Smoking, diabetes extra risky for women’s hearts

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure: all bad for the heart, but perhaps worse for women’s hearts than men’s, new research shows. Looking at data on 472,000 Britons ages 40 to 69, researchers found that all three of these heart disease risk factors increased the odds of heart attack for both sexes. But […]

FIND OUT MORE

What to know about common thyroid disorders

(Tim Huzar/ Medical News Today) — The thyroid is a small gland that helps regulate a person’s metabolism by producing hormones. Problems can occur if the thyroid overproduces hormones, when it is known as hyperthyroidism, or underproduces hormones, which is called hypothyroidism. These issues may also result in the growth of the thyroid, which is called […]

FIND OUT MORE

More Canadian clinics are offering unproven stem cell therapies, study finds

(Canadian Press) — Dozens of unlicensed clinics offering stem cell treatments for a wide variety of medical conditions have sprung up in Canada, marketing their services through direct-to-consumer online advertising, a study has found. Canadian-born researcher Leigh Turner, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Centre for Bioethics, identified 30 businesses marketing stem cell therapies […]

FIND OUT MORE

There’s a promising new way to treat appendicitis that doesn’t involve surgery

(Lindsey Tanner/Associated Press) — When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead. A new study from Finland shows her choice is a reasonable alternative for most patients with appendicitis. Five years after treatment […]

FIND OUT MORE

Privacy experts say choosing life insurance tied to fitness tracking could have unintended consequences

(CBC News) — Privacy experts say they’re concerned life-insurance programs that reward customers for behaviours like logging their activity using a fitness tracker could have unintended consequences for the safety of their personal data. Insurance giant John Hancock, owned by Canadian company Manulife Financial Corp., announced Thursday a switch to “interactive” life-insurance policies only, which […]

FIND OUT MORE

All John Hancock life insurance policies to include fitness incentives

U.S. division of Canadian firm Manulife will scrap traditional insurance in favour of interactive policies (Thomson Reuters) — John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that include optional fitness tracking through tools including wearable devices and smartphones, the company […]

FIND OUT MORE

Almost all Canadians would benefit from palliative care. Only one in seven can actually access it at end-of-life

(André Picard/ Globe and Mail) — An estimated 89 per cent of Canadians could benefit from palliative care in the last year of life. But only 15 per cent are actually getting it. That’s a pretty damning commentary on the state of end-of-life care in this country, and it only tells part of the story. The […]

FIND OUT MORE

Eating junk food tied to higher risk of numerous cancers

(CNN) — You probably already know that junk food, though delicious, is bad for you. It can have negative health effects such as increasing your risk of heart disease, metabolic disease and even cancer. Now, researchers have used a new nutritional labeling system to tie a diet low in nutritional quality with increased risks of […]

FIND OUT MORE

Was Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile caused by a thyroid condition?

(Jason Daley/ Smithsinian.com) —  The “Mona Lisa” is so iconic that few people actually take the time to really look at the half-length portrait. But examine the Leonardo da Vinci creation for a few minutes and there’s one inevitable conclusion: something’s not right with the sitter. That’s exactly what happened to Mandeep R. Mehra, medical […]

FIND OUT MORE

What are urinary tract infections (UTIs)?

(WebMD) — UTIs are bacterial infections in the urinary system. They’re very common and usually not serious, though there can be exceptions. Your urinary tract includes your bladder, kidneys, ureters (tubes that go from your kidneys to your bladder), and urethra (the tube that carries urine out of your body from your bladder). If you […]

FIND OUT MORE