Newspaper article The Canadian Press

PREP-Lifewatch

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

PREP-Lifewatch

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(Radon-Child-Care)

The Yukon government is making radon testing a licensing requirement for new and existing child care centres and day homes.

If the tests are positive, those same facilities must also act to reduce the gas concentrations.

Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost says she's proud to say that Yukon is leading the way on radon testing.

Currently, no other Canadian jurisdiction mandates radon testing to obtain a day care or day home licence.

The territory has alerted all licensed child care centres and day homes to make them aware of the impending requirement.

Radon inhalation can result in lung damage and an elevated risk of cancer. (The Canadian Press)

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(HPV-Adults)

A new study suggests mature adult women should get the H-P-V vaccine.

Currently it is approved for use in men and women age 26 and younger.

But now a new study shows that this vaccine may be safe until age 44, in women at least.

Researchers in Denmark and Sweden looked at national healthcare registries of more than three million women in those two countries and assessed the incidences of 45 serious autoimmune and neurologic disease outcomes. Diseases such as Guillain-Barre syndrome and myelitis were chosen because they are often associated with other types of vaccinations.

The study found that only one disease -- celiac disease -- demonstrated a statistically significant increased risk following vaccination.

According to this study, it seems that the H-P-V vaccine did not raise any serious safety concerns.

The research is in the Journal of Internal Medicine. (ABC)

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(Blood Pressure Control)

Despite strong public awareness of the deadly effects of hypertension, such as heart attack and stroke, only half of American adults with high blood pressure have it properly under control.

In a new Centres for Disease Control study, researchers found that the prevalence of high blood pressure between 2015 and 2016 was 29 per cent for all adults and 63.1 per cent for those over age 60.

Among these people, only 52.5 per cent of women and 45.7 per cent of men had their blood pressure controlled. The least compliant group was men ages 18 to 39, with only 15. …

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