New pill can deliver insulin

Insulin pillAn MIT-led research team has developed a drug capsule that could be used to deliver oral doses of insulin, potentially replacing the injections that people with type 1 diabetes have to give themselves...

Will you be my Healthy Valentine?

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: DR. VIKAS PURI Did you know that about 1 in 12 (or 2.4 million) Canadian adults age 20 and over live with diagnosed heart disease? Approximately every hour, about 12 Canadian adults age...

From the mat to life

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING You might hear a lot of people say “yoga changed my life”.If you aren’t a regular practitioner, this may sound questionable. How can a series of poses “change your life”?...

How exercise may protect against Alzheimer’s disease

FOCUS ON HEALTH How exercise may protect against Alzheimer’s disease Athletes know a vigorous workout can release a flood of endorphins: “feel-good” hormones that boost mood. Now there’s evidence that exercise produces another hormone that may...

Your Psoas and Your Yoga

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING You have this nagging pain in your back, that seems to flare up just a little bit more after sitting for long periods of time. You find yourself having to...

Splits for Life

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING Splits or Hanumanasana carries a beautiful story and was told to me for the first time by a brilliant yoga teacher and friend from Sweden, by the name of Ingrid...

Invigorate your Yoga Practice

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING The idea of getting on your mat sometimes can feel less than thrilling. You might feel like your practice is a little stale or you might be less than enthusiastic...

Take time to reflect

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING The New Year is fast approaching, and it is common practice for most of us to reflect on what we have accomplished this past year and to set goals for...

What Are We Thinking About on the Mat?

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING The fluffy answer that we would all like to say with authenticity is: “I’m thinking about nothing but the present moment. I am totally still and one with myself. I...

What’s your favourite yoga pose?

Share8 Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 8 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING Q:What’s your favourite yoga pose? If you ask me that same question, I will say Wild Thing, and then I will say Pigeon, and then I will say Wheel. That...

Mental Health & Yoga

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING Attitudes towards mental health issues are finally changing in our communities.The stigma attached is being released and we are now becoming more empathetic and beginning to understand that conditions like...
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Fitness Challenge: Get In Shape and Eat Healthy In 30 Days

For more than 15 years I served in the military.  Most people know that the military have a set standard for fitness and it is mandatory for service members to remain in shape at...

What is tendonitis?

FOCUS ON HEALTH What is tendonitis? By Virginia NsitemTendonitisDo you feel pain near a joint or bone that is worse with movement? Do you feel swelling near a bone or joint? Or a crackling sensation near...

Reducing the risk of DVT

FOCUS ON HEALTH Reducing the risk of DVT By Kim Jackson The holiday season is here and we are planning trips to far off lands or resorts close to home. But it’s important to be aware of...

Maintaining a good posture and walking style

FOCUS ON HEALTHpostureMaintaining a good posture and walking style By Kim Johnson Is your bag causing you neck and back pains? Whether you’re at school, working in an office or just out, chances are you carry...

Carnival Ball to raise funds for ‘SickKids-Caribbean Initiative’

Denise Herrera-JacksonPeeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival has announced the launching of a “charitable partnership” between the Carnival and the Hospital for Sick Children to advance the study, diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer and serious...

Be safe for the carnival

FOCUS ON HEALTH Be safe for the carnival The Caribbean carnival season has arrived in Toronto and it means beautiful colours, lots of fun and activities with live music and dancing. However, before you take part...
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Okinawa Banana Stand Live Review

Today I am going to take a trip to the local markets for fresh fruits an vegetable in Okinawa, Japan. For those who are either new to the island or is interested in...

Workers can become dangerously overheated at temperatures below official limits

(Reuters Health) - Employers and workers need to be aware that heat stress can happen well before temperatures reach official limits for workplace safety, a U.S. study suggests.

Soft tissue injuries: muscle strain and ligament sprain

By Virginia Nsitem Have you ever been diagnosed with a whiplash sprain or strain injury or back muscle tear? Have you ever twisted your ankle or knee joint? This article will explain the differences between...

Thinking skills may suffer on hot days

(Reuters Health) - Heat waves can sap productivity by slowing down thinking, even in the young and healthy, a small study suggests.

