Health & Wellness
NEW YORK — Nearly a third of children in a national survey didn’t have an accurate idea of their own weight — most of them heavy or obese children who viewed themselves as normal.
These false impressions were more common in black and Mexican-American children than in white kids, the survey found.
TORONTO — The death of a Quebec mayor who was stung multiple times after stepping on a wasps’ nest while gardening is a tragic but cautionary tale for those who run afoul of bees, hornets or other stinging insects — especially if they have a severe allergy to their venom, experts say.
WASHINGTON — Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don’t know how to determine that.
TORONTO — An incentive program that pays Ontario doctors extra for persuading patients to get screened for certain cancers shelled out $110 million over three years — but it did not result in significant increases in the number of people going for the tests, a new study reveals.
VANCOUVER — While the overall rate of new HIV infections has steadily declined in British Columbia, the epidemic among gay and bisexual men continues, the provincial health officer said in his annual report released Monday.
Dr. Perry Kendall said the infection rate among gay and bisexual men has remained steady for the past decade.
EDMONTON — The federal government says proposed changes to food labels should make it more clear how much sugar is in packaged food.
Among the changes, Health Canada says both total sugars and added sugars would be required information on nutrition tables.
It also says suggested serving sizes would be more consistent among similar foods.
TORONTO — Canada should ban two antibacterial chemicals used in a host of consumer products and accumulating in the waters of the Great Lakes, a report issued Thursday said.
TORONTO — Trying to decipher dose instructions written in small print on prescription medications or over-the-counter drug labels can be a daunting task for people with vision impairment or eyesight dimmed by age, say experts, who warn that squint-producing lettering can lead to potentially serious medication errors.
TORONTO — You might want to use an elbow to push the elevator button the next time you are in a hospital.
A new study suggests that elevator buttons in hospitals have more bacteria on them than surfaces in public bathrooms in hospitals.
Analysis of the swabs taken in the study found most of the bugs were benign. But that might not always be the case, said senior author Dr. Donald Redelmeier.
TORONTO — The rate of fatal overdoses from opioids such as oxycodone and morphine has soared over the last 20 years as prescriptions for the addictive and highly potent painkillers have continued to rise, an Ontario study has found.