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  • Science of scooping snow: Which is better, straight or bent-handle shovels?

    December 14, 2013 1:09 AM 10

    For most Canadians, winter means snow, and snow means shovelling. And for many of us, that can mean back pain. So would using a bent-handle show shovel help to avoid the pain? University of Calgary biomedical engineering graduate student Ryan Lewinson put the question to the test. He recently completed a study comparing regular show shovels to bent-handled

  • Health groups want Saskatchewan to enforce law against selling teens tobacco

    December 14, 2013 12:37 AM 10

    REGINA – Health groups and retailers want the Saskatchewan government to do more to enforce a law that prohibits stores from selling tobacco to teens. The Canadian Cancer Society, the Lung Association of Saskatchewan and the Heart and Stroke Foundation sent a letter Thursday to Health Minister Dustin Duncan. In the letter, the groups call on the province

  • Doctors use radioactive seed treatment to kill residual cancer cells

    December 14, 2013 12:02 AM 6

    Oncologists at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary are using an innovative breast cancer treatment to wipe out the remaining cancer cells after a tumour has been removed. The treatment involves implanting radioactive seeds, about the size of a grain of rice, and could offer an alternative to traditional, external radiation treatments which remove

  • Island Health reports first cases of flu

    December 13, 2013 11:34 PM 6

    Flu season has arrived with eight confirmed cases this week, seven requiring hospitalization, says Island Health. Medical health officer Dr. Dee Hoyano said the seven people requiring hospitalization varied in age and included one child. "The majority were hospitalized for a few days and then sent home," Hoyano said. "Two required intensive care unit treatment

  • CO detectors and maintenance will help keep you safe

    December 13, 2013 10:51 PM 10

    6:27 PM, Dec 13, 2013   |   GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- When cold and snow arrive, furnaces and fireplaces are pressed into service. Each year, about 500 people die and 15,000 are hospitalized from carbon monoxide poisoning - a by-product of burning fuels like natural gas and wood. In many cases, the colorless, odorless gas accumulates due to a faulty furnace

  • Study says Bent is best for snow shovels

    December 13, 2013 8:30 PM 1

    We’ve all had enough of the white stuff already, but a new study conducted by a graduate student at the University of Calgary may have found the best type of snow shovel that does the job and doesn’t sacrifice your back. The study, by biomedical engineering graduate student Ryan Lewison, was published in the latest edition of Applied Ergonomics

  • HPV vaccine for males beginning in 2014

    December 13, 2013 7:18 PM 10

    In an attempt to stop the spread of human papillomavirus (HPV), an HPV vaccine will be offered to male students next year, Alberta Health announced on Dec. 5. It is anticipated that approximately 32,000 Grade 5 and 15,500 Grade 9 males across Alberta will participate in the immunization program next year. The HPV vaccine, which is currently available

  • Flight crew members hailed as life savers

    December 13, 2013 6:46 PM 4

    EDMONTON – Two quick-thinking flight crew members are being credited with saving a man’s life at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) Wednesday afternoon. They used an automated external defibrillator (AED) when the man collapsed after getting off his flight from Phoenix to Edmonton around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. “We had a passenger who was coming off of a plane

  • Cutting-edge research in London gets $7.4 million from province

    December 13, 2013 6:43 PM 3

    London researchers working in areas such as audiology, imaging for biomechanics, orthopedics and neuroimaging received a boost in funding from the provincial government Friday. Health Minister Deb Matthews announced $7.4 million from the Ontario Research Fund - Research Infrastructure program will go to six teams at Western University and the Lawson

  • Test 'may predict altitude sickness'

    December 13, 2013 1:46 PM 1

    Scientists say they have developed a way of predicting who will develop altitude sickness. The condition, otherwise known as acute mountain sickness, occurs when people have difficulty adapting to low oxygen levels at high altitude. Most cases are mild - but in rare cases there can be a potentially fatal build-up of fluid on the brain and lungs