk about circumstances that brought them into this ...

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Patients warned against unproven stem cell treatments after 3 women blinded

Doctors are warning against clinics that provide unproven stem cell therapies, citing the case of three patients who were blinded after undergoing a treatment meant to help with macular degeneration. “There’s a lot of hope for stem cells, and these types of clinics appeal to patients desperate for care who hope that stem cells are going to be the answer. But ...

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Patients warned against unproven stem cell treatments after 3 women blinded

Doctors are warning against clinics that provide unproven stem cell therapies, citing the case of three patients who were blinded after undergoing a treatment meant to help with macular degeneration. “There’s a lot of hope for stem cells, and these types of clinics appeal to patients desperate for care who hope that stem cells are going to be the answer. But ...

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Stroke patients not getting vital test to see if they can swallow, study finds

One in five patients who have the most common type of stroke don’t get recommended screenings to see if the episode damaged their ability to swallow, a recent study in Canada suggests. Under widely endorsed treatment guidelines, stroke patients are supposed to be screened for what’s known as dysphagia, or an inability to swallow, before they receive any food or ...

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Trump immigration policies kill work visas for specialized Canadian nurses

Canadian nurses working at Michigan hospitals were shocked last week when border security officers stopped them from entering the U.S. because of changes to their working visas under new immigration policies. Staff at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital heard reports of nurses unable to renew their working visas. Last week, a new Canadian hire at Henry Ford tried to go to work, ...

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U.S. study shows people having less sex, especially when they’re married

If it seems your sex life isn’t what it once was, you’re not alone. A new study suggests fewer people in the U.S. are living with partners and those who are married or living together are having less sex. The study “Declines in Sexual Frequency among American Adults, 1989–2014” was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. One reason Americans ...

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Employers want Ottawa’s help to deal with marijuana-smoking workers

More stoned workers will be showing up in Canada’s workplaces with the coming legalization of marijuana, but companies have few tools to cope with potential safety risks. That’s the message from some employers, who say they’ve received no assurances from Ottawa so far that the new pot regime will include workplace safeguards. “We’re caught in a potential Catch 22: how ...

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2-part Ebola vaccine found to be effective

The world should be far better prepared for the next Ebola outbreak, with further promising results on Tuesday showing the potential of a long-lasting vaccine against the deadly virus. The two-part shot from Johnson & Johnson and Danish partner Bavarian Nordic induced a durable immune response lasting a full year in 100 per cent of healthy volunteers vaccinated, researchers reported. ...

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