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5 new Ebola cases confirmed in eastern Congo

CBC - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 09:17

The Congolese health ministry on has reported a further five confirmed cases of Ebola in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, blaming the higher-than-normal daily increase on community resistance to disease response efforts.

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Entrepreneurs cook up edible pot products despite legalization delay

CBC - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 09:16

Businesses across Canada are cooking up weed-laced goodies to prepare for their legalization next year. Companies are betting on a big market and hope to avoid some of the pitfalls seen in U.S. jurisdictions when edibles were legalized.

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OMA president's comments, apology raise questions about stigma around marijuana

CBC - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 03:00

The president of the Ontario Medical Association has issued an apology on Twitter after receiving backlash for stating that marijuana could act as a "gateway" drug and that it can cause anxiety and withdrawal symptoms.

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A chilling effect of #MeToo in academic medicine

CBC - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 03:00

The #MeToo movement has brought down powerful men for allegations of sexual misconduct, but a commentary in a medical journal has found an unflattering side effect. It says #MeToo is preventing women in the medical profession from receiving mentorship opportunities from their male peers.

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CAMH reaches settlement with former head of gender identity clinic

CBC - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 11:01

Canada's largest mental health centre has apologized to its former psychologist and is paying him more than half a million dollars after publishing a report that erroneously described his interactions with patients.

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Canadian Medical Association resigns from world body, accuses president of plagiarism

CBC - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 10:59

The Canadian Medical Association says it has resigned from the World Medical Association, accusing the international group's incoming president of plagiarizing his inaugural speech.

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There will be no such thing as painless national pharmacare

CBC - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 03:00

While it's certainly true that there are gaps in the current system — especially with respect to expensive, catastrophic drug coverage — and that lower-income Canadians are more likely to suffer as a result, it doesn't mean wiping out the entire market of private sector drug coverage is the best solution.

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Today's marijuana different from the rocking '60s, so medical guidelines for seniors in the works

CBC - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 03:00

The generation of Canadians who rocked out to the 1960s song Marijuana by Country Joe and the Fish are seniors now, and some of them are curious about the potential health benefits of the drug ahead of its legalization on Oct. 17. A group of experts is trying to develop guidelines for doctors to help them answer the questions seniors may have.

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Why some doctors are saying it's time to 'drop the D'

CBC - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 08:00

To take or not to take? That may be the question on the minds of many vitamin D users this week after a large study found the supplement does not prevent fractures and falls, or improve bone mineral density in the general population.

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'Very, very hurtful': Sask. patients, doctors aim to move past fat shaming in health care

CBC - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 06:00

The health risks of obesity are well-documented, but people are opening up about the negative impact it of medical professionals seeing them only through the lens of their weight or body mass index.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report – Week 38: September 16 to September 22, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 12:19
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 38, 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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Sobeys brand packaged vegetables recalled because of Listeria risk

CBC - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 04:43

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall warning for certain Sobeys brand packaged vegetable products because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

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Hidden camera reveals trampoline parks ignoring dangerous behaviour

CBC - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 03:00

Since the first trampoline park in Canada opened in 2011, others have been popping up across the country — and with them comes the risk of serious injury. Marketplace visited 12 trampoline parks across the country to see what was being done to mitigate risks to minors in this unregulated industry.

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Vaping 'guinea pigs': E-cigarette health risks you may not be aware of

CBC - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 03:00

As vaping products and promoting them become prevalent, health professionals warn that e-cigarettes are not as safe as many people believe.

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'Prioritizing humanity, not war': Anti-sexual violence activists win Nobel Peace Prize

CBC - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 23:22

Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by the ISIS, have won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Combating cancer one Nobel Prize at a time

CBC - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 16:49

Fighting cancer can be a thankless job, but several scientists who have made significant contributions to the advancement of cancer treatments are getting the recognition they deserve this week after being awarded the Nobel Prize.

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Beyond the scalpel: Why 'virtual' autopsies may be the way of the future

CBC - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 16:00

It's a familiar scene, whether on TV or in the lab: A body is cut open, prodded and poked to reveal how someone died. Now a recent study suggests a high-tech, less-invasive version of an autopsy — using MRI and CT scans — performs just as well as a conventional post-mortem exam.

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HIV-positive mother in South Africa donates piece of liver to critically ill child

CBC - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 13:07

Doctors in South Africa say they transplanted part of a liver from a mother with HIV to her critically ill but HIV-negative child, concluding that the chance to save a life outweighed the risk of virus transmission.

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New drug shown to slow progress of ALS gets green light from Health Canada

CBC - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:57

Health Canada has approved a new ALS drug that is showing the potential to slow progress of the fatal disease.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 39 – ending September 29, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 10:37
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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