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How doctors are sparing patients from heart tests they don't need

CBC - 4 hours 9 min ago

​Doctors ordered fewer unnecessary heart tests after they watched an educational video and received monthly feedback reports, according to a new randomized study in Ontario and the U.S.

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Opioid volume down in Ont., but many still exceed recommended dose: report

CBC - 7 hours 44 min ago

Ontario doctors appear to be prescribing lower amounts of opioids overall to treat patients with pain, say researchers, but many longtime users continue to be given daily doses of the potent narcotics that exceed national practice guidelines

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Federal study on PTSD service dogs not sitting well with some advocates

CBC - 9 hours 24 min ago

First phase of study found nine positive effects of service dogs on symptoms of PTSD and two 'major undesirable effects.'

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417M in trial over talc cancer risks

CBC - 12 hours 15 min ago

A California jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million US to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products.

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Philpott urges doctors to help improve health of most vulnerable patient groups

CBC - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:13

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says Canada's doctors have a major role to play in improving the health of the country's most vulnerable populations, including those at risk for a fatal overdose due to rampant opioid use and abuse, a crisis she characterized as a national public health emergency.

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Manitoba final province to sign health-care pact with feds

CBC - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:37

The province has signed a health-care funding agreement with the federal government after holding out for nearly a year.

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Major health study 'by Inuit, for Inuit' set to get underway in Nunavik

CBC - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:37

Medical researchers on the Canadian Coast Guard’s Amundsen icebreaker will stop in the 14 Nunavik communities over the next several weeks, checking in on the health of 2,000 randomly selected residents.

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Looking at the solar eclipse caused lasting eye damage for this Islander

CBC - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 05:20

Two people who suffered permanent damage to their eyes after viewing a solar eclipse are now warning people to be cautious during the celestial event.

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Read this if you have a frail loved one

CBC - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 23:01

Here’s a prescription that seniors should not take sitting down. The best way to stay vital is to stand up and keep moving.

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Skeletons say arthritis isn't about aging - it's about activity

CBC - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 11:00

A new study of old skeletons suggests that the recent increase in arthritis is about lifestyle, not aging or obesity.

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SECOND OPINION | Your life is leaving genetic scars that might show up in your child's genes

CBC - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00

​Scientists now know that the mere act of living leaves molecular scars on our genes; and in medical history, Canadians discovered a chemotherapy drug in a Jamaican periwinkle plant that arrived in the mail.

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How a Toronto hospital uses virtual reality to grant dying patients a last wish

CBC - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 04:00

A Toronto IT consultant has dedicated himself to taking hospital patients outside of their rooms using custom-made movies and a set of virtual reality goggles.

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Technology allows visually impaired, blind to experience solar eclipse

CBC - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 04:00

Seeing next week's total solar eclipse isn't the only way to experience it. Two projects were developed to allow the visually impaired and blind be part of the astronomical event.

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'We don't have any backroom meetings,' Health Canada says as Food Guide consultations end

CBC - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:19

Health Canada wants to assure the public it has taken steps to ensure its Food Guide consultations are free of potential conflicts-of-interest.

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Man who faked physiotherapy licence recently worked at Halifax clinic using alias

CBC - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 04:00

A man with a lengthy history of faking his physiotherapy credentials, including during his time in the Canadian Forces, was until recently working under an assumed name as a manager in Atlantic Canada's largest hospital system, CBC News has learned.

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Move it! Too much standing is bad, study finds

CBC - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 04:00

Is standing the new sitting? a study suggests excessive standing also has adverse health effects.

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Federal government program to match funds for East Africa garners $21.3M in donations

CBC - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:26

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says a federal program to match donations for the East African famine generated $21.3 million from Canadians.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 31 ending August 12, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:17
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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Clem Martini on The Unravelling, a memoir of his family’s struggle with his mother’s dementia

Globe and Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:48
The memoir, told through text by Clem Martini and illustrations by his brother Olivier, recounts their family’s desperate scramble to care for their mother
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West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Borne Disease National Surveillance Report: July 30 to August 5, 2017 (Week 31)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:17
During week 31, July 30 to August 5, 2017, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) was officially informed of three additional human clinical cases of West Nile virus (WNv). This brings the total confirmed WNv cases to six since the beginning of the 2017 season. All were unclassified, and reported by the province of Ontario. One of the cases was travel-related. 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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