DRC changes measles strategy amidst world’s largest outbreak

By |2020-01-12T15:23:50+00:00January 12th, 2020|

NAIROBI —The death toll from the measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reached 6,000 this week. As the cases mount, the government and global health partners have called for a reframing of the response, including expanding the ongoing vaccination campaign to include older children. More reading: ► DRC struggles with deadly measles outbreak amid ongoing Ebola [...]

No booze is good booze? Think again, researchers say

By |2020-01-12T15:15:17+00:00January 12th, 2020|

Does drinking alcohol provide any health benefit? In a widely publicized report in The Lancet in 2018, researchers concluded that there is no healthy level of alcohol consumption. But, a new analysis of the data may offer a sliver of hope for the world’s tipplers. No health benefits of alcohol? Up until the last few years, the [...]

Is Canada at risk from a mysterious Chinese virus related to SARS?

By |2020-01-12T15:08:03+00:00January 12th, 2020|

For Canadians who remember the face masks, quarantines and airport screenings of the SARS epidemic, a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia in China likely caused by the same family of viruses may be raising concern. Since Dec. 12, 59 people have been hospitalized with viral pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in the central Chinese province of [...]

China’s Sars-like illness worries health experts

By |2020-01-12T15:04:48+00:00January 12th, 2020|

China’s viral pneumonia outbreak may have jumped species barrier, raising fears of pandemic The finding that the outbreak of viral pneumonia in China that has struck 59 people may be caused by a coronavirus, the family of viruses behind Sars, which spread to 37 countries in 2003, causing global panic and killing more than 750 people, [...]

5 Foods You Should Always Have in Your Fridge

By |2020-01-12T14:56:44+00:00January 12th, 2020|

Keep these basics on hand for quick, healthy meals One secret to preparing healthy meals is having the right ingredients on hand. Here are five basics our dietitians believe no fridge should be without: 1. Eggs “Eggs really are the perfect food — especially local eggs that come from chickens you know,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, [...]

5 Best Ways to Safeguard Your Joints as You Age

By |2020-01-12T14:48:46+00:00January 12th, 2020|

Take steps now to keep them in good working order If you’re like most people, you don’t think much about your joints until they start complaining. But your joints deserve attention long before they cause continuous discomfort. “Prevention really is the best medicine when it comes to joint pain,” says sports medicine physician Dominic King, DO. Here [...]

Thyroid Issues? What You Should Know About Foods and Supplements to Avoid

By |2020-01-12T14:43:18+00:00January 12th, 2020|

Advice about what to limit and why People with thyroid conditions can’t manage their condition through diet. But, eating the wrong foods or taking the wrong supplements can cause trouble. Among the foods to go easy on are soy, kelp and dietary supplements like iodine and selenium, says endocrinologist Christian Nasr, MD. “There is a lot of literature on what [...]

Versatile Bile Acids

By |2020-01-12T14:34:13+00:00January 12th, 2020|

Fat-dissolving bile acids may help regulate gut immunity and inflammation Could bile acids—the fat-dissolving juices churned out by the liver and gallbladder—also play a role in immunity and inflammation? The answer appears to be yes, according to two separate Harvard Medical School studies published in Nature. The findings of the two studies, both conducted in mice, [...]

Nutritional strategies to ease anxiety

By |2020-01-12T14:18:48+00:00January 12th, 2020|

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. That’s 40 million adults—18% of the population—who struggle with anxiety. Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand, with about half of those with depression also experiencing anxiety. Specific therapies and medications can help relieve the burden [...]

Measuring Blood Pressure

By |2020-01-11T16:15:47+00:00January 11th, 2020|

Your blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day. However, if your blood pressure stays high for a long time, it can damage your heart and lead to health problems. Chronic, or long-lasting, high blood pressure is also called hypertension. Measure your blood pressure regularly to help your health care team diagnose any health [...]