health articles 2018

Running through middle age can preserve memory: study

Exercising as you age can help maintain memory and fight cognitive decline, according to a new study. In the study, researchers from Florida Atlantic University and Mexico’s National Polytechnic Institute looked at the long-term effects of running on the brains of mice. They found middle-aged rodents with access to a running wheel did a better

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Want to Lose Weight? The WHO Says Avoid These Non-Sugar Sweeteners

The WHO says sugar substitutes will not help with weight loss or diet-related diseases. Evidence from randomized controlled trials included in the review showed that while non-sugar sweeteners may help people lose weight over the short term, the changes are not sustained. The guidance applies to all people except those with pre-existing diabetes. The World

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Calgary sky filled with smoke; health, fire officials urge caution

Many Calgary residents woke up Tuesday to a dark sky, even after sunrise, and the choking smell of smoke, as the devastating effect of wildfires elsewhere in the province has blown south. Some experts urged caution for areas affected by an Air Quality Health Index of 10+, the highest possible rating. The Calgary Fire Department

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Critics denounce ‘zombie’ push for private health care as Quebec data shows higher costs

The Quebec government has paid significantly more for certain procedures completed in private clinics compared to those done through the public system, data released this week suggests. The figures, made public through an Access to Information request by the independent Institut de recherche et d’informations socioéconomiques (IRIS), looked at the cost differences for five procedures

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Supreme Court dismisses BC doctor’s appeal in challenge over access to private health care

Canada’s highest court will not hear an appeal from a Vancouver-based physician who has been challenging the health-care system over access to private care. The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision Thursday ends Dr. Brian Day’s 14-year legal battle to allow patients access to private care when the public system isn’t able to offer timely care.

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Sleep apnea causes cognitive problems even in healthy men, research finds

Most people with untreated sleep apnea develop heart disease, and researchers have assumed that’s why they also have cognitive problems. But a small new study finds that obstructive sleep apnea itself is harming the brain, giving new urgency to recognizing and treating the disorder. Otherwise healthy middle-age men newly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea show

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Joe Biden declared healthy and ‘fit for duty’ after exam at Walter Reed hospital | Joe Biden

Doctors declared Joe Biden, 80, healthy and “fit for duty” on Thursday after a physical examination that included removing a lesion from his chest and declaring him free of symptoms of long Covid after his bout last year with the virus. “The president remains fit for duty, and fully executes all of his responsibilities without

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