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One year after Canada's medically assisted dying law, patients face uneven access

CBC - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 05:00

One year after Canada passed its law governing medical assistance in dying, some patients have received approval to get help ending their lives, but find their local health-care facilities won't provide the service.

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Need for Ontario midwives 'past the tipping point,' say pros

CBC - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 18:14

The March for More Midwives saw 4,000 international baby catchers promote their trade. Meanwhile, a quarter of Ontarians who want a midwife can't get one.

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'Exponential' whooping cough outbreak in Alberta has officials urging immunization

CBC - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:00

Southern Alberta is seeing a surge in cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, and a health official says it’s directly related to low immunization rates in some areas.

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Cookie dough sold through fundraisers added to national E. coli flour recall

CBC - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 12:54

The Public Health Agency of Canada has previously warned it is not safe to taste or eat raw dough or batter regardless of the type of flour used.

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SECOND OPINION | The science of sitting

CBC - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 07:00

In this week’s round-up of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news, a new dictionary of sitting, and catching bats in a hunt for new viruses.

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Canadian Blood Services pleading for donors as blood shortage reaches 'critical' level

CBC - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 04:00

Canada's national blood supply has reached a critically low level, according to Canadian Blood Services. The organization is calling on more donors to come forward by the end of June.

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On Father's Day: How my daughter's essay shed a new light on my Parkinson's diagnosis

CBC - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 18:51

Harry Forestell, host of CBC News: New Brunswick at 6, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. On Father's Day, he writes about how his daughter made his diagnosis the subject of an essay on life's turning points — and the lesson he learned.

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Frontline workers meet to find new strategies to combat B.C.'s opioid crisis

CBC - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:15

The conference brings together personnel from a variety of backgrounds, including people who use drugs, government workers, public health employees and law enforcement.

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Teen vaping rates fall in U.S., survey finds

CBC - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:07

Teen vaping in the United States, which has been skyrocketing, fell dramatically last year. A government survey suggests the number of high school and middle school students using electronic cigarettes fell to 2.2 million last year — from three million the year before.

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Probation lifted at McGill's med school, but accrediting body slams program's diversity

CBC - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 09:35

McGill's prestigious medical school is no longer on probation, but the accrediting body that oversees the program says there are still too few minorities admitted into the program.

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How to stay safe when lightning strikes

CBC - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 06:00

It is Lightning Safety Awareness week in Canada. Find out what causes lightning in storms and what you can do to stay safe until the storm passes.

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Bicycle commuting puts riders on the road to fitness

Globe and Mail - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 04:00
Two-wheeling it to work can be efficient and healthy, but caution is still required while roadway infrastructure catches up
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Bicycle commuting puts riders on the road to fitness

Globe and Mail - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 04:00
Two-wheeling it to work can be efficient and healthy, but caution is still required while roadway infrastructure catches up
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Some less obvious (and opinionated) tips for commuting by bicycle

Globe and Mail - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 04:00
What to wear ... and other tips of the trek
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Some less obvious (and opinionated) tips for commuting by bicycle

Globe and Mail - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 04:00
What to wear ... and other tips of the trek
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'Please don't ask for tranquillizers': Doctor's note to First Nations patients has chief calling for apology

CBC - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:35

Chief George Ginnish of Natoaganeg First Nation in northern New Brunswick calls for an apology from a Miramichi doctor who displayed a note in his office asking "native patients" not to request tranquillizers or pain medications.

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3 brands of travel bassinets recalled

CBC - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:47

Hundreds of travel bassinets are being recalled in Canada as they don't meet the requirements set out by federal regulations.

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Study shows unhealthy scepticism about flu shot

CBC - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:43

A recent study from the University of Waterloo shows that half of people who avoid the flu shot, do so because they believe it's not important or it's not effective.

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Bird flu could spread more easily among humans through 3 mutations: researchers

CBC - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:46

Scientists have identified three mutations that, if they occurred at the same time in nature, could turn a strain of bird flu now circulating in China into a potential pandemic virus that could spread among people.

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How a men-only support group is helping those struggling with chronic pain

CBC - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:32

It's estimated one in five Canadians live with chronic pain. The physical and psychological effects can be debilitating and isolating. But a Montreal support group is trying to change that.

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