Young Canadians who vape are twice as likely to move on to cigarettes, researchers say
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(CBC News) — Middle and high school students in Canada who tried an e-cigarette are twice as likely to be susceptible to smoking cigarettes, which researchers call concerning.

In a study published in the journal Preventive Medicine, public health investigators analyzed data from the most recent Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol   …

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A fifth of global deaths linked to diet: study
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(Agence France-Presse) — Fewer children are dying before their fifth birthday and although humans are living longer than ever before, one in five deaths last year were linked to poor diet, researchers said Friday.

More than 1.6 million people in poor countries died in 2016 from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water and food, while   …

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Genetic fitness may lower breast cancer risk
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(New York Times) — Aerobic fitness seems to alter the interior workings of cells in ways that may substantially lower the risk of breast cancer.

A new study with female rats found that those that were the most fit were much less likely than other animals to develop cancer after exposure to a known carcinogen, even if they did not exercise.  …

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Regularly using bleach linked to higher risk of fatal lung disease
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(The Guardian) — Regular use of bleach and other common disinfectants has been linked to a higher risk of developing fatal lung disease, researchers have found.

The use of disinfectants is linked to a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to research looking at incidence of the disease in  …

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Manitoba mumps outbreak 100 times higher than normal
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(Kelly Malone/CBC News) — The rate of mumps in Manitoba is more than 100 times higher than usual, according to numbers from Manitoba Health.

There have been 853 confirmed cases of mumps in the province from Sept. 1, 2016, to Aug. 31, 2017.

“Normally we would have maybe eight in a year,” said Dr. Richard Rusk, a provincial medical  …

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Beware of hype in medical science
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(Dr. Brian Goldman/CBC Radio) — Governments have been accused of trying to spin the news to their political advantage. It turns out that some medical researchers may be tempted to do the same. A study just published in PLOS Biology has uncovered a heap of hype in medical science.

Spin is defined as research conclusions that distort the   …

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Forget the juice box: B.C. school experiments with water-only challenge
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(CBC News) — A Vancouver Island elementary school is attempting to do away with the lunchtime juice box, encouraging staff and students to go water-only during school hours.

Since classes began this week, Alexander Elementary in Duncan has been conducting an experiment to see if pop, juice and other sugary drinks could be eliminated.  …

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Whole grains and exercise curb risk for colorectal cancer
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(Roxanne Nelson, BSN, RN/Medscape) — Eating whole grains daily and ramping up activity levels can reduce the risk for colorectal/colon cancer, according to a new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

On the flipside, consuming red meat and processed meat increases  …

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Is 50 the new 60?
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One in 10 men has heart a decade older than them, warns Public Health England

(Daily Telegraph) — Fifty is the new sixty for ten per cent of middle-aged men whose poor lifestyle has left them with a heart that is a decade older than their actual age, Public Health England has warned.

In 2015 the National Health Service launched its Heart Age  …

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Study: Vaccines expected to save 20 million lives, $350B by 2020
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Vaccines will save $350 billion in healthcare costs by 2020, and will have a broader economic and social impact of saving lives and preventing disabilities of $820 billion

(United Press International) — New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that vaccines in the world’s poorest countries will  …

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