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Kids eat better if their parents went to college

Kids eat better if their parents went to college

Children of college-educated parents eat more vegetables and drink less sugar, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. But it’s still not enough, the study goes on to say, as all kids are falling short when it comes to eating healthier at school The research suggests a parent’s educational attainment, an indicator of socioeconomic status, may inform a child’s diet. The study found Vancouver school children whose parents completed some post-secondary education were 85 per cent more likely to eat vegetables during the school week than those with parents who completed high school or less. Continue reading

Improving medicines for children in Canada

Improving medicines for children in Canada

Due to concerns about their vulnerability, children have historically been neglected in drug research and development, including clinical trials. But the reality is that children need medicines and are taking them. Data shows that each year, about half of Canadian children use at least one prescription drug. Continue reading

British Ebola nurse travels to US

British Ebola nurse travels to US

unable to retrieve full-text contentA British nurse who recovered from Ebola travels to the US to donate blood to try to save the life of another victim of the virus. Continue reading

Statins may protect against microvascular complications of diabetes

Statins may protect against microvascular complications of diabetes

The development of common diabetes complications that can lead to blindness and amputations could be reduced by taking statins, indicates new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. It is well established that statins via cholesterol lowering effectively reduce the risks of heart attack and stroke in people with type 2 diabetes, but whether statin use affects the development of small blood vessel (or microvascular) complications, such as eye, nerve, and kidney disease in individuals with diabetes is not known. “Since high levels of blood glucose, the hallmark of diabetes, are linked with microvascular disease, and since statins are suspected of raising glucose levels, we tested the hypothesis that individuals taking a statin before a diagnosis of diabetes might be at increased risk of developing microvascular complications,” explains study author Professor Børge G Nordestgaard, Chief Physician in Clinical Biochemistry at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. Continue reading

British Ebola patient ‘discharged’

British Ebola patient ‘discharged’

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa has made a full recovery. Continue reading

British Ebola patient ‘pretty well’

British Ebola patient ‘pretty well’

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well. Continue reading

British Ebola patient ‘pretty well’

British Ebola patient ‘pretty well’

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well. Continue reading

UK Ebola patient gets test drug

UK Ebola patient gets test drug

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe British volunteer nurse William Pooley, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, has been given the experimental drug ZMapp. Continue reading

Briton begins UK treatment for Ebola

Briton begins UK treatment for Ebola

unable to retrieve full-text contentDoctors at a London hospital have begun treating a British man who contracted the Ebola virus while volunteering as a nurse in Sierra Leone. Continue reading

British Ebola patient to fly to UK

British Ebola patient to fly to UK

unable to retrieve full-text contentA British national who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is being flown back to the UK on an RAF jet, the UK Department for Health says. Continue reading