Top 10 health stories of 2011

Top 10 health stories of 2011: food chemicals, vitamin D and brain waves

• EEG shows awareness in some vegetative patients. Canadian researchers discover that the brains of patients in a vegetative state show signs of awareness.

• Avoid applying Vicks VapoRub to babies, pediatricians say. New data shows salve can irritate airways. Pediatricians don’t recommend product for babies under age two.

• B.C. doctor ordered to stop anti-addiction tea use. A doctor who was using Amazonian tea to help cure addiction was asked by Health Canada to stop.

Food chemicals, low vitamin D cause cancer

• Cholesterol: keeping your levels in check. Lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL) and raising good cholesterol (HDL) can lower your risk of heart disease.

• Breast cancer screening guide says skip exams. Routine mammograms, self-exams and MRIs are not needed for most women under 50, new guidelines say.

• Boning up on the sunshine vitamin. Canadians should consume 1,000 IU of Vitamin D in the fall and winter months to lower their risk of cancer and other diseases.

• Doctors see ‘screaming man’ in testicle scan. The disturbing image of a man appears during an ultrasound exam.

• Canadians aren’t eating well or working out enough, says a new report. Canadians have no time for healthy living.

• BPA levels jump after eating canned soup. A new study finds that the hormone-disrupting chemical is present in the urine of people who consume canned soup.

• OxyContin maker sends phase-out notice. Manufacturer says it will produce safer drug instead of Oxycontin.



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