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Want life insurance? You may want to track your fitness, says John Hancock

CBC - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:39

John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that include optional fitness tracking through tools including wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday.

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Passengers bleed from ears, noses after Indian flight loses cabin pressure

CBC - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:38

A Jet Airways flight has returned to Mumbai, India's financial capital, after dozens of passengers complained of ear pain and nose bleeding due to a loss in cabin pressure.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 37 – ending September 15, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:20
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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What happens when your neighbours smoke up, and it could kill you?

CBC - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 03:00

A woman who has a life-threatening allergy to cannabis lives in a condo where owners voted down a proposal to ban weed smoking in the units.

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Nova Scotia to allow 'X' as sex option on birth certificates

CBC - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:49

Nova Scotians who don't exclusively identify as male or female will have the option of choosing "X" on their birth certificates under changes proposed by the province.

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Low-carb diet better when it includes more vegetables, nuts

CBC - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:27

People who cut back on carbohydrates may end up increasing their risk of premature death if they load their plates with meat and cheese instead of vegetables and nuts, a U.S. study suggests.

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Belleisle Farms brand coleslaw recalled due to Listeria

CBC - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 09:59

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled Belleisle Farms Ltd. brand coleslaw due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

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Your used smartphone could be helpful for blind people

CBC - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 03:00

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind will accept donations of old smartphones, which will be scrubbed of previous data, loaded with accessible apps and delivered to people with sight loss who need them.

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N.S. woman choosing to die earlier than she wants due to 'extreme' assisted-dying law

CBC - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 03:00

A Nova Scotia woman who is choosing a medically assisted death says she will end her life earlier than she really wants because she's worried doctors will deny her the procedure if she loses her mental capacity to consent before that time arrives.

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California sues maker of Humira for alleged kickbacks to doctors

CBC - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 16:08

California filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing pharmaceutical giant AbbVie of illegally plying doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe Humira despite its potentially deadly complications.

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More than 8,000 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada since 2016

CBC - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 13:53

At least 1,036 Canadians died in the first three months of this year due to apparent opioid overdoses, raising the opioid epidemic's death toll to more than 8,000 people since January 2016, according to newly released government figures.

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A child dies every 5 seconds, and most are preventable deaths: UN

CBC - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 11:13

An estimated 6.3 million children died before their 15th birthdays in 2017, or one every five seconds, mostly due to a lack of water, sanitation, nutrition and basic health care, according to report by United Nations agencies on Tuesday.

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B.C.-based grower approved to export marijuana to U.S. for clinical trial

CBC - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 10:43

Tilray will be exporting capsules for a study examining potential treatment for adults with essential tremor.

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Mom and daughter share 4-year nursing program together, still not sick of each other

CBC - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 06:00

Jordan Erickson and her mother Jody Prince will soon share an experience few mothers and daughters share. Both will graduate from the same four-year bachelor of science in nursing program next spring.

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'I feel betrayed by my company': Subway operator barred while using medicinal cannabis

CBC - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 04:00

A TTC employee says she's back on opioids because her employer told her she can't use medical marijuana and remain as a subway operator, even though her doctor thinks cannabis is the best treatment for her chronic pain.

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The dangers of not vaccinating are horrifying and graphic. Government warnings must show that

CBC - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 03:00

Much like the health warnings on cigarette packages, Canadians need to see the frightening and deadly consequences — and hear the heart-wrenching stories — of refusing or delaying vaccination.

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Healthy seniors taking baby Aspirin may be doing more harm than good

CBC - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 13:40

The widespread practice by healthy seniors of taking a baby Aspirin every day may do more harm than good, according to a U.S.-Australian study of more than 19,000 volunteers.

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'People are going to die': A city ravaged by the opioid crisis waits anxiously for overdose prevention site

CBC - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 03:00

The rate of overdose deaths in Thunder Bay, Ont., is double the provincial average. Health workers are trying to stem the devastation by giving drug users a supervised place to inject, with addiction help available a flight of stairs away.

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Mental health crisis grips Puerto Rico as rebuilding efforts stumble a year after hurricane

CBC - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 03:00

Mental health issues in Puerto Rico are growing, according to health officials, as residents struggle with government red tape and economic issues that are snarling efforts to rebuild - coupled with the ugly psychological effects of the new hurricane season.

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Canada's artificial trans fats ban comes into effect — with a phase-out period

CBC - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 03:00

Artificial trans fats will be off Canadian plates for good, as the final step to ban them in Canada took effect Monday. Researchers believe a ban could prevent up to 12,000 heart attacks in Canada over 20 years.

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