July 4, 2014 11:47 pm
Updated: July 4, 2014 11:58 pm

Health Headlines, June 27 – July 4


June 30 -Concussions speed up the brain
Research being done by a UBC scientist is showing just how little we understand brain injuries. It was thought our brains’ cognitive abilities slow down after a concussion. But as Elaine Yong tells us, it turns out the exact opposite is true.

July 1-Contact lens abuse
Allergy season may not be the only thing behind itchy, red, dry eyes. Turns out many people wear their contact lenses much longer than they should.

July 2 – Exercise is good medicine for stroke patients
New research suggests a fitness program is an important tool in helping people recover from a stroke. And a lack of exercise could increase the risk of having another attack.

July 3 -St. Paul’s develops handheld ultrasounds
Staff at St. Paul’s hospital are pioneers in the use of handheld ultrasounds. The devices are much cheaper and more portable than traditional ultrasounds and allow doctors to diagnose patients’ ailments from their ICU bedside.

July 4 – Health care for refugees ruling
Two years ago Ottawa trimmed medical benefits for immigrants. A justice has ruled the health care cutbacks for refugee claimants constitute “cruel and unusual” treatment, especially for children and should be struck down.

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