Trump backing off ban on vaping flavours popular with teens

Trump backing off ban on vaping flavours popular with teens

When U.S. President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One to fly to a Kentucky campaign rally two weeks ago, a plan was in place for him to give final approval to a plan to ban most flavoured e-cigarettes. By the time Trump landed back at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington a few hours later, the plan […]

Docs warn women against using electric toothbrush to masturbate

Docs warn women against using electric toothbrush to masturbate

File this one under warnings that shouldn’t need to be given. Sorta like the one on takeaway coffee cups that says, “Caution, coffee is hot.” According to the U.K. Sun, a British gynecologist is telling women they should not use electric toothbrushes to masturbate with despite the device being used to help one character in […]

Sponges, clips, get left behind in patients

Sponges, clips, get left behind in patients

More than 550 objects have been unintentionally left in Canadian medical and surgery patients between 2016 and 2018, and the problem appears to be getting worse. A new report released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information says 553 foreign items — such as sponges and medical instruments — were left behind over that […]

More severely obese kids should get surgery, U.S. pediatric group says

More severely obese kids should get surgery, U.S. pediatric group says

Even some severely obese preteens should be considered for weight loss surgery, according to new recommendations. The guidance issued Sunday by the American Academy of Pediatrics is based on a review of medical evidence, including several studies showing that surgery in teens can result in marked weight loss lasting at least several years, with few […]

Canadian adults earn failing grade on physical activity report card

Canadian adults earn failing grade on physical activity report card

It’s not just kids who get too much screen time and too little physical activity — adults are falling short, too. That’s according to the first-ever report card for adults from Participaction, a non-profit group that promotes healthy living and typically ranks children’s fitness levels. The new report gives Canadians over the age of 18 […]

The Genetic Impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The Genetic Impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Last week at the annual conference of the American Society of Human Genetics, 23andMe researchers presented one of the first and largest, broad-scale investigations using genetics to look at the human impact of the transatlantic slave trade.  The research uses genetic connections to Africans found in people living today in the Americas to help bridge […]

Data Shows Your Gender, Diet and Age All Impact Exercise Frequency

Data Shows Your Gender, Diet and Age All Impact Exercise Frequency

By Rafaela Bagur Quetglas, PhD It turns out your age, gender and diet all affect how often you exercise, according to new data from 23andMe. As part of our ongoing health research, 23andMe’s scientists looked at whether a person’s age, gender, or diet might be associated with exercise. Understanding the relationship between those factors may […]

Survey Finds 23andMe Customers Make Positive Changes to Their Health

Survey Finds 23andMe Customers Make Positive Changes to Their Health

A new survey of 23andMe’s Health + Ancestry customers conducted by M/A/R/C® Research found that more than three-quarters reported that after receiving their personalized genetic reports they made at least one positive change in their health behavior. Changes included eating healthier, getting more sleep, and exercising more, among others. “We’re encouraged by these preliminary findings, […]

What you need to know before flu season hits in Canada

What you need to know before flu season hits in Canada

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. As Canada braces for another flu season, experts say it’s difficult to predict the severity of the virus and […]

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