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Mediterranean diet tied to lower risk of gallbladder surgery: study

CBC - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 13:31

Eating foods high in fiber, such as those found in a Mediterranean diet, was tied to a lower risk of gallbladder surgery in a recent French study.

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Clean your water bottle: study finds bacteria in water storage containers

CBC - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:07

Researchers studying higher rates of gastrointestinal illness in Inuit communities have a message for all Canadians: wash your water bottles and storage containers.

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Dutch farmers to cull millions of hens after toxic insecticide fipronil found in eggs

CBC - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 07:36

Millions of hens may need to be culled in the Netherlands after traces of a potentially harmful insecticide were found in eggs, a Dutch farming group said, ratcheting up the strain on a sector still reeling from a bird flu outbreak.

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'Keep them well': New cystic fibrosis medications move closer to a cure

CBC - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 04:00

Results of a new drug trial suggest the next generation of medications, known as CFTR modulators, show potential to correct the genetic defect that causes cystic fibrosis and halt the disease's destructive progression.

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Scientists find new way to attack antibiotic-resistant lung infections

CBC - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 04:00

Canadian scientists have discovered a possible way to break through the defences of some antibiotic-resistant respiratory infections.

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SECOND OPINION | Another look at obesity: It's not simply about eating too much

CBC - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 08:00

What causes obesity? That question is proving extremely difficult. Here is a roundup of news from the field.

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Martin Shkreli's lack of remorse could bite 'Pharma Bro,' experts say

CBC - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 06:50

Less than an hour after a jury convicted Martin Shkreli of securities fraud, the so-called "Pharma Bro" was back at his New York City apartment doing what comes naturally: trash talking in a live-stream on YouTube.

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Young men who died of melanoma remembered with free sunscreen project in city parks

CBC - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 04:00

The memories of two young men who died of the most deadly form of skin cancer are living on in a new pilot project adding free sunscreen dispensers to five Toronto parks.

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Opioid painkiller production cuts proposed in U.S.

CBC - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 14:09

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration proposes a 20 per cent reduction in the manufacture of certain commonly prescribed opioid painkillers next year.

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Martin Shkreli found guilty of securities fraud, other charges

CBC - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 14:03

Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli has been found guilty of several, but not all, of the charges he faced at his trial in New York City.

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Coerced sterilizations of Indigenous women in Saskatoon troubling: Bennett

CBC - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 13:10

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says she's troubled by reports of Indigenous women in and around Saskatoon being coerced into tubal ligation procedures.

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How U of T is increasing the number of black medical school students

CBC - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 07:00

A University of Toronto program is working — slowly but surely — to increase the number of black students being accepted at medical schools.

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Andre De Grasse's hamstring strain explained

CBC - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 16:40

Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse's hamstring injury is a small tear, sports medicine experts say — but what does that mean?

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1 in 5 sausages tested across Canada contained different meat than labelled, study finds

CBC - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 16:22

About 20 per cent of sausages sampled from grocery stores across Canada contained meats that weren't on the label, according to a federally funded study.

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First Nations people 5 times more likely to overdose in B.C., data shows

CBC - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 15:59

First Nations people in B.C. are five times more likely to experience an overdose and three times more likely to die from one, according to new data released Thursday.

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Why it's good and bad that people don't take all their painkillers after surgery

CBC - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 10:11

More than two-thirds of U.S. surgery patients had leftover opioid painkillers, review suggests.

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Toronto may start bulk-buying naloxone after spate of opioid overdoses

CBC - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 07:58

Mayor John Tory says there’s no “magic answer” for the spate of drug overdoses and deaths that has hit the city, but he committed to arming more first responders with naloxone at an emergency meeting this morning.

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Police investigate Cord Blood Bank of Canada after mom raises questions about Health Canada inspection

CBC - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 04:00

A Greater Toronto Area police service has opened an investigation into Cord Blood Bank of Canada after receiving a complaint from a Burlington, Ont., woman who recently discovered the company was found non-compliant by Health Canada.

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How more Ontarians could gain access to a '99.9%' effective HIV-prevention drug

CBC - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 04:00

A generic version of an effective HIV-prevention drug has come on the market in the past few days, but experts say the medication is still far too expensive for many people who need it, and they're hoping other generic versions being released in the coming weeks will be sold at a much lower price.

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Mom says child lucky to be alive after repeated misdiagnoses at Cape Dorset health centre

CBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 16:25

A mother in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, says she brought her child to the local health centre five times before finally taking her on a flight to Iqaluit, where she was diagnosed with a burst appendix.

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