Babies who started solids slept better: study

(Reuters Health) - Babies who start on solids at three months sleep better than infants exclusively breastfed until six months of age, according to a new analysis of clinical trial data.

Sun-sensitive people need more than sunscreen to avoid sunburn

(Reuters Health) - People with pale skin who are sensitive to the sun should use several sun-protective behaviors to avoid sunburn, according to a new study.

Physician burnout a key driver of medical errors

(Reuters Health) - Burned-out doctors are more likely to make major medical errors, regardless of workplace safety measures, new research shows.

PTSD raises heart and stroke risk in World Trade Center cleanup crews

(Reuters Health) - More than 16 years after cleanup was completed at the site of the September 11, 2001 attack on New York City's World Trade Center complex, many who worked at the disaster site still struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and may also have an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke as a result, researchers say.

Multivitamin-mineral supplements do not reduce heart disease, deaths

(Reuters Health) - Taking multivitamins and minerals does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease or associated deaths, according to a new review of existing research.

Israel’s Together to sell cosmetics based on cannabis, Dead Sea minerals

Israel's Together Pharma said on Tuesday it will set up a new company with Premier Dead Sea to sell cosmetics based on cannabis and Dead Sea minerals.

Israeli firm gets U.S. nod for advanced trials for non-opiate painkiller

Israeli pharmaceuticals company PainReform has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin late-stage clinical studies for a pain relief drug that is a departure from opiate-based narcotics, it said on Tuesday.

Hormone therapy poses stroke risk for transgender women

(Reuters Health) - Hormones given to people to align their sex with their gender pose a significant risk of serious blood clots and stroke among transgender women, one of the largest studies of transgender patients has concluded.

Trump slams Pfizer after July 1 drug price hikes

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday took aim at Pfizer Inc and other U.S. drugmakers after they raised prices on some of their medicines on July 1, saying his administration would act in response.

Fewer older black patients survive long-term after cardiac arrest in the hospital

(Reuters Health) - After a cardiac arrest in the hospital, older black patients don't survive as long as older white patients, new data show.

Danone investigates Aptamil baby milk complaints

French food group Danone is investigating reports that its new Aptamil baby milk formula has made some infants unwell in Britain.

Team mix affects operating room social behavior

(Reuters Health) - Social behavior in the operating room is significantly affected by the mix of professional roles and the surgeon's gender, according to researchers who observed 200 surgical procedures.

CTI Biopharma’s cancer drug fails late-stage trial, shares tumble

CTI Biopharma Corp said on Monday its treatment for a type of blood cancer did not meet the main goal of a late-stage trial, sending its shares down 17 percent.

Insurers warn of rising premiums after Trump axes Obamacare payments again

Health insurers warned that a move by the Trump administration on Saturday to temporarily suspend a program that was set to pay out $10.4 billion to insurers for covering high-risk individuals last year could drive up premium costs and create marketplace uncertainty.

Cancer diagnosis tied to increased risk of diabetes

(Reuters Health) - People who get diagnosed with cancer may be more likely to develop diabetes, a Korean study suggests.

Biogen, Eisai’s Alzheimer’s drug succeeds in mid-stage trial, shares soar

Japanese drugmaker Eisai Co and Biogen Inc said that the final analysis of a mid-stage trial of their Alzheimer's drug showed positive results for patients who received the highest dose.

Explaining ‘herd immunity’ may convince more people to get flu shots

(Reuters Health) - The knowledge that getting a flu shot can help prevent flu from spreading in the community may help convince more people to get vaccinated, a U.S. study suggests.

Annoyance with wind turbines may affect quality of life

(Reuters Health) - People who can see wind turbines from their homes may be more annoyed by these machines and more likely to report quality of life issues than individuals who live further away from wind turbines, an industry-supported study suggests.

Mom’s healthy lifestyle lowers child’s risk of obesity

(Reuters Health) - Children whose mothers stick to healthy lifestyle practices are less likely to be obese than children of less healthy moms, researchers report.

Hitting cancer early: AstraZeneca’s bid to outmaneuver rivals

AstraZeneca suffered its biggest daily share price drop a year ago after a key cancer drug trial failed amid feverish speculation the chief executive might quit.

Europe recalls generic heart drug made in China on cancer fears

A number of high blood pressure and heart drugs containing an ingredient made in China are being recalled across Europe after an impurity that may cause cancer was found in them, officials said on Thursday.

