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Michelle Obama opens up about miscarriage, IVF in new memoir

CBC - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 08:04

Michelle Obama says she felt "lost and alone" after suffering a miscarriage 20 years ago and underwent in-vitro fertilization to conceive her two daughters — among the revelations in the new memoir by the wife of former U.S. president Barack Obama.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report – Week 43: October 21 to October 27, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 14:15
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 43, 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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Controversial naturopath gives up licence, says work 'not going to change'

CBC - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 11:20

Anke Zimmermann, the Victoria naturopath who drew public attention for treating a child with a homeopathic solution made from rabid dog saliva, has surrendered her licence as a naturopath but will continue to practise as a homeopath.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 44 - ending November 3, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:46
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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Woman speaks out against campaign comparing people with Down syndrome to animals

CBC - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 20:36

People with Down syndrome and their parents are speaking out against a campaign to get people living with the syndrome added to the endangered species list.

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Familiar music could give Alzheimer's patients a cognitive boost, study suggests

CBC - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 16:25

It's long been known that Alzheimer's patients often retain musical memories, even when they can't remember names, faces or places. Canadian researchers say brain scans have helped them understand why.

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Bill that would let Canadians sign up to be organ donors on tax forms faces crucial vote

CBC - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 09:25

A Calgary MP's private member's bill that would make it easier for people to sign up to be organ donors will face a critical test in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

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Canadian doctors urge caution after FDA approves controversial new opioid pill

CBC - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:00

After the FDA's controversial approval of a pill form of sufentanil for use in U.S. hospitals and on the battlefield, Canadian doctors say the risks of the oral medication could outweigh the benefits in the midst of the ongoing opioid crisis.

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Mental health support by text launches for kids across Canada

CBC - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 14:31

Kids Help Phone says almost a quarter of young people in pilot study texted about suicidal thoughts.

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Spanking could be harmful in the long term, U.S. pediatricians say

CBC - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 12:03

Studies have associated physical punishment in childhood with increased aggression and brain changes in young adulthood, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

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Diabetes Canada warns of 'epidemic,' calls for national strategy

CBC - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 12:02

Diabetes experts say Canada could prevent another million type 2 diabetes diagnoses in the next decade if Ottawa helps to fund something it lacks now: a national diabetes strategy.

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People with Type 1 diabetes who use cannabis may be at higher risk for complications, study suggests

CBC - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 16:17

Researchers found an association between marijuana use and increased risk of diabetic ketoacidosis, which can lead to severe dehydration, brain swelling and even death.

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CCDR Volume 44-11, November 1, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 14:26
Latest issue: Healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance 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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Ozone layer is healing, but maybe not the Arctic ozone hole, UN says

CBC - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 08:58

The ozone layer that shields life from cancer-causing solar rays is recovering at a rate of one to three per cent per decade, reversing years of dangerous depletion caused by the release of harmful chemicals, a UN study said on Monday.

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Drug-impaired driving tests 'not there yet,' says top RCMP officer

CBC - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 04:00

Weeks into national cannabis legalization, a top RCMP officer says the tests being used to detect whether someone is driving high are “not there yet,” though they’re the best they’ve got.

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Why can naturopaths mislead the public about their credentials? Because no one bothers to stop them

CBC - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 04:00

While New Brunswick's medical college has launched a legal challenge against several naturopaths for their false advertising, other regulators seem downright uninterested .

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Fear the flu shot? How 'avoidance behaviour' can impact public health

CBC - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 04:00

Does the thought of getting a flu shot scare you? You're not alone: About 25 per cent of adults are afraid of needles. But that type of avoidance behaviour can have some huge consequences on public health.

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Why ponytails will no longer become wigs for the Canadian Cancer Society

CBC - Sun, 11/04/2018 - 05:00

Wigs made of real hair made life much better for many cancer patients. But advancements in wigs made from synthetic materials have led to a decline in the need for donated hair.

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Janes chicken strips added to recall list over salmonella concerns

CBC - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 12:52

A week after the Janes brand chicken burgers were put on a recall list for possible salmonella contamination by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the company's chicken strips have been added.

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Why are there so many shortages of common vaccines?

CBC - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 08:00

Vaccines against Hepatitis A and B, shingles, yellow fever and even rabies are just some of the injections Canadians are having a tough time finding.

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