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THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2007

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Loblaws recalls cans of No Name green beans

Loblaws Inc. is recalling No Name French Style Green Beans because they may contain a dangerous bacteria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says toxins produced by the bacteria Clostridium may cause botulism. The affected product is in 398-millilitre cans bearing the UPC code 60383 03310 and distributed in Ontario and in western provinces. The affected cans also bear the following codes: EAA5247, EAA5257, EAA5267, EAA5277, EAB5247, EAB5257, ECA5207, ECA5217, ECA5227, ECA5297, ECB5207, ECB5217, ECB5227 and ECB5307. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the beans. The federal agency says a larger recall involving French Style Green Beans manufactured in Wisconsin is under way in the United States.

Want to butt out?

Local centres to offer free antismoking aids

BY JESSICA MCDIARMID

House calls

Cataract surgeries double, but need grows faster

The number of cataract surgeries per year in Ontario more than doubled between 1994 and 2005. But wait times for the procedure are still too long, say the authors of a new study. The study, conducted by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, found that the number of cataract surgeries in Ontario for all ages increased from just more than 54,000 to more than 111,000 between 1994-95 and 2004-05. People aged 65 and older accounted for approximately 81 per cent of all cataract surgeries in the province. Procedure rates for this age group rose by 66 per cent, from approximately 3,400 per 100,000 in 1994-95 to approximately 5,600 per 100,000 in 2004-05. "Advances in surgical technique, a growing and aging population, and changing lifestyle expectations have all led to greater demand for cataract surgery in Ontario," said Dr. Chaim Bell, the senior author of the study. "However ... the fact that we continue to have lengthy wait times for cataract surgery in Ontario suggests that the demand has exceeded the supply. " -- Compiled by Florence Sicoli from Hamilton Spectator news services

Want to stop smoking? Help is coming to Hamilton. In a provincial program, community health centres will start offering free stop-smoking aids as early as this month. Patches, gum and inhalers will be available. Three of the city's four community health centres will take part in the program -- offering the aids to current clients only to begin with. "It's going to be tremendous," said Peter Dilworth, health and wellness manager at the North Hamilton Community Health Centre. "A major barrier to quitting is (not) having the resources. If we can take that barrier away, we can get more people stopping successfully." The program comes on the heels of the STOP Study -- Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients -- which provides with free aids through pharmacies. The study has helped at least 12 per cent of participants to successfully quit smoking since it was introduced in January 2006. That's two to four times higher than typical quit rates. For the time being, most health centres will limit the new program to current clients. The province provides "the medicine and that's great, but they don't provide the people to administer it," said Dilworth. "We'd love to open it up completely, but we just don't have the resources." His centre hopes to have the treatment available by the fall. "We'll take it from there, depending on demand and our ability to meet that demand. "

Those glossy ads pack a punch

Can a sheet of glossy paper alone help you quit smoking? Yes, if it appears in a magazine and advertises a gum, pill, patch or device designed to help smokers kick the tobacco habit. Just seeing magazine ads for smoking-cessation products appears to make cigarette smokers more likely to try quitting and to succeed even if they don t go out and buy the products, a study has found. Alan Mathios of Cornell University said the advertising of smoking-cessation products appears to reinforce the antismoking message of public health officials and helps stiffen the resolve of those who see the ads in magazines after they ve quit. If the average smoker saw slightly more than two additional magazine ads a year, Mathios and colleagues calculated in the August issue of the Journal of Political Economy, it would help prompt 80,000 more smokers to kick the habit.

Los Angeles Times cessation programs by the Ministry of Health. Dr. Bill Evans, president of the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, said any endeavour that stops smoking should be applauded. Evans said 30 per cent of cancers are smoking-related. The 12 per cent quit rate of STOP participants might seem low, but it's actually quite good, he added. Each year, Ontario spends about $1.6 billion treating smoking-related illnesses that result in $4.4 billion in lost productivity. [email protected] 905-526-3312

