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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 …

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 …

Flu case numbers spiking across Canada, heralding peak of epidemic: experts

TORONTO—The number of flu cases is continuing to rise across Canada, suggesting the peak of infections with one of the dominant circulating strains could come within a few weeks — or even sooner, say infectious diseases experts, who describe this influenza season as “unusual.” “We really haven’t seen a season quite like this in a …

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 …

Medical users fear legalized recreational pot may leave them behind in puff of smoke

For Mandy McKnight, the benefits of cannabis oil to treat her son Liam’s debilitating seizures seem almost miraculous the nine-year-old has gone from being wracked daily by dozens of the life-threatening episodes to having days now when he experiences none. But like many Canadians authorized by doctors to use marijuana to treat a wide range …

Substance use among Ont. students down but concerns rise over fentanyl use: report

TORONTO—Ontario adolescents are drinking, smoking and using cannabis and other recreational drugs at the lowest rates since the late 1970s, suggests a biennial survey of Grade 7 to 12 students by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. But the 2017 survey released Thursday turned up a disturbing finding: almost one per cent of respondents …

Capsule for fecal transplant as good as colonoscopy to treat C. difficile: study

TORONTO — When it comes to treating Clostridium difficile with a fecal transplant — yes, human poop — swallowing a frozen capsule appears to have far less of an “ick factor” and works as well as delivering the therapy via colonoscopy, researchers say. A study led by the University of Alberta and published Tuesday in …

Workers to get right to refuse unsafe work as Alberta overhauls workplace rules

EDMONTON — Workers would have the right to refuse dangerous work under new job site rules proposed by the Alberta government. Labour Minister Christina Gray introduced changes to workplace health and safety provisions and to workers’ compensation in a bill tabled Monday. “Every year, hard-working Albertans are killed or injured on the job,” Gray told the house. …

Study details extent of violence faced by hospital workers

TORONTO — Violence against health-care workers is pervasive within the walls of hospitals across Ontario, suggests a study that examined the experiences of nurses, personal support workers and other staff. Researchers conducted focus-group interviews with more than 50 hospital staff members who had experienced verbal, physical or sexual assault, mostly perpetrated by patients. “There were …

‘Wonder’ star Tremblay, kids with facial differences meet for screening of film

TORONTO — Vancouver child actor Jacob Tremblay was in Toronto on Monday for a special screening of his new film “Wonder” about a child with facial differences, sharing it with his muses — a group of young patients who live that reality every day and helped him prepare for his role. The 11-year-old plays Auggie …

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