Sunday, August 2, 2015

Health & Wellness

Health Canada OKs abortion pill

TORONTO—A quarter-century after women in France first were given access to it, the abortion drug known as RU-486 finally is going to be available in Canada.
Health Canada confirmed late yesterday that it had approved the drug for use here—two-and-a-half years after the manufacturer’s application was submitted.
Women will need to obtain a prescription from a doctor to purchase the drug.

As more Canadians survive strokes, more live with stroke-induced disabilities

TORONTO — A new study suggests the number of Canadians living with stroke-induced disabilities will rise substantially over the next couple of decades.
More people are surviving strokes — a good news story about what can be a devastating and even fatal attack on the brain.

Number of Canadian babies getting HIV from moms now almost zero, conference told

TORONTO — Canada has virtually eliminated the incidence of mothers passing HIV to their infants at birth, primarily because of high rates of pre-natal testing and ready access to drug treatment that subdues the infection, researchers say.

French teen in remission for 12 years despite halt to treatment, HIV meeting told

TORONTO — An 18-year-old French girl exposed at birth to HIV has been in remission for 12 years with no detectable virus in her blood — despite stopping drug treatment at the age of five, an international HIV-AIDS conference in Vancouver has been told.

Lawsuit launched over treatment of mentally-ill inmates

TORONTO—A proposed class-action lawsuit filed in an Ontario court Friday alleges the federal government fails to provide adequate care to mentally-ill prisoners while relying far too heavily on solitary confinement as a way to deal with them.

Big drop in chickenpox cases after Ontario began public vaccine program: study

TORONTO — Ontario’s publicly funded chickenpox vaccination program appears to have dramatically reduced the number of children who get infected with the virus, researchers say.

Fecal transplants often cure C. diff. but can they help ulcerative colitis?

TORONTO — Stool transplants appear to be a veritable home run in the treatment of recurrent C. difficile infections. Researchers are now questioning whether the therapy would work for a range of other bowel diseases, and even obesity.
The first trials looking at whether ulcerative colitis could be treated with an infusion of a healthy person’s stool produced confusing results.

Maximize summer by dodging its pests: Fight the bite, avoid burns and poison ivy

TORONTO — For many sun-starved Canadians, summer is a favourite time of the year.
Days are long, windows are open, water is inviting and the world is green and blue. Down-filled jackets and scratchy woollen wear gets shoved to the back of the closet — for a few months, at any rate.

National cord-blood bank will provide stem cells to treat host of diseases

TORONTO — Canadian Blood Services officially launched a national public cord-blood bank Thursday, with the goal of collecting and preserving samples that reflect the country’s broad ethnic diversity.

More than 35,000 athletes, $20 million goes to groundbreaking study of concussions

More than 35,000 college athletes and cadets at U.S. service academies are helping researchers write a new, extensive and groundbreaking chapter in the study and tracking of concussions.

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