Monthly Archives: September 2015

Month: September 2015 11 Foods to Prevent Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency anemia is the most common cause of nutritional deficiency.  It can cause severe anemia and appears to be related to cognitive delays in children.  For many people, the key to preventing iron deficiency is ensuring an adequate amount of iron in the diet.  Below are some foods that are rich in iron.  Liver is not included in this list.  Although it is an excellent source of iron, it is also high in cholesterol.  Iron comes in two forms: heme iron (from meat) and non-heme iron.  Heme-iron is better absorbed than non-heme iron but that doesn’t necessarily mean people who are

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Month: September 2015 Got Diabetes? Why You Must Protect Your Feet

How to prevent high-risk conditions that could lead to amputation Who is affected? The American Diabetes Association says the risk of ulcers or amputations is greater among people who have had diabetes for more than 10 years, are male, have poor glucose control or have heart, eye or kidney complications. Other risk factors include being overweight or over 40, and having high blood pressure or high cholesterol. You’re more likely to need an amputation if you’ve had peripheral neuropathy, blood under a callus, bone deformities or a history of ulcers. Here are four ways you can prevent the worst-case scenario:

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Month: September 2015 Diabulimia – When Diabetes Meets an Eating Disorder

Forty percent of girls and women with Type 1 diabetes have or will develop an eating disorder.   Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 5, Asha Brown was aware that the insulin she required daily to survive could also invite an unpleasant side effect: weight gain. By the time she was a teenager, she began skimping on calories, doing everything she could to stay below 1,600 per day. Come college, she’d skip entire doses of insulin, only injecting a few units of the vital hormone to keep herself from passing out – just when her body would break down near the

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Month: September 2015 Burning Truth About Urinary Tract Infection

A burning sensation while peeing, bladder pain, uncomfortable urgency and cloudy, foul urine – few things are less pleasant than a urinary tract infection. It’s even worse when your kidneys are affected and fever, lower back pain, vomiting and nausea arise. For some women, UTIs are the aggravating aftermath of having sex. In men, prostate issues can lead to urine pools in the bladder, ideal for bacteria growth. In seniors, unsuspected UTIs may trigger sudden confusion and bouts of dementia that can take weeks from which to fully recover. Here’s what you need to know to spot, treat, and possibly prevent urinary tract

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Month: September 2015 Lower Speed Limits Are Posted In Some Toronto Neighborhoods

The Toronto neighborhood speed limits are going down from 40 km/h to 30 km/h. Posted speed limits are starting to be lowered for some Toronto neighbourhoods. Councillor Josh Matlow says signs will be changed, beginning in Ward 22, from 40 km/h to 30 km/h “sometime this week.” “This will not affect arterials and collectors,” Matlow says in an emailed statement. It’s part of the Medical Officer of Health’s recommendations supported by Toronto East York Community Council, which voted unanimously in favour of the slower speeds in June. Matlow says a few wards are expected to be completed by the end

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Month: September 2015 Toronto Named Hottest Luxury Real Estate Market In The World

  TORONTO – High-end homes are being snapped up increasingly fast in Toronto, named the world’s hottest luxury real estate market in a new report that looks at where the wealthy choose to live. The report by Christie’s International Real Estate says Toronto was the only location among the world’s top 10 markets to see a faster pace of luxury home sales last year over 2013 – 37 per cent in 2014, compared with only four per cent the previous year. The study says the extremely low supply of homes in Toronto has pushed prices for relatively average homes to

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Month: September 2015 Doing Less PSA Test For Prostate Cancer Screening

  In 2011, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) made a recommendation to discontinue PSA screening.  This shocked the medical community responsible for treating prostate cancer, primarily the urologists and radiation therapists, who have passionately believed that early diagnosis and early treatment of prostate cancer saves lives. However, with radical prostatectomy rates continually spiraling, the USPSTF recognized that something needed to be done to slow the rush to unnecessary surgery and radiation.   Presently, at the first sign of PSA elevation, the PMD typically refers the patient, to a urology specialist who usually arranges for an immediate 12-core

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Month: September 2015 What You Have Not Been Told About Acetaminophen

Health Canada and the makers of Tylenol know how many Canadians die every year from acetaminophen, Canada’s most commonly used painkiller. But they haven’t told you. The Star has obtained an internal report from drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson — never before made public — that found between 2000 and 2011, an average of 68 Canadians died each year because of acetaminophen, the painkiller found in hundreds of products from Tylenol to NyQuil. The Star also obtained two internal reports from Health Canada on use of the painkiller. Those reports found that nearly half of acetaminophen-related deaths investigated by coroners

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Month: September 2015 8 Worst Privacy Settings to Leave Turned On

Sometimes I look at a privacy setting and wonder who would ever allow that? Why would someone want to provide that much personal information to total strangers or to some large Internet company? App makers sometimes like to test the limits to see what they can get away with, before users decide to turn off a feature because they aren’t comfortable with the amount of personal data being provided, or the audience that it’s being shared with. We’ve compiled a list of the top 8 privacy settings that make us scratch our heads and wonder why anyone would leave them

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Month: September 2015 Home Equity Lines of Credit – What You Need To Know

  The money can be plentiful, relatively easy to get, and hard to resist. A home equity line of credit can help improve your living circumstances and possibly lead to financial gain. But according to an RBC report last week, Canadians’ outstanding debt on personal lines of credit hit $266 billion as of April, a 3.2 per cent gain over last year.​ Yesterday, CBC News featured one Toronto-area couple with two home equity lines of credit totalling $370,000. Since we’re talking about debt that can climb to potentially dangerous heights, it pays for consumers to understand how a home equity line of credit

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