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 By Jasminee Sahoye A University of Michigan (U-M) study has found that African-American women are equally, if not more, likely to experience infertility than their white counterparts. It also revealed…

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By Jasminee Sahoye A recent Canadian study has found that women who were having sons were more likely to develop gestational diabetes than women who were pregnant with daughters. Gestational…

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NEWCOMER women of reproductive age are invited to participate in a new health study about their environmental exposures to developmental toxicants such as lead and mercury. The Study of Newcomer Women and Developmental Toxicants (SEED) is conducted by environmental health researchers at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). The SEED study will explore whether, […]

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By Jasminee Sahoye People with late bedtimes are more likely to develop diabetes and other health problems than early birds, researchers found. They say the health risks stayed the same…

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Whoa! What India should have done 50 years ago is finally coming.

The central government is unveiling an ambitious national plan for access to free diagnostic tests such as X-rays, blood test and advanced CT scans – to all Indians.

These tests will be available at all public health facilities and private health providers – from a health care centre to big hospitals.

The nuts and bolts of this plan are being worked out by the central government. It is a long overdue step in a country where the burden of medical bills and food costs keep million and millions of people in poverty and misery.

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Friday, 08 May 2015 12:00

Prepare for Garden-variety Exercise

By Dr. George I. Traitses Now that spring is finally here, you’re no doubt going to spend time planting bulbs, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Yard work can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety. Try 

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Friday, 08 May 2015 12:00

Stroke: Know What to Do

By Dr. George I. Traitses What Is Stroke? Stroke is caused by a lack of blood supply to a portion of the brain, which causes that portion to die within just a few minutes. This lack of blood supply, also known as ischemia, results in long-term neurological effects because the cells in the brain do 

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Thursday, 30 April 2015 16:53

UBC Study Provides Hope to Diabetics

Nineteen year old Sierra Dean never thought she’d be entering her 20’s forced to make abrupt health changes to save her life.

Newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Sierra is quickly learning about a disease that currently has no cure. Not only must she now give herself daily insulin injections, she must also watch her carb intake carefully and exercise.

Like others living with the disease, she would obviously love a life without injections.

During a year-long trial, 20 young adults who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes within the last 100 days will be given an immune-modulating medication called ustekinumab, known commercially as Stelara.

That could all change with a new study launched this week by UBC and BCDiabetes, funded by JDRF-CCTN. Sierra is one of the first participants of a pilot clinical study to see if an existing drug normally used to treat psoriasis can curb or eliminate the need for insulin injections.

During a year-long trial, 20 young adults who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes within the last 100 days will be given an immune-modulating medication called ustekinumab, known commercially as Stelara. Participants will receive either three or five injections of the drug.

Researchers are still looking for participants between the ages of 18 and 35 who were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes within the last 100 days.

Sierra has received two doses so far. Like the researchers, she is keeping her fingers crossed.

Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system kills specialized cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. If left untreated, it can lead to kidney damage, blindness and amputated limbs.


Republished in partnership with Asian Pacific Post.

 

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Thursday, 30 April 2015 04:34

Researcher Probes Caribbean Mental Health

A University of Manchester mental health researcher wanted to find out why Caribbean people in the U.K. are nine times more likely than white British counterparts to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. So she decided to visit Jamaica and Barbados to find out what lessons can be learned.

Dr. Dawn Edge spent time in hospitals and with community care teams as well as giving lectures to local students and health workers. She was also invited to give evidence to the National Mental Health Commission in Barbados and brief the high commissioners in both countries about her findings.

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Friday, 24 April 2015 05:02

Try to Remember to Eat Some Fish

By Jasminee Sahoye Researchers have found that a diet without omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in fish, may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory…

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