Friday, July 25, 2014

Health & Wellness

Study: Nearly a third of kids misperceive weight - mostly heavy kids thinking thinner

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.

Death of a Quebec mayor from insect stings underscores need to be prepared

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.

Poll finds few Americans know how to check their doctors’ vitals

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.

Pay for performance scheme for Ont. MDs cost $110 million, didn’t work: study

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.

Gay, bisexual men failing to see decline in HIV infection rates: report

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.

How much sugar is really in that? Ottawa proposes food label changes

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.

Report calls for ban on antibacterial chemicals ubiquitous in consumer products

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.

Hard-to-read drug labels cause more than eye strain, could lead to dosage errors

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.

Hospital elevator buttons coated with more bacteria than bathroom surfaces

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.

Deaths from opioid overdoses have risen dramatically, Ontario study finds

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.

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