Health officials expect more coronavirus cases, but say risk of outbreak in Canada remains low

(Kathleen Harris/ CBC News) — Federal health officials expect more cases of the coronavirus, but say the risk of an outbreak in Canada remains low. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said officials at all levels of … Read More

What are the best diets for 2018?
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(Honor Whiteman/ Medical News Today) — When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, eating better is at the top of our list. But which diet plan is the best? A panel of health experts — on behalf of U.S. News & World Report — reveal the top-rated diets for 2018.

It is estimated that around 45 million people in the United   …

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Sleeping less than eight hours linked to depression and anxiety in new study
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(Dana Dovey/ Newsweek)  — Lack of sleep may cause more than just dark circles under your eyes. New research found that people who sleep less than the recommended eight hours are also more likely to have repetitive negative thoughts, a finding that could explain the link between sleep and mental health.

Sleep-deprived individuals  …

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What are the most common highly contagious diseases?
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(Norene Anderson/ Livestrong.com) — The most common contagious diseases are categorized as bacterial, viral, fungal and protozoan. Bacteria are tiny organisms that are pathogenic (cause infectious diseases) or beneficial (aid in digestion). Viral diseases originate from a virus, a sub-microscopic agent that requires  …

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Want a better workout? Just breathe
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(Tatiana Boncompagni/ New York Times) — Twice a week, often between video calls or meetings, Andrew Lowenthal takes a break from work to open an app on his phone that helps him focus on his breathing.

The payoff? Better stress management, clearer thinking at work and — to Mr. Lowenthal’s surprise — more strength and power in the gym.  …

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Eating fish improves kids’ IQ scores and sleep, study says
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(Susan Scutti/ CNN) — Children who eat fish once a week or more sleep better and score higher, on average, on IQ tests than children who never eat fish or do so less than once a week, according to study published last month in the journal Scientific Reports.

Studies have shown a connection between omega-3s — essential fatty   …

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Plan to slash antibiotic use in livestock aimed at human “super bugs”
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(Cody MacKay/ CBC News) — P.E.I.’s provincial veterinarian is urging people in the agriculture sector to learn more about some changes coming to antibiotic use in livestock.

Starting Dec. 1, 2018, hundreds of over-the-counter antibiotics will require a prescription from a veterinarian, something Dr. Carolyn Sanford  …

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Gov. Gen. Julie Payette encourages Canadians to ‘get active’ in New Year’s message
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(Canadian Press) — Julie Payette has issued a decidedly informal request to Canadians in her first New Year’s message as governor general — “stay active.”

Gone are the regal trappings that served as a backdrop to end-of-year messages delivered by previous governors general.

Instead, Payette chose to deliver a   …

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Calcium and vitamin D supplements may not protect against bone fractures after all
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(Ariana Eunjung Cha/ Washington Post) — One of the most contentious questions in nutrition science over the past decade has been whether older adults should be taking supplemental vitamin D and calcium. As the world’s population ages and broken bones and fractures become even more of a public health concern, with huge   …

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Cautious optimism as drug successfully targets Huntington’s disease
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(Jon Tattrie, CBC News) — Canadians affected by Huntington’s disease are cautiously celebrating a breakthrough trial of a drug that safely lowers levels of the harmful huntingtin protein.

Bev Heim-Myers, CEO of the Huntington Society of Canada, said trials in B.C., Germany and the U.K. showed the drug IONIS-HTTRx safely  …

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