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Smoking Costs U.S. Economy Almost $900 Billion a Year
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Smoking Costs U.S. Economy Almost $900 Billion a Year

By By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter, HealthDay Reporter(HealthDay)THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking isn't only costly in terms of health risks, it also cost the U.S. economy $891 billion in 2020.That was almost 10 times the cigarette industry's $92 billion revenue, according to the authors of a new American Cancer Society study."Economic losses from cigarette smoking far outweigh any economic benefit from the tobacco industry -- wages, and salaries of those employed by the industry, tax revenue and industry profit combined," said Dr. Nigar Nargis, senior scientific director of tobacco control research at the cancer society."As a society, we can mitigate these economic losses through coordinated and comprehensive evidence-based tobacco control measures, which encourage...
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta jump to nearly 1,000
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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta jump to nearly 1,000

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta took a jump in the past week, adding more than 100 patients to already stressed hospital resources. For the week ending Sept. 26, COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 137 to 980 total. The last time Alberta hospitals were this full of COVID-19 patients was May 27.COVID ICU numbers saw a 50 per cent increase from the week prior, up 13 to 39 – matching mid-May numbers.A total of 4,905 Albertans have had their death attributed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, a number that increased by 33 over the past week. The oldest age cohort tracked by the province — people over 80 years old — bore the brunt of those deaths, with 25 more octogenarians added to the death toll in the week of Sept. 20. Read more: End of COVID-19 bord...
‘Real disconnect’: Provinces and feds point fingers as Canada’s ER crisis continues – National
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‘Real disconnect’: Provinces and feds point fingers as Canada’s ER crisis continues – National

Emergency physician Dr. Raghu Venugopal doesn’t mince words when describing the realities his patients have been facing in the emergency departments in which he works in Toronto.“It’s really a dire situation,” he said after a recent shift in the ER.Wait times are “exceedingly long” for even the most urgent care, with some patients waiting 100 to 125 hours for treatment, he says. Toronto ER Dr. Raghu Venugopal says the situation in ERs right now is “dire.”. Submitted photo. “My trauma victim may stay on a stretcher for four days straight. My elderly senior citizens will easily be on a stretcher for three days, having their entire admission on a stretcher in the ER.”Venugopal is one of many ER doctors and other front-line he...
Kelowna, B.C., RCMP issues toxic drug warning as five people die on Saturday
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Kelowna, B.C., RCMP issues toxic drug warning as five people die on Saturday

Police in the Central Okanagan are warning people that there may be an extremely toxic drug supply in Kelowna and West Kelowna. Kelowna RCMP said officers responded to three different drug overdose calls on Saturday that left five people dead. Read more: Investment scams on the rise in the Okanagan “Starting at 8:13 a.m., the BC Ambulance Service advised police they were at the scene of an overdose at 800 block of Saucier Avenue,” said Const. Mike Della Paolera.“Officers attended, observed signs of drug use, and found a 32-year-old Kelowna man deceased in his bed. Since this first death, officers in Kelowna and West Kelowna have attended two more scenes, resulting in five deaths today.” Story continues below advertisement ...
Canada unlikely to declare COVID victory as travel restrictions loosen – National
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Canada unlikely to declare COVID victory as travel restrictions loosen – National

The thundering sound of hoofbeats charging toward the end of the track was met with a chorus of cheers from thousands of revellers in cowboy hats and jeans, dazzled by the colorful lights of the midway in the distance. The Calgary Stampede attracted 500,000 visitors in 2021 after a year of pandemic isolation and uncertainty, epitomizing Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s “best summer ever.”Kenney beamed from behind a podium that spring as he declared that Alberta had “crushed” the spike of COVID-19 infections and heralded the return of backyard barbecues, dream weddings, concerts, parties and, of course, the stampede. Read more: U.S. should follow Canada and scrap COVID-19 border rules, lawmakers urge White House Read More ...
Kelowna’s Black Mountain Irrigation District issues upcoming water quality advisory – Okanagan
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Kelowna’s Black Mountain Irrigation District issues upcoming water quality advisory – Okanagan

A water quality advisory has been issued for parts of eastern Kelowna. On Thursday, Black Mountain Irrigation District (BMID) issued a precautionary advisory for its entire service area, saying maintenance work will take place later this month.The work will begin Tuesday, Sept. 27, and will last two days. However, Black Mountain says the water quality advisory will be in effect until Oct. 5. Read more: Golf course suing City of Kelowna, B.C. over hike in water fees Read More Golf course suing City of Kelowna, B.C. over hike in water fees BMID says during the work period, water will have to bypass ultra-violet disinfection, which provides treatment for protozoa ...
Basecamp Fitness Bulks Up – Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
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Basecamp Fitness Bulks Up – Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Basecamp Fitness opened its second Minnesota location at 50th & France’s fitness magnet Nolan Mains in February 2020. Two years and one pandemic later, the California-born chain is poised for more expansion in the coming years with three Twin Cities locations on deck and many more to come nationally. Thanks to franchisee Tonya DeGregorio, Basecamp is spreading the love (and sweat!) throughout the Twin Cities: Apple Valley, Eden Prairie, and Maple Grove. With more than 40 studios in the pipeline, watch for the blue and black sweat spot to debut in Jacksonville, Orlando, Detroit, Charleston, New York, and San Diego in 2023. DeGregorio worked in the fitness industry for much of her career before jumping in with Basecamp. “After five years of working as an instructor and assista...
Too Few Kids With Sickle Cell Get Stroke Screen, Care
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Too Few Kids With Sickle Cell Get Stroke Screen, Care

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Too few U.S. kids with sickle cell anemia get a needed screening for stroke, according to a study released Tuesday.The study found fewer than half get the screening and only about half or fewer get a treatment that can help with pain and anemia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study, and called for more screening and treatment.One type of sickle cell disease, called sickle cell anemia, is a leading cause of stroke in children. The disease can shorten life expectancy by more than 20 years and lead to complications, said the CDC's Dr. Karen Remley.“These complications are preventable — not inevitable,” she said in a statement.Political CartoonsSickle cell disease is a group of inherited disorders in which red blo...