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West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report - June 24-30 2018 (Week 26)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 08:48
As of surveillance week 26, ending on June 30, 2018, no human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have 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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Pet therapy should be more than bonus treatment — it should be standard practice

CBC - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 03:00

In many provinces, these programs often fall outside the purview of universal health care, despite evidence that public funding for many of these services would reduce overall health care costs downstream.

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More Canadian stroke patients could get clot-grabbing treatment

CBC - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 20:54

People living in remote communities or who suffer an ischemic stroke while asleep could benefit from new 24-hour time frame for endovascular thrombectomy, Heart and Stroke Foundation says.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 28 – ending July 14, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:21
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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UBC researchers explore use of nanotechnology to predict risk of opioid addiction

CBC - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:14

The microbiomes that live in and on bodies reveal all sorts of health issues including whether a person is at a higher risk of becoming addicted to opioid painkillers, new research from the University of British Columbia shows.

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Deaths by alcohol-related liver disease skyrocket among young adults, U.S. study shows

CBC - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:40

Cirrhosis deaths among people 25 to 34 years old rose 10.5 per cent between 2009 and 2016 in the U.S., according to new data.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 27, 2018: July 1 to 7, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:25
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 27, 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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ER doc flagged Wettlaufer victim death as possible medication error, inquiry hears

CBC - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 08:53

An emergency room doctor thought a coroner should investigate an elderly woman's death because she thought it was likely caused by a medication error, the Wettlaufer inquiry heard Wednesday.

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Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of Congo

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 08:25
Information regarding returning travellers has been updated. 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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'We have to start getting used to it': Record-breaking temperatures heating up the globe

CBC - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 03:00

No better time than during a global heat wave to take a closer look at the world's changing climate, for which record-breaking temperatures and extreme weather are the "new normal," experts say.

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Single-sport kids feeling the strain of specialization, experts say

CBC - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 03:00

A growing body of research suggests early sports specialization — spending eight months or more a year playing a single sport — can do young athletes more physical harm than good.

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Progress Report on the 2015 Federal Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and Use

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:03
Progress Report highlighting the federal government’s success in achieving its objectives under the Federal Action Plan 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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Medicinal marijuana users worry as condos rush to ban pot smoking ahead of legalization

CBC - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:00

Many condo boards are trying to put new rules in place, fearing there will be more people smoking pot on their properties after it becomes legal.

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UN 'sounding the alarm' on HIV progress

CBC - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:10

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse.

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Newfoundland and Labrador will be 7th province to fully cover abortion pill

CBC - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:21

As of Sept. 1, people with a valid MCP card will be covered for the full cost of the abortion pill, which costs around $350.

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Recovering drug addicts and rescued pit bulls: An unlikely therapy brings unexpected results

CBC - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:00

Shortly after joining the addiction recovery program, Ariss began volunteering with other Our House clients with Pitbulls for Life Foundation of Alberta, a not-for-profit that rescues and rehabilitates pit bulls.

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Coroner maintains he didn't miss anything in deaths of 2 of Wettlaufer's victims

CBC - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:35

The local coroner responsible for reviewing the deaths of two of Elizabeth Wettlaufer's victims told the inquiry into the safety and security of residents in the long-term care homes system that he didn't miss anything in his investigations.

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Cannabis a cure for morning sickness? Doctors say no way

CBC - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 03:00

Pregnant women are being warned of the risks associated with cannabis consumption. Doctors say it could affect the baby's brain development.

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Canadians' average life expectancy could be cut by opioid scourge

CBC - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 03:00

Canada will soon find out whether the deadly opioid crisis is having an impact on how long people are expected to live on average.

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Ottawa sought advice from kids to help pick cannabis warning symbol

CBC - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 16:00

Health Canada tapped the opinions of children as young as five years old as it attempted to decide what warning symbol would work best in mandatory labelling on cannabis products when pot is legalized later this year.

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