Young people at risk from social media-driven diet trends, experts warn

Young people following dangerous diet trends and accepting health advice from social media influencers have been warned about the adverse health effects by experts.

From eating only chicken breast or raw carrots to replacing meals with protein shakes, some young people in the UAE and abroad are blindly following social media trends, which can cause serious illnesses.

Kanika Hughes, co-founder, chef and nutritionist of Leela’s Lunches, who provide meals to schools and nurseries in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, said many pupils get “their nutritional information off Instagram”.

When it comes to health and wellness, there’s no hack

Kanika Hughes, co-founder of Leela’s Lunches

“Just about anybody with six pack abs or anybody who’s a trainer, they follow them and they’ll do this one size fits all approach,” said Ms Hughes.

“This can be really dangerous because this is just not the way we’re supposed to be thinking about food.

“I really worry about how social media influences nutrition trends in a way that didn’t exist 10 years ago.”

She warned young people against taking health or skincare advice from influencers who were not qualified for the job.

While giving a talk at a school in the UAE, Ms Hughes asked pupils about popular food trends and found many had tried diets including a coffee cleanse or eating only raw carrots.

“These are just the kind of bizarre things you would not expect a 15-year-old to get into,” said Ms Hughes.

“My main problem is this notion of a quick fix. When it comes to health and wellness, there’s no hack.”

Excessive social media use has been linked with a decline in mental health, with the Arab Youth Survey 2023 finding that 60 per

Innisfail’s medical first responders getting new provincial money

Town’s fire department also expects to receive additional funds for new equipment

INNISFAIL –  Provincial health minister Adriana LaGrange has announced millions of new dollars for Alberta’s medical first responders and Innisfail will at least get a small slice out of that funding pie.

“We would expect to get some level of funding from that announcement,” said Gary Leith, the town’s fire chief for the Innisfail Fire Department. “It will be based upon the number of calls that we attend within Innisfail and the surrounding area.

“Obviously, funding is always an issue,” added Leith. “We’ve seen an increase in demand on medical first response, and that that obviously affected our operating costs for the town.

“So. certainly any level of funding support is much appreciated and needed.”

Medical first responders (MFR) provide care to patients or assist EMS crews as needed. The majority of them that have partnered with Alberta Health Services are fire departments, and many of the responders are volunteers.

Leith said in 2023 his fire department attended 80 medical first response calls in Innisfail and the surrounding area.

Last November Leith told town council that his department was increasing its level of care.

He said there are now five members of his 26-member team that are now certified with primary and/or advanced care qualifications.

The Innisfail Fire Department has only two full-time staff members; Leith and assistant chief Mike Thomson, with the remaining members defined as volunteer paid on-call Innisfail firefighters.

On Feb. 21 LaGrange announced two funding streams totalling $3.8 million for Medical First Response (MFR) agencies throughout the province.

The money will be distributed through the MFR Program to participating fire departments, urban, remote and rural municipalities and Indigenous communities.

One of the new funding streams, which will include medium and large-sized agencies, is

Asia Fast Fashion Market Size to Surpass Around US$ 155.01 Billion 2030, Recording a CAGR of 7.8%



Fast fashion refers to inexpensive clothing collections that mimic current luxury fashion trends. It is mass-produced to meet rapidly changing trends to satisfy the growing middle class population in Asia.

Burlingame, Feb. 22, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CoherentMI published a report, titled, Asia Fast Fashion Market was valued at US$ 91.63 Billion in the year 2023 and is anticipated to reach US$ 155.01 Billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 7.8% during the forecast period 2023-2030.

Market Dynamics:

Rising Disposable Income: With the increasing disposable income of individuals in Asian countries, the demand for fashion apparel has witnessed significant growth. Consumers are willing to spend more on trendy and fashionable clothing, which has propelled the growth of the fast fashion market in Asia. The easy availability of affordable fashion clothing has also contributed to the market’s growth.

Changing Fashion Trends: Fashion trends in Asia are constantly evolving, and consumers are always looking for the latest styles and designs. Fast fashion brands offer a wide range of clothing options that are in line with the current fashion trends. Moreover, these brands quickly respond to the changing preferences of consumers, ensuring that they always have access to the latest fashion apparel. This flexibility and adaptability have made fast fashion a popular choice among Asian consumers.

Asia Fast Fashion Market Report Coverage:

Report Coverage


Study Period

2023 – 2030

Base Year of Estimation






Largest Market


Market Concentration


Major Players

Uniqlo, H & M, Zara, Mango, Forever 21 and Among Others.

Segments Covered

By Product Type, By End User, By Price Range, By Age Group, By Distribution Channel

Report Coverage

Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends

Growth Drivers

• Rising disposable incomes and growing middle-class population
• Influence of social media and digital marketing

More people to be connected to primary care in CK

Several medical teams in Chatham-Kent are receiving a cash infusion to connect more people to primary care.

Chatham-Kent Family Health Team, Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres, Thamesview Family Health Team, and Tilbury District Family Health Team are sharing $1 million to connect more people to the primary care services they need in their community.

