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Scientists alter genes of human embryo to correct disease-causing mutation

CBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:30

U.S. scientists demonstrate the possibility to correct mutationsin an early human embryo in what they call a safe and efficient way.

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No more freebies: India plans crackdown on marketing by drugmakers

CBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 09:18

India, one of the world's largest markets for pharmaceuticals, is drawing up its first set of marketing rules for drugmakers, draft proposal suggests.

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More Canadians living alone and without children, census figures show

CBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 07:54

Childless couples and empty-nesters growing at faster rate than couples living with children, 2016 census figures show.

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Drug monitoring won't address causes of addiction, front-line worker says

CBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 04:00

The provincial government is working on the second phase of its long-awaited New Brunswick prescription monitoring program, aiming to give pharmacists the ability to see who may be misusing prescriptions for addictive drugs in real time.

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Don't let the hype around Lyme disease lead to unnecessary treatment, warns U of A researcher

CBC - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 18:45

An infectious disease specialist at the University of Alberta Hospital says the risk of contracting Lyme disease from a tick bite is overblown.

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Rich or poor, all countries fail to support breastfeeding: UN

CBC - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 13:52

Boosting the breastfeeding rate to 50 per cent by 2025 would save the lives of 520,000 young children, UN-backed study says.

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Nova Scotia judge signs off on OxyContin class-action settlement

CBC - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 13:23

A Nova Scotia judge has approved a settlement in the class-action lawsuit related to OxyContin, even as two people affected by addiction to the painkiller told the court Tuesday they were unhappy with the deal struck with the drug manufacturer.

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Ontario names Justice Eileen Gillese to lead Wettlaufer inquiry

CBC - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 09:03

Ontario has appointed Justice Eileen Gillese to conduct an independent public inquiry into the circumstances and systemic issues that may have allowed former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer to kill eight nursing home residents in her care.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 29, 2017: July 16 to July 22, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 06:26
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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A prosthetic leg to match her skin tone: Regina woman wonders why it's not available

CBC - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 04:00

When Regina resident Rahab Wanjau went to pick out a prosthetic leg and foot at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, she was discouraged to find only two colours were available.

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Ottawa pushed to prosecute Purdue Pharma over 'deceptive' marketing of OxyContin

CBC - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:35

A decade ago, OxyContin's drugmaker Purdue Pharma settled civil and criminal suits in the U.S. for more than $600 million US. After a recently proposed $20 million settlement in Canada, doctors and lawyers here are calling for criminal prosecution.

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Respiratory Virus Detections/Isolations in Canada, Week 29 ending July 22, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 15:17
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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Jurors in fraud trial of 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli begin deliberations

CBC - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:02

Jurors in New York began deliberating Monday in the federal securities fraud trial of former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli, who is accused with looting his own drug company to pay back disgruntled investors in two failed hedge funds he ran.

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Spate of drug overdoses in Toronto wakeup call, experts say

CBC - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 07:14

A rash of drug overdose deaths in Toronto was called unusual by police on the weekend and it generated the kind of publicity all too familiar to residents in Vancouver, which has been grappling with a crisis for years.

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Pursuing the MD dream: How Caribbean-trained Canadian doctors struggle to come home

CBC - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 04:00

For Canadians wanting to be doctors who left home to chase their dreams, studying abroad offers a second chance but often means not getting to come home.

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National park in Newfoundland first to adapt cabin for people with autism

CBC - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 04:30

Parks Canada has retrofitted one of its rustic cabins at the Berry Hill Campground to make it friendly for people with autism who want to get close to nature.

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'OK doc, I'm rolling': Physicians told to expect patients recording them

CBC - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 04:00

Canadian doctors say they're being recorded by their patients — with or without permission. A physician legal body advises doctors to develop a policy surrounding recordings.

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A new reason to worry about teenage drinking

CBC - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 08:00

A look at how teen drinking could contribute to obesity, and a scientist's battle against the marketing unproven stem cell therapies. Read our weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news.

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Breast milk in, cow's milk out: Vegan diet can be healthy for children

CBC - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 07:00

A Regina mother decided to raise her child without eating animal products. A pediatrician agrees it can be a healthy way of eating.

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Charismatic guru Michael Stone popularized ancient ideas

Globe and Mail - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 18:43
While developing teachings that blended traditional concepts with mainstream psychology, he dealt privately with bipolar disorder
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