AbbVie wins reversal of $140 million verdict in case over AndroGel risks

A U.S. judge on Thursday overturned a $140.1 million verdict against AbbVie Inc in a lawsuit by a man who claimed the company misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel, causing him to suffer a heart attack.

U.S. private citizen cites mystery illness symptoms after China visit

A U.S. private citizen who visited China has reported symptoms like those of U.S. diplomats afflicted with a mysterious illness in Havana and Guangzhou, a U.S. State Department official said on Thursday.

Sticking with the same doctor may extend patients’ lives

(Reuters Health) - Seeing the same doctor over the years helps people live longer, suggests a new international study.

Dehydration may muddle your thinking

(Reuters Health) - Dehydration can impair your ability to think clearly, a new study suggests.

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposure

Two buildings at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, were evacuated on Thursday because people may have been exposed to tuberculosis, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Air pollution may account for 1 in 7 new diabetes cases

(Reuters Health) - Air pollution could be responsible for 3.2 million new cases of type 2 diabetes every year globally, suggests a new analysis.

Secondhand smoking tied to snoring in kids

(Reuters Health) - Exposing children to secondhand tobacco smoke increases their risk of developing habitual snoring, according to an analysis of existing research.

Timeline: Britain’s National Health Service turns 70

Britain marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service on Thursday, a moment of pride and concern for a country that has nurtured its growth into the largest publicly funded healthcare service in the world.

Drugmakers try evasion, tougher negotiations to fight new U.S. insurer tactic

In the escalating battle over U.S. prescription drug prices, major pharmaceutical companies are scrambling to limit the economic damage from a new U.S. insurer tactic that coaxes patients away from expensive drugs.

South Africans paying too much for private healthcare: watchdog

South Africans are paying too much for private healthcare, the country's antitrust watchdog said on Thursday, adding patients are sometimes prescribed treatments they don't need by an industry with limited competition.

Folic acid linked to healthy brain development through childhood

(Reuters Health) - Folic acid fortification not only protects developing babies against certain birth defects but also supports healthy brain development through the teenage years, researchers report.

Trump administration names new U.S. drug enforcement chief

(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday named a top White House lawyer as the new head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration after the agency's prior acting administrator announced his retirement last month.

AstraZeneca wins speedy approvals for cancer drugs in Japan

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca has won rapid regulatory approval for new uses of two of its important cancer drugs in Japan, less than six months after the first global approvals in Western markets.

FDA approves Dermira’s wipe for excessive armpit sweating

(Reuters) - Dermira Inc said on Friday its topical cloth for excessive armpit sweating was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, providing patients with an easy-to-use option for an often embarrassing condition.

Amazon to buy PillPack in potentially disruptive drug retail push

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it would buy small online pharmacy PillPack, a move that will put the world's biggest online retailer in direct competition with drugstore chains, drug distributors and pharmacy benefit managers.

U.S. approves first marijuana plant-derived drug for epilepsy

(Reuters) - The U.S. health regulator approved GW Pharmaceuticals Plc's epilepsy treatment on Monday, making it the first cannabis-based drug to win approval in the country and opening floodgates for more research into the medicinal properties of cannabis.

China says United States domestic opioid market the crux of crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's drug control agency on Monday said the United States should do more to cut its demand for opioids to tackle the use of synthetic drug fentanyl, but it vowed to step up cooperation after Chinese production of the substance had been blamed for fuelling the U.S. opioid crisis.

U.S. District Court rules in favor of Lilly’s Alimta patent

(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said on Friday a U.S. District Court ruled in favor of its patent on Alimta vitamin regimen and prevented Hospira Inc and India's Dr. Reddy's Laboratories from launching generics until the patent expires.

Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana, setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis.

Trump administration puts skimpy health insurance plans in place

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a finalized rule that will enable millions of Americans to buy skimpy health insurance plans that do not comply with key Obamacare coverage requirements, marking its latest effort to chip away at the healthcare law. 

Pizza Hut pledges to drop some chicken antibiotics by 2022

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yum Brand Inc's Pizza Hut chain will fully phase out chickens raised with certain antibiotics in its U.S. restaurants by 2022, in the latest push by a major restaurant chain to follow healthier food practices.

