Health

Food industry fails to meet most voluntary sodium reduction targets: Health Canada

TORONTO— Voluntary sodium targets for the food industry have failed to significantly reduce the amount of salt consumers are getting in processed foods, suggesting additional measures are needed, Health Canada says. Four years ago, the federal department introduced phased-in targets for cutting sodium in 94 categories of processed food, with the goal of meeting that …

Donald Trump aces mental aptitude test designed by an immigrant to Canada

WASHINGTON — When the White House released the results of a test on Donald Trump’s mental aptitude Tuesday, showing he aced it without signs of cognitive decline, there was one person out there brimming with pride despite not knowing the president. That person was Ziad Nasreddine — who designed the test. The Lebanese-Canadian neurologist learned …

5 more deaths linked to Dengvaxia for referral to UP-PGH

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) will refer five new cases of deaths linked to the use of the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, to the panel of experts from the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH). “At least five cases are for referral (to the panel) for review,” DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo …

New gene linked to diabetes, low blood sugar found in same family

WASHINGTON — A new gene thought to be critical in the regulation of insulin, the key hormone in diabetes, has been found in a family with both high and low blood sugar conditions, researchers said Monday. The research, carried out at Queen Mary University of London, University of Exeter and Vanderbilt University, and published in the …

Housing for homeless helps prevent winter emergency shelter crises: advocate

Homeless shelter emergencies aren’t happening in other Canadian winter cities because they have focused on getting people into housing, says the head of a national group working to get people off the streets. Officials in Toronto opened a temporary homeless shelter earlier this month in the face of what Mayor John Tory called relentless cold …

Calendar of mermaid tailed men raises $300,000 for mental health in Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.— A calendar of bearded, mermaid-tailed Newfoundlanders has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for mental health. Last year, around 30 burly guys donned sparkly mermaid tails to pose as “merb’ys” — a portmanteau of “mermaid” and “b’y,” a Newfoundland term meaning “boy” or “buddy.” The whimsically dressed models posed by the sea, …

PRC caters to 1,906 patients during ‘Traslacion’

MANILA — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Wednesday reported that it served a total of 1,906 patients during Tuesday’s procession of the Black Nazarene or the “Traslacion”. The PRC, in its final list of cases attended as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, said most of the patients, or 854, suffered from high blood pressure, while …

Tailored response in Alberta, Ontario, B.C. for South Asians addicted to opioids

VANCOUVER — A medical clinic in British Columbia and a social service agency in Alberta are set to expand their programs to meet the often-hidden and growing problem of South Asians battling addiction to opioids. The Roshni Clinic opened last spring in Surrey to provide services for South Asian clients addicted to alcohol and stimulants …

DOH assists 301 persons during ‘Traslacion’

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) reported that it has provided medical assistance to 301 persons who joined the procession of the Black Nazarene or the annual “Traslacion” in Manila as of 2 p.m. Tuesday. Of the figure, about 127 suffered cuts, puncture wounds and soft tissue injuries, such as sprain, while 68 suffered hypertension, …

Stigma a major issue for Canadians living with dementia, says Alzheimer Society

TORONTO — When Roger Marple was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease just over two years ago at age 57 — and after the initial shock had worn off — he made up his mind to live the best life he could for as long as possible. But what he wasn’t prepared for was the societal …