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Smoking linked to higher dementia risk

Smokers have a higher risk of developing dementia, but giving up smoking can lower that risk, according to a new study in South Korea. Long-term quitters and those who had never smoked had 14 per cent and 19 per cent lower risks for dementia, respectively, compared to smokers who kept up with the habit, the study authors reported in […]

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What happens when your neighbours smoke up, and it could kill you?

A condominium corporation in Mississauga, Ont., is puzzling over how it can accommodate the conflicting medical needs of some residents as marijuana legalization looms. In April, the condo board of Applewood Place tried to pass a rule that would ban growing and smoking marijuana in the building’s units and common areas. Condo owners eventually voted it down. This […]

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Passengers bleed from ears, noses after Indian flight loses cabin pressure

More than two dozen passengers on a flight operated by India’s biggest full-service carrier, Jet Airways, were treated for minor injuries Thursday after their plane lost cabin pressure and was forced to turn back, aviation authorities said. Shortly after takeoff from the financial capital of Mumbai, the flight crew forgot to select a switch to […]

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Want life insurance? You may want to track your fitness, says John Hancock

John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that include optional fitness tracking through tools including wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday. The move by the 156-year-old insurer, owned by Canada’s Manulife Financial Corp, marks a major […]

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Low-carb diet better when it includes more vegetables, nuts

People who cut back on carbohydrates may end up increasing their risk of premature death if they load their plates with meat and cheese instead of vegetables and nuts, a U.S. study suggests.  While previous research has linked low-carbohydrate diets to better success with short-term weight loss and improvements in risk factors for premature death like diabetes, less is known about […]

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Life on streets ‘a killer’: New hospice offers end-of-life care to the homeless

Pandora was raped at 15 and, ashamed to face her father, never went home again. Living on the streets, she struggled with mental health and addiction issues — and a medical condition that has been slowly killing her. Pandora was dying, homeless and alone. Then Dr. Naheed Dosani and a team setting up the new Journey […]

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How much online porn do children see unintentionally? Less of it than 5 years ago

You might think that with all the time spent online and swiping at smartphones, young people would be exposed to more unwanted explicit material than ever. But, it turns out, that’s not the case. A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Calgary and published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, examined two […]

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Twitter comedian Jonny Sun found his voice on the internet. Now he’s using it to talk about mental health

When Jonny Sun entered his first year at the University of Toronto, he found it hard to cope with the demands of engineering school. “For the first year I was just deeply anxious and depressed with this program and feeling like this wasn’t the place for me,” said the Chinese-Canadian writer, artist, playwright and full-time PhD student […]

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E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce tied to tainted Arizona irrigation canal

Tainted irrigation water appears to be the source of a national food poisoning outbreak in the U.S. linked to romaine lettuce, health officials say. About 200 people in the U.S. were sickened in the E. coli outbreak and five people died. The outbreak, which started in the spring, is now over, the U.S. Centers for […]

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When prescription opioids run out, users look for the supply on the streets

Dana MacInnis, pictured outside Vancouver’s Overdose Prevention Society, was first prescribed opioids 30 years ago, when he was injured while playing soccer. (Craig Chivers/CBC News) For Dana MacInnis, the pain started three decades ago, when he shredded a ligament in his leg playing soccer. There was surgery, there was infection. And then there was Demerol. It […]