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Perinatal Health Indicators for Canada 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:49
Produced by PHAC's Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System (CPSS), this report presents surveillance information on key indicators of maternal, fetal and infant health in Canada. 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 Disease National Surveillance Report: July 16 to July 22, 2017 (Week 29)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:39
As of surveillance week 29, ending on July 22, 2017, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has been officially informed of two human clinical cases of West Nile virus (WNV). Both were reported by the province of Ontario [Timiskaming (1) and Windsor-Essex (1)]. 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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Charlie Gard, British baby who was focus of legal health battle, has died

CBC - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:35

Critically ill baby Charlie Gard, whose medical and legal story in Britain sparked compassion and controversy around the world, has died just days before his first birthday.

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U.S. FDA announces goal to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes

CBC - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:05

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced its goal to make cigarettes less addictive.

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$65M at stake in fraud trial for 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli

CBC - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:11

The defence lawyer for Martin Shkreli says the former pharmaceutical CEO would lose a $65-million US stake in a drug company he founded if he's convicted at his securities fraud trial.

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FluWatch report: June 18 to July 22, 2017 (weeks 25-29)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:28
Influenza activity is at interseasonal levels across the country, with a few regions reporting sporadic or localized activity. 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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No evidence that finishing your antibiotics reduces resistance, researchers say

CBC - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 16:35

By telling their patients to finish their antibiotics, doctors are not only providing advice without any scientific basis — they could also be worsening antibiotic resistance, British experts say.

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Report on coerced sterilizations of Indigenous women spurs apology, but path forward unclear

CBC - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:52

The Saskatoon Health Region apologized Thursday for the past coercion of Indigenous women to undergo surgical sterilization, but the health authority's plans to prevent similar mistreatment of patients remains unclear.

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First editing of human embryos carried out in United States

CBC - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:26

U.S. scientists have for the first time altered the genes of human embryos — a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases.

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Charlie Gard to be sent to hospice after parents, hospital fail to reach agreement

CBC - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:05

A British judge has ordered that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will "inevitably" die within a short time.

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Travellers to Mexico warned about tainted alcohol after woman dies

CBC - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 09:01

The U.S. State Department is warning tourists going to Mexico about reports of tainted or substandard alcohol causing drinkers to become sick or pass out.

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West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Borne Disease National Surveillance Report- Week 28, 2017: July 9 to July 15, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:25
As of surveillance week 28, ending on July 15, 2017, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has not been officially informed of any human cases of West Nile virus by provinces and territories since the beginning of the 2017 season in Canada. 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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Judge rules Charlie Gard will spend last days in hospice, not at home

CBC - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 11:29

Critically ill baby Charlie Gard will be transferred to a hospice and taken off life support unless his parents and a hospital agree on a plan that could potentially keep the child alive for a bit longer, a British judge ruled Wednesday.

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'It's just been so painful': Woman warns against lip-filler house parties after medical crisis

CBC - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 04:00

A young woman is warning others about the dangers of home lip augmentation and lip-filler parties after a complication left her temporarily disfigured, in excruciating pain and at risk for even more serious side-effects.

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Mom and baby spared traumatic birth after heart surgery performed inside the womb

CBC - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 23:22

A team of Toronto doctors inserted a balloon into a baby's heart wall — while he was still in the womb — to save him from potentially devastating complications after birth.

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'Very worrisome': Sperm counts have declined by more than half for Western men

CBC - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:05

Sperm counts for men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have declined by more than 50 per cent in the last four decades, according to a new study. The researchers, however, found no significant decline among men in South America, Asia and Africa.

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Brain study of deceased NFL players shows 99% had signs of CTE

CBC - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:23

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that the brains of 110 out of 111 surveyed NFL players showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease linked to repeated hits to the head. The study's authors are unsure how many current players or living former players suffer from CTE.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 28, 2017: July 9 to July 15, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 13:18
In Canada, no new cases of measles were reported in week 28, 2017. 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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Want to be happier? Hire a housekeeper, researchers suggest

CBC - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:11

For people who wish there were more hours in the day, spending a bit of money to get rid of onerous tasks would make them much happier, but researchers say very few actually make the investment.

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Government, Indigenous leaders herald health agreement that will dismantle 'colonial' system

CBC - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:06

Canada's health minister, the province of Ontario and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation have signed a deal on health care, a "landmark" agreement they say will begin the process of decolonizing the provision of care in the province's north.

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