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N.L. seniors restrained in long-term care twice the national average: Report

CBC - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 15:00

A report published last week found that 12.1 per cent of seniors in long-term care homes in Newfoundland and Labrador are kept in daily physical restraints, second only to Yukon, at 14 per cent — both more than twice the national average.

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Measles threat looms in Philippines as trust in vaccines declines

CBC - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:28

Just seven per cent of eligible children in conflict areas in the southern Philippines were immunized against measles this year, WHO says.

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How Ice, Ice, Baby helped one P.E.I. couple 'savour each and every moment'

CBC - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:19

Sheldon O’Meara has lived with cystic fibrosis for as long as he can remember and has recently been relegated to a hospital bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.

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Software glitch may have delayed medical results for hundreds of patients

CBC - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 09:46

In total, up to 615 patients could have been affected by the notification delay, between November 2017 and November 2018.

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Feeling 'sliced up inside': Birth control implant Essure led to pain, serious problems for some women

CBC - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 04:00

A lack of detailed information about Essure, a permanent birth control implant, and the adverse reactions women were having to it, put some women's health in jeopardy, a CBC News/Fifth Estate investigation found. The investigation also found that Health Canada, which is responsible for regulating medical devices, hasn’t been transparent about Essure's licencing or reporting problems with it.

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From at-home orthodontics to coconut-flavoured floss: Meet the startups disrupting the dental industry

CBC - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 04:00

A host of companies are disrupting the dental industry with everything from at-home orthodontic impressions to coconut-flavoured dental floss in Instagram-worthy packaging to a $290 toothbrush alternative that promises to clean your teeth in six seconds.

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Is there a way to keep E. coli out of romaine lettuce?

CBC - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 09:00

So far 24 Canadians have been infected during an outbreak of dangerous E. coli infection linked to romaine lettuce from California, an incident that is eerily similar to another outbreak a year ago.

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CBC News's joint investigation into the sometimes murky world of medical devices

CBC - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 04:00

They can give someone a new lease on life — and even save a life. Millions of Canadians currently have medical devices implanted somewhere in their body. But they can also malfunction, causing injury or death. Catch up on this week's coverage.

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'It was made to seem like getting a haircut': Patient says breast implant sales pitch glossed over risks

CBC - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 16:11

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the world, with 10 million women opting for breast implants during the past decade. We took hidden cameras into the offices of three Toronto plastic surgeons to review how they explain and sell the procedure.

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Scientists fear backlash from gene-edited babies claim could jeopardize research

CBC - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:37

Researchers say the shock created by Chinese scientist He Jiankui's claim that he helped make the world's first gene-edited babies could set back responsible studies into preventing genetic disorders.

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U.S. help urged near Ebola outbreak epicentre but security questions remain

CBC - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:09

Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow U.S. government disease specialists — "some of the world's most experienced" — to return to northeastern Congo to help fight the second largest Ebola outbreak in history.

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Deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now 2nd largest in history

CBC - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 17:45

The World Health Organization says Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago.

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Health minister vows to strengthen oversight of medical devices after investigation reveals problems

CBC - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 16:14

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says she is "deeply concerned" by problems with medical devices that have been been revealed by investigative journalists and has pledged to make changes.

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Rare cancer linked to breast implants, but Health Canada says no safety advisory is needed

CBC - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 13:11

At least 25 Canadian women have developed a rare cancer linked to breast implants — and almost all of them had the same type of textured implant, according to researchers. But Health Canada has no plans to remove this implant from the market or to directly alert Canadian women who have the implants, an investigation by Enquête and Radio-Canada has shown.

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China halts research team's work on gene-edited babies

CBC - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:59

China's government orders a halt to work by a medical team that claims it helped make the world's first gene-edited babies, as a group of leading scientists declared it's still too soon to try to make permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by future generations.

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B.C. man first person convicted for sale of so-called miracle tonic

CBC - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:00

Health Canada has been warning about MMS for years, the so-called Miracle Mineral Solution, a bleach-like product that can cause serious illnesses. Now, a B.C. man has been convicted of packaging, advertising and selling the solution.

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Lack of progress on climate change is putting Canadians' health at risk, doctors say

CBC - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 19:30

The Canadian Medical Association says it agrees with the findings of a report published by the Lancet journal documenting the health toll of pollution, heat waves, forest fires and infectious disease spread.

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Chinese scientist reports 3rd pregnancy in baby-gene editing experiment

CBC - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 04:18

As American researchers say they tried to discourage He Jiankui from pursuing what he claims are the world's first genetically edited babies, the Chinese scientist insists he is proud of his work and revealed that another volunteer is pregnant.

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Why many Canadians face long waits or big bills to have painful medical devices removed

CBC - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 04:00

Women from across Canada describe how difficult — and expensive — it can be to get implanted medical devices such as pelvic meshes and contraceptive coils surgically removed when they cause debilitating pain.

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Consumption of human placenta products poses risk to moms, babies: Health Canada

CBC - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:17

Health Canada is cautioning mothers and others who may be consuming human placenta preparations about potential risks for themselves and their babies.

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