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Winners and losers in the plan to equalize access to medication

CBC - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 19:00

Ottawa is one step closer to implementing a national prescription drug program that aims to give all Canadians equal access, but has some patients wondering why their costs for devices and treatments are not part of the plan.

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McDonald's drops grilled cheese from Happy Meals for 'nutrition' reasons, keeps less healthy cheeseburger

CBC - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 03:00

Eleven years after introducing grilled cheese sandwiches as a vegetarian option in Happy Meals, McDonald’s Canada has pulled the item from its menu in the name of nutrition. But protesting parents point out the less healthy cheeseburger remains.

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Minister looks for signs of gender bias in federal science departments

CBC - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 03:00

Federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan has made it clear that gender equity in science is a big priority for her. And now she’s looking beyond universities to scientists employed by the federal government.

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'Left behind': The struggle people can face after a loved one dies by suicide

CBC - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 08:00

The death of a family member or friend by any cause is devastating. But for people who have lost a loved one to suicide, emotions such as guilt or anger are often layered on top of grief.

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Why suicide is more than a mental health issue

CBC - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:29

New numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show suicide is on the rise.

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Congo confirms another Ebola case as outbreak hits 1-month mark

CBC - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:20

More than 680 people have received Ebola vaccinations in Congo's three affected health zones and health experts search for contacts of those infected.

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Tearful boss apologizes at inquiry for nurse who killed in nursing homes

CBC - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:30

The woman who hired a nurse who killed seven patients in a Woodstock., Ont , care home tearfully apologized on Friday at a public inquiry in St. Thomas, Ont.

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Hajj and Umrah in 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 07:39
The Hajj is the spiritual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is the largest annual mass gathering in the world. 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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Epilepsy double the national average in First Nations population: study

CBC - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 16:05

A new study suggests that the incidence of epilepsy among First Nations people is twice that of the non-Indigenous population.

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Get pharmacists treating more UTIs and free up emergency rooms, study suggests

CBC - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 15:19

A new study conducted in New Brunswick found that patients with uncomplicated urinary tract infections can be safely and quickly treated by pharmacists alone, a finding that could help unclog busy emergency rooms across the country.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 21, May 20 to May 26, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:41
In Canada, four new case of measles or rubella were reported in week 21, 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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Vaughan nurse ran unlicensed cosmetic clinic linked to woman's death, police say

CBC - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:30

A Vaughan nurse has been charged with running an illegal, non-surgical cosmetic clinic that caused the death of a patient. Police say she was injecting unregulated substances into her clients.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 22 – ending June 2, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 12:35
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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Nurses union under scrutiny at Elizabeth Wettlaufer inquiry

CBC - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 08:07

If it hadn't been for the Ontario Nurses Association, troubled nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer would have been fired years earlier, a public inquiry into long-term care in Ontario has heard.

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Culture, health combine as traditional dancer leads Powwow Fit in Winnipeg

CBC - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 06:19

With the powerful sounds of powwow music blasting from her portable speaker, traditional dancer Shanley Spence led a group of women through a fitness class that is part culture and tradition and part health and wellness.

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Nova Scotia school teacher denied 18-month parental leave

CBC - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 04:00

Lori-Anne Mikkelson of Porters Lake, N.S., hoped to take advantage of 18 months of parental leave after her third son was born, but has learned it is not available to everyone in Nova Scotia. The federal government changed the rules around parental leave last year.

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Legal pot not a public health or safety threat, researchers tell Senate

CBC - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 01:11

Dr. M.J. Milloy with the B.C. Centre on Substance Use worked on the study and said researchers did not find significant declines in road safety in American states where marijuana had been legalized, but they did find a drop in alcohol sales.

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Alberta's paper health cards not going away as redesign deemed too expensive

CBC - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:41

Albertans are getting redesigned drivers licences but the flimsy paper health care cards are not changing any time soon.

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Scientists map genetic codes of 3,000 dangerous bacteria

CBC - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 09:53

The DNA of deadly strains of plague, dysentery and cholera were decoded in what the researchers said was an effort to better understand some of the world's most dangerous diseases.

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Nursing home worried about Wettlaufer for years, but kept her on as a cost-saver

CBC - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 08:33

Witnesses testified Wednesday in St. Thomas, Ont., at the public inquiry into how nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer was able to kill eight patients and attempt to take the lives of six others in southwestern Ontario.

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