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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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Canadian high schools resisting calls for later class start times

Globe and Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:41
Research has suggested delaying high school start times would have health and academic benefits
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Mylan, U.S. finalize $465 million EpiPen settlement

CBC - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:39

Mylan finalizes settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, resolving claims it overcharged the government for its EpiPen.

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Science Says: DNA test results like 23andMe's may not lead to healthy behaviours

CBC - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:56

If you learned your DNA made you more susceptible to getting a disease, wouldn't you work to stay healthy?

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Raspberry mousse cakes sold in multiple provinces recalled by CFIA for norovirus

CBC - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:47

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling a number of raspberry mousse cakes due to norovirus.

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'A broken system': Why workers are fighting mandatory mail-order drug plans

CBC - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:00

Denying workers a choice in where they can buy their prescription drugs can save companies money, but many workers say the choice is simply too important.

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Evidence shows mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus may have colony in Ontario

CBC - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:17

Two adult Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, were recently trapped in the area. The insects could have been transported by cross-border traffic or may have established a colony and survived the mild winter.

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Why loneliness can be as unhealthy as smoking 15 cigarettes a day

CBC - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:53

Marci O'Connor, a Quebec mother of two teenagers, struggles with her confident, independent self and recurring loneliness — feelings that psychologists say are increasingly posing public health challenges.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 31, 2017: July 30 to August 5, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:12
In Canada, no new cases of measles were reported in week 31, 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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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 31, 2017: July 30 to August 5, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:12
In Canada, no new cases of measles were reported in week 31, 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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Teen drug overdose deaths in U.S. creep up after years of decline

CBC - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:23

After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows.

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Opioid antidote naloxone difficult to find in Gatineau, says nursing prof

CBC - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 05:46

A Gatineau-based nursing professor says it's proving "impossible" to find naloxone in the city — and across the rest of Quebec, too — and is calling on the provincial government to step up.

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Stroke victim, 27, determined to get back on her feet — with husband's help

CBC - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 04:30

Carly White woke up in a hospital with a piece of her brain removed and no recollection of how she got there. Now, she is warning others to not ignore symptoms of what could be a stroke.

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'Be more cautious' in prescribing off-label drugs for chronic back pain, review says

CBC - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:41

Doctors are prescribing anti-seizure and nerve pain medications for a common type of chronic low-back pain, a non-licensed use, despite a lack of studies supporting their effectiveness for that purpose, according to a new review.

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Former MLA who survived cancer calls for national HPV vaccination program

CBC - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:35

A study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed a significant rise in the proportion of oral cancers caused by the HPV in Canada.

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Updated abortion pill rule adds to confusion, pharmacist says

CBC - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:00

A policy that women had to take the abortion pill in front of their doctor was changed in May, but the change has led to confusion for pharmacists.

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Prejudice may push low-income shoppers to unhealthy options

CBC - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 05:55

An unhealthy diet is not just a result of food insecurity but also of the stigma that surrounds it, believes Guelph researcher Kelly Hodgins. “Our societal discourses, assumptions and judgements against those living in poverty are actually helping to maintain this inequality."

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Sports hype of platelet-rich plasma 'powerful marketing tool' but distorts the science

CBC - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 04:00

When injured elite athletes talk about using platelet-rich plasma, the coverage rarely discusses the limitations or efficacy of the technique, a new study suggests.

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Investigation launched after B.C. father visits hospital 4 times before stroke diagnosis

CBC - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:52

Northern Health, which runs hospitals in northwest, B.C., is looking into why it took four hospital visits over four days for doctors to confirm that a Hazelton, B.C., man had suffered at least two strokes.

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'Nobody's bothered': Toronto human rights advocate pleads for peace in Yemen

CBC - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:07

Toronto resident and human rights advocate Zaid Al-Rawni was born in Yemen. Once one of the world's poorest countries, it now faces devastating conditions, its populace plagued by famine, disease, air raids and civic unrest. Al-Rawni spoke to CBC's Metro Morning about the atrocities in his homeland and his loved ones who remain there.

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