Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Health & Wellness

Breast cancer gene found in French- Canadian, Polish ‘founder’ populations: study

TORONTO — Researchers have identified a new genetic mutation strongly linked to hereditary breast cancer in two specific populations of French-Canadian and Polish women.
The Canadian-Polish research team found recurrent mutations in the RECQL gene among the women, who have a strong family history of breast cancer but do not carry one of the more common BRCA mutations.

’Sugar Coated’ documentary explores health dangers of sweets

TORONTO — Is sugar the new tobacco? It’s a provocative question that’s explored in the documentary “Sugar Coated.”
In the film, screening at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival, director Michele Hozer takes a hard look at how sugar has escaped scrutiny as a leading cause of obesity, diabetes and heart disease for more than four decades.

FDA official says increased popularity, safety issues led to review of unproven remedies

WASHINGTON — A top federal drug regulator says that increased safety problems with homeopathic remedies contributed to the government’s decision to revisit its oversight of the products at a public hearing this week.

MRI used to study knuckle-cracking

EDMONTON—A team of crack researchers finally may have solved the mystery of knuckle-popping.
In a study published yesterday, University of Alberta scientists describe how modern imaging technology has shed new light on the age-old riddle of why some joints crack when you pull them.

Breast cancer in South Asian women often diagnosed at later stage: study

TORONTO — Women of South Asian descent are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer in its later stages compared to the general population, while women of Chinese ethnicity tend to be diagnosed when the disease is at an early stage, an Ontario study has found.

Canadian Kraft Dinner to lose its synthetic colour by end of 2016

NEW YORK — Kraft is pledging to remove synthetic colouring from its Canadian Kraft Dinner Original product by the end of 2016.
This year will mark the last that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese, sold in the U.S., will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colours.
In January, Kraft said its macaroni and cheese would be coloured using paprika, annatto and turmeric.

Twin gets new liver

TORONTO—A three-year-old girl from Kingston, Ont. has received a liver transplant two months after her twin sister underwent the same surgery to combat a potentially-fatal genetic disorder.
A post on the Wagner family’s Facebook page said Binh received her “gift” from an anonymous donor, though the timing of the surgery is being kept secret to protect the donor’s privacy.

In idea from movie ‘50 First Dates,’ families make videos to calm, reassure dementia patients

NEW YORK — For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition.
“Good morning, merry sunshine, how did you wake so soon?” Irving’s daughter, Tamara Rusoff-Hoen, sings in a video playing from a laptop wheeled to her mother’s nursing home bedside.

Surgical wait times stable: report

TORONTO—A new report says wait times for key surgeries have held stable for the past five years—even though there have been substantial increases in the number of surgeries being done in some cases.
But the relatively rosy national picture obscures the fact that in some parts of the country, patients wait far longer than recommended for hip and knee replacements and cataract surgeries.

Study backs giving boys HPV vaccine

TORONTO—A new study suggests giving boys the HPV vaccine could cut health-care costs over the long run.
The researchers used mathematical modelling to estimate the effect of giving HPV vaccine to 12-year-old boys to prevent cancers of the mouth and throat.

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