Health

Manitobans must pay health premiums or face cuts to services: premier

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says people have a choice: Start paying health-care premiums like residents in some other jurisdictions or prepare to see services cut. “We’re asking Manitobans what they would suggest we do, given the reality of the situation,” Pallister said Wednesday as he announced the start of annual pre-budget public consultations. …

Ottawa urged to hold huge public education campaign about pot’s risks for youth

OTTAWA — Youth health experts are warning the federal government that its push to legalize recreational cannabis should be accompanied by extensive public-education and prevention campaigns that spell out the serious risks of pot consumption on adolescent brains. Parliamentarians heard this message numerous times Wednesday during a House of Commons committee hearing to study the …

Sanders would make government health care role even bigger

WASHINGTON — In an animated, campaign-style rally, Sen. Bernie Sanders unwrapped his plan to remake the nation’s convoluted health care system into federally run health insurance Wednesday — a costly proposal embraced by liberal activists hoping to steer the Democratic Party in upcoming elections. The Vermont independent’s plan would hand government a dominant role in …

Menopausal hormone therapy not linked to early death

WASHINGTON — Taking hormone therapy to treat menopausal symptoms like hot flashes does not increase a woman’s risk of early death, according to a long-term follow-up of trials that were stopped early due to health concerns. The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) research completely changed the understanding of the risks and benefits of hormone therapy in …

Age matters when it comes to screening for cervical cancer

WASHINGTON — Getting checked for cervical cancer isn’t one-size-fits-all: Millions of women may soon have to decide between a routine Pap or a newer test that detects if they have a cancer-causing virus. Draft national guidelines released Tuesday for the first time say either option is reasonable for certain women — those ages 30 to …

‘A really good aura:’ Calgary office tower dog friendly to attract tenants

CALGARY — Man’s best friend is moving on up — to the 16th floor of a downtown Calgary office building. As the city continues to suffer from a severe economic downturn caused by low oil prices, real estate firms are struggling to fill a glut of empty office buildings. When Aspen Properties took over The …

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

NEW YORK — A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the …

2 US scientists awarded Balzan Prize for cancer research

MILAN — Two U.S. scientists whose work has contributed to creating immunological treatments for cancer are among the winners of this year’s Balzan Prizes recognizing scholarly and scientific achievements. James Allison, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Robert Schreiber, of the Washington University School of Medicine, were announced Monday as winners of …

Genetic based tests help doctors tailor treatment for kids with brain tumours

TORONTO—At eight years old, Julia Van Damme was like most other kids her age — going to school, playing sports and goofing around with her younger sister and older brother. But a routine eye exam turned up a baffling and unexpected finding — she was virtually blind in one eye. An MRI showed Julia had …

Public warned vs. buying vaccines from unauthorized online sellers

MANILA — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday warned the public against purchasing Japanese encephalitis vaccine and other vaccines that are sold by unauthorized distributors or retailers online. In its Advisory No. 2017-265, the FDA said it has received reports that these vaccines, which may be non-compliant with FDA standards, are available in social …

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