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After watching their dog die 'a painful death,' owners want ban on strychnine used by Sask., Alta. farmers

CBC - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 03:00

Strychnine is used by farmers under provincial oversight to control the ground squirrel and northern pocket gopher population. But dog owners and others want them to ban strychnine for use on gophers due to the effect it has on other animals — something Health Canada is considering.

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Congo health officials link Ebola to 33 deaths

CBC - Sat, 08/04/2018 - 15:55

An outbreak of the Ebola virus declared this week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have killed 33 people, the health ministry said on Saturday.

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How and why people 'microdose' tiny hits of psychedelic drugs

CBC - Sat, 08/04/2018 - 03:00

Illegal, underground and said to be brimming with health benefits — the practice of taking small amounts of psychedelic drugs is growing increasingly popular, yet it remains relatively unstudied and its reported benefits unproven.

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WHO to find out if vaccine can be used in new Ebola outbreak in Congo

CBC - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 12:08

The World Health Organization said it hopes to know as early as Tuesday whether the strain of Ebola causing the current outbreak is the one for which an experimental vaccine can be used.

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Medication errors, understaffing plagued homes where serial killer nurse worked, inquiry hears

CBC - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 08:59

Provincial long-term care inspectors found problems with staffing levels and how medication was administered at nursing homes where Elizabeth Wettlaufer worked, the long-term care inquiry heard Friday.

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On screen and in real life, we pathologize fatness, even as we pretend to accept it

CBC - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 03:00

I once had a walk-in doctor tell me that a searing pain in my side would disappear if I lost some weight and stretched more. Days of agony later, my GP told me I had passed a kidney stone without medication.

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Canadian patients should have online access to their medical records, some doctors say

CBC - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 22:55

Some hospitals and health-care centres have started setting up "patient portals" that would allow people to see the same information their family doctors have about them — but that transparency comes with risk.

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Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of Congo

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 16:15
Updates have been made regarding a new outbreak. 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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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 30 – ending July 28, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:54
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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WHO faces complex vaccine and security questions in Ebola response in Congo

CBC - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:47

Depending on the strain of the virus causing Congo's current outbreak, the Merck vaccine used to stem the country's previous one may not be effective.

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Rift Valley Fever in Kenya and Uganda

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 13:02
Outbreaks of Rift Valley fever in humans have been confirmed in both Kenya and Uganda. 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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Nursing home inspections branch understaffed, Wettlaufer inquiry hears

CBC - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 08:24

An Ontario Health Ministry inspector who makes sure nursing homes are safe for residents testified Thursday at the inquiry into long-term care that her office is understaffed and cannot meet the obligations laid out in legislation.

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How a team of MUN students hopes to help a boy with cerebral palsy hold his head high

CBC - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 04:30

Mat Squires is nonverbal but he has a lot to say.

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2 Hamilton paramedics charged in 2017 death of Good Samaritan

CBC - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 04:23

Two Hamilton paramedics have been charged in the 2017 death of a 19-year-old Good Samaritan who police say was killed after trying to stop an altercation.

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HempWorx cannabidiol oil sales in Canada put on hold… again

CBC - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 03:00

An American hemp oil manufacturer that was previously caught selling its product illegally in Canada is once again putting its Canadian market plans on hold after telling its sellers to partner with a company that isn’t licensed by Health Canada and is run by a man with a criminal record.

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'It's like a whole new mortgage payment': Mother wants gov't coverage for son's growth hormone shots

CBC - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 19:03

Luke Germs stopped growing before he turned one. His doctors say he won't improve without expensive growth hormone shots, but the province will not pay.

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U of A professor's TV show debunking alternative therapies will be on Netflix

CBC - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 16:57

In Tim Caulfield’s show 'A User’s Guide to Cheating Death,' he tries cryotherapy, napper-cizing and other alternative therapies popularized by pop culture.

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'We will fight this one as we did the last': Congo announces new Ebola outbreak

CBC - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 15:23

Four new Ebola cases have been reported in Congo after an earlier outbreak was declared over. There was no indication the two outbreaks, separated by more than 2,500 kilometres, are related.

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West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report —July 15-21 (Week 29)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:05
As of July 21, 2018, 2 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Ontario. One case was related to travel outside of Canada and the other was locally acquired. No deaths have been reported. 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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Former Sobeys pharmacy manager 'snooped' into drug records of 46 people

CBC - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 09:01

Nova Scotia's privacy commissioner has come down hard on the Department of Health and Sobeys for their investigation into the actions of a pharmacy manager at one of the grocery chain's rural operations.

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