Children with cancer wait an average of 6.5 years longer than adults to access new drugs

Cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a median of 6.5 years to go from the first clinical trial in adults to the first trial in children, according to a study at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. The study was published in the May issue of the European Journal of Cancer. “Despite […]

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Proposal merges health units in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Durham

A proposed regional public health entity would see the consolidation of public health units in central Ontario, including in Peterborough. Peterborough Public Health (PPH) says its board of health members were informed last week of the proposed boundaries for the regional health unit, which would serve residents in Peterborough, Northumberland County, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, Prince Edward […]

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Can the Keto Diet Ease Your Worst PMS Symptoms? We Asked an Expert

It’s easy to see why the ketogenic diet continues to be so trendy. It can lead to weight loss, and followers get to eat the high-fat foods just about every other eating plan discourages. (A refresher: The keto diet restricts your daily intake of carbohydrates to about 5% and increases fats to about 75% of your daily calories, with the rest coming […]

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Rheumatic fever: An entirely preventable disease that kills

Like her mother and grandfather, young soccer player Trishanne Miller, 15, has rheumatic heart disease. Credit:Wolter Peeters Trishanne Miller, 15, is a "germophobe". At the Sydney Royal Easter Show last week the promising young soccer player refused to drink from the bubblers. Hand rails were also off limits. She has reason to be wary. Trishanne is the third generation in […]

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Majority of British Columbians back vaccines, but sizable portion still have doubts: poll

A large majority of British Columbians are concerned about the recent measles outbreak, but there is still a sizable “anti-vax” population as well. That’s the conclusion of a new poll conducted by Insights West, which found nearly eight in 10 residents are worried about measles. The poll found women (49 per cent) were more likely to be “very worried” about […]

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For an energizing workout, take it outside

(HealthDay)—As the weather starts to warm up, you might be excited to restart a swimming routine, but swimming isn’t the only water sport that’s also fun exercise. Many activities that used to be vacation-only pastimes are more accessible than you might realize. If you’re a fan of rowing, either the real thing or with cardio equipment that simulates the movement, […]

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I wouldn’t wish an exercise addiction on anyone

“I wish I had an exercise addiction", is a quip physiotherapist and nutritionist Dr Vanessa Alford has heard many times. As an elite marathon runner, sponsored by Nike, New Balance, and sports drink HTW-O, Alford was a fitspiration pin-up-girl for our go-hard-or-go-home exercise culture. Former exercise addict, Vanessa Alford, had to scale her exercise sessions back from 14 a week […]

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YouTube pulls ads from channels pushing anti-vaccination content

YouTube, under fire for facilitating the spread of conspiracy theories and other misinformation, said it will no longer serve ads on channels that espouse anti-vaccination rhetoric. The Google-owned video giant cited its advertising policy that bans “dangerous and harmful” content from eligibility in its monetization program. “We have strict policies that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, […]

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An intricate interaction: Dietary fatty acid intake influences hypertension risk

Hypertension is an important public health problem that can lead to life-threatening cardiovascular events, including heart attack and stroke. Many studies have attempted to understand the complex relationship between dietary factors and hypertension; none have provided a clear explanation of the interaction between hypertension and dietary intake of n-6 fatty acids (a building block of fat), until now. In a […]

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