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Why ponytails will no longer become wigs for the Canadian Cancer Society

CBC - Sun, 11/04/2018 - 05:00

Wigs made of real hair made life much better for many cancer patients. But advancements in wigs made from synthetic materials have led to a decline in the need for donated hair.

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Janes chicken strips added to recall list over salmonella concerns

CBC - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 12:52

A week after the Janes brand chicken burgers were put on a recall list for possible salmonella contamination by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the company's chicken strips have been added.

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Why are there so many shortages of common vaccines?

CBC - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 08:00

Vaccines against Hepatitis A and B, shingles, yellow fever and even rabies are just some of the injections Canadians are having a tough time finding.

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The truth about teatoxes: Why health experts say this celeb-endorsed craze is unnecessary

CBC - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 03:00

It’s one of the latest celeb-endorsed crazes sweeping social media: Teatoxing, the idea you can detoxify your body, reduce bloat and boost energy. But according to Health Canada, the sale of some of these popular brands is not allowed in Canada because the products aren't properly licensed here.

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We're ignoring Canada's alcohol problem, chief public health officer warns

CBC - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 03:00

Canada's chief public health officer says she's worried about the rise in heavy drinking among Canadian women. In recent weeks, Dr. Theresa Tam has tried to sound the alarm on Canada’s substance abuse problem, making it the focus of her 2018 report on the state of public health in Canada.

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FluWatch report: October 21, 2018 to October 27, 2018 (Week 43)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 14:17
Influenza activity crossed the seasonal threshold in week 43, indicating the beginning of the influenza season at the national level. This is an earlier start than in recent years. The majority of regions in Canada reported sporadic or localized influenza activity in week 43. 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 — October 14 to 20 (Week 42)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 13:01
As of October 20 2018, 326 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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Outbreak of Salmonella infections possibly linked to long English cucumbers (Public Health Notice - Update)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:20
As of November 2, 2018, there have been 50 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella Infantis illness investigated: British Columbia (42), Alberta (5), Saskatchewan (1), Manitoba (1), and Quebec (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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Thalidomide class action in Canada to proceed as Federal Court overturns ruling

CBC - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 09:38

Thalidomide survivors have won the go-ahead to challenge a compensation program with a class proceeding.

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Paralyzed, terminally ill man had to sign assisted-dying papers in bus shelter

CBC - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 06:00

An Edmonton woman says her terminally ill best friend, who had ALS and was effectively paralyzed, had to sign his assisted-dying request form in a bus shelter because Covenant Health would not allow him to do so in its facility.

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'There is no validity': Unproven blood tests for food sensitivity widely offered in Canada

CBC - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:00

Two of Canada's biggest labs promote and offer something known as IgG food tests at their labs, marketed as a way to test for food sensitivities. But medical experts call these blood tests "irrelevant," "unvalidated" and "inappropriate" when it comes to tracking food intolerance.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report – Week 42: October 14 to October 20, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:07
In Canada, one new case of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 42, 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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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 43 – ending October 27, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:08
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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Young Inuit leaders optimistic about future, despite Nunavik's bleak suicide statistics

CBC - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:00

"It's really, really time to invest in these younger generations," says Alicia Aragutak, 27, who chairs Nunavik's suicide prevention committee.

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How moms and babies rooming together can help combat opioid dependency

CBC - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 03:00

Canada's opioid crisis extends to society's very youngest: About 2,000 newborns are born with opioid exposure. But more and more, hospitals are trying to minimize the impact this has on new mothers and their babies, by allowing them to stay together in same room as they undergo treatment.

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Meet Montreal's crew of Jewish emergency responders

CBC - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 03:00

Rabbis, teachers, businessmen — even a magician — are part of Hatzoloh Montreal, a Jewish emergency response service staffed 24 hours a day.

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Medical Council of Canada under fire for banning access to menstrual products for exam takers

CBC - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 17:09

The Medical Council of Canada says it's reviewing its practices after being criticized online for prohibiting women from bringing tampons or menstrual pads into exam rooms while writing multi-hour tests.

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A call for hope during a time of pain: Nunavik looks for solutions to suicide crisis

CBC - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:00

People in Kuujjuaq, Que., buried two young people Tuesday — the latest victims of apparent suicide — the very day Inuit leaders gathered in Nunavik's administrative centre to figure out how to respond to the latest spate of suicides in the territory.

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Wait at least a year before conceiving another baby to minimize health risks, new study suggests

CBC - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 03:00

New parents planning another pregnancy should wait at least a year to conceive in order to minimize health risks to both mom and baby, according to new research.

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'The situation is shocking': Senator leads charge against for-profit blood collection

CBC - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 03:00

Some senators are invoking memories of the tainted blood crisis — when more than 30,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and hepatitis C from poorly-screened blood products — to put an end to the re-emergence of for-profit plasma clinics.

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