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Reduced-nicotine cigarettes may help smokers quit, New Study

Reduced-nicotine cigarettes may help smokers quit, New Study

A notable reduction in nicotine content in cigarettes appeared to significantly reduce smoking, nicotine exposure and nicotine dependence in adults who smoke, according to results of a randomized, double blind clinical trial. The double-blind, parallel clinical trial, conducted at 10 sites between 2013 and 2014, randomly assigned adults to smoke for 6 weeks either their usual brand of cigarettes or ... Read More »

Gut bacteria may protect against asthma in infants, UBC research

Gut bacteria may protect against asthma in infants, UBC research

Parents should stop being so paranoid about bacteria, according to new UBC research that found babies exposed to four types of bacteria have a lower chance of getting asthma. The researchers, led by senior author Brett Finlay, professor of microbiology and biochemistry at University of British Columbia, report in Science Translational Medicine that children with lower levels of these four ... Read More »

Medical marijuana appears to be safe, study shows

Medical marijuana appears to be safe, study shows

A Canadian research team has completed a benchmark study that looks at the effects of cannabis when used in pain management. The team led by Dr. Mark Ware from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montréal has completed a national multicentre study looking at the safety of medical cannabis use among patients suffering from chronic ... Read More »

Toddlers hurt by toppling TVs, new study says

Toddlers hurt by toppling TVs, new study says

Toppling TVs can severely injure or even kill small children, especially toddlers. The vast majority (84%) of the injuries occurred in homes and more than three-fourths were unwitnessed by adult caregivers. The TVs were most commonly large and elevated off the ground. Dressers and other furniture not designed to support TVs were commonly involved in the TV-toppling incident. Read More »

Selma Cohen: Woman Mistakenly Declared Dead, Medical Benefits Stopped

Selma Cohen: Woman Mistakenly Declared Dead, Medical Benefits Stopped

Selma Cohen said she got a disturbing letter – saying she just lost all her medical benefits because she was declared dead. Selma Cohen, 87, a thyroid cancer survivor and widow, told WABC-TV that she takes 14 different medications daily and has already had to cancel one doctor’s appointment because of her Medicaid cancellation. If the city doesn’t fix their ... Read More »

Lyme disease risk area growing in Manitoba, 11 cases in 2015

Lyme disease risk area growing in Manitoba, 11 cases in 2015

The province announced Friday the geographic range of blacklegged ticks continues to expand north and west in Manitoba. The province’s annual blacklegged tick surveillance program has identified a number of new and expanded Lyme disease risk areas, and the risk of tick-borne disease transmission is greater in these areas. Read More »