Health

Health minister says sterilization problem at Regina hospital still a mystery

Photo: Facebook Page of Regina Hospital REGINA–Saskatchewan Health Minister Dustin Duncan says delaying surgeries more than a week at a Regina hospital could affect the government’s promise that patients have operations within three months. Last week, all surgeries were cancelled for 10 days at the Pasqua Hospital because a discolouration showed up on the wrapping …

Health sector should take cue from banks in serving patients: report

Photo: Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation TORONTO– A new report says the health sector should take a page from the banking industry when it comes to serving patients. It says people can bank online, access their personal information from anywhere and get customized services and so should patients. The report says patients are already …

Women with BRCA should have ovaries removed sooner to prevent cancers: study

Photo: Facebook Page of Ovarian Cancer Awareness TORONTO – Women who carry a BRCA genetic mutation have a significantly reduced chance of developing ovarian cancer and dying prematurely if they opt to have their ovaries and fallopian tubes preventively removed earlier than later, a study suggests. The Canadian-led study, published in the Journal of Clinical …

Researchers study polio like illnesses in California, say recent cases are a ‘rare phenomenon’

STANFORD, Calif. –More than a dozen children in California have developed an extremely rare, polio-like syndrome within the past year that within days paralyzed one or more of the children’s arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say. The illness is still being investigated and appears to be very unusual, but Dr. Keith Van Haren at …

Ontario moving ahead with calorie counts on restaurant menus and menu boards

Photo: Facebook Page of Calorie Count TORONTO–Ontario’s governing Liberals are expected to announce legislation Monday that would require large chain restaurants to put calories and other nutritional information on their menus and menu boards. Health Minister Deb Matthews was coy about the timing of the long-promised bill last week, saying it would come “very, very …

Families with kids with seizures move to Colorado for special pot, but doctors are concerned

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Figi. Suffering from a rare genetic disorder, she had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used a wheelchair, went into repeated cardiac arrest and could barely speak. As a last resort, her mother began calling medical marijuana shops. …

Keeping the flame alive in your marriage

The author with her husband “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” This is my favorite quote about marriage and continues to be my guiding light in my still young married life. In my day to day living, I am able to meet a lot of couples who …

Weavers’ villages in India suffer TB epidemic, exacerbated by poverty and malnutrition

LOHATA, India—This cluster of poor villages, long known for its colorful silk saris, now is known for something else: tuberculosis. Nearly half of Lohata’s population has it—some 100,000 people—and the community’s weaving tradition is part of the reason it is on the front line of a major Indian health crisis. The area of Uttar Pradesh …

MERS or similar virus has been spreading in camels for at least a decade: study

It may be new to humans, but it appears that the MERS virus or a close cousin may have been infecting camels in parts of the Middle East for at least a decade. A new study posted online on Thursday provides the first evidence that MERS or a MERS-like virus has been spreading in camels …

India marks 3 years since last polio case, stays on course to be declared polio free in March

NEW DELHI—India marked three years Monday since its last reported polio case, putting the country on course to being formally declared free of the disease later this year. India has made great strides against polio in recent years through a rigorous vaccination campaign. But for many in India, where polio victims with withered, twisted limbs …