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  • Revera Home Health Care workers takes step toward strike action

    December 27, 2013 4:49 PM 22

    There has been a breakdown in contract talks between Revera Home Health Care and its Personal Support Workers in the Dryden area. Representatives with Unifor Local 324 say the workers have been without a contract since June 1. Despite several meetings between the two sides, no progress has been made on key issues such as wages, contract length and mileage

  • Toys, books, infant cribs can harbour common cold, strep bacteria for weeks, even months, U.S. study says

    December 27, 2013 4:38 PM 26

    Bacteria that cause the common cold, ear infections, strep throat and more serious infections in adults may last a lot longer than thought on inanimate objects such as furniture, dishes or toys, a new study by University at Buffalo researchers suggests. After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government said Monday it has no evidence that the antibacterial

  • B.C. struggles with ways to treat the mentally ill

    December 27, 2013 3:35 PM 26

    VANCOUVER – Imagine this: Every day, you can feel people looking at you warily. They want to hurt you. Even the police are out to get you. You try to rid your mind of all the ill-intentioned people, but you can’t ignore the other thing that is gnawing at you. Those bugs on your arm won’t leave you alone, no matter how often you gouge at them. Such are the hallucinations

  • MIND 2014: How to break old habits and make the new ones stick

    December 27, 2013 12:05 AM 32

    New Year’s resolutions -- losing weight, eating better or getting in financial shape – are all about habits. Every January we’re trying to break a bad habit or start a new one. Our success often has less to do with willpower and more to do with understanding what triggers the habit in the first place. “Habits build up by repeating the same action in the same situation

  • Tired of ditching foods frozen too long? Resolve to improve your freezer smarts

    December 26, 2013 7:44 PM 35

    TORONTO -- Is your freezer a way station between the fridge and the recycling bin? You stock up on steaks and chicken breasts when they are on sale, but somehow end up tossing trays of freezer-burned meat months later? Do you find yourself scraping ice crystals off the top of storage tubs in an attempt to answer the question: Is this chili? Spaghetti

  • Video games: stress buster or massive time sucker?

    December 26, 2013 6:28 PM 96

    TORONTO -- It starts innocently, as a time filler on a bus or a stress buster after a hard day at the office. But as the shiny gems of Bejeweled Blitz or Candy Crush's brightly-coloured bonbons burst in a satisfying cascade of explosions, you may find your playing takes a more compulsive tone. A few minutes may turn into an hour and you still haven't

  • Striking Ont. health-care workers to be back on the job Friday

    December 26, 2013 3:35 PM 31

    LONDON, Ont. -- Some 4,500 Ontario health-care workers who have been off the job since Dec. 11 will be headed back to work this week. Red Cross Care Partners and Service Employees International Union -- representing nurses, therapists and community support workers who visit the sick and elderly in their homes -- will work with an arbitrator to settle

  • Pet neglect on the rise, humane society reports

    December 26, 2013 2:00 PM 19

    Fractured legs left untreated, untended wounds and deathly ill dogs kept alive by their owners. These are just a handful of medical neglect cases the Calgary Humane Society has investigated this year, with numbers remaining high over the past few years. "Ever since the decline in economy, the numbers started going up," said Brad Nichols, manager of animal

  • Diagnosing Diabetes: It's in the blood

    December 26, 2013 12:47 PM 27

    Updated at 03:55 PM today December 26, 2013 (CHICAGO) -- Could you be at risk for diabetes and not know it? A new test that could save your health. Type 1 diabetes typically occurs in children and young adults. This condition does not allow the body to produce insulin, which is the hormone that is needed to transfer food into energy. Patients with type 1 diabetes

  • Male testosterone levels may weaken vaccine response

    December 26, 2013 7:49 AM 27

    Dec. 26, 2013 at 2:00 AM   |   0 comments Mark M. Davis of the Stanford University School of Medicine and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and colleagues identified a link between certain genes affected by testosterone and antibody responses to an influenza vaccine. Previous research showed men typically experience more severe