Claims of Human Embryo Clones Trigger Outrage, Skepticism

The announcement that a Massachusetts company has cloned human embryos has set off protests from conservative religious and political leaders who see the reported breakthrough as a dangerous step toward human cloning, the Associated Press reported today. Read the rest of this entry »

What Happens to Hepatitis C Carriers

It is clear that HCV causes cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), although the rate at which these conditions develop, and the rate at which they cause death or the need for liver transplantation is unknown. In the U.S., it is estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 patients die annually of complications of HCV infection. Thus in Canada, we might expect, at maximum a death rate of about 800 to 1,000. Read the rest of this entry »

Choking Hazards for Children

A balloon is a seemingly harmless object of such great pleasure for young children.

Yet as quickly as that balloon can pop, a child can inhale it and that little piece of latex can seal off the lungs and stop the child from breathing. Balloons are one of the leading causes of death in children younger than age 5. Read the rest of this entry »

A Little Exercise Can Add Up Post 2

During the five years of follow-up, 482 men developed CHD. The data indicate that increased physical activity was associated with a decrease in CHD risk. The researchers found that among men who expended similar amounts of energy in physical activity the duration of the session did not further decrease CHD risk. Further, men who participated in sports or recreational activities did not show lower risks of CHD than those who only reported that they walked or climbed stairs, as long as both groups had similar total energy outputs. Read the rest of this entry »