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Canadian doctor says there's evidence the 'man flu' is actually real

CBC - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:55

Just in time for flu season, a new article in the British Medical Journal explores the science behind a debate that has annoyed sniffling, coughing men and infuriated women for years. Is the "man flu" an actual medical phenomenon? Or, are men simply whinier than women when they're sick?

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Motorcycle-related deaths more common during full moon, study finds

CBC - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:30

A new study suggests that a full moon is associated with an increased risk of fatal motorcycle crashes.

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Researchers predict 'vaccine scares' using Google and Twitter trends

CBC - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:06

A team of researchers found that by analyzing trends on Google searches and Twitter, they can predict vaccination scares that could eventually lead to disease outbreaks.

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Some patients pay thousands while others nothing at all in 'medical postal code lottery'

CBC - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 21:00

A hearing-impaired Calgary man is travelling to Austria to get a life-changing medical device surgically implanted that will help him hear clearly for the first time. Because the Alberta government won't pay for the surgery, his retired parents are footing the $50,000 bill.

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Buying for baby: Cross-border shopping and recall alerts: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

CBC - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 05:00

If you've been too busy this week to keep up with health and consumer news, CBC's Marketplace is here to help.

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Canadian researchers say you can improve memory with this one weird trick

CBC - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 09:00

Medical experts in Canada weigh in on 'do not resuscitate' tattoos and new regulations may give Canadians access to previously confidential industry information about drugs.

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Winnipeg dentist turning baby teeth black — to keep kids out of surgery

CBC - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 06:00

A new treatment for tooth cavities could mean that fewer kids need to squirm through complex dental surgeries or go under general anesthetic.

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FluWatch report: November 26 to December 2, 2017 (week 48)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:36
At the national level, the influenza season began early this year. Influenza activity continues to increase sharply across Canada. 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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Still stuck on egg whites? The yolk’s on you

Globe and Mail - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:51
A recent study suggests that a whole egg does a better job of stimulating muscle repair after resistance training
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West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report - November 12 to November 25 2017 (Week 46-47)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:15
As of week 47, 187 clinical cases and seven asymptomatic infections have been reported by five provinces (Québec [25], Ontario [156], Manitoba [5], Alberta [7], and British Columbia [1]). 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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CRA to review disability tax credit applications after backlash from diabetics

CBC - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:00

After months of criticism and accusations it lied to disability advocates, the Canada Revenue Agency is reverting to a previous interpretation of a tax credit used by diabetics and will review applications denied since May 2017.

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How one Toronto hospital is coming back to life to bring relief to five more

Globe and Mail - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:29
In a tougher-than-usual flu season, a Toronto facility is reopening Sunday after a multimillion-dollar makeover, to serve as a hub for crowded hospitals that need more room for acute care. Kathryn Blaze Baum takes a look inside
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Family of mentally ill man who died in jail learns their request for information denied

CBC - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 06:00

When police announced there would be no charges laid in Soleiman Faqiri's death, his family was told to file an FOI request for more details. Now just days away from the 1-year anniversary, that request has been denied, with police saying releasing the details could compromise an ongoing investigation.

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'Nobody stopped me' at the casino: Ontario self-exclusion program fails to keep gambling addicts out

CBC - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 05:00

Despite promoting responsible gambling, the Ontario government’s program to help addicts stay out of casinos is failing to do so, an investigation by CBC’s The Fifth Estate has found.

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'Wow, it's actually beating': Novoheart creates tiny heart-like structure with stem cells to test new drugs

CBC - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 05:00

Novoheart Ltd. is the first in the world to use stem cells to grow miniature human heart-like valves and wants to use them to test new drugs — technology that may lead to fewer animals being used as test subjects and save big pharmaceutical firms billions.

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CCDR: Volume 43-12, December 7, 2017: Can we eliminate HIV?

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:18
CCDR: Volume 43-12, December 7, 2017: Can we eliminate HIV? 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 48 ending December 2, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:56
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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Plague in Madagascar

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:40
Plague is a disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 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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Marijuana meds for pets? Vets want clinical trials

CBC - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:40

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to marijuana-based oils and powders. But there's little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects. Vets say research is badly needed.

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Death in drunk tank spurs call to stop jailing intoxicated people

CBC - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 05:00

The mother of a man who died in a Halifax police lockup is calling for an alternative to the so-called drunk tank.

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