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Canadians born between 1945 and 1975 should be tested for hepatitis C, new guidelines urge

Canadians born between 1945 and 1975 should be tested for hepatitis C, new guidelines urge

Canadians born between 1945 and 1975 — essentially the baby-boom generation — should be tested for the potentially liver-destroying virus hepatitis C, a new set of guidelines recommends. More than…

New Genetic Research on Nearsightedness

New Genetic Research on Nearsightedness

A massive new study by a consortium of researchers offers the most detailed view yet of the role genetics plays in nearsightedness. This is most extensive study of on nearsightedness…

Study digs into why loss of skin pigmentation from vitiligo also reduces skin cancer risk

Study digs into why loss of skin pigmentation from vitiligo also reduces skin cancer risk

For years, there was an assumption that people with the condition vitiligo had increased risk for skin cancer because this autoimmune disease resulted in the loss of melanin, which helps…

2 Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in Congo found dead

2 Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in Congo found dead

Three patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus escaped from a hospital holding them in quarantine in the Congo city of Mbandaka, an aid group said, as medics raced to stop the disease spreading…

WHO wants trans fats gone from the global food supply

WHO wants trans fats gone from the global food supply

NEW YORK—The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out artery-clogging trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years. The United Nations…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re taking a moment to highlight how anyone can be there for the people in their lives by starting a conversation about mental…

Whooping cough more prevalent in Ontario, study says

Whooping cough more prevalent in Ontario, study says

Whooping cough is much more prevalent in Ontario than what is reported to public health officials, according to new study that reinforces the importance of being vaccinated against this highly…

World Cup Fans You Can Root for Your Roots

World Cup Fans You Can Root for Your Roots

Soccer fans in the United States have a long tradition of enduring disappointment, but the US Men National Team’s elimination late last year from the World Cup left many wondering…

What your government can’t tell you about drug prices

What your government can’t tell you about drug prices

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…

Treating acutely ill patients with too much oxygen can be life threatening, Canadian study finds

Treating acutely ill patients with too much oxygen can be life threatening, Canadian study finds

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…