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Women and heart disease. (includes related information on heart attack, gender bias in research, and tests for coronary artery disease)
December 1, 1995... Although heart disease has been considered mainly a "man's disease" and heart attack rates in women lag behind those in men, after a certain age coronary artery disease affects both sexes equally. Moreover, when women do have a heart attack they are more likely than men to die of it....
Medical update: new drugs for osteoporosis.
February 1, 1996... Osteoporosis is a pressing health problem that's increasing due to our aging population. Currently, 10 per cent of Canadians are over age 65, a number that will rise to 21 per cent by the year 2020. The announcement of new drugs to strengthen bones made fragile by osteoporosis is welcome...
Head lice alert. (includes related information)
February 1, 1996... Known since ancient times, the head louse - Pediculus capitis - is a tiny, six-legged, wingless, greyish insect that infests the scalp and head hair. Lice feed on blood, breeding and laying their eggs on the human scalp. Although annoying, head lice are not a health threat and do not carry...
Vasectomy: pros and cons. (includes related information)
February 1, 1996... Choosing a suitable form of birth control is a major decision for sexually active people who want to avoid pregnancy' Since there is no perfect contraceptive, people must choose from a selection of "second bests," according to their age, stage of life and sexual relationships. For those who...
Iron through the ages. (includes related information)(aspects of iron nutrition)
February 1, 1996... With so much attention being paid to dietary excesses, it's easy to forget that iron deficiency and anemia are still widespread problems in Canada. Infants, children, adolescents, vegetarians and women are most at risk. Although no national statistics have been compiled since 1973, studies...