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Her dense breast tissue hid cancer for years. Now she's warning others

CBC - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 12:00

More than half of women have dense breast tissue. The more dense it is, the more difficult it is for a mammogram to detect cancer. And even though mammograms reveal breast density, most women aren't told about it.

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How psychedelic therapy could treat mental illness — by helping people think more like kids

CBC - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 08:00

The brain on psychedelics is surprisingly similar to that of a young child, and psychologist Alison Gopnik says that could explain the drugs' potential to treat mental illness.

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Timing is everything: How body-clock medicine tackles age-old diseases

CBC - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 08:00

Discoveries about what makes our internal clocks tick could create new treatments for conditions like epilepsy, diabetes and heart disease.

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Vaping on school buses and in classes: Pharmacist warns of high e-cigarette use among N.L. teens

CBC - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 04:30

Research has found the rate of teenage e-cigarette use in Newfoundland and Labrador is much higher than the national average.

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FluWatch report: August 26, 2018 to September 8, 2018 (Week 35-36)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 14:24
Influenza activity is at interseasonal levels across the country. 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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Health Canada asked 102 drug manufacturers and distributors to stop marketing opioids, 25 responded

CBC - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 03:00

This summer, Health Canada asked more than 100 pharmaceutical industry players to stop any and all of their opioid marketing to health care professionals in Canada. So far, just a quarter of them have written back.

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Mysterious Good Samaritan leaves handwritten suicide prevention messages on Lions Gate Bridge

CBC - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 16:35

Dozens of handwritten notes have appeared on the railings of the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, offering words of encouragement, quotes and pictures intended to help prevent suicides.

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From corneas to tendons, a new 'tissue bank' improves transplant process

CBC - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 13:15

A new "tissue bank" located in Dartmouth, N.S., is already making a difference in the number of corneas, heart valves, bones and other tissues available for transplant to the people who need them.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 36 – ending September 8, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:29
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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Cholera in Africa and Western Asia (Yemen)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:14
Zimbabwe was added to the list of countries experiencing an outbreak of cholera. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s recommendations for travellers. 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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2nd possible carcinogen found in recalled blood pressure drug valsartan, Health Canada says

CBC - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:47

A second impurity that is a classified as a probable human carcinogen has been found in valsartan, manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in China, Health Canada announces.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report – Week 35: August 26 to September 1, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:23
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 35, 2018. 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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West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report —August 26 to September 1, 2018 (Week 35)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 09:38
As of September 1, 2018, 60 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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Man with autism spends 8 days in Calgary ER — mostly in isolation — but never admitted

CBC - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 07:00

Harold Lovell spent a week in an isolated room at a Calgary hospital emergency department waiting for a bed to receive mental health treatment. He didn't get it.

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Ottawa proposes $100M settlement for disabled vets over clawback of benefits

CBC - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 06:41

Ottawa has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a four-year legal battle with disabled veterans who had launched a class-action lawsuit after some of their financial benefits were clawed back.

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Extra folic acid taken during pregnancy doesn't prevent pre-eclampsia, trial shows

CBC - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:01

For women who are at risk for pre-eclampsia, there is no benefit to being on a high dose of folic acid, a Canadian-led international study finds.

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Medical students schooled in Indigenous issues

CBC - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:01

Students entering the University of Ottawa's faculty of medicine were welcomed Wednesday with a special ceremony on Victoria Island, a traditional meeting place of the Algonquin people.

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Medical marijuana system will continue after legalization, says Health Canada

CBC - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 13:29

Health Canada will continue operating the medical marijuana system after recreational use of cannabis is legalized next month, but it will be reviewed within five years.

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Cancer deaths rise to 9.6 million globally as populations age

CBC - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 13:28

WHO agency sees 18.1 million new cancer cases in 2018

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U.S. officials call teen vaping 'epidemic'

CBC - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 10:11

U.S. health officials call on vaping industry to address rof isk having their flavoured products pulled off the market.

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