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Brand name drug sales soar in Canada, while R&D sags

CBC - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 14:50

Canada's manufacturers of brand name medicines have failed to invest 10 per cent of their annual sales into research and development as they have long promised. The industry earned a record $20 billion in 2016, yet spent just four per cent of that on in-house R&D in Canada.

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Philippines puts dengue immunization program on hold

CBC - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:29

The Philippines on Friday put on hold its dengue immunization program, the world's first, after new findings by the vaccine manufacturer that severe cases of dengue can occur in the longer term among those vaccinated without prior infection.

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1 in 5 Canadians infected with HIV doesn't know it

CBC - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:00

One in five Canadians infected with HIV doesn’t know it, so federal scientists are looking for ways to make testing more accessible.

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HIV in Canada: Why haven’t we beaten HIV/AIDS?

CBC - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 19:22

Canada has all the tools to potentially eradicate HIV/AIDs, but infection rates aren’t coming down.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 47 ending November 25, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 17:01
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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Patients needing admission to hospital stuck in ER longer, report says

CBC - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:45

Emergency department wait times in Canada are continuing to rise, particularly for patients needing a bed in inpatient wards, the Canadian Institute for Health Information says.

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New drugs could cut frequency of migraines, studies suggest

CBC - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:29

New, long-acting drugs may hold hope for millions of people who often suffer migraines. Studies of two of these medicines, given as shots every month or so, found they cut the frequency of the notoriously painful and disabling headaches.

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More than half of U.S. children will be obese by age 35, study suggests

CBC - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 19:40

Computer modelling in new study estimates that 57 per cent of U.S. children who were between two and 19 in 2016 would be obese by their 35th birthday.

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'Poop pills' as good as colonoscopy to treat C. difficile: study

CBC - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:12

When it comes to treating Clostridium difficile with a fecal transplant — yes, human poop — swallowing a frozen capsule appears to have far less of an "ick factor" and works as well as delivering the therapy via colonoscopy, researchers say.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 46, 2017: November 12 to November 18, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 07:13
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 46, 2017. A total of 45 cases of measles and no cases of rubella have been reported in Canada in 2017. 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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Halifax sees highest number of mumps cases in a decade

CBC - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 05:30

Fourteen cases of mumps have been confirmed in the Halifax region, the highest number since an outbreak in 2007.

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Ontario working to ban eye tattoos after woman injured

CBC - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 05:00

The Ontario government adds a ban on cosmetic eye tattoos to a proposed patient care bill after an Ottawa woman nearly lost her eye.

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'No simple explanation' for recent rise in streptococcal infections, public health agency says

CBC - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 05:00

An alert issued by the public health unit in London, Ont., about an outbreak of invasive group A streptococcus has focused public attention on common bacteria that can cause infections ranging from strep throat to — in rare cases — flesh-eating disease.

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Health Canada assisted private plasma clinics, newly released documents say

CBC - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 18:16

Government officials knew back in 2010 they were going to help privatize part of the Canadian blood plasma sector but the public wasn't widely informed until three years later when clinics were poised to open, advocates say.

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1 in 10 medicines in poor countries are fake or substandard, WHO warns

CBC - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:19

The World Health Organization says children are dying because they're being given counterfeit medicines for life-threatening conditions like pneumonia and malaria that aren't actually treating them.

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Demand for fentanyl test strips booms — but test is not widely available

CBC - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 05:00

Fentanyl tests strips are being used off label, but legality, liability and fears of creating a false sense of security are preventing them from being widely available to the public.

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55 staff at Saskatoon psychiatric centre on workers' comp after assaults by inmates

CBC - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 06:00

Fifty-five of the 130 correctional workers at a multi-level psychiatric hospital in Saskatoon operated by the Correctional Service of Canada are on workers' compensation because of attacks by inmates, CBC has learned.

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'I can't do this on my own': Returning from rehab in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

CBC - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 06:00

Three women have come to rely on each other after completing a unique treatment program in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. But they're also grappling with pressures and relapses in a small community.

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Higher-risk groups should get greater access to HIV drugs, new guidelines say

Globe and Mail - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:01
The guidelines, being published Monday in the CMAJ medical journal, are for health professionals who work with people at risk of acquiring the disease through sexual activity or injection drug use
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Vaccines for addictions create the illusion that there's a quick fix for drug dependence

CBC - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 05:00

A so-called anti-cocaine vaccine has just been approved for human trials. The vaccine works by absorbing the drug in the bloodstream and blocks the dopamine-induced high when the user consumes cocaine.

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