Health

Sidney Crosby is the latest hockey player to come down with the mumps. Image: Wikipedia

Hockey Players Coming Down With The Mumps

Lots of professional hockey players have recently come down with the mumps.
“The mumps” is an illness that makes people feel tired and sometimes achy.
People who get it usually look like they have a swollen (puffy) face and throat area. It used to be quite a common childhood disease, but then a vaccine was invented to prevent mumps and it became much less common.

by · December 16, 2014 · Health, News, Sports
A girl selling Girl Scout cookies. Image: Drmies

Girl Scouts Selling Cookies Online

For the first time, Girl Scout cookies will be available to purchase over the Internet.
Most people are familiar with Girl Scouts (in the United States—”Girl Guides” in Canada) selling cookies in person.
But now in the US, they’re available online through a “Digital Cookie” website.

by · December 8, 2014 · Health, Kids, News
The Lammily doll. Photo: Nikolay Lamm.

Lammily Doll Has Realistic Body Proportions

Lammily is a new fashion doll that looks more like “real” women, according to its designer.

by · November 27, 2014 · Health, Kids, Lighter, News
Hospital sign. Image: Ltljltlj

Saskatchewan Couple Faces $1M Medical Bill

A Saskatchewan couple is discovering just how helpful people can be.
Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel and husband Darren Kimmel found themselves facing a massive medical bill, but now Canadians are coming forward to help them cover their costs.

by · November 23, 2014 · Health, News
Like Meriwether Lewis Elementary School in Portland, Oregon (pictured here), in Yarmoth, Nova Scotia is offering health options to its students. Image: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Not Your Typical School Cafeteria

There are moist carrot cake muffins. Subs made with homemade buns.
Fresh baked banana bread. Even the sausage on the pizza is made by hand.
And the most expensive item on the menu is $6, including tax.
Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School does not have a typical cafeteria.

by · October 29, 2014 · Health, News
McDonald's in Moscow, Russia. Image: Francis Bourgouin

Russia Closes Down Nine McDonald’s Restaurants

People in Russia remember waiting more than eight hours to taste their first Big Mac. The line-up was hundreds of people long, snaking back and forth along the sidewalk. That was 1990, when the first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Russia, in Moscow’s Pushkin Square.

by · October 22, 2014 · Health, News
An Ebola ward in Nigeria. Image: CDC Global

Canada Gives Aid, Vaccine, Supplies To Fight Disease In West Africa

Canada is sending 300,000 medical face masks to West Africa.
The masks are to help healthcare workers there who are caring for people with a virus that was identified in Africa in March.

by · October 18, 2014 · Health, News
Blood Donors Needed: Canadian Blood Services

Blood Donors Needed: Canadian Blood Services

The organization that looks after Canada’s blood supply says the country’s supply is very low and they urgently need blood donors.

Canadian Blood Services is a non-profit organization that collects blood for use during operations or whenever it is needed in Canada.

by · October 10, 2014 · Health, News
Atlantic Salmon. Image: Zapyon

Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or ‘Frankenfish’?

A company called AquaBounty Technologies has created a new type of salmon that grows twice as fast as regular salmon.
Now it wants permission to sell the salmon as food.
But many people, including some scientists, say the company should not be allowed to farm or sell the salmon until we know more about the possible effects it could have on the environment and on human health.

by · September 24, 2014 · Health, News, Science
School lunches. Image: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Lunches From Home Don’t Meet Nutritional Standards: Study

When researchers in the United States compared school lunches to home-packed lunches, parents got a failing grade.

Researchers from Tufts University, in Massachusetts, inspected lunches belonging to about 600 grade three and four students at 12 different schools in the state. They found that lunches packed at home were generally less nutritious than meals provided by schools.

by · September 8, 2014 · Health, Kids, News