Fitness versus fatness: which matters more?
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(Dr. Tammy Chang and Dr. Caroline Richardson, The Conversation) — There is a longstanding debate in the research community about the importance of fitness versus fatness in health. Are exercise and improving fitness more important than eating well and maintaining a healthy weight?

Some researchers argue fatness does not affect health  …

Menopause hormone therapy study misunderstood: researcher
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(D.F. McCourt/ Maclean’s) — For women of menopausal age, there are good options to reduce the symptoms of menopause, but there is also a lot of conflicting information out there. Women have to be prepared to educate themselves and advocate for themselves if they want to get appropriate treatment.

About 20 per cent of women  …

World Stroke Day: Great time to take on the No. 2 killer
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(Nancy Brown/ HuffPost) — The story seems like fiction.

A 9-year-old boy in Latin America loses his mother to a stroke. His six older siblings raise him, providing the guidance and financial support to become the only member of their generation to attend college. Then he goes to medical school. Decades later, he’s known around   …

There’s a third type of diabetes and millions don’t know they have it
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(IFL Science) — Until recently, diabetes came in two distinct varieties. However, a third major type exists, a fact that’s only come to light relatively recently – and it’s far more prevalent than people realized.

New research indicates that this means that plenty of people with the new Type 3c are being misdiagnosed as   …

Barrette blamed as number of Quebec doctors quitting medicare rises to 410
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(Aaron Derfel/ Montreal Gazette) — The number of Quebec doctors who have opted out of medicare — billing patients directly for medical services — has jumped by nearly 50 per cent since Health Minister Gaétan Barrette implemented his sweeping reforms two years ago, the latest government figures suggest.

Although the number of  …

Montreal Neuro to get autism research centre following $16M donation
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(CBC News) — The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is launching a new specialized centre for autismresearch, thanks to a major donation from the Azrieli Foundation. The $16-million donation will allow the Neuro to open up new and innovative avenues of autism research until now funded, said the institute’s director,  …

Number of obese children jumped 10-fold since 1975
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(Meera Senthilingam/ CNN) — The number of obese children and adolescents rose to 124 million in 2016 — more than 10 times higher than the 11 million classified as obese 40 years ago, in 1975.

A further 213 million children and adolescents were overweight in 2016, finds a new study published October 10 in The Lancet. Looking  …

Scientists link dyslexia to brain spots confusing the eye
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(BBC News) — French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye.

In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots in both eyes – rather than in just one – leading to blurring and confusion.

UK experts said the research  …

Being old and female means you’re twice as likely as a man to be poor
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(Daphne Bramham/ Vancouver Sun) — Women face economic disadvantages throughout their lifetimes, but it is near the end of their lives that it is most acute.

Nowhere is that more evident than in Metro Vancouver, which has Canada’s highest percentage of people living in low-income households. The 2016 census data for the region  …

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