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FDA urged to ban high-dose opioids

CBC - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 08:41

Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who abuse drugs.

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Veterans see access to medical marijuana curtailed over doctors' concerns

CBC - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 04:00

Veterans who use medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder are having to go outside the network of clinics sanctioned by Veterans Affairs to get the drug due to concerns by doctors at the clinics about its effectiveness.

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Health Canada reviewing fix to protect pacemakers from hackers

CBC - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 04:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved new firmware designed to correct a potential cybersecurity vulnerability that could theoretically allow unauthorized access to pacemakers implanted in patients.

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Motivation of Canadian Blood Services' olive branch to Calgary gay community questioned

CBC - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 22:29

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) says its first ever participation at Calgary Pride is meant to start a conversation and reduce misunderstandings of its policy prohibiting sexually active gay and bisexual men from donating blood. But a sexual health worker says without changes to that policy, the gesture is lip service at best.

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Dementia in Canada, including Alzheimer's Disease: Highlights from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:46
According to the World Health Organization, 47.5 million people live with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, worldwide. As these conditions progress, they become highly debilitating for affected individuals and lead to major health impacts. With a growing and aging population, the number of Canadians living with dementia is expected to increase in future decades, with corresponding implications for health care needs and use. 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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Dementia in Canada, including Alzheimer's Disease: Highlights from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:46
According to the World Health Organization, 47.5 million people live with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, worldwide. As these conditions progress, they become highly debilitating for affected individuals and lead to major health impacts. With a growing and aging population, the number of Canadians living with dementia is expected to increase in future decades, with corresponding implications for health care needs and use. 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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Family loses fight for autistic son to have service dog in class

CBC - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:18

Ontario's human rights tribunal has ruled that a nine-year-old autistic boy in Waterloo, Ont. can't bring his service dog with him into class.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 34 ending August 26, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:52
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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Jane Philpott looks to bring Indigenous health delivery to new department

CBC - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 11:05

Newly minted Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says her new department will likely include the delivery of health services for First Nations and Inuit — an area previously under her watch at Health Canada.

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U.S. couple suing Amazon alleging fake eclipse glasses damaged their vision

CBC - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:02

A couple from South Carolina have launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against Amazon for selling counterfeit eclipse-viewing glasses they allege resulted in permanent vision damage.

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1 in 5 opioid-related deaths in Ontario involve alcohol, study suggests

CBC - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 06:00

During a 20-year period, the number of opioid-related deaths that involved alcohol in Ontario has increased from 48 in 1993 to 137 in 2013.

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U.S. OKs treatment that would 'reprogram a patient's own cells to attack a deadly cancer'

CBC - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:26

Opening a new era in cancer care, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.

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German nurse expected to be charged with more murders

CBC - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:13

Prosecutor expects to bring more charges against Niels Hoegel, who is already in prison for killing two patients, by early 2018. Officials believe he may also have killed more than 80 others.

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1 in 19: New study shines light on reality of suicide among new Ontario moms, moms-to-be

CBC - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 04:00

A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shines a light on a topic often seen as taboo: suicide among new mothers and mothers to be.

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First Canada-wide study of first responders suggests much higher frequency of mental disorders

CBC - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 03:00

Results from Canada's first national survey looking at operational stress injuries among first responders such as police, paramedics, firefighters and 911 operators suggest they are much more likely to develop a mental disorder than the general population.

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'We see a lot of people who are struggling': Youth mental health hard to access, multi-province study says

CBC - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 23:01

Researchers comparing mental health and addictions services across provinces have found striking differences in the rates of youth suicide attempts.

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The face of health-care cuts: Grandmother dies and no paramedics available to help

CBC - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 13:25

Catherine Terry died on the floor of her Hamilton apartment building while waiting for ambulance crews to help her. Now, her family wants answers.

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Hurricane Harvey survivors will face health risks even after emergency is over

CBC - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:47

Mould, sewage, carbon monoxide and effects on mental health are all concerns for officials trying to keep people safe after the emergency evacuation ends.

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Ontario health minister says province to invest $222M over 3 years on opioid crisis

CBC - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:47

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins says the provincial government will invest $222 million over three years to improve access to harm reduction services and addiction treatment amid an opioid crisis in the province.

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Report on Hepatitis B and C in Canada: 2014

Public Health Agency of Canada - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 09:00
This report summarizes surveillance data on cases and rates of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Canada, reported from 2005 to 2014. 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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