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Flu vaccine may have low effectiveness against dominant strain, Canada's top public health doctor says

CBC - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 06:01

Although it's "too early to actually tell," Canada's chief public health officer says the manufacturing process may have caused a mutation that reduces the flu vaccine's effectiveness against H3N2, a strain that tends to cause more severe illness among the elderly and children.

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FluWatch report: December 17, 2017 to December 30, 2017 (weeks 51 & 52)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:46
Overall, influenza activity continues to increase across Canada. All indicators of influenza activity increased in weeks 51 and 52, but are within the range of expected levels for this time of year. 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 52 ending December 30, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 09:43
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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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 51, 2017: December 17 to December 23, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:03
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 51, 2017. A total of 45 cases of measles, 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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Legalization of pot presents conundrum for Canadian military

CBC - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 05:00

The Canadian military is wrestling with thorny questions ahead of this year's legalization of pot. The chief of military personnel has ordered research on health effects and what constitutes impairment.

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DNA analysis of mummified 2-year-old from 16th century shows he died of hepatitis B

CBC - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 18:46

An international team of disease detectives has shed new light on a virus that kills almost a million people around the world each year by probing an unusual source — the mummified remains of a young child who died about 450 years ago in Renaissance Italy.

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Yukon seeks 'common ground' with liquor industry over warning labels

CBC - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 18:03

New warning labels were introduced at the Whitehorse liquor store last fall, then scrapped when alcohol manufacturers cried foul.

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Organ donation changes dying for those getting medically assisted death

CBC - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 17:00

When ALS diminished Brian Wadsworth’s quality of life, he asked for medical assistance in dying. Organ donation was the natural next choice. And while the decision came with logistical challenges and ethical concerns, his loved ones say he never looked back.

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CCDR: Volume 44-1, January 4, 2018: Emergency planning

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 16:02
CCDR: Volume 44-1, January 4, 2018: Emergency planning 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 51 ending December 23, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 15:26
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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ALS patients take anti-psychotic drug in Canadian clinical trial

CBC - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 15:21

About 100 patients are taking part in new University of Calgary led Canada-wide clinical trial to treat ALS, a debilitating and ultimately deadly neural disease that has few treatments and no cure.

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British government apologizes as thousands of non-urgent surgeries are cancelled

CBC - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 09:42

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May apologizes to tens of thousands of patients whose operations were cancelled to free up staff and beds to deal with emergency patients.

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Everything you need to know about the E. coli risk from romaine lettuce

CBC - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 09:29

Two people have died and dozens more have become ill since November because of consuming romaine lettuce that had been contaminated with the Escherichia coli O157:H7 strain. Here's everything you need to know about the outbreak, and how to stay safe.

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