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Strange Fungi Now Stalk Healthy People: Scientific American
In 2001 dead porpoises with yeast-packed lungs washed up on the southeastern shore of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The bloated organs were several times normal weight, with barely any room for air. The island's veterinarians had never seen anythi
Caffeine energy drinks 'intensify heart contractions'
The team from the University of Bonn in Germany imaged the hearts of 17 people an hour after they had an energy drink. The study showed contractions were more forceful after the drink. The team told the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North
Morning-after pill to warn of weight limit
A French contraceptive maker says it will begin warning women that its morning-after pill is ineffective when taken by women who weigh more than 80 kilograms or 176 pounds.
Only Half of Drugs Removed by Sewage Treatment
Only about half of the prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage are removed by treatment plants says a new report. That’s the finding of a new report by the International Joint Commission, a consortium of officials from the Unit
Family struggles to pay for surgery OHIP won't fund
Adam Gard has to go to the U.S. for a desperately-needed operation he says neurosurgeons in Ontario can’t or don’t seem willing to do.
And the Ottawa man is relying on a fundraising drive by family and friends to pay for the $70,000 operation because h
Health spending expected to reach $211B in 2013
The growth of health care spending in Canada slowed to its lowest rate in nearly 15 years, according to a new report. Total health spending is expected to rise by 2.6 per cent this year, less than half the average growth of seven per cent per year between
U.N. Confirms Polio Outbreak in Syria
GENEVA — United Nations officials confirmed an outbreak of polio among children in Syria on Tuesday, lending urgency to plans for vaccination campaigns there and in nearby countries to try to halt the spread of the disease. Health officials have intensif
Some people's genes allow them to spot danger: study
A new study from the University of British Columbia has found more than half of people are genetically predisposed to spot danger wherever it lurks. "We already knew that people who have this genetic variant are more inclined to have strong emotional memo
'Dozens of mental disorders don't exist'
As World Mental Health Day approaches this week, he argues that, thanks to the DSM, "countless millions" are hooked on powerful antidepressants to cure a mythical "chemical imbalance", while rates of mental disorders in children, including autism, bipolar
Zamboni MS vein theory debunked by study
A narrowing of the veins from the brain is unlikely as a cause for multiple sclerosis, say researchers from B.C. and Saskatchewan who found the narrowing is a common and normal finding in most people.
The Most Horrifying Drug in the World Comes to the U.S.
A flesh-eating drug called Krokodil, because it makes user's skin scaly and green before it rots away, has arrived on American soil. The Banner Poison Control center in Arizona has reported the first two users of the drug -- which has been available in Ru
Cronut burger illnesses at CNE caused by maple bacon jam
The part of the cronut burger contaminated with the Staphylococcus aureus toxin, which caused food-borne illness in 223 people at the Canadian National Exhibition last week, was the maple bacon jam topping, according to Toronto Public Health.
CNE cronut burger stand stays shut as total ill nears 100
Toronto Public Health says nearly 100 people are now reporting symptoms of food poisoning after eating at the CNE, as a cronut burger stand at the annual fair remains closed while officials investigate to determine if the trendy food played a role in the
Happy A&W Cruisin' for a Cause Day
Join us at any A&W from coast to coast for the fifth annual Cruisin’ for a Cause on Thursday, August 22nd. For every Teen Burger sold that day, $1 will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Last year, we raised over $1.4 M to help fund research
The healing power of a cat's purr.
Study showed that people without cats and those who never had cats were at a 40 percent greater risk of dying from a heart attack and at a 30 percent greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Why We 'Got Milk' : Scientific American
When a single genetic mutation first let ancient Europeans drink milk, it set the stage for a continental upheaval. That adaptation opened up a rich new source of nutrition that could have sustained communities when harvests failed.
Bond theme music sends stroke victim into ecstasy
A Canadian stroke victim has developed a rare neurological condition nine months into his recovery that leaves him disgusted by words printed in a certain shade of blue and lifted to ecstasy by the sound of music by brass instruments.
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