Thursday, January 29, 2015

Health & Wellness

First bird ’flu strain found

TORONTO—A woman from British Columbia is the first person in North America to be diagnosed with H7N9 bird ’flu, after apparently contracting the virus while travelling in China earlier this month, Canadian health officials said yesterday.
Her husband, who had been travelling with her, also was sick with an influenza-like illness around the same time.

Milk industry fighting back against ‘naysayers, these anti-dairy folks’

NEW YORK — The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.

High-tech or old-fashioned, products aim to take the bite out of getting into a cold bed

As a guy who built heating systems for spacesuits, Mark Aramli found it perplexing that there was no good way to get the temperature right for his mom when she was laid up during a recent Rhode Island winter.
“I kept astronauts warm in space, and this was just a bed,” the former NASA engineer says. “Everything was too hot or too cold.”

Dancing genitals online hit

STOCKHOLM, Sweden—In socially-liberal Sweden, an educational video for children featuring dancing genitals has become an online hit—and even drawn criticism for not being progressive enough.
The one-minute animated video by public broadcaster SVT, promoting a television series about the human body, has been seen by more than four million YouTube viewers.

Stress lowers ability to empathize: study

TORONTO—Most people are able to feel empathy for a friend experiencing physical or emotional pain.
But it’s trickier when the person is a stranger—and researchers suggest a major reason for that lack of fellow-feeling may be stress.

Kids who play outdoors solo, with pals more active than supervised peers: study

TORONTO — Children permitted to play outdoors on their own or with friends are getting more physical activity than kids who are constantly supervised, a new Canadian study suggests.

Excessive sitting may be deadly

TORONTO—Sitting on one’s butt for a major part of the day may be deadly in the long run—even with a regimen of daily exercise, researchers say.

Girl who refused chemo dies

An Ontario aboriginal girl who refused to continue with chemotherapy, and opted for alternative healing methods to treat her cancer, has died.
Makayla Sault’s family said the 11-year-old suffered a stroke Sunday.
In a statement issued in the Two Row Times, a weekly newspaper covering indigenous issues, Sault’s parents say their daughter died early yesterday.

Pneumonia raises risk of heart attack, stroke in older adults, study finds

TORONTO — Seniors who develop a bout of pneumonia severe enough to require hospitalization are at higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke or dying of heart failure for years after the event, a new study suggests.

Even with regular exercise, excessive sitting linked to disease, premature death

TORONTO — Sitting on one’s butt for a major part of the day may be deadly in the long run — even with a regimen of daily exercise, researchers say.

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