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South African child surprises researchers by showing no signs of AIDS years after treatment

CBC - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 10:15

A South African child born with HIV has surprised experts by appearing to be effectively cured after just a year of treatment, followed by 8½ years drug free, but experts say the majority of people infected with the virus that causes AIDS requires ongoing treatment.

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Parents of critically ill infant Charlie Gard end legal battle to save his life

CBC - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 08:56

Chris Gard publicly apologized to his critically ill baby Charlie for not being able to save his life, as he and his wife dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for an experimental treatment after new medical tests showed the window of opportunity to help him had closed.

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Stroke survivors at higher risk for another stroke or heart attack for years longer than commonly thought

CBC - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 23:01

When someone survives a stroke or mini-stroke, they're at substantial risk of another stroke or admission to a long-term care facility for at least five years afterward, Canadian neurologists say.

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Ontario announces new mental health workers for troubled Pikangikum First Nation

CBC - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 12:21

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins is announcing funding for 20 full-time mental health workers for Pikangikum First Nation — a remote community struggling with a suicide crisis and pressing mental health needs from about 380 people seeking counselling.

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Protesters rally to support baby Charlie Gard's parents as hospital reports threats

CBC - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 08:44

Protesters in London held a rally Sunday outside a courthouse to back the fight of British parents of a critically ill baby to get him an experimental treatment in the U.S. Officials at a British hospital where Charlie Gard is on life support say they have received death threats.

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SECOND OPINION | It's war! Debunkers take on Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP and celebrity pseudoscience

CBC - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 07:00

War on GOOP breaks out into the open and a second look at sweetener scare. Read our weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news.

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Aggressive tick whose bite makes people allergic to red meat is arriving in Canada

CBC - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:44

A tick species from the southeastern U.S, known to cause meat allergies, is hitching rides north.

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The lost art of play: No resilience without risk, says researcher

CBC - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:00

Parents might want to shield their children from unpleasant experiences but experts say that playing it too safe is actually harmful.

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Infection Prevention and Control Measures for Prehospital Care and Ground Transport of Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 15:43
Infection Prevention and Control Measures for Prehospital Care and Ground Transport of Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease 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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Yemen cholera outbreak to spread with monsoon rains, 600,000 cases expected

CBC - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:53

As Yemen's rainy season begins, the World Health Organization and Oxfam are worried that the country's citizens will be affected by the worst outbreak of cholera in recorded history.

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'This case touched us very deeply:' CDC reports contaminated breast pump tied to preterm infant's infection

CBC - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:02

There are concrete steps women can take to keep breast milk safe, health officials say after a preterm infant developed severe meningitis from mother's milk that became contaminated through a breast pump.

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'These are our children': Sexual abuse and suicide rate among Indigenous youth

CBC - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:01

"People don't talk about it. People hide it."

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National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg gets $5M to expand Ebola containment lab

CBC - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:00

The federal government is putting millions more into Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg to help detect high-risk infectious diseases such as Ebola and other types of Avian influenza faster.

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Respiratory Virus Detections/Isolations in Canada, Week 28 ending July 15, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:05
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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For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking medications

CBC - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 08:39

For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a new report.

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'I was actually offended': Man on Indigenous cancer therapies initially told oncologist wouldn't monitor him

CBC - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:00

A terminal cancer patient in Saskatchewan believes his choice to be treated using traditional Indigenous medicines rather than chemotherapy was initially disrespected by a specialist in the province, which has since taken action.

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1 in 3 dementia cases are potentially preventable, report says

CBC - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 23:15

Dementia may be viewed as unavoidable, but one in three cases could be prevented through lifestyle and social changes, a new review suggests.

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Manufacturer urges standards for wire bristle barbecue brushes

CBC - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:20

A Canadian manufacturer says safety standards need to be imposed on wire bristle barbecue brushes sold in this country.

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Hamilton doc sits in sweltering car to show parents the risks to their kids

CBC - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:10

Crocco's skin is getting clammy. The sweat trickles down his back. For 15 grueling minutes, he sits in the stifling 40 C heat. But he's in there to make a point – when parents leave kids in hot cars, they're gambling with their lives.

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Small pool of doctors treat majority of Ontarians with opioid addiction: study

CBC - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:50

A small proportion of Ontario doctors who treat people battling opioid addictions prescribe the majority of the medications used to treat the disorder, a study has found, raising concerns about the quality of patient care and access to therapy.

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