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Food agency taking steps to prevent entry of lettuce suspected in E. coli cases

CBC - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:02

The federal government is advising the food industry not to import romaine lettuce from areas in the U.S. suspected of producing lettuce contaminated with E. coli.

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'Dire' home-care gap stranding discharge-ready patients in hospital

CBC - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 04:00

Christine Benoit has been told four times she's medically fit to be discharged from Ottawa's Saint-Vincent Hospital, but each time has been forced to stay because of a shortage of personal support workers.

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Financial support for organ donors lacking, Ottawa family finds

CBC - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 04:00

An Ottawa woman who plans to donate a kidney to her mother says more financial support is needed for living donors who don't have access to sick leave or other health benefits.

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Insulin pumps linked to more reports of injury and death than any other medical device, records show

CBC - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 04:00

Insulin pumps are popular among Canadians with diabetes. The device is convenient and allows the user a greater degree of control over their blood sugar levels. But some experts warn that's precisely why it isn't necessarily the best — or safest — choice for all people with the condition.

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More than 3,000 veterans waited over a year for Ottawa to process disability claims

CBC - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 04:00

Well over 3,000 veterans waited over a year for their disability claims to be processed, reassessed or reviewed by Veterans Affairs Canada during the last budget year, according to new statistics tabled in Parliament.

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U.S. officials think they've traced the source of the lettuce involved in latest E. coli outbreak

CBC - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 22:21

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes it has traced the source of the latest E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday the romaine linked to the outbreak appears to be from the California's Central Coast region.

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Manitoba paramedics 1st in Canada to offer new medication for meth users

CBC - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 13:37

The provincial government will permit paramedics to administer olanzapine to agitated people who have used methamphetamine, Health Minister Cameron Friesen announced on Monday.

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Biocell textured breast implants under scrutiny as women complain of pain

CBC - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00

Biocell textured breast implants, made by Allergan, have come under growing scrutiny from some doctors who say they are seeing many of their patients return with debilitating pain.

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Many scientists denounce researcher as he claims 1st gene-edited babies born in China

CBC - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 07:15

A Chinese researcher claims he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month, with DNA he says he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.

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'We're guinea pigs': Canada's oversight process for implanted medical devices stuns suffering patients

CBC - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 12:00

Millions of Canadians rely on surgically implanted medical devices in order to function — to do everything from walk without pain to pump blood through their veins. But a new CBC investigation reveals some devices are approved with scant scientific evidence to show they are safe and effective.

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Canada has found the key to lowering drug prices, but it won't be used any time soon

CBC - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 09:00

An intense fight over an arcane policy document reveals that Health Canada has figured out how to lower patented drug prices. But the pharmaceutical industry is fighting back with threats about access to new drugs in Canada.

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3 more cases of E. coli illness from romaine lettuce confirmed in Canada

CBC - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 14:09

Unlike U.S. public health officials, who continue to warn all Americans not to eat romaine lettuce, the Public Health Agency of Canada is targeting its advisory only to Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, where E. coli cases have been confirmed.

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'An incredible window into the brain': New treatments target severe depression

CBC - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 04:00

In Canada, almost a million people live with treatment-resistant depression. Doctors are looking at different approaches that go straight to the source of the problem deep within the brain.

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TRC heard concerns about coerced sterilization of Indigenous women, says Murray Sinclair

CBC - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 18:45

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard concerns about coerced sterilization of Indigenous women during its years-long examination of Canada's residential school legacy, Sen. Murray Sinclair said Thursday as he joined a chorus of calls for a national investigation on the issue.

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Igloolik children covered in sores because of black mould in public housing unit

CBC - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 07:00

A mould infestation in public housing across the territory is threatening human health — especially Inuit kids. While the Nunavut Housing Corporation is working to address the problem, the process is both lengthy and expensive.

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Head of Nova Scotia's ambulance service sounds alarm over own system

CBC - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 05:00

The person responsible for running the province's ambulance system hopes an outside review starting next month will lead to big changes.

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Here's why lettuce keeps getting contaminated with E. coli

CBC - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:18

The Public Health Agency of Canada is once again telling Canadians not to eat romaine lettuce in Ontario and Quebec, and now New Brunswick. Health officials in the U.S. and believe the outbreak can be traced back to California.

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B.C. College of Physicians wants 'Dr. Lipjob' sent to jail

CBC - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 04:00

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. wants a woman known as "Dr. Lipjob" sent to prison for allegedly continuing to give Botox treatments and other injections — in violation of a court order and despite not being properly licensed.

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Canadians giving up necessities, going into debt to pay for prescriptions, study finds

CBC - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 22:20

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are going into debt across the country to pay for prescription medication, according to a study from the University of British Columbia.

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New Brunswick joins provinces affected by E. coli linked to romaine lettuce

CBC - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 15:54

The E. coli strain currently suspected of making people sick in both Canada and the U.S. is the same that caused a similar outbreak last year, prompting questions about why regulators aren't issuing a mandatory recall.

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