Some heart, high blood pressure drugs containing valsartan recalled due to cancer risk

Some heart, high blood pressure drugs containing valsartan recalled due to cancer risk

Several heart and high blood pressure drugs that contain valsartan are being recalled because of a substance that can cause cancer. Health Canada says the medications were supplied by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals of China and that the valsartan used in the affected products contains an impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is a potential carcinogen […]

Kids detained at U.S. border at risk for long-term health problems

Kids detained at U.S. border at risk for long-term health problems

After several days of domestic and international condemnation of a U.S. immigration policy that has allowed more than 2,000 children to be taken away from their parents and put in detention facilities, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday pledging to “maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate.” But there’s no […]

Rising floodwaters in New Brunswick pose health risk from sewage contamination

Rising floodwaters in New Brunswick pose health risk from sewage contamination

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – As residents of southern New Brunswick contend with the devastating property damage caused by flooding, they are also facing a potentially serious health risk. New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization warned on Sunday that many sewage systems have been overwhelmed by the flooding. “The flood water can be heavily contaminated with sewage […]

23andMe Adds New Genetic Health Risk Reports

23andMe Adds New Genetic Health Risk Reports

Last week, 23andMe released two new genetic health risk reports for customers. Taken together, 23andMe’s Genetic Health Risk reports remain the only direct-to-consumer genetic health reports authorized by the FDA. They can tell you about genetic variants that may increase your risk of developing certain serious health conditions, such as late-onset Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. […]

New genetic variants found to influence endometriosis risk

New genetic variants found to influence endometriosis risk

A study, led by researchers in Australia, found new genetic associations for endometriosis, a painful disorder that affects one in ten women, leaving many infertile. Published this week in the journal Nature Communications, the study identified  19 genetic variants associated with endometriosis, and many of those variants are also associated with other serious health conditions […]

Pedestrians waiting at light at risk of icy soaking: The Fixer

Fixing one problem can sometimes create another, like vehicles speeding through a large puddle to catch a green light that’s about change. New traffic signals were installed not long ago at the intersection of Glebemount and Mortimer Aves., in response to the growing volume of traffic on Mortimer, just east of Toronto East General Hospital. […]