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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Deaths by alcohol-related liver disease skyrocket among young adults, U.S. study shows

Intense and regular binge drinking could be the cause for jump in deaths, study author says (Thomson Reuters) — Over nearly a decade, deaths from liver disease have been rising rapidly in the U.S., new data show. The most pronounced increase between 2009 and 2016 was a 10.5 per cent rise each year in cirrhosis […]

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Physicians urge Ottawa to pay another $21B over decade for seniors health care

Report comes ahead of the annual premiers’ Council of the Federation meeting (Andy Blatchford/ Canadian Press) — Physicians are calling on the federal government to shell out another $21 billion over the next decade to help provinces and territories pay for soaring health care costs that will be propelled by the unavoidable growth of Canada’s […]

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These are the 8 types of migraines – which one do you have?

(Jessica Migala/ Reader’s Digest) — A migraine doesn’t necessarily mean you have head pain. Weakness, flashing lights, even belly pain can be a sign you’re suffering from this debilitating illness. Here’s how you can take control of your symptoms. Your head hurts—that much you know. But what sets a migraine apart from other types of headaches […]

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Toddlers consuming an alarming amount of sugar: CDC

(Emily Price/ Fortune) — A new study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that toddlers are consuming way too much sugar, some of them eating much more sugar than is recommended for a grown adult in a single day. The American Heart Association recommends that women only consume six teaspoons […]

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