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Study links high-rise living to lower survival rates for cardiac arrest

The sweeping views that come with living on the upper floors of a high-rise building may come with an unexpected risk: lower likelihood of surviving a cardiac arrest. A Canadian study found that survival rates for people who had a cardiac arrest in a private home on the third floor or higher had...

Canadian study finds home birth no riskier than hospital birth

Home birth with a midwife is no riskier than a hospital birth for low-risk births, new research has found. The study compared planned home births attended by a midwife to planned hospital births attended by a midwife. It included 22,986 births that took place in Ontario between 2006 and...

Study links chronic stress in older adults to increased risk of mild cognitive impairment

Older adults with high levels of chronic stress may be more likely to develop amnestic mild cognitive impairment, a recent study found. Amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) is a form of cognitive decline marked by memory problems. It is often a precursor to dementia or Alzheimer’s...

Study finds wrist fractures may predict higher risk for more serious future fractures

For postmenopausal women, a wrist fracture may predict higher risk of more serious fractures in the future, a new study found. A team of U.S. researchers used data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study to look at the risk of future fractures in women who had experienced a wrist...

Study links low vitamin D levels in older adults to cognitive decline

Older adults with low levels of vitamin D experience faster cognitive decline, a new study found. Researchers from Rutgers University in New Jersey and the University of California at Davis followed a racially diverse group of 382 older adults for an average of five years. The study subjects...

Sleeping less makes you more likely to catch a cold, study finds

Not getting a full night’s rest makes you more susceptible to catching a cold, a new study shows. Those who slept less than six hours per night were significantly more susceptible to the common cold virus than those who slept more than seven hours per night. The study participants were 164...

WCH study identifies mortality risk factors linked to very early stage breast cancer

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) – a very early stage of breast cancer sometimes called stage 0 breast cancer – may have more in common with invasive forms of cancer than previously thought, including the potential to spread to other organs. Despite being diagnosed at such an early stage, a...

Study finds no bone health benefits from high-dose vitamin D in postmenopausal women

High doses of vitamin D may not provide any bone health benefits for postmenopausal women. A new study found that high doses of vitamin D provided only a small increase in calcium absorption after one year, and did not improve bone mineral density, muscle mass or muscle function, and had no effect...

Lifestyle changes may help prevent gestational diabetes in high-risk women, study finds

Pregnant women at high risk for gestational diabetes had lower incidence of actually developing the condition when they were given lifestyle counselling, a new study found. In the study, women who were given individualized diet and exercise counselling were more likely to make lifestyle...

More women than men reaching age 100, but the men are healthier than the women

More women than men are reaching their 100th birthday, but the men who do hit 100 tend to be healthier than women at that age. Those are the findings of a new study of centenarians (100-year-olds) in the U.K. The researchers, led by Nisha Hazra at King’s College London, used electronic health...

Preoperative tests still common despite recommendations to limit their use, WCH study finds

Almost one-third of patients having low-risk medical procedures in Ontario had an ECG before their procedure, and more than one in 10 had a preoperative chest X-ray, despite recommendations to limit routine use of these tests before low-risk procedures. These results from a new study by the...

Moderate drinking may be linked to subtle heart damage in older women

Older women who regularly drink even a moderate amount of alcohol may be at risk for subtle decline in heart function, a new study found. These are heart changes that are usually too small to cause symptoms. However, this type of change can be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease such as heart...

Use of newer antipsychotic drugs in pregnancy has minimal complication risks, WCH study suggests

Women taking antipsychotic medications during pregnancy did not have increased incidence of pregnancy complications, a new study found. These results may be reassuring to women who are using these medications to treat conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. The...

New study links diabetes treatments to increased risk of heart failure

For diabetes patients, or patients at risk of diabetes, medications or methods that lower glucose (blood-sugar) levels may also increase risk of heart failure, a new study shows. The heart failure risks were significantly higher for some types of glucose-lowering treatments compared to others. In...

Women’s College Hospital study finds diagnosis of breast cancer in South Asian women is at a later stage

A new study links ethnicity to stage at breast cancer diagnosis. The research, from Women's College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), found that South Asian women were more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage compared to women in the general...

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