Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Health-Lifestyles News Advisory as of 5 P.M. ET Wednesday, Sept. 17

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Health-Lifestyles News Advisory as of 5 P.M. ET Wednesday, Sept. 17

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Health-Lifestyles News Advisory

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Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

5 p.m.

HEALTH-LIFESTYLES-TRAVEL NEWS ADVISORY

Here are the Health-Lifestyles-Travel stories from The Canadian Press as of 5 p.m. ET. Entries are subject to change as news develops. Questions can go to Lois Abraham at 416-507-2038.

TOP STORIES:

Most Canadians enjoy good mental health: report

Mental-Health-Report

TORONTO -- More than three-quarters of Canadians aged 15 or older are considered to have "flourishing" mental health -- feeling good and functioning well in life on most days, says a Statistics Canada report. But the Canadian Mental Health Association says that leaves a significant proportion of the population whose emotional well-being is less than ideal. Moves National and Lifestyles. Will be updated.

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Do distracted driving laws cover smartwatches?

Cyberfile-Distracted-Driving-Watches

TORONTO -- Is using a smartwatch behind the wheel a ticketable offence under the country's distracted driving laws? It's up to the police to decide, says Ontario's transportation ministry. We're not sure yet, says a spokesman for Ontario's provincial police force.

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1st UK volunteer gets experimental Ebola vaccine

EU-MED-Britain-Ebola-Vaccine

LONDON -- British scientists say a former nurse has become the first person in the country to receive an experimental Ebola vaccine in an early trial to test its safety. Ruth Atkins, 48, got the injection on Wednesday in Oxford, the first of 60 healthy volunteers in the U.K. who will receive the vaccine. It was developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and GlaxoSmithKline and targets the Zaire strain of Ebola, the cause of the ongoing outbreak in West Africa. A trial of the same vaccine has already begun in the U.S.

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Furniture facelift: DIY blogger shares tips on transforming preloved pieces

HOMES-Furniture-Facelift

TORONTO -- As a newlywed with little extra cash to spare, Marian Parsons took the cost-effective approach to furnishing her home by transforming preloved pieces into newly customized creations. Now 15 years on, a hobby born out of necessity has blossomed into a burgeoning business for the designer and writer behind the popular DIY blog Miss Mustard Seed. Parson shares key tips on how novices can give their dated furniture a fresh facelift and simple ways to spruce up the home for fall. By Lauren La Rose. PHOTOS.

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Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

US-MED-Artificial-Sweeteners-

NEW YORK -- Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited and said other evidence shows sweeteners are safe and useful for weight control. …

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