Thursday, May 15, 2014

DocTalk May 13

Dr Shereen Habib, Well Woman Clinic

Dr Sean Petherbridge Keith Nicholl Medical Centre

In the office?

vasomotor rhinitis, sinusitis.
lower back pain
ovarian cysts

1. thoughts on lack of sleep and depression.

Researchers at the University of Texas Health Center in Houston tracked the sleep habits of more than 4,000 teens for over a year and found that youth who don’t get enough sleep are four times more likely to develop depression compared to peers who sleep more. In a separate report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that 70 per cent of American high-school students fall well short of its recommended nine to 10 hours of sleep a night.

2. wifi and health?

Though most parents and educators celebrate the move, some are raising concerns about the possible health impacts of the radio-frequency (RF) radiation on which wireless technologies operate. Exposure levels to this kind of radiation, which fall in the same frequency bandwidth on the electro-magnetic spectrum as radios, televisions and mobile phones, continue to rise as wireless technologies become more prevalent.

Canada’s current guidelines on RF exposure are in line with those of the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection – the largest regulatory body in this field. But many other jurisdictions have adopted considerably lower limits, either as a precautionary measure or because they view the science differently.

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