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Environment

Oceans warming faster bolstering climate change worry: study

Yet another study shows that the world’s oceans are warming rapidly and researchers say this confirms the scientific evidence that the planet is warming due to human activity. Warming oceans mean more storms, extreme precipitation The scientists from China and» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Men, women remember pain differently: study

Chronic pain is a major health problem in Canada and scientists think that one of the driving forces behind it is memory of earlier pain. A new study from McGill University and the University of Toronto suggests that the way» 

Health, Society

Opioids offer little benefit for most chronic pain: study

A Canadian review of 96 clinical trials suggests that few people suffering from non-cancer pain for longer than three months would derive much benefit from taking opioids like Percocet or Oxycet. Compared to people using a placebo, those who take» 

Health

Patient discharge from hospital at Christmas more risky: study

People in hospital may long to go home for Christmas but a new study suggests that would put them at higher risk of death or a return to hospital. The University of Toronto study looked at the records of patients» 

Society

Food prices to increase faster than salaries

A new study suggests the average Canadian family of four will spend 3.5 per cent more for food in 2019 and other sources suggest salaries will only go up by 2.6 per cent. The hike in food prices is going» 

Environment

Southern B.C. Wolverines face looming threats: study

An ongoing study of wolverines in the southwest of Canada suggests their numbers are good but their populations are isolated leaving them vulnerable to extirpation and other threats. While these animals look like a cross between a skunk and a» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Pregnancy with no embryos linked to three genes

Scientists have puzzled over human pregnancies with no embryos since the time of Hippocrates, says scientist Rima Slim and now, she and other Canadian researchers have found three genes responsible for these so-called molar pregnancies. Searching for a genetic connection» 

Health

Major trauma linked to higher risk of mental illness, suicide

People who are seriously injured are at greater risk of being hospitalized for a mental health disorder or of dying by suicide within the following five years, according to a new study. The research involved over 19,000 people who were» 

Health

Fewer babies sleep through the night than people may think: study

People in Canada and the western world tend to think babies should sleep through the night by the time they are six months to 12 months old. But a study out of McGill University found that many do not and» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Nursing pain not well evaluated, can affect infant health: study

A new study suggests new mothers often suffer severe pain when breastfeeding, that it is not well assessed and may cause them to stop nursing their babies altogether. Breastfeeding is encouraged in Canada as it has benefits for both mother»