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Federal government proposes new monitoring system for medical assistance in dying

CBC - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 17:34

The federal government has released proposed new rules for tracking those who request medical assistance in dying and those approved to receive it, in an effort to foster public trust in the new regime.

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Tentative plea deal reached for Winnipeg-based pharmacy accused of selling counterfeit cancer drugs

CBC - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:11

The agreement, which still has to be approved by a U.S. district court in Montana, would see Canada Drugs and two subsidiaries plead guilty, pay a $5 million US fine and forfeit $29 million US.

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1 death from E. coli after lettuce warning, health officials won't say where

CBC - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:01

The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed that one person has died from E. coli infection but says privacy laws prevent it from saying where.

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Apotex founder Barry Sherman and wife, Honey Sherman, found dead in North York home

CBC - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:54

Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex confirms its founder Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey Sherman, are dead, amid reports that two bodies were found in their Toronto home.

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Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

CBC - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:52

A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women's access to free birth control.

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Amnesty International joins call for Delilah Saunders to be put on liver transplant list

CBC - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:14

Supporters of a Labrador Inuk woman denied access to a liver transplant waitlist because of alcohol abuse rallied at Confederation Building in St. John's Friday.

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FluWatch report: FluWatch report: December 3, 2017 to December 9, 2017 (week 49)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:58
Overall, Influenza activity continues to increase across Canada; however many indicators such as hospitalizations, outbreaks and geographic spread remained similar to the previous week. The majority of influenza detections continue to be A(H3N2), although a substantially greater number of influenza B detections has also been reported compared to previous seasons. 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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Scientists mobilize for a fight over powerful gene-editing technology

CBC - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 05:00

A volatile scientific debate is quietly simmering, with echoes of the controversy over genetically modified organisms. The Gates Foundation and the U.S. military are among the groups funding gene drives, a powerful new genetic technology.

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Organ donation after death on the rise in Canada, helping to ease some waiting lists, study finds

CBC - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:59

The rate of organ donation after death in Canada has risen by 42 per cent over the last decade, but the number of people donating kidneys or parts of their liver while alive has decreased.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 49 ending December 9, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:48
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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141 women at risk for infections after ultrasounds at Edmonton clinic, officials warn

CBC - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:35

Alberta Health Services is notifying 141 women who may be at risk of blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections after undergoing endovaginal ultrasounds at an Edmonton clinic.

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Sask. outreach groups say HIV rates will suffer after federal funding cut

CBC - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:04

Two Saskatchewan organizations say they are left in the dark about why their federal funding was cut for AIDS and HIV outreach work.

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Substance use among Ontario students down but concerns up over fentanyl use: report

CBC - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:02

Ontario adolescents are drinking, smoking and using cannabis and other recreational drugs at the lowest rates since the late 1970s, suggests a survey of Grade 7 to 12 students by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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Woman in critical condition from liver failure can't get transplant due to protocols

CBC - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:21

The family of an Indigenous rights advocate from Newfoundland is considering legal action against an Ontario organ transplant agency after she was denied access to a liver transplant wait list based on a history of alcohol use disorder.

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Fentanyl test strips could lead to false sense of security, Health Canada warns

CBC - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 19:25

Fentanyl test strips don't always detect the presence of the deadly opioid and could give drug users a false sense of security, Health Canada is warning.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 48, 2017: November 26 to December 2, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:24
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 48, 2017. A total of 45 cases of measles, no cases of rubella have been reported in Canada in 2017. 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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Health Canada decides against banning wire-bristle BBQ brushes

CBC - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 07:00

Health Canada has decided against banning the sale of wire-bristle barbecue brushes, and is instead leaving brush safety mostly in the hands of industry and grillers, according to its latest risk assessment report.

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'My life ... is hell on Earth': Parkinson's patient battles barriers to assisted death

CBC - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:00

Nancy Vickers, suffering with Parkinson's disease, was determined to get a medically assisted death. But she had to grapple with a bureaucratic provincial system despite a Canadian law that has made the procedure legal since June 2016.

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Federal palliative care bill aims to improve end-of-life services for dying Canadians

CBC - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 08:51

A private member's bill aimed at making end-of-life health care better for Canadians from coast to coast became law Tuesday.

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21 cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce confirmed in N.L., N.B. and Quebec

CBC - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:27

The federal government is investigating 21 cases of E. coli in three provinces that are believed to be linked to the consumption of romaine lettuce.

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