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Judge overturns $417M award against Johnson & Johnson in ovarian cancer case

CBC - 3 hours 18 min ago

A judge in Los Angeles has tossed out a $417-million US jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene.

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How mixed-up cell lines are contaminating science

CBC - 6 hours 17 min ago

The scientific literature is littered with cell line mix-ups but there's nothing to alert scientists that conclusions might be faulty. New glimpses at the way scientists might identify and treat cancer in the future. And the origins of those quirky names for human anatomy.

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Discredited vaccine paper highlights issue in retraction process, experts say

CBC - 6 hours 17 min ago

Canadian researchers say retraction should be 'instantaneous,' but note that's not always the case, and that flawed studies continue to live online.

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Nature's Mix removes cancer claim from granola label after Marketplace investigation into 'superfoods'

CBC - 10 hours 17 min ago

Nature's Mix, a company that makes granola with quinoa that it markets as a "superfood" and that included a nutrition label that claimed quinoa "prevents cancer" has removed the claim after a Marketplace investigation.

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Motherisk hair test evidence tossed out of Colorado court 2 decades before questions raised in Canada

CBC - 10 hours 17 min ago

A capital murder trial in Colorado in 1993 raised serious issues with the reliability of Motherisk hair tests more than two decades before any issues were raised about the tests in Canada, a joint investigation by The Fifth Estate, CBC Radio’s The Current and the Toronto Star has found.

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FluWatch report: October 8 to October 14, 2017 (week 41)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:49
Influenza activity remains at interseasonal levels across the country. Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.
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Backyard chicken trend causes spike in infections, 1 fatal, CDC reports

CBC - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:14

The popular trend of raising backyard chickens is bringing with it a soaring number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases, some of them fatal, U.S. health officials say.

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Pollution causing more deaths worldwide than war or smoking: Lancet

CBC - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:51

Increasing pollution worldwide is proving deadlier than war, natural disasters or smoking, according to a new report in the Lancet.

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Prescription limits driving some patients to street drugs

CBC - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 04:00

Some patients say they're turning to dangerous street drugs in the wake of new national guidelines limiting the allowable dosage of prescription painkillers and new restrictions under the Ontario Drug Benefit plan.

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'A touch can speak a thousand words': Soothing touch can ease hurt feelings

CBC - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 04:00

A slow, stroking touch eases the sting of social rejection, psychologists find.

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'She was suffering because of my choice': Hundreds of babies born with opioid dependence

CBC - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 04:00

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has identified 1,846 babies admitted to hospital between April 2016 and March 31, 2017, after their mothers used opioids during pregnancy.

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'It's a tragedy': How the flawed Motherisk hair test helped fracture families across Canada

CBC - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 20:00

In a joint investigation with CBC Radio’s The Current and the Toronto Star, The Fifth Estate has spoken to half a dozen families across Canada whose families were broken in part as a result of faulty hair tests done by the Hospital for Sick Children’s Motherisk lab.

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West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report — October 1 to October 7, 2017 (Week 40)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:16
During week 40, October 1 to October 7, 2017, one confirmed clinical case of West Nile Virus (WNV) from Ontario was reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Retrospectively, Ontario reported an additional six cases. Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.
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Cholera in Africa and Western Asia (Yemen)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:21
Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection that is caused by ingesting food or water that has been contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.
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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 41 ending October 14, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:44
The Respiratory Virus Detection Surveillance System collects data from select laboratories across Canada on the number of tests performed and the number of tests positive for influenza and other respiratory viruses. Data are reported on a weekly basis year-round to the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID), Public Health Agency of Canada. These data are also summarized in the weekly FluWatch report. Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.
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18 illnesses tied to frozen breaded chicken products, Public Health Agency of Canada says

CBC - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:38

The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating 18 cases of salmonella linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products.

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Glioblastoma, brain tumour that took Gord Downie's life, tough to treat, doctors say

CBC - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:45

The passing of singer-songwriter Gord Downie also puts a spotlight on the need for more funding for research into the form of brain cancer that about 1,000 Canadians are diagnosed with every year.

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Quebec radiologists billing $3M annually for obsolete task

CBC - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:00

Quebec radiologists are routinely billing RAMQ for analyzing coronary angiograms, sometimes years after procedures were carried out. The practice, deemed unnecessary by some, is costing taxpayers about $3 million a year, found Radio-Canada's Enquête.

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Governments grappling with how to keep pot bought online out of the hands of underage users

CBC - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 04:00

The Liberal government's point man on pot legalization says strict safeguards will be put in place for home delivery of the drug once it is available for purchase online as planned.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 40, 2017: October 1 to October, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:14
In Canada, no new cases of measles were reported in week 40, 2017. Globally, there are large outbreaks reported in Europe which have affected several countries. Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.
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