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West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report —September 16 to 22 (Week 38)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:24
As of September 22 2018, 216 human cases associated with WNV in Canada has been reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) 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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Chiropractor crackdown: College gives ultimatum on misleading health claims

CBC - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:00

There is no acceptable scientific evidence that chiropractors can treat Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, infertility, infections, autism, ADHD or Down syndrome. And yet, some practitioners in this province claim they can.

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Young drivers who use cannabis at higher risk of collisions for at least 5 hours, McGill finds

CBC - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 08:09

Young people who use cannabis and drive are at greater risk of being in involved in a vehicular collision even if five hours have passed since inhaling it, according to a McGill University study.

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When scientists want their data fudged and why you should care

CBC - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 08:00

Statisticians play a vital role in ensuring that research findings are genuine and some have been repeatedly asked to alter data records or falsify the significance of results, a new study finds.

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How long should police officers abstain from pot before going to work? Researchers weigh in

CBC - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 19:36

Health experts have differing opinions on whether there's scientific merit to banning cannabis use for weeks before people in safety-sensitive jobs report for duty.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report – Week 39: September 23 to September 29, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:51
In Canada, one new case of measles and one new case of congenital rubella syndrome were reported in week 39, 2018. 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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Ebola outbreak could spiral out of control as health workers deal with armed insurgents, hostile locals

CBC - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:15

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: health experts struggle to contain Ebola outbreak; the intense celebrity showdown between Taylor Swift and Kanye West turns political; experts answer questions about cannabis legalization plan.

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Doctors to prescribe museum visits to help patients 'escape from their own pain'

CBC - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 08:48

One of the doctors behind a Montreal initiative says a visit to the museum can benefit people with conditions from mental illness and eating disorders to diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as those in palliative care.

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Around 550 Nunavut children waiting up to a year for urgent dental care

CBC - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 05:00

'If a child requires services under general anaesthetic in the hospital they have some serious dental health problems,' chief dental officer says as hundreds of children wait for treatment.

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30 years after Morgentaler ruling, future doctors say medical schools neglect abortion training

CBC - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 18:51

A recent study concludes that Canadian family medicine training programs provide little education about abortion, with 57% of family medicine residents having no formal training on the procedure.

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Indigenous healing room opens at east Toronto hospital

CBC - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 17:02

Michael Garron Hospital in east Toronto has turned a room in the pediatric unit into an Indigenous healing room with help from members of its Aboriginal Healing Program.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 40 – ending October 6, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 10:56
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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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 40 – ending October 6, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 10:56
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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Opioid crisis coupled with doctor shortage leaves chronic pain patients desperate

CBC - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 03:00

In northwestern Ontario where thousands of people don't have a primary care provider, patients taking painkillers often aren't at the top of family doctors' waiting lists.

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Burnout, depression and even suicidal thoughts reported in survey of Canadian doctors

CBC - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:05

Job pressures and a drive for perfection all contribute to mental health issues among doctors and medical residents, but many are hesitant to acknowledge they are struggling.

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On top of the grief, there's the shame: families of victims frustrated with stigma of opioid use

CBC - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 07:00

In 2017, 569 people in Alberta died of accidental fentanyl poisoning. Daryl Sen was one of them.

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'There's not a day that we go into work feeling safe': Video shows violent attack on Winnipeg hospital staff

CBC - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 05:00

A shocking video shows an attack on staff at a Winnipeg hospital, but workers tell CBC it's all too common — and they need more support for security, on-site police and even metal detectors to protect against rising violence blamed on the meth crisis.

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Hope and heartbreak: Expensive drugs for rare diseases are both a gift and a challenge

CBC - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 06:00

The drug industry is turning more attention to rare conditions, but therapies can carry exceptional costs — which can lead to excruciating conditions.

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Doctor questions 'disgraceful' care provided by private, high-volume methadone clinics amid opioid crisis

CBC - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 03:00

As a northern Ontario city battles an opioid overdose death rate that's twice as high as the provincial average, there is rising concern about a treatment model dominated by for-profit methadone clinics.

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Petition calls for national ban on 'conversion therapy' for LGBT youth

CBC - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 03:00

Thousands of Canadians are pressing the federal government to ban what is called "conversion therapy," a controversial practice where LGBT youth are counselled or treated to become straight.

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