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For overweight and obese people, weight loss may slow knee cartilage degeneration associated with osteoarthritis

Losing more than five per cent of body weight may slow down the degeneration of knee cartilage in people who are overweight or obese. Cartilage degeneration is a key indicator of osteoarthritis. Researchers led by Dr. Alexandra Gersing at the University of California San Francisco studied 640...

Use of some common antibiotics in pregnancy linked to increased risk of miscarriage

A new Canadian study found that using certain antibiotics during pregnancy was linked to a higher risk of miscarriage. Classes of drugs associated with higher risk included quinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides, and macrolides (except erythromycin).  There was no increased risk linked to the...

Pregnancy around the time of breast cancer diagnosis does not affect survival, study finds

For women with breast cancer, pregnancy does not increase the risk of dying, new research shows. While breast cancer is less common among younger women, those who are diagnosed in their child-bearing years may have a pregnancy around the time of their diagnosis and treatment. The number of women...

Unsuccessful fertility treatment linked to increased cardiovascular risks

A new study that looked at women who had undergone fertility treatments found that cardiovascular problems were more common in the women whose fertility treatments failed compared to those who gave birth. The study included women who had fertility treatment in Ontario between April 1993 and March...

Researchers estimate that public coverage of essential medicines could save billions

Publicly funding coverage of essential medications would cut the overall cost of prescribing these drugs by about $3 billion, a new study estimates. Much of the savings would come from bulk discounts: buying in high volume for the whole country would mean a much lower price. Researchers modelled...

Exercise is most important lifestyle factor in reducing risk of breast cancer recurrence, study finds

A new study of lifestyle factors in breast cancer survivors found that exercise had the most powerful effect in reducing the risk of breast cancer recurrence and death. Maintaining a healthy weight was also linked to lower risk of recurrence. Researchers Julia Hamer and Ellen Warner from...

Worrying trends continue in long-term sedative use

A new study renews concerns about long-term sedative use in Canada. Researchers found that despite efforts to lower the chronic use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like sedatives, long-term use remained stable in older adults, and increased in younger adults. Benzodiazepines include the...

Cost prevents 1 in 12 older Canadians from taking their prescribed medication

Out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs prevent many Canadians from taking medication as directed. A new study shows 8.3 per cent – or one in 12 – Canadians ages 55 and over either skipped doses or did not fill prescription because of cost in 2014. People who do not take medications as...

Women giving birth in rural Canada have higher rates of maternal morbidity than urban women

Pregnant women who live in rural areas are more likely to have obstetrical emergencies or serious health problems when giving birth than women who live in urban areas, results from a new Canadian study show. Previous research has compared childbirth outcomes in infants born in rural and urban...

Study reveals surprising number of Canadians with urgently high blood pressure

A Canadian hypertension awareness campaign revealed that half of people tested required treatment for high blood pressure, including a group whose blood pressure levels were at emergency levels. Researchers at the University of Manitoba and St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre in Winnipeg set up...

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