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Trump attacks Merck exec for quitting council over Charlottesville

CBC - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 08:26

U.S. President Donald Trump chides the CEO of Merck after his resignation from a presidential council to protest against the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

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Would you eat genetically modified fish? You may have already

CBC - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 06:34

Genetically modified fish is now being sold in Canada — but without any labels, who knows if you are buying it?

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Ontario mom mourning her daughter shocked to find she could overrule her wish to donate organs

CBC - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 05:00

An Ontario mother who lost her daughter in a car accident over a week ago is seeking changes to this province's organ donation rules. She says she was asked if she wished to reverse her daughter's registration as a donor while in hospital.

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Why Ontario's Catholic hospitals may no longer be able to pass on offering assisted death

CBC - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 04:00

While more than 630 Ontarians have ended their lives with the help of a nurse or doctor, none of those happened within hospitals that have historic ties to the Catholic Church. But advocates argue that publicly funded health-care centres should be legally bound to offer medical assistance in dying.

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Cases of HPV-related oral cancers have risen significantly in Canada, study finds

CBC - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 00:46

The proportion of oral cancers caused by HPV has risen significantly in Canada, say researchers, who suggest the infection is now behind an estimated three-quarters of all such malignancies.

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Childhood malnutrition in residential schools linked to diabetes, heart disease in adults

CBC - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 23:01

"We need to start looking at hunger in residential schools as a real predictor of long-term health problems," writes Ian Mosby in the Canadian Medical Association Journal today.

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Opening a supervised injection site 'not a simple process': new guidelines aim to help

CBC - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 20:36

The BC Centre for Substance Use has published a new set of guidelines for opening and running a supervised injection site as the death toll continues to climb in the ongoing overdose crisis.

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Cancer lingo: How one person's thoughtful metaphor can be another's cliché

CBC - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 04:00

'He's a warrior. A real fighter.' These all-too-common battle metaphors are regularly aimed at people trying to get through a cancer diagnosis. While the words may be well-intentioned, doctors say they can often do more harm than good.

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Citing overdose 'crisis,' police to allow unsanctioned Toronto injection site

CBC - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 18:45

An unofficial "overdose prevention site" opened today in downtown Toronto, staffed by harm reduction workers with anti-overdose medication at the ready. Police were at the scene but allowed the site to operate.

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Why does scar tissue persist when cells renew?

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

Dr. Saeid Amini Nik answers this week's Quirks Question.

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National recall of Maple Lodge Farms chicken frankfurters

CBC - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:53

Maple Lodge Farms Ltd. is recalling their Zabiha Halal and Maple Lodge Farms Big Original Chicken Frankfurters.

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SECOND OPINION | Pregnancy paradox: Dangers of not testing drugs on pregnant women

CBC - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:00

It's estimated that nine out of 10 women will take at least one prescription drug during pregnancy. Yet most of those drugs come with no instructions about how to prescribe them for pregnant women.

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Statistics Canada data shows percentage of obese children has fallen nationally

CBC - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:43

Statistics Canada data shows Canadian and British Columbia obesity rates based on BMI for children aged five to 17 years decreased between 2004 and 2015 — but an expert says the data might not mean children are getting healthier.

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Healthcare leaders want drug company payments to doctors made public

CBC - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:32

A group of Canadian healthcare leaders wants to force pharmaceutical companies to disclose how and why they pay the people who prescribe their drugs, saying it would show potential bias and help build trust.

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Doctor calls for stop of 'demeaning' practice of watching women swallow Mifegymiso 'abortion pill'

CBC - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:41

A doctor and professor says physicians should stop the practice of watching women swallow the Mifegymiso abortion pill because Health Canada says it's not necessary.

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Concerns about integrity of public health-care system prompt audits in B.C

CBC - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:56

Three B.C. health clinics are being audited over concerns of over-billing.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 31 ending August 5, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:00
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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Kids should not be allowed to play contact sports, warns concussion expert

CBC - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:52

A new study provides irrefutable proof that repeated head hits in contact sports like football lead to degenerative brain disease — a fact Dr. Bennet Omalu already discovered in 2002.

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Toronto harm reduction advocates pushing for pop-up safe-injection sites

CBC - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 04:00

Harm reduction advocates in Toronto are calling on the city to allow pop-up safe injection sites amid a series of overdose deaths.

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You can't get Ontario's free abortion pill without an ultrasound — a hurdle for rural doctors

CBC - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 04:00

Women across Ontario can now theoretically get the abortion pill Mifegymiso for free, but physicians warn there are still major barriers to access.

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