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Deaf Canadians 'at risk' in times of national emergency

CBC - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 03:00

When the next ice storm, wildfire or terror attack happens, Canadians who are deaf or hard of hearing will be in greater peril than others because most public notification systems are not accessible to them.

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CDC estimates 80,000 Americans died of the flu last winter

CBC - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 17:01

An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades, the director of the CDC said. In comparison, Canada had 302 reported deaths last season due to the flu.

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Ontario midwives welcome 'validating' pay ruling

CBC - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 13:16

An Ottawa midwife is welcoming this week's Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision on pay equity as "validating" for her profession, but it could still be some time before midwives see the kind of salary increase they're looking for.

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Monkeypox? British health worker infected with rare disease

CBC - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:52

British officials say a health worker involved in treating a patient with monkeypox has been infected with the rare disease, suggesting possible lapses in the hospital's infection control procedures.

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More Canadian clinics are offering unproven stem cell therapies, study finds

CBC - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:06

Dozens of unlicensed clinics offering stem cell treatments for a wide variety of medical conditions have sprung up in Canada, marketing their services through direct-to-consumer online advertising, a study has found.

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Video-conferencing with therapists can help patients with anxiety

CBC - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:25

Talk therapy for anxiety disorders can be effective even when done via video-conference, a new study confirms. This finding could be especially helpful for patients in underserved and rural areas, researchers write in Family Practice.

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WHO warns of Ebola 'perfect storm' in Congo

CBC - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 09:53

The emergencies chief for the World Health Organization says insecurity, public defiance about vaccinations and political jockeying could create a "perfect storm" leading the Democratic Republic of Congo's latest Ebola outbreak to spread.

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12 youths who died in Ontario child welfare lacked mental health support, coroner's report finds

CBC - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 08:05

Most of the 12 young people who died while in the care of Ontario's child welfare system had significant mental health challenges but limited or no access to appropriate help, according to a coroner's report released Tuesday.

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Heart treatment could have saved her husband's life — but it wasn't available in central Alberta

CBC - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 06:00

A grieving family is pleading with Alberta Health Services to make a life-saving treatment for heart attack patients available in Red Deer — before another patient dies in Central Alberta.

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Medical researchers debate validity of including race in studies

CBC - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:17

Race and medical research have a long history together, much of it lamentable, and new genetic discoveries raise new questions about the role race should play in the future, three essays in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicate.

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B.C. pharmacist loses licence after giving out drugs containing human placenta

CBC - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:30

Isidoro Andres “Rudy” Sanchez has ordered to pay investigation costs of $115,000 after showing what regulator called a 'blatant disregard for public safety.'

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Electrical implants, intense rehab help 3 paralyzed patients take steps again

CBC - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:23

Three people whose legs were paralyzed for years can stand and take steps again thanks to an electrical implant that zaps the injured spinal cord — along with months of intense rehab, researchers have reported.

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Is psychedelic drug therapy on track to become as ubiquitous as meditation?

CBC - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 08:00

Psychedelic drugs show promise as a treatment for severe mental illnesses and addiction, but some believe the drugs could also benefit people without a mental health diagnosis.

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Sex and the senior: They're doing it, so get over it

CBC - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 08:00

A British researcher says stereotypes persist when it comes to seniors having sex, and that’s affecting their health and well-being.

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Privacy experts say choosing life insurance tied to fitness tracking could have unintended consequences

CBC - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:59

Insurance giant John Hancock has announced a switch to 'interactive' life-insurance policies only, which offer incentives for things like wearing a fitness tracking device. Privacy experts worry these optional programs won't be optional don't the road.

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Alcohol abuse kills 3 million a year globally, most of them men: WHO

CBC - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:42

More than three million people died in 2016 due to drinking too much alcohol, meaning one in 20 deaths worldwide was linked to harmful drinking, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

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Nursing students warn time lost to teacher work stoppage could hurt patients

CBC - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 04:00

York University nursing students are concerned they're being thrown into hospitals lacking crucial skills after losing up to 100 clinical hours due to the strike, and they're worried that will adversely affect the patients they'll care for.

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New Canadian Medical Association head calls for debate on decriminalizing opioids

CBC - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 03:00

The new president of the Canadian Medical Association wants to see politicians debate the pros and cons of decriminalizing opioids, despite the federal government saying it is not interested in such a move.

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Smoking linked to higher dementia risk

CBC - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:10

Smoking is well known for its many negative health consequences, but its impact on the brain is relatively less studied.

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West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report —September 2 - September 8 (Week 36)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:54
As of September 21, 2018, five human cases associated with WNV in Canada has been reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) 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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