Gaming addiction classified as mental health disorder by WHO

LONDON - Many parents already have concerns, but some may now have a new argument for limiting their children's 'screen time' - addiction to video games has been recognised by World Health Organization as a mental health disorder.

Theranos founder Holmes, former president indicted for fraud

(Reuters) - Theranos Inc founder Elizabeth Holmes and the embattled blood-testing company's former president were indicted on charges that they engaged in schemes to defraud investors, doctors and patients, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday.

Kentucky sues Walgreens, cites ‘alarming’ rate of dispensing opioids

(Reuters) - Kentucky's attorney general on Thursday sued Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc , accusing the company of playing a dual role in propagating an opioid epidemic in the state as both a pharmacy chain and wholesale drug distributor.

U.S. disaster-response force stretched thin as hurricane season starts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida last September, the top U.S. disaster-response official ordered all hands on deck.

Lilly-AstraZeneca latest to abandon Alzheimer’s drug trials

(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co and AstraZeneca Plc said on Tuesday they would discontinue late-stage trials testing their Alzheimer's treatment, the latest among a slew of drugmakers to stop developing treatments for the memory-robbing disease.

Fed up with rising costs, big U.S. firms dig into healthcare

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - At its Silicon Valley headquarters, network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc is going to unusual lengths to take control of the relentless increase in its U.S. healthcare costs.

CDC warns residents in eight U.S. states of cut-fruit Salmonella outbreak

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sunday urged residents of eight U.S. states to check for recalled pre-cut melon that is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella.

Rise in U.S. suicides highlights need for new depression drugs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A spike in suicide rates in the United States has cast fresh light on the need for more effective treatments for major depression, with researchers saying it is a tricky development area that has largely been abandoned by big pharmaceutical companies.

Irish women bare all in record-breaking skinny dip

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of Irish women shed their inhibitions and their clothes on a secluded beach fifty kilometers south of Dublin on Saturday for a world-record setting "skinny dip" to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity.

Bourdain, Spade suicides highlight need for new depression drugs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The suicides this week of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have cast fresh light on the need for more effective treatments for major depression, an area that has been largely abandoned by big pharmaceutical companies.

Exclusive: Philip Morris plans to target Indian smokers with iQOS device – sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Philip Morris International Inc is planning to launch its iQOS smoking device in India, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, as the tobacco giant seeks a foothold in a country with the world's second-biggest smoker population.

Drug combination better for restoring womb after miscarriage

(Reuters Health) - Two drugs are better than one when it comes to restoring the womb after an incomplete miscarriage, according to a new study.

In Missouri, J&J faces biggest trial yet alleging talc caused cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawsuit by 22 ovarian cancer patients against Johnson & Johnson went to trial on Wednesday in Missouri state court, marking the largest case the company has faced over allegations its talc-based products contain cancer-causing asbestos.

Including family in ICU rounds could improve communication

(Reuters Health) - Hospitals that allow family members of critically ill patients to attend doctors' rounds in the intensive care unit (ICU) may improve healthcare quality by enhancing communication and satisfaction, a Canadian study suggests.

Obese teens with psychiatric issues can still benefit from weight loss surgery

(Reuters Health) - Obese teens who have weight loss surgery are likely to lose the same amount of weight regardless of whether they were previously diagnosed with psychiatric problems, a U.S. study suggests.

Hungarian pig farmers brace for hard times after swine fever outbreak

ZEBEGENY, Hungary (Reuters) - Robert Laczko, who rears Hungary's traditional breed of hairy "mangalica" pigs, prized for their meat, is bracing for tough times.

Scientists map genetic codes of 3,000 dangerous bacteria

(Reuters) - Scientists seeking new ways to fight drug-resistant superbugs have mapped the genomes of more than 3,000 bacteria, including samples of a bug taken from Alexander Fleming's nose and a dysentery-causing strain from a World War One soldier.

More U.S. kids dying from injuries

(Reuters Health) - Murder, suicide, car crashes, and addiction have all contributed to a spike in deaths among U.S. children and teens in recent years, a government study suggests.

U.S. drug prices hit by insurer tactic against copay assistance: analysis

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A recently adopted tactic by U.S. health plans to limit the financial assistance drugmakers provide directly to consumers for prescription medicines is taking a toll on drug prices, according to a new analysis released on Tuesday.

