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Eating burnt toast ‘may increase cancer risk’, says new study

Eating burnt toast 'may increase cancer risk', says new study

Burnt toast and crispy roast potatoes ‘linked to cancer’: FSA warns against overcooking starchy foods. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) today launched its Go for Gold campaign, encouraging us not to burn our roast or fried vegetables and keep our oven chips at a nice golden colour. The idea is to reduce people’s intake of acrylamide, a chemical that is “created when many ... Read More »

Increased Risk of Obesity for Children With Asthma, Says New Study

Increased Risk of Obesity for Children With Asthma, Says New Study

Children with asthma may be more likely to become obese later in childhood or in adolescence, scientists say. “Early diagnosis and treatment of asthma may help prevent the childhood obesity epidemic,” said Frank Gilliland, senior author of the study and a professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Part of the problem may be a ... Read More »

One in three Adult Asthma Patients May Not Have Asthma, study reveals

One in three Adult Asthma Patients May Not Have Asthma, study reveals

A new Canadian research suggests that 33 per cent of people diagnosed with asthma do not actually have the respiratory condition. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, concludes that some adults diagnosed by their doctors as having asthma should be reassessed. “It’s impossible to say how many of these patients were originally misdiagnosed with asthma, ... Read More »

McDonald’s Canada issues franchise-wide tree nut allergy warning

McDonald’s Canada issues franchise-wide tree nut allergy warning

McDonald’s Canada is adding nuts to the menu, meaning the restaurant chain is now off limits to thousands of Canadians who live with allergies. A statement on the fast food chain’s website says starting today it will begin to serve products that use nuts that are not individually packaged. That means all food in Canadian restaurants will now come with ... Read More »

Antiretrovirals might raise susceptibility to syphilis, says new study

Antiretrovirals might raise susceptibility to syphilis, says new study

New study suggests that antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV could boost the susceptibility of gay and bi men to the bacteria which causes syphilis. Syphilis cases in several countries have risen sharply in recent years, primarily affecting men who have sex with men. In this study, researchers investigating the outbreak hypothesize that medications used in highly active antiretroviral therapy ... Read More »

High blood pressure may protect brain, says new study

High blood pressure may protect over-80s from dementia, says new study

High blood pressure may protect elderly people against dementia, researchers have found. Scientists at the University of California, Irvine, discovered patients who develop hypertension between 80 and 89-years-old are 42 per cent less likely to get dementia. Professor Maria Corrada author of the study, revealed the results. She said: “In this first-of-its-kind study, we find that hypertension is not a ... Read More »

Health Canada warns of certain ‘exploding’ natural gas and propane fireplaces

Health Canada warns of certain ‘exploding’ natural gas and propane fireplaces

Health Canada is warning Canadians to “immediately stop” using certain natural gas and propane fireplaces made by Security Fireplace in the 1990s due to a risk of exploding glass. There have been two reported incidents involving these fireplaces due to delayed ignition. The relief dampers on these products may not work, which could lead to excess gas being ignited when ... Read More »

BC Centre for Disease Control: Warning issued after spike in ‘oyster-related illness’

BC Centre for Disease Control: Warning issued after spike in oyster-related illness

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has issued a warning about a spike in gastrointestinal illness associated with eating oysters. Since early December, over 70 cases of oyster-related illness have been reported to B.C. health authorities. “Testing in several of the cases confirmed the presence of norovirus, and we suspect norovirus in the others,” says Dr. Eleni Galanis, an epidemiologist ... Read More »

Prostate cancer scientists find genetic fingerprint identifying how; when disease spreads

Prostate cancer scientists find genetic fingerprint identifying how; when disease spreads

Researchers have discovered the genetic fingerprint that switches curable, localised prostate cancer into the aggressive form that spreads to lymph nodes or tissue in other parts of the body. Canadian and Australian prostate cancer researchers have discovered a key piece in the genetic puzzle of why men born with a BRCA2 mutation may develop aggressive localized cancers that resist treatment ... Read More »