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'It never killed anybody': Is this drink really a new 'alcohol alternative'?

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

Pace is being sold to Canadians as having a buzz similar to alcohol, but without calories or a hangover. Health Canada says it's illegal. But the company disagrees.

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Ebola spreads to major Congo city

CBC - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 04:49

The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight.

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Federal health research agency racks up big expenses after scientists reject web meetings

CBC - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 04:00

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research wanted to save money by moving to web-based meetings in 2016. But it reverted to the old model of face-to-face meetings in response to critical blowback from medical researchers.

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Why hazing continues despite physical and mental health consequences

CBC - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 19:36

A practice with deep historical roots, hazing has led to physical, sexual and emotional abuse — and even deaths — yet still continues in Canada and the U.S.

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Former firefighter pushes for stronger carbon monoxide laws across Canada after multiple poisonings

CBC - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 18:05

A former firefighter who lost four family members to carbon monoxide poisoning is urging Canadians to be aware of the risks and take the necessary life-saving precautions this winter.

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Couple charged in child's death want millions from Alberta government for their defence

CBC - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 17:50

The Alberta couple accused of causing their son's death by refusing to take the sick boy to a doctor want their trial delayed until the provincial government pays them $1 million and puts $3 million in trust for defence fees at their upcoming trial.

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Despite concerns, opioids remain legitimate pain medications, says Health Canada

CBC - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 17:41

In an email, Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette said opioids are legitimate medications that help alleviate pain, and a recall may not be needed.

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India's polluted air claimed 1.24 million lives last year, study says

CBC - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:46

India's toxic air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017, or 12.5 per cent of total deaths recorded that year, according to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health on Thursday.

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Liberals drop contentious anti-abortion test for summer jobs funding

CBC - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 08:43

Contentious wording in Ottawa's summer jobs program that tied pro-choice beliefs on abortion to funding eligibility is being dropped after a backlash to what was styled last year as a values test. Instead, the federal Liberals have retooled the 2019 version of the Canada Summer Jobs program.

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Alberta boy with thyroid cancer runs, plays after taking U.S.-approved drug

CBC - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 18:03

This winter, Kayley Leeds can watch her nine-year-old ski and run around with his siblings, but a year and a half ago, her little boy was more likely to be in bed. A new cancer drug, recently approved in the United States, has changed her family's life.

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Talcum powder could pose danger to lungs and ovaries, Health Canada warns

CBC - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:41

Don't inhale talcum powder and keep it away from children's faces and female genitals, Canada's health and environment agencies advised on Wednesday.

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Cutting global air pollution could save a million lives a year by 2050, WHO says

CBC - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:55

Meeting climate targets set in Paris in 2015 would significantly reduce air pollution, a World Health Organization report released at the climate change summit in Poland says.

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New report calls for 'urgent action' over mercury poisoning of Grassy Narrows youth, mothers

CBC - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:35

A new report shows mercury poisoning of the English-Wabigoon river system is having serious, detrimental effects on the health of youth and mothers in Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation).

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Healthy baby born to woman following uterus transplant from deceased donor

CBC - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 20:06

Brazilian doctors are reporting the world's first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.

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Annual grocery bill for average Canadian family could rise $400 next year, study predicts

CBC - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 06:00

The price of food could increase by up to 3.5 per cent in 2019, an annual study of food prices predicts, but there’s good news for Canadian consumers buying meat and seafood, which are projected to become cheaper.

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Is Ontario's patient ombudsman next on the Ford government chopping block?

CBC - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 05:00

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott won't indicate whether her former job as the province's patient ombudsman is on the chopping block. The role has been vacant since she quit in February and there's no indication her government is searching for a replacement.

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Don't use rapid tests to rule out strep throat, many pharmacists directed

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

In Nova Scotia — one of the three provinces where in-pharmacy strep tests are available — the College of Pharmacists says it agrees with infectious disease specialists that the rapid tests shouldn't be used to diagnose strep throat, especially in children.

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Your meals are speeding up climate change, but there's a way to eat sustainably

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

Scientists say there are lots of simple things you can do to eat more sustainably — without going vegan, or even giving up the foods you enjoy.

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White House claim on fentanyl from China misses the mark

CBC - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:18

U.S. President Donald Trump is claiming victory in getting China to designate fentanyl a controlled substance, but China took that step against the deadly opioid years ago.

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Rampant student vaping leads B.C. high school to lock up bathrooms

CBC - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 15:49

A North Vancouver high school is locking up almost all of its student bathrooms, blaming "a very serious issue" with vaping.

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