Category: Toronto Health Posts

Category: Toronto Health Posts In Toronto, rising rate of missing dementia patients a growing challenge to police forces

  As the population ages, the number of people diagnosed with dementia is soaring and many – more than half, according to one calculate – will eventually wander off, presenting police with a unique fixed of challenges. Last year alone, Toronto police received 835 reports of missing people aged 61 and older, the highest number in the past five years. This week, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott supported calls for their own nationals dementia strategy. The stakes are high: If a missing dementia patient isn’t found within 12 hours, he or she faces a 50 per-cent chance of injury or

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Category: Toronto Health Posts Extra Weight May Have Greater Impact on Diabetes Than Heart Disease

  In toronto health, carrying excess weight may have a greater impact on the risk for diabetes than it does on the risk for heart disease or early death, a new study has found. To look at the effect of obesity independent of genetics, Swedish researchers followed 4,046 pairs of identical twins whose average age was 58. One of the twins was overweight, and the other was not. Since identical twins have the same genes, their weight difference could not be attributed to genetics. The study is in JAMA Internal Medicine. In health and living, after accounting for physical activity,

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Category: Toronto Health Posts Normal Weight May Not Able To Protect Against Diabetes

  In Toronto health, Type 2 diabetes has long been considered a disease of the overweight and obese, but a new study challenges that notion. It finds nearly one in five normal-weight people has prediabetes — a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes. And in folks over 45, one-third of those at a healthy weight have pre-diabetes, the study authors reported. “Being at a healthy weight may not necessarily be healthy,” said the study’s lead author, Arch Mainous, a professor of health services research management and policy at the University of Florida. “We have some strong data that

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Category: Toronto Health Posts Walk in the woods can help young people with mental health issues

  In Toronto health post, a walk in the woods is good for the soul. For many, it may even improve mental health. That’s the premise of the Mood Walks program being offered by forty different agencies across the province, including Rouge Valley Health System and Parks Canada. The program is meant for young people with mental illnesses, and the aim is to get patients out of hospital rooms and into the outdoors. Staff from Rouge Valley and Parks Canada are leading guided walks for youth aged 13 to 24 enrolled in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program at Rouge Valley Health System. “They’re dealing

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Category: Toronto Health Posts Low-carb diet helps control diabetes, new study suggests

A large pilot study of low-carbohydrate diets suggests they can successfully control type 2 diabetes. A review of more than 80,000 people who gave up low-fat, high carbohydrate diets found that after ten weeks their blood-glucose levels dropped.   That study was conducted after an online revolt by patients in which 120,000 people signed up to the “low-carb” diet plan launched by diabetes.co.uk in a backlash against official advice. By rejecting guidelines and eating a diet low in starchy foods but high in protein and “good” saturated fats, such as olive oil and nuts, more than 80 percent of the

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Category: Toronto Health Posts Health Canada bans drug 100 times more powerful than fentanyl

  Health Canada is banning the powerful street drug W-18, which it says can be 100 times more potent than fentanyl. The synthetic opioid is being added to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and classed as a restricted drug under federal regulations. That means production, possession, importation or exportation and trafficking of the drug are now illegal. The department says W-18 has been used recreationally in Europe and Canada over the last two years. It says Canadian police have seized samples that were made to look like legitimate prescription tablets, such as oxycodone. The W-18 compound was developed in

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Category: Toronto Health Posts Back Pain – Walking With Good Posture May Help Back Pain

  Is walking a good self-treatment for low back pain? People with low back pain are usually given the recommendation to remain physically active, and that advice is part of clinical practice guidelines. A few research studies have contributed to the evidence that walking is good for people with low back pain.   For Low Back Pain – Keep Moving A research study showed that walking for three hours or more a week helped low back pain patients have less pain. Specific back exercises did not work as well in this study. UCLA researchers studied 681 low back pain patients.

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Category: Toronto Health Posts Poor people more likely to have shorter lifespans – Health Quality Ontario warns

  TORONTO — Health Quality Ontario issued a report Wednesday showing that the poorer people are, the more likely they are to have shorter lifespans and to suffer from multiple chronic conditions. The report found men living in the poorest neighbourhoods die, on average, more than four years earlier than the men in rich areas, while women in poorer areas die an average of two years earlier than wealthier women. The government advisory agency said the poorest 20 per cent of people are nearly twice as likely as the richest 20 per cent to have two or more chronic conditions,

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Category: Toronto Health Posts Attacking type 2 diabetes with meds

  Vicki Williams has had a decades long relationship with type 2 diabetes. About a year and half ago the relationship took a turn for the worse. Her blood sugar levels spiked to 477, more than double the level of a typical diabetes diagnosis, and she had to be hospitalized. It was the wake-up call she needed. The Milton resident changed her diet drastically and lost 130 pounds with the help of Dr. Anita P. Raghuwanshi, a physician from Beebe Healthcare specializing in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. Now that she has had her knees replaced, she’s able to walk and build muscle. “Now

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Category: Toronto Health Posts Cardiac arrests and highrises a deadly combination, Toronto study shows

Cardiac arrests happen most often at home. Researchers knew that. What they didn’t know, until now, is this: If your home is a highrise, the higher your floor, the lower your chance of survival. A new study published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal examined five years of health data from the City of Toronto and Peel Regions — selected because of high population density. Specifically, researchers wanted to see what effect “vertical delay” played on life and death when someone called 911 to report a cardiac arrest. Can floor level actually determine a person’s likelihood of survival? The

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