This funding is part of Ontario’s $110 million investment announced in early February 2024 to connect up to 328,000 people to primary care teams and bringing the province one step closer to connecting everyone in Ontario to primary care.

The province said it’s adding more than 400 new primary care providers as part of 78 new and expanded interprofessional primary care teams across Ontario.

In a news release issued Friday afternoon, Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Trevor Jones said the province is supporting the expansion of interprofessional primary care teams in Chatham-Kent as a next step to close the gap for people not connected to primary care in the community.

“We are thrilled to announce the Ontario government’s investment of $1 million to enhance access to primary care teams in Chatham-Kent,” said Jones. “By taking this step, we are moving closer to our goal of ensuring every Ontarian has access to essential primary care services.”

Interprofessional primary care teams connect people to a range of health professionals that work together under one roof, including doctors, nurse practitioners, registered and practical nurses, physiotherapists, social workers and dietitians, and others.

The province also noted timely access to primary care helps people stay healthier for longer with faster diagnosis and treatment, as well as more consistent support managing their day-to-day health while relieving pressures on emergency departments and walk-in clinics.

Executive Director of the Thamesview Family Health Team Denise Waddick said despite the recent funding, primary healthcare is still critically underfunded.

“While this

Respiratory illness spiked kids’ hospital admissions: report

Last winter, parents and health-care workers across Canada sounded the alarm over an apparent increase in the number of children hospitalized with respiratory infections.

While parents said they were struggling to treat their children’s symptoms amid shortages of over-the-counter cough and cold medicine, doctors warned that pediatric admissions for respiratory illness were pushing hospitals to their limits.

Now, a report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) bears out those stories with new data that shows hospitals did, in fact, see a significant increase in the number of stays due to respiratory illnesses among pediatric patients during the 2022-23 fiscal year.

In fact, CIHI’s data shows hospitalizations for seasonal flu among children four and under spiked by 7,306 per cent, increasing to 2,444 cases in 2022-23 from only 33 cases the previous year. The federal fiscal year in Canada begins on April 1 and ends on March 31 the following year.

“Last year was unprecedented for all pediatric hospitals in this country and highlighted key gaps in our system,” Dr. Lindy Samson, chief of staff and chief medical officer at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), stated in a media release.

“We know from experience that viral seasons will continue to affect our young patients, and this is why it is so important that we invest in our pediatric health system and adopt public health measures to help reduce the risks.”

Some health-care professionals attributed the spike in respiratory infections last year to the fact that physical distancing and public health restrictions during the pandemic kept most children from being infected with viruses like RSV and influenza for two years. Once those restrictions eased, the viruses began to circulate again, and some children whose bodies were inexperienced fighting them became very

Tune out health-advice noise and focus on what will help you

We’re still in the first few months of the year, which means it’s still the time of year when we get bombarded with messages about drinking less, eating a heart-heathy diet and getting — and using — a gym membership. I know, as a health reporter, I’m part of the bombardment.

Just looking at my inbox full of health-released press releases, I know it’s a lot — especially as some of us battle seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which is feelings of depression that can come on in climates where there is less sunlight. It didn’t help that January was the third cloudiest on record since the 1950s, according to a Fox 8 meteorologist.

And sometimes the health advice is conflicting. Just this week, we learned that niacin, a common B vitamin previously recommended to lower cholesterol, can pose risks to our cardiovascular health when ingested in high amounts. Researchers found Cheerios and Quaker Oats, long touted as healthy breakfast options, contained traces of a pesticide linked to reproductive problems. It seems like every TikTok dietician is telling me to eat more protein, which, uh, may not be good?

In a time with so much health-advice noise, what should we focus on? And what should we tune out?

Lately, I’ve been looking inward. I think about days when I feel good — and it’s usually because I got enough sleep, saw friends or loved ones and moved around a little. I know I’m motivated to try small changes when I have a better shot at accomplishing them.

I also start with what’s tried and true. What do I know, in my heart, that I should be doing because my doctor has said it a million times. Maybe instead of that new health fad, eat one meal a

P.E.I. news: New mental health, addictions emergency department

Prince Edward Island will open its first mental health and addictions emergency department next week.

Anyone who needs urgent mental health, addiction and substance care or “clinical support in times of crisis” can visit the clinic.

“The toughest part for someone experiencing a mental health, addiction or substance use crisis is often just walking through the door,” writes Leslie Warren, Health PEI’s director of Mental Health and Addictions Acute and Complex Care, in a government release.

“We are proud of our partnership with Queen Elizabeth Hospital to strengthen how we care for Islanders by making that initial encounter a more positive one in a dedicated space with supportive mental health and addictions staff.”

The new facility is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, according to the Prince Edward Island Government.

It is part of the province’s efforts to make urgent mental health and addictions services more accessible to islanders, the government says.

“Having a space that is quiet, that is not in the midst of all the emergency department hustle and bustle, and medical emergencies, I think it’s going to be, really, a game changer,” said Dr. Javier Salabarria, provincial medical director for Mental Health and Addictions, during a Friday news conference.

