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Diplomats in Cuba health mystery showed inner-ear damage early on, research shows

CBC - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:11

U.S. diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday.

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'We have a really dysfunctional system': advocate calls for improved services for children with special needs

CBC - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:30

Child welfare advocates are calling for funding reforms to a “dysfunctional” child welfare system in B.C. and argue fundamental changes are needed to improve access for children with special needs.

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Safer opioids needed to stem overdose epidemic, Canada's top doctor says

CBC - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:39

Canada's chief public health officer says the need to increase access to a "safer supply" of opioids is being reviewed with provinces and territories — a move encouraged by a number of public health experts.

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'Who decides whether you're dead?': Ontario court case could prove precedent-setting

CBC - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:00

The family of Taquisha McKitty will argue in the Ontario Court of Appeal Wednesday that she's still breathing and alive, even though a lower court has declared her dead.

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Microbes that live at the gym are pumped up on antibiotic resistance

CBC - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:00

Antibiotic resistance is a health risk that's growing just about everywhere you can imagine these days — including among the microbes living in the dust balls at your local gym, a group of American scientists recently discovered.

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Ford government move to bail on binding arbitration with doctors 'affront to the law,' OMA says

CBC - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:16

The Ford has pulled out of binding arbitration with the association representing the province's physicians, according to documents obtained by CBC Toronto, citing a "lack of confidence" in the Ontario Medical Association.

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Sheldon Kennedy steps down from child-advocacy centre named after him

CBC - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 17:19

Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy has announced that he is taking his name off the advocacy centre he created.

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As Manitoba fights one of Canada's highest tuberculosis rates, researchers say better data offers an antidote

CBC - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 16:02

In the Canadian province with the highest rates of active tuberculosis, researchers say more data and better tracking of the potentially deadly disease could help stem the spread.

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Nurse urges Albertans to test after she finds unsafe radon levels in her family's home

CBC - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:05

Registered nurse Lindsay Snodgrass was shocked to discover dangerous levels of a radioactive gas in her own home. Now, she's urging other Albertans to test their homes for radon.

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Turn up early, come prepared: Tips for surviving an ER visit

CBC - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:30

Understanding how emergency departments work, and arriving prepared, is key to having the least stressful experience possible, says health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton.

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Moving to another province? You might not get health care, even if you're Canadian

CBC - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 05:30

At least three Canadians say they're struggling to access medical care, even though they're here to stay.

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Did nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer kill a 9th person? Court order raises questions

CBC - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:00

The family of a London, Ont., woman has won a court order compelling police to hand over details about the criminal investigation into the death of their mother at a care home where serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer was working, CBC News has learned.

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New Zealand law to make medical marijuana widely available

CBC - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 01:52

New Zealand's government on Tuesday passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time.

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Poverty reduction and prevention part of TB elimination plan for Inuit communities

CBC - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:33

Details of the plan to eliminate tuberculosis in Inuit communities were announced Monday by Inuit leaders and the federal government, with six priorities outlined to help combat and prevent the disease.

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Tennis tops list of sports for increasing life expectancy

CBC - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:46

Tennis players lived more than nine years longer than people who were sedentary, topping the list of sports.

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Hamilton looks at buying menstrual products for low-income women and girls

CBC - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:25

Hamilton city councillors are looking into what it would cost to provide menstrual products for low-income women and girls.

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Flour, frozen fruit get increased subsidies in major Nutrition North update

CBC - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:30

Diapers, macaroni, spaghetti, dried beans and frozen french fries are among the new items now going to be subsidized under the Nutrition North program, the federal government announced in Iqaluit Monday.

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'Unprecedented' drug shortages affecting many Canadians, new survey suggests

CBC - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 04:00

One in four people surveyed say they have either experienced a shortage of their medication, or know someone who has, as Canada grapples with a "dire" problem.

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High rate of pseudoseizures among Yazidi refugees spurs call for more support

CBC - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 07:00

Yazidi refugees are suffering from high rates of a rare condition brought on by psychological trauma known as pseudoseizures, advocates and doctors say. Now, they want the government to do more to reunite them with their families and improve access to mental health supports.

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Teen vaping in Canada has taken a 'worrisome' turn

CBC - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 04:00

University of Waterloo Prof. David Hammond's new statistics on teen vaping in Canada over the last six months were so troubling he presented his data to Health Canada instead of waiting to publish it in a scientific journal.

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