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  • Smoke spreading from California fires sparks health concerns

    Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace.
  • Clarification: Homes-Single Use Plastics story

    In a story Nov. 14, The Associated Press quoted Kera Abraham Panni of the Monterey Bay Aquarium as saying only 9 per cent of plastic has been recycled. The story should have clarified that Panni, who was citing figures from Science magazine, meant 9 per cent of plastics ever made, rather than 9 per cent of plastics produced in a given year.
  • Fire claims popular recreation spots in Southern California

    LOS ANGELES - Southern California residents faced with the loss of lives and homes in a huge wildfire also are grappling with the destruction of a vast swath of public lands that are popular destinations for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers.
  • Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder

    Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defence.
  • FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavoured vapes

    NEW YORK - In a major new effort to curb smoking, a top U.S. health official pledged Thursday to try to ban menthol cigarettes and flavoured cigars and tighten rules governing the sale of most flavoured versions of electronic cigarettes.
  • Antibiotic resistance growing global threat that needs to be countered: experts

    TORONTO - With cold and flu season upon us, some patients will undoubtedly go to their doctors seeking a prescription for antibiotics, even though the drugs are useless against such viral infections.
  • Diabetic alert dogs meet their owners for the first time, start bonding process

    OAKVILLE, Ont. - Just minutes after Carrie Lemay met her new dog, Freckles, she says the black lab starting frantically pawing and jumping up on her.
  • Give the gift of no-plastic sipping straws for the holidays

    NEW YORK - Big problem or a fraction of the world's plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists.
  • Caregivers 'glue' holding health system together, but need more support: report

    TORONTO - They come from all walks of life, young and old: millions of Canadians who are unpaid caregivers for aging parents, children with a disability or a sibling with a chronic illness. Yet a survey reveals many are struggling, often in isolation, trying to fulfil a critical role with not enough support from the health-care system.
  • Study: Chinese to account for half of luxury sales by 2025

    MILAN - Chinese consumers will remain the driving force for luxury goods market, according to a new study by Bain consultancy released Thursday that shows they will fuel nearly half of global high-end sales by 2025.

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