The new facility cost $9.5 million and will provide people with mental health, addiction or substance use crises with 24/7 access to care. Staff at the facility are trained health-care providers who will “assess, stabilize, and manage urgent care needs,” the government says.

Health-care teams at the new facility will also create treatment plans with patients and connect them to other mental health, addiction or substance use services.

The department shares the same public entrance as the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) emergency department.

“Patients will

Style isn’t as simple across the pond: Differences in college fashion culture

Fashion is universally known as the gateway to the heavens of creativity. Every culture, nation and city has its own spin on what is considered “stylish.” The casual comfort Americans prioritize in fashion vastly contrasts the elegant class displayed in European outfit choices. 

In particular, Europeans and Americans each claim superiority in style. Since I started studying abroad in London this past semester, I’ve found the real place where fashion matters: on their university campuses.

Since the rise of the fashion industry in the 19th century, Europeans are credited as the creators of a multitude of luxury brands such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Prada. Their reputation embodies sophistication and elegance, no matter where their destination is. Many European universities and student common areas are filled with blazers, sweaters, trousers and a plethora of accessories to complete each look. Europeans take their outfit choices seriously, and first impressions matter most. 

In the United Kingdom, the way people dress often has to do with the British class system. Inherited and generational wealth is a sign of social status and often comes with many perks, such as a cultivated wardrobe. Furthermore, it’s uncommon to see many British students on campus stand out with their outfit choices, as most don’t enjoy standing out in crowds. However, in areas such as Camden Town or Brick Lane — where vintage sourcing, punk rock and street art are abundant — campuses are often filled with funky outfit choices, colored hair and chunky jewelry. These areas have been my most frequented since I landed in the UK due to their variety of people, fashion and food. There is so much life in these two neighborhoods, and I am constantly inspired by the culture surrounding them. 

American students highly value statement pieces and embrace fashion as

Doctor shortage slowly improving in North Vancouver, West Vancouver

But specialists still struggle with number of referrals and some patients have given up trying to find a doctor

The bad news: thousands of people are still without a family doctor on the North Shore, putting strain on both the hospital’s emergency department and local specialists, who find themselves standing in for primarily care.

The good news: very slowly, those numbers are beginning to shift, with a net gain of family doctors practicing on the North Shore in the past 18 months and fewer patients on official waiting lists.

“Overall, the trend is changing,” said Dr. Dean Brown, co-lead of the North Shore’s Division of Family Practice. “But we’re just starting to see the shifts. We still have a long path ahead of us.”

For the most part, doctors in family practice are still working in a “100-year-old model,” said Brown, which doesn’t work for either doctors or patients in many cases, especially if they have complicated health issues.

The health care system is starting to address that, said Brown, through the introduction of primary care networks, which includes family doctors working in teams with both nurses and mental health clinicians whose role it is to follow up with patients and connect them with community resources.

Those changes are new, and the impact won’t be felt immediately, said Brown. But he said it’s a step in the right direction.

Provincially, the North Shore is still officially considered an “underserved area” in terms of the number of family doctors serving its population – a designation that historically was more likely to be attached to rural and remote areas of the province.

Officially, the numbers are getting slowly better.

From the period April 2022 to Jan. 2024, for instance, there were 43 new physicians who started practising on the North Shore, 10

JMIR Publications celebrates 25 years of publ

Celebrating 25 Years: A Q&A With CEO Gunther Eysenbach


Join Gunther Eysenbach, the founder, CEO, and executive editor of JMIR Publications, as he reflects on the company’s 25th anniversary and its remarkable journey in the scholarly publishing industry.

view more 

Credit: JMIR Publications

Join Gunther Eysenbach, the founder, CEO, and executive editor of JMIR Publications, in this new video as he reflects on the company’s 25th anniversary and its remarkable journey in the scholarly publishing industry. Eysenbach discusses the inception of the Journal of Medical Internet Research and the driving forces behind creating an open access eHealth journal. He emphasizes the significance of innovation both in content and form, highlighting the company’s early adoption of internet-based technologies and its commitment to optimizing processes for online publishing.

The conversation delves into the evolution of medical research and technology over the past two and a half decades, with Eysenbach tracing the shifts in terminology from cyber medicine to digital health. He discusses the company’s role in fostering rigorous research standards and pioneering the integration of social media metrics in assessing scholarly impact, demonstrating a commitment to advancing the field.

Eysenbach shares memorable success stories, notably the pivotal role of JMIR Publications during the COVID-19 pandemic, where digital health solutions gained unprecedented prominence. He also discusses the company’s contributions to disciplines like infodemiology and participatory medicine, underscoring its commitment to empowering individuals through accessible health information.

The interview explores challenges faced by the company, including navigating the conservative indexing practices of scholarly databases and adapting to the changing landscape of open access publishing. Despite these hurdles, Eysenbach emphasizes perseverance and belief in the mission as critical factors for success.

Finally, the conversation touches upon the future of scholarly publishing, envisioning a shift toward communities and innovative peer-review models. Eysenbach highlights JMIR Publications’ initiatives like the JMIRx series, which pioneers new approaches

Back To Top