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Montreal public health backs Toronto call to decriminalize personal drug use

CBC - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:24

Decriminalizing all drug use would reduce the stigma and bring down the barriers preventing those who abuse illicit substances from getting treatment, the agency said.

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'It does scare me': New HIV strains highlight need for more testing, less stigma, says man living with virus

CBC - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:19

For an Indigenous man with HIV who is living in Saskatchewan, news of mutating strains of the virus circulating in the province came as a shock. He's worried about people in his community, and his relatives, contracting mutated strains that could progress quickly if left untreated.

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Competition Bureau says eyewear shoppers deserve more choice online

CBC - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 03:00

Canada's competition watchdog has set its sights on the eyewear industry, calling on regulators to provide greater access to internet sales.

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Heat health risk prompts change to Environment Canada warning system

CBC - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 03:00

The heat really is different depending on whether you're in Vancouver, Toronto or St. John's, so a single threshold has given way to regional differences that include a heat wave's duration and nighttime lows.

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The dangers of blue-green algae: microbe is lethal to animals and harmful to humans

CBC - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 03:00

Ecologists are warning people in Fredericton that a blue-green algae bloom may be behind the sudden deaths of three dogs who died after swimming in the St. John River. Here's what you need to know about the pesky microbe and its troubling consequences.

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This woman rushed to the aid of a Danforth shooting victim, and ended up in the line of fire

CBC - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 21:27

When a frantic woman ran into the Italian restaurant where Danielle Kane and her boyfriend were having dinner saying someone had been shot, they didn't think twice about running to help. What they didn't know was that the gunman was right outside.

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Federal judge rejects lawsuit of sailor sickened by warship mould

CBC - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:02

A Federal Court judge has rejected a lawsuit against the federal government by a former sailor who claims his debilitating lung condition was the result of mould exposure aboard two Canadian warships.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 29 ending July 21, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:56
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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Britain to legalize medicinal use of cannabis

CBC - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:35

The British government says doctors will soon be able to legally prescribe cannabis-based medicines, but has no plans to decriminalize the drug for recreational use.

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New HIV strains in Saskatchewan lead to faster progression of illness

CBC - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:33

A new report has found that mutated HIV strains in Saskatchewan are creating a quickly advancing illness among certain people.

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81 people possibly exposed to tuberculosis at Calgary-area school

CBC - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:55

Eighty-one people at a Calgary-area school have potentially been exposed to tuberculosis, says Alberta Health Services.

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'Grain-free' dog food may be linked to deadly heart disease

CBC - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:20

Unusual cases of potentially deadly heart disease have been cropping up in dogs fed dog food containing legumes and potatoes that is often marketed as being "grain free," prompting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate.

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West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report —July 8-14 (Week 28)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 08:34
As of surveillance week 28, ending on July 14, 2018, no human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have 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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Mental illness alone is no predictor of violence, studies and experts agree

CBC - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 03:00

The question of whether there is a relationship between mental illness and violence — and the potential threat it may pose to public safety — has been renewed in the aftermath of Toronto's Danforth tragedy.

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Alberta scientists help identify stillbirth-predicting blood chemicals

CBC - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 19:52

Scientists, including researchers from the University of Alberta, have identified five chemicals in pregnant women's blood that could help doctors predict and prevent stillbirths.

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New scoliosis surgery 'could be revolutionary,' but Halifax surgeon says questions remain

CBC - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:29

The IWK Hospital in Halifax is the first facility in North America to offer a new surgery to correct curves in the spine. The surgeon performing the procedure says it's less invasive and less expensive, but warns there is no long-term research to test the results.

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'Promising' ultrasound pokes holes in brain barrier to let drug treatment through

CBC - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 14:46

Canadian researchers are reporting early hints that focused ultrasound technology can safely poke holes in the blood-brain barrier that would allow for better treatment of Alzheimer's, brain tumours and other neurological diseases.

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How 2 Alberta men developed a potentially life-saving coverall modification

CBC - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 07:00

It started as an idea so simple, stepbrothers Kris McLeod and Mike Rutten were sure it already existed.

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Violent, anti-social behaviour down sharply among Ontario students, survey finds

CBC - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 06:17

Violence and other anti-social behaviour among Grade 7 to Grade 12 students in Ontario has dropped significantly over the past two decades, according to one of the longest-running mental-health studies of its type.

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Dutch medical trial using Viagra stopped after 11 babies die

CBC - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 18:04

A Dutch trial with the drug best known under the brand name Viagra, has been immediately halted after 11 babies of mothers using the medication died, one of the participating hospitals said on Tuesday.

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