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Blood donors needed year-round, Report

Blood donors needed year-round, Report

United Blood Services is asking the community to donate blood and help correct a blood shortage caused by recent storms and the holiday season. Winter storms across the region have forced blood drives to cancel and blood centers to close impacting the blood supply. While they don’t want anyone to risk their lives getting to a donation center, they are ... Read More »

Chain restaurants must post calories starting January 1st

Chain restaurants must post calories starting January 1st

Starting Jan. 1, 2017 restaurants that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations will need to display calorie information for all their menu items. “This is a great tool to help consumers make informed choices,” said Thunder Bay District Health Unit registered dietitian and public health nutritionist Victoria Holla. “It’s one tool of a lot of different ... Read More »

Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce asthma risk in infants, Says New Study

Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce asthma risk in infants, Says New Study

Pregnant women who take certain omega-3 fatty acid supplements can reduce by one-third the risk that their offspring will develop asthma, according to a new study from the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood (COPSAC) and the University of Waterloo. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that women who were prescribed 2.4 grams of ... Read More »

Newfoundland and Labrador Reaches Health Accord Funding Deal

Newfoundland and Labrador Reaches Health Accord Funding Deal

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has reached an agreement on funding for a new Canadian Health Accord. The agreement will see targeted funding over ten years for investments in home care and mental health. The province was joined by Nova Scotia in the announcement. The federal government will support better home care, including addressing critical home care infrastructure requirements, ... Read More »

Female doctors may have an edge, According to Study

Female doctors may have an edge, According to Study

In a study that is sure to rile male doctors, Harvard researchers have found that female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results. Patients cared for by women were less likely to die or return to the hospital after discharge. The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, was the first to examine how gender differences ... Read More »

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy linked to autism, Says New Study

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy linked to autism, Says New Study

Study has found that a vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy is linked to an increased risk of autism traits in children. Lead researcher Professor John McGrath, from the University of Queensland, said this suggested vitamin D supplements could reduce the incidence of autism. “This study provides further evidence that low vitamin D is associated with neurodevelopmental disorders,” Professor McGrath said. ... Read More »

Flu Shot Not Necessary for Most People, Report

Flu Shot Not Necessary for Most People

Many health professionals recommend seasonal flu vaccines as a preventive measure. But are they safe? Are they necessary? Do they actually work? Or are they a shot in the dark? Here’s what you need to know about influenza vaccines to decide for yourself. Overall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all Americans older than six months get ... Read More »

Research finds another health benefit to having sex

Research finds another health benefit to having sex

New research reveals new sex benefits for women who make love more frequently as they could have better memory than those who don’t. Sex and more and more of it are actually very good for the brain. The scientists from McGill University tested 78 heterosexual women, ages 18 to 29, on their ability to recall abstract words and faces. The ... Read More »

Even one cigarette a day is deadly, finds new research

Even one cigarette a day is deadly, finds new research

There’s bad news for people who think it’s safe to smoke a few cigarettes a day or even a week: They face a substantially higher risk of earlier death compared with people who don’t smoke, according to a new study from researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). When researchers looked at specific causes of death among study participants, a ... Read More »