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Robin Hood flour pulled in E. coli probe “Report”

Robin Hood flour pulled in E. coli probe, Report

The Public Health Agency Canada says there are 25 cases of E. coli O121 across Canada linked to 10-kg bags of Robin Hood All Purpose flour. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recalled the Robin Hood brand of all-purpose flour sold in due to possible E. coli contamination. The flour comes in 10-kilogram bags with the best before date ... Read More »

Inactive teens have weaker bones, finds new research

Inactive teens have weaker bones, finds new research

Scientists with UBC and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, measured the physical activity and bone strength of 309 teenagers over a specific four-year period that is crucial for lifelong, healthy skeletal development. “We found that teens who are less active had weaker bones, and bone strength is critical for preventing fractures,” ... Read More »

Scientists develop smartphone accessory to test sperm viability

Scientists develop smartphone accessory to test sperm viability

Scientists from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed an inexpensive and discrete way of screening for male infertility by creating an app that could be used with a few phone accessories. “When men go through the process it’s always an awkward experience,” Hadi Shafiee, one of the researchers and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, ... Read More »

Amazon tribe has lowest heart risk ever seen, says new research

Amazon tribe has lowest heart risk ever seen, says new research

An Amazonian people reliant on subsistence hunting have the healthiest arteries in the world, according to new research. Scientists found that the Tsimane people, who live in the Bolivian Amazon, spend most of every day hunting, fishing, farming and gathering wild fruits and nuts, and follow a carbohydrate-based diet containing little protein or fat. Scientists who examined hundreds of men ... Read More »

Disease threatens bat population, Report

Disease threatens bat population, Report

The search continues for white nose syndrome, a fungal disease responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in eastern North America. Nebraska wildlife officials announced that following the recent discovery of several dozen dead bats at a mine in Cass County, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin confirmed white-nose syndrome in three bats from ... Read More »

Statins may up diabetes risk in older women, says new study

Statins may up diabetes risk in older women, says new study

Older Australian women taking cholesterol-lowering statins face a significantly increased risk of developing diabetes, according to a University of Queensland study. UQ School of Public Health researcher Dr Mark Jones said women over 75 faced a 33 per cent higher chance of developing diabetes if they were taking statins. The risk increased to over 50 per cent for women taking ... Read More »

Australian influencer Belle Gibson found guilty of lying about her cancer

Australian influencer Belle Gibson found guilty of lying about her cancer

Conwoman Belle Gibson is facing more than $1 million in fines after she was found to have misled vulnerable cancer patients. In her judgement in the Federal Court on Wednesday, Justice Debra Mortimer said: “All Ms Gibson’s marketing of herself and her company projected the image of a successful, booming enterprise with a wholesale dedication to charitable giving. “Any reasonable ... Read More »

Josh Chubbs allegedly ran in-home circumcision practice

Josh Chubbs allegedly ran in-home circumcision practice

A man is alleged to have performed illegal circumcisions without a medical licence out of his “cabin in the woods”. Josh Chubbs, 23, was reported to police by a female acquaintance because he reportedly asked her unprompted questions about her son’s penis on Facebook and allegedly offered to circumcise the minor at his remote home in Carbonear in Newfoundland and ... Read More »

Probiotics only benefit those with a bad diet, says new research

Probiotics only benefit those with a bad diet, Says New Study

Probiotics could be damaging to your gut health unless you have an atrocious diet, according to a new research. Scientists in Australia found an extra dose of ‘good bacteria’ – like Lactobacillus found in yogurt – had a transformative effect on rats with poor diets. The study out on Tuesday, conducted by the University of New South Wales, tested the ... Read More »

Cystic fibrosis patients living ten years longer in Canada than US, Study

Cystic fibrosis patients living ten years longer in Canada than US, Study

Canadians with cystic fibrosis live 10 years longer on average than US patients, likely because of differences in the two countries’ health systems, researchers report in a study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine. After adjusting for differences among patients’ overall health, disease severity, and clinical factors, a team of American and Canadian scientists found that cystic fibrosis ... Read More »

Failed Fertility Treatment Linked To Heart Risk, Says New Study

Failed Fertility Treatment Linked To Heart Risk, Says New Study

New study suggests that women who undergo fertility treatments and do not get pregnant may be more at risk to develop health problems later in life. “We found that two-thirds of women never became pregnant after being managed for fertility treatment and these women also had worse long-term cardiovascular risk, specifically higher risks of stroke and heart failure, compared with ... Read More »