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Your Postal Code has Role in Your Risk of Major Diseases: McMaster study

Where you live in Canada may play a role in your risk of major diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.  Researchers at McMaster University have identified trends linking health and lifestyle factors like access to public transit, the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in grocery stores, the prices of popular foods, the availability and prices of cigarettes and alcohol, and the promotion, or lack thereof, of healthy foods in restaurants. The study findings, based on detailed data collected across Canada's 10 provinces, were published in the journal Cities and Health.

Excess Weight Responsible For Cancers Globally

According to a new report published this week, excess body weight is one of the major reasons behind cancers worldwide. The report was written by scientists at the American Cancer Society (ACS) and published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians shows that 3.9% of the cases of cancers were linked to excess body weight and this amounted to 544,300 cases in 2012.

The Deadline for Health Insurance

The woman arrived at the University of South Florida's navigator office in Tampa a few weeks ago, with a 40-page document describing a short-term health insurance plan she was considering.

She was uncomfortable with what the broker had said about the coverage, she told Jodi Ray, a health insurance navigator who helps people enroll in coverage, and she wanted help understanding it.