Thursday, February 26, 2015

Health & Wellness

Philips Lifeline recalls help button pendants with non-breakaway neck cords

OTTAWA — Philips Lifeline is recalling the non-breakaway neck cord version of its help button pendants.
Cords without the breakaway design could pose a strangulation risk if the cord gets caught on a wheelchair, walker or other protruding objects.
Health Canada and the company have had two reports of deaths in Canada since 2009 that were possibly related to the affected products.

New sex ed. curriculum to be out soon

TORONTO—Ontario’s new sex ed. curriculum will be online “within weeks” for parents to see now that the consultation period has finished, Premier Kathleen Wynne said yesterday.
School council chairs at all 4,000 schools across the province have been consulted and the new curriculum will be implemented in September, she noted.

Drugmaker enlists support from lawmakers, women’s groups to boost bid for female sex pill

WASHINGTON — The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost female libido are resubmitting their drug to federal health regulators, following a recent lobbying blitz by politicians, women’s groups and consumer advocates aimed at pushing it onto the market.

As long as there have been vaccines, some people have feared and hated them, historians say

NEW YORK — They’re considered one of mankind’s greatest medical achievements, yet people have balked at vaccines almost since the time of the first vaccination — in 1796, when an English country doctor named Edward Jenner inoculated an 8-year-old boy against smallpox.

Vaccine support softening: poll

A new national poll that mines attitudes toward vaccinations suggests support for these disease prevention tools remains relatively high in Canada.

Some experts worry about new vaccination poll despite good support for vaccines

A new national poll that mines attitudes toward vaccinations suggests support for these disease prevention tools remains relatively high in Canada.

Overriding ruling on assisted suicide a ‘nuclear bomb’

VANCOUVER—Personal circumstances colour individual views on whether people should have a legal right to a doctor-assisted death, and that deeply-emotional dilemma could swing voter loyalty during the next election, says the federal justice minister.

Rate of opiate withdrawal in newborns up dramatically over 20 years, study finds

TORONTO — The number of babies born with symptoms of opioid withdrawal because of their mother’s use of the medications has jumped 15-fold in Ontario over the last two decades, reflecting increased prescribing of the potent and addictive pain killers, researchers say.

Canadian-led study confirms game-changing approach to stroke care

Canadian and international researchers have shown a new approach to treating some devastating strokes could dramatically lower the toll these brain attacks cause.

Bear needs dentist

TACOMA, Wash.—“Boris” the 29-year-old polar bear is eating only soft foods for a while after having surgery to remove three broken or decayed teeth at a Washington state zoo.
The 880-pound bear, who lives at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, didn’t have to sit in a dentist’s chair for the procedure.

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