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Health, Lifestyle, Society

Gluten-free is big business and misunderstood

Companies are making billions of dollars selling gluten-free products around the world when there is little evidence they are a healthier choice for anyone but few who have celiac disease. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley and rye» 

Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Breast cancer common but some is preventable

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among Canadian women, but up to one third of cases can be prevented, according to research. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Canada and a time when inventive events are» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

Doctor explains why diets don’t work

One in four adult Canadians are clinically obese and while many will diet, the vast majority will put the wait back on, say recent studies. Dr. Yoni Freedhoff says that can have dramatic psychological consequences and he’s written a book» 

Animals, Environment, Society

Deal to conserve original prairie is finalized

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has finalized the largest conservation easement in the country. It has made deal with 72 ranchers who own a huge parcel of land in western Canada whereby they can continue to use it to graze» 

Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Activity mix hikes obese teens’ weight loss: study

Canadian research shows that obese teenagers lose more weight when they alternate aerobic exercise and resistance training rather than just doing one or the other. Scientists have long known physical activity can help people lose weight, but the study out» 

Health, Science and Technology

Artificial sweeteners may raise blood sugar: study

New research suggests artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people.  Acknowledging the study is preliminary, scientists in Israel found that mice who had consumed artificial sweeteners had higher blood sugar and altered bacteria in their gut.» 

Animals, Environment, Society

Groups sue to stop development in national park

Three environmental groups have gone to court to try to stop a plan to build overnight commercial accommodations in Jasper National Park, in western Canada. There are national parks across the country that were created to protect “representative natural areas» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

In spite of new studies, expert says ‘reduce salt’

Some international studies published recently question long-held beliefs about salt intake, but a Canadian doctor discredits them and insists Canadians are eating too much. Canadians consume about 3,400 mgs of sodium per day, partly because they eat a lot of» 

Health, Science and Technology, Society

Plane crash survivors shed light on memory, PTSD

Thirteen years ago, 306 passengers aboard a plane over the Atlantic Ocean were told their crippled aircraft would have to land in the water. They lived through 30 minutes of terror, before the pilot located land and glided the plane» 

Animals, Environment

Campaign alerts children to decline of bees

Backpacks and lunchboxes are being sold to raise awareness among children of a severe decline in bees that conservationists say is caused by pesticides. While Europe has banned three neonicotinoid insecticides, Canada is re-evaluating them, but, at the same time,»