Prostate cancer survival odds worse for smokers

(Reuters Health) - Prostate cancer patients who smoke are more likely to have tumors return, spread to other parts of the body, and become fatal than nonsmokers, a new study suggests.

A third of U.S. military injuries in Iraq, Afghanistan not from battle

(Reuters Health) - Falls, car crashes and other accidents off the battlefield cause one-third of injuries and about one in 10 deaths among U.S. service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, a U.S. study suggests.

U.S. Medicare reserves seen lasting three years less than prior forecast

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government's healthcare program for the elderly will exhaust its reserves for hospital insurance in 2026, three years earlier than last year's forecast, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees said in a report on Tuesday.

FDA sends warning letters to nine online marketers over opioids

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday sent warning letters to nine online networks operating a total of 53 websites to stop illegally marketing unapproved versions of opioid medications.

AbbVie’s rheumatoid arthritis drug succeeds in late-stage study

(Reuters) - Abbvie Inc said on Tuesday its experimental drug met the main goal of halting progression of moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis in a late-stage trial.

FDA reports five more deaths related to intragastric balloons

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday notified healthcare providers that it had received reports of five more deaths in patients using liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems to treat obesity, bringing the total death toll to 12 since 2016.

U.S. high court throws out immigrant teen abortion ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that let a pregnant illegal immigrant minor held in federal immigration custody obtain an abortion last year at age 17 over the objections of President Donald Trump's administration.

U.S. black lung fund will need taxpayer bailout if coal tax falls: GAO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal fund to help U.S. coal miners disabled by black lung disease will require a multi-billion dollar taxpayer bailout if Congress doesn't extend or increase the tax on coal production that funds it, according to a government report on Monday.

Medical workers in Congo city finish vaccinating contacts of Ebola patients

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Medical workers in Democratic Republic of Congo have given all the immediate contacts of Ebola patients in the city of Mbandaka an experimental vaccine as they try to thwart a disease that has killed around 25 people, the health ministry said.

Supreme Court throws out immigrant teen abortion ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that let a pregnant illegal immigrant minor held in federal immigration custody to obtain an abortion last year at age 17 over the objections of President Donald Trump's administration.

China tobacco regulator argues for indoor space for smokers

BEIJING (Reuters) - The regulator of China's tobacco industry, which oversees state monopoly China National Tobacco Corp, said on Monday that designated indoor smoking areas should be introduced to deter smokers as enforcing bans in all public spaces was too difficult.

Merck’s Keytruda shows promise in treating advanced melanoma

(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc said on Monday long-term data from its cancer immunotherapy Keytruda showed promise in treating advanced melanoma patients, a day after announcing positive lung cancer data from the same treatment.

Mixed results for Bristol/Nektar combination in cancer trial

Chicago (Reuters) - Mixed results over the weekend from closely watched studies combining Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's cancer immunotherapy with Nektar Therapeutics experimental drug NKTR-214, led at least one Wall Street analyst to reassess expectations.

FDA wants to shorten new drug monopolies to cut costs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - In an effort to increase competition and bring down prescription drug prices, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb wants to speed approval times for rivals to promising new first-to-market medicines.

Merck’s Keytruda extends lung cancer survival in two trials

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Merck & Co's immunotherapy Keytruda improved survival as a stand-alone treatment for newly-diagnosed lung cancer patients and with chemotherapy for hard-to-treat squamous cell lung cancer, new data released on Sunday showed, further cementing the company's lead in the most lucrative oncology market.

Merck’s Keytruda shown to extend lung cancer survival in two trials

CHICAGO (Reuters) - New trial results show that Merck & Co's Keytruda improves survival as a stand-alone treatment for newly diagnosed lung cancer and in combination with chemotherapy for hard-to-treat squamous cell lung cancer.

Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy: study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Some 70 percent of women with early-stage breast cancer and an intermediate risk of cancer recurrence can safely skip chemotherapy after their tumors have been removed, U.S. researchers said on Sunday.

FDA chief outlines new ways to speed cancer drug approvals

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to streamline the approval process for cancer drugs, reviewing clinical trial data up front to make sure applications companies submit are complete.

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