Over-the-counter codeine should be limited in wake of ‘opioid epidemic’, say Sask. pharmacists
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(Stephanie Taylor/ Canadian Press) — Pharmacists say it’s time for Canada to restrict access to over-the-counter codeine as the country grapples with an opioid crisis.

There have been renewed calls to limit access of low-dose codeine products — including Tylenol 1 and their generic counterparts — since a pharmacy in Saskatchewan  …

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The DNA diet: How knowing your genes can help you fit into your jeans
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(Dr. Melina Jampolis/ CNN) — “One man’s food is another man’s poison.” – Lucretius (99-55 B.C.)

Most people have this basic understanding of genetics: You inherit genes from your parents, and their DNA combines to create your unique genetic makeup. This can include more obvious traits such as eye color  …

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Scientists identify compound that works against antimicrobial-resistant superbugs
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(Rosie McCall/ IFL Science) — Scientists at the University of Sheffield in England say they have identified a bug-killing compound that can snuff out microbial-resistant bacteria, including potentially deadly strains of E. coli. The study was recently published in the journal ACS Nano.

Antimicrobial resistance is a natural process  …

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E-cigarette flavourings may pose heart risk, study says
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(Associated Press) — E-cigarettes aren’t considered as risky as regular cigarettes, but researchers have found a clue that their flavourings may be bad for the heart.

Longtime smokers who can’t kick the addiction sometimes switch to e-cigarettes, in hopes of avoiding the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke.  …

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Weighing yourself every day could prevent weight gain
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(Ana Sandoiu/ Medical News Today) —New research tests a novel strategy for preventing holiday weight gain and proposes a psychological mechanism that explains why the strategy may work.

More than 37% of adults in the United States are living with obesity, estimates show, and experts expect this number to increase. More than 32% of U.S.  …

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Why so many older women develop UTIs
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(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay News) — Urinary tract infections are one of the indignities many women face as they age. One reason why is because their bladder walls can be invaded by several species of bacteria, a new study finds.

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are among the most common type of bacterial infections in women, accounting  …

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Sleeping babies at risk of dying in car seats when used incorrectly, doctors warn
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(Alexandria Hein/ Fox News) — A decade-long study of sleep-related deaths in infants has found that in more than 90 percent of cases involving car seats, the safety devices were not being used as directed. The study, which was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed 11,779 sleep-related deaths in infants and found 3 percent  …

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Considering delaying retirement due to rising health costs? You’re not alone
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(CBC News) — An aging population has Canadians worried about the future of health care, according to a poll sponsored by the Canadian Medical Association that was released on Wednesday.

The Ipsos poll found 58 per cent believe Canadians will have to delay retirement to afford health care. The poll also found that 88 per cent of respondents  …

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Want to stay healthy as you age? Let go of anger
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(Jamie Ducharme/ Time) — Though emotions are often fleeting, they can have a lasting impact on your health. Stress, for example, may heighten the risk of both chronic and acute health conditions, while happiness can improve wellbeing.

Now, a small new study published in the journal Psychology and Aging suggests that anger, far more   …

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Link established between insomnia and memory problems
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(Janice Wood/ PsychCentral) — Chronic insomnia disorder, which affects approximately 10 percent of adults, has a direct negative impact on the cognitive function of people 45 and over, according to a new study.

Chronic insomnia, one of the most common sleep disorders, is characterized by trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at  …

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