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Lifespan of Indigenous people 15 years shorter than that of other Canadians, federal documents say

CBC - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:01

As Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott laid out the goals of her new department on Tuesday, her briefing documents showed stark health challenges.

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Zika virus: Advice for travellers

Public Health Agency of Canada - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:42
Zika is a virus which typically causes mild illness lasting only a few days.Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 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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'We must get this done': Liberals stick to First Nations water promise amid new boil-water advisories

CBC - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 13:18

As part of its goal to end long-term boil water advisories for First Nations reserves, the federal government has added nearly 250 more drinking water systems to its list of those eligible for public monies, meaning it will have to address many more advisories than it originally intended.

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Procter & Gamble CEO says company working to stop Tide Pod challenge

CBC - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:54

Procter & Gamble says it's working to stop a social media-fuelled trend called the Tide Pod challenge, which involves teenagers eating single-load laundry detergent packets.

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'COPD school' expands to help keep patients with debilitating lung disease out of hospital

CBC - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:45

National program teaches patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease how to manage symptoms and avoid repeated visits to the hospital.

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Broken teeth and bruises: dentists in unique position to spot domestic abuse

CBC - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:00

A prosecutor and advocate for domestic violence education says dentists are in a unique position to help victims. She wants more training for the profession to better use that opportunity.

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'We matter a lot': Indigenous youth gather in Ottawa to tackle suicide crisis

CBC - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 05:30

About 70 Indigenous youth from across Canada will meet with Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott today at a national roundtable discussion on the suicide crisis facing their communities.

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Farmers Dairy milk pulled from shelves for 'off-taste flavour'

CBC - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 14:54

If you recently bought Farmers Dairy milk that tastes off, the company says you can return it for a full refund.

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Man living in shack on northern Alberta reserve pleads for housing with running water

CBC - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 13:23

A man living in a shack without running water for more than 12 years on a northern Alberta reserve is asking for help.

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Should we let the crowd fund Canadian science if no one else will?

CBC - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 09:00

In hunting down and exposing old industry trial data, Toronto family doctor Nav Persaud was participating in an international scientific initiative called RIAT — restoring invisible and abandoned trials.

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Artificial stomach enhancing digestive, dietary research at University of Manitoba

CBC - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:02

The University of Manitoba now has a never-ending belly which will never get heartburn to help researchers stomach any and all of the dietary and digestive research they have on their plate.

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FluWatch report: January 7, 2018 to January 13, 2018 (week 2)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:13
Overall, influenza activity in Canada remains high. Most indicators have slowed their increase, remained similar, or declined compared to the previous week, suggesting that we may be nearing the peak of the season at the national level. Most indicators remain in the higher range of expected levels for this time of year. The majority of influenza detections continue to be A(H3N2), although 37% of detections were influenza B in week 02. 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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Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes — and save Big Tobacco

CBC - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:11

Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete with only a tiny segment of Americans still lighting up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.

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Blood test for early detection of 8 cancers looks promising

CBC - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:07

Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now.

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China's birthrate down from initial '2-child' boom, but higher than most recent years

CBC - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:05

The birthrate in China fell last year despite the country easing its family planning policies and allowing all couples to have two children, a finding that some parents say reflects the stresses of urban life.

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Gardening may help cancer survivors eat and feel better, study suggests

CBC - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:00

For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say.

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Some EpiPens, used to treat life-threatening allergic reaction, in short supply

CBC - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:25

The Canadian distributor of the EpiPen says there is a shortage of one size of the emergency treatment for people at risk of life-threatening allergic reactions.

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Staff-to-resident abuse in long-term care homes up 148% from 2011

CBC - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:41

A year-long CBC Marketplace investigation reveals there were 2,198 reported incidents of staff-on-resident abuse in 2016. This means an average of six seniors were abused by their caregiver at a long-term care home every day.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 2 ending January 13, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:25
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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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 1, 2018: December 3 to January 6, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:34
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 1, 2018. No new cases of measles or rubella have been reported in Canada in 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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