PAMELA PIOTROWSKI

Vitamin D may help prevent some cancers

Q: Does vitamin D really prevent cancer? A: Historically, vitamin D has been known for its role in bone development and maintenance. During the past several years, new research has linked this fat-soluble vitamin to other health benefits such as protection against certain cancers. The natural form of the vitamin, called D3, is normally produced in the skin after exposure to sunlight, but is also obtained from certain foods such as oily fish, margarine and meat. A recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found taking vitamin D supplements with calcium substantially reduces the risk of all cancers in post-menopausal women. The higher the level of vitamin D in the blood, the lower the relative risk of developing cancer. Results from the research suggest that taking 1,000 international units (IU) of the vitamin daily could lower an individual's cancer risk by 50 per cent for colon cancer and 30 per cent in breast and ovarian cancer. Experts agree more research is needed before drawing firm conclusions, especially on the benefits of vitamin D for children. Both the Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Dermatology Association recommend Canadian adults, in consultation with a health care provider, should consider taking vitamin D supplements of 1,000 IU a day during the fall and winter. Adults at a higher risk of having lower vitamin D levels should consider taking supplements of 1,000 IU a day all year round. This includes people who are older, those with dark skin and individuals who don't go outside often or wear clothing covering most of their skin. Health Canada has postponed revising its recommendations on vitamin D until a comprehensive review examines its benefits and safety. It is important to note that consuming more than 2,000 IU of vitamin D a day can cause the body to absorb too much calcium and may damage the liver and kidneys. The best way to reduce your risk of cancer, as well as many other chronic illnesses, is to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. To learn more about how healthy eating can reduce overall risk of cancer, contact the EatRight Ontario Contact Centre. This new public service offers consumers and health-care professionals the ability to contact a registered dietitian with nutrition and healthy eating questions. Contact EatRight at 1-877-510-5102 or visit www.Ontario.ca\EatRight. Pamela Piotrowski is a clinical dietitian at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. House Calls features general health information from experts at Hamilton Health Sciences' family of hospitals. Readers are invited to send questions to [email protected] or House Calls, The Spectator, 44 Frid St., Hamilton L8N 3G3.

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Quitting smoking is never easy, but free aids will help Hamiltonians.

Jean Schmidt, a health promoter with the Francophone Community Health Centre Hamilton/Niagara, said the cost of stop-smoking aids stops a lot of people from trying to quit. Nicotine patches, which last a week, cost about $30 for seven. Schmidt hopes free aids will motivate people. The francophone centre hopes to take part in the program once materials are available in French. The Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre and the Aboriginal Health Centre are also in the program. Participants will receive free nicotine replacements after consultation with a counsellor. The program draws funding from the $2.98 million earmarked for smoking-

The STOP Study can help you quit

The STOP Study is open to Ontario residents who want to quit smoking using nicotine replacement. Participants receive five weeks of nicotine replacement and counselling from a participating pharmacist, free. They re asked to fill out a questionnaire afterward. To take part, find a participating pharmacy in your area at stopstudy.ca. If there isn tone,e-mail [email protected]

Vice squad

Get the baby s bib ready

JEAN LAMANTIA

PRODUCT: Sweetpea Baby Food PRICE: $7.498.99 per 300 mL tray (12 cubes) MANUFACTURER: Sweetpea Baby Food, sweetpeababyfood.com THE POSITION: Canadian-made premium frozen organic baby food TOP INGREDIENTS: Besides organic fruits and vegetables, water is the only other ingredient. Eight different flavours: Butternut squash, banana blueberry, sweet potato, broccoli, veggies beef and barley, lentils and root vegetables, veggies and chicken and veggies and turkey NUTRITIONAL BREAKDOWN per 75 mL portion (range depends on flavour chosen): 15 to 60 calories, 2 to 8 g carbohydrates (1 to 2 g fibre, 1 to 5 g sugar), 0.2 to 5 g protein, 0 to 1.5 g fat ANALYSIS: According to information on the website, this product was inspired by co-owner Tamar Wagman and her chef husband, who were looking for healthy and delicious foods for their growing baby. When they couldn't find any, Wagman went into business with her longtime friend Eryn Green to produce frozen organic baby foods that are available nationally in selected stores. One plus is the small serving size -- only 75 mL as opposed to the jarred food, which is usually 125 mL. This allows you to customize your portion. without synthetic chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides. Babies are more vulnerable to the effects of synthetic residues than adults, so feeding a baby an organic diet is an option that will ease the concerns of many parents. Included in the recommendations for feeding babies from Health Canada (hc-sc.gc.ca) are: Encourage exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, plus a vitamin D supplement for the baby; introduce nutrient-rich complementary foods at six months. To prevent iron deficiency, ironcontaining foods are recommended as the first foods, with iron-fortified infant cereal as a good first choice. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT: Frozen, organic baby food containing only vegetables, fruit and water ... Get your bib on! A second plus -- the product is organic. This means the produce is grown Jean LaMantia is a registered dietitian at Toronto's Adelaide Health Clinic.

J Joseph Brant Recognizes JB 2-Day Invitational Golf G Tournament Donors

Jo Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital recognizes all the participants in the 4th Annual JB 2-Day Invitational Golf pa Tournament held this year at Legends on the Niagara. Funds To raised at this event are dedicated to men's health. ra Thank you to the event organizers, players and particularly Th the sponsors whose strong support of this wildly successful th event raised $170,000 this year. ev

Event Committee: (back row l-r) Michael DeGroote, Dr. Ben Carruthers - Chief of Staff at Joseph Brant, Wayne Heslop, Trevor Fackrell, Hugh Loomans (front row l-r) Dave Livermore, Steve Duffield, Joe Donnell and Joe Kennedy.

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