Prostate cancer: home urine test could ‘revolutionize diagnosis’

(Tim Newman/ Medical News Today) — Prostate cancer is common, affecting nearly half of males over 50. However, it tends to develop slowly, and in many cases, health professionals do not consider it clinically significant. … Read More

First death linked to vaping reported amid escalating illness
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(Dalton Hemsworth/ Daily News) — As reports flood the media of dangerous vaping side effects, the first-ever person has died from severe lung injuries related to vaping. The CDC reported the adult lived in Illinois; however, did now release any additional details about the adult.

The death is one of 193 potential cases in 22 states of   …

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This new, super low-calorie butter has a surprising main ingredient
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(Erica Chayes Wida/ Today) — In the chemistry labs at Cornell University, scientists have been busy inventing a new product — a butter-like spread made with a pretty surprising ingredient: water.

While creamy, dairy-free aren’t exactly new, the scientists’ new concoction contains only a quarter of the calories as the  …

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Starting early is key to treating kids allergies
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(Christine Sismondo/ Toronto Star) — It may well be the most wonderful time of the year for a lot of parents but, for those with kids who suffer from food allergies, back-to-school can be incredibly stressful.

For an estimated 15,000 children in the Toronto District School Board, the back-to-school checklist includes not only new backpacks  …

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What exactly is in your vape? Health Canada plans to find out
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(Presse Canadienne) — Health Canada is preparing to launch a wave of inspections of businesses selling vaping products. They will analyze products to determine their contents and nicotine levels.

Though the health ministry will not confirm the information, the Presse Canadienne has learned that 22 inspectors will be assigned to   …

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What is intermittent fasting? Skipping meals may promote health: study
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(Hilary Brueck/ Insider) — When cancer researcher Dr. Miriam Merad came home from her laboratory with new results about how fasting might help reduce people’s risk of developing certain deadly chronic diseases, her husband was so impressed that he stopped eating one meal a day.

She says he never eats breakfast anymore, limiting  …

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Just one pill for all your heart health needs? It’s on the way
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(Dennis Thompson/ HealthDay News) — Imagine a single pill loaded with a battery of heart medications that you take once a day to cut your chances of heart attack, stroke and heart failure.

A new clinical trial has turned that idea into reality.

The “polypill” reduced the risk of life-threatening heart health problems by   …

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Emergency Room wait times rise in Quebec: study
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(CTV Montreal) — Patients across Quebec experienced longer wait times in emergency rooms in from 2018 to 2019 according to an analysis by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI).

“In Quebec, we have the longest waiting time in the industrialized world—and the rest of Canada is not doing that great either,” said MEI  …

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Number of obesity cases in Quebec has doubled in last 30 years, study finds
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(CBC News) — The number of obese Quebecers has doubled over the last three decades, according to a new study from Quebec’s national public health institute.

More than 40 per cent of adult Quebecers are considered to be obese: 50 per cent of women, and one in three men, the study found.

“The waistline … was monitored in  …

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Chlamydia vaccine shown to be safe, effective in small trial
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(Steven Reinberg/ HealthDay News) — A vaccine against the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia appears safe and potentially effective, an early trial suggests.

The phase 1 study included 35 healthy women. Those who were given injections of two possible vaccines developed antibodies to the chlamydia bacteria, but a lot more testing  …

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