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It pays to live on an island: N.L., P.E.I. least stressed provinces

CBC - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:00

The economic prospects on the East Coast may not be the best in the country, but people living there don't seem to be too worried about it.

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India to spray water over New Delhi to combat toxic smog

CBC - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:39

India plans to spray water over its capital, New Delhi, to combat toxic smog that has triggered a pollution emergency, officials said on Friday, with conditions expected to worsen over the weekend.

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West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report - October 22 to October 28, 2017 (Week 43)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:58
During week 43, October 22 to October 28, 2017, one new case of West Nile Virus (WNV) was reported from Québec to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Retrospectively, five additional cases were reported by two provinces: three in Québec and two in Ontario. 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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Canada, China partner on project using apps, texts to treat mental health

CBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:00

Canada and China are partnering on a five-year project to enhance mental health treatment through the use of smartphone apps, text messaging and electronic medical records.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 44 ending November 4, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:40
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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'This is why so many people are dying': Data show dramatic rise in street drugs testing positive for fentanyl

CBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:48

The number of positive tests for fentanyl in samples of street drugs seized by law enforcement agencies across Canada has grown at a rate of more than 2,000 per cent over five years, according to exclusive data obtained by CBC News.

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Monsanto weedkiller 'not statistically significantly associated with cancer': study

CBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:37

A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer, scientists said on Thursday.

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Brazilian congressional committee votes to ban all abortions

CBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 09:09

A congressional committee led by evangelical Christians has voted to ban abortion in Brazil in all situations, including cases of rape and where the mother's life is in danger.

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'If it hasn't happened ... it's coming': Mothers of addicts urge radical approach to fentanyl crisis

CBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 05:00

If the latest numbers don't provide enough motivation to address the fentanyl crisis — 914 dead in British Columbia this year alone from overdoses linked to the drug — Kathy Wagner hopes her son's story will. She and three other mothers are proposing a radical solution to the devastating toll fentanyl-laced drugs are having on addicts and their loved ones.

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Inside the fight to label sugary, salty and fatty foods in Canada

Globe and Mail - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:32
Ottawa drew praise when it announced last year it would label foods high in sugar, salt and saturated fat. But when experts came together to make a short list of designs, the complexities of the plan came to the forefront, and the critics raised their voices.
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Canadian skin cancer detector concept wins global design prize

CBC - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 16:13

A Canadian team has won a global design prize by developing an early prototype of a cheap, handheld heat scanner that could one day help doctors diagnose skin cancer quickly and painlessly in their offices.

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Boy with rare disease gets most of skin replaced through gene therapy

CBC - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 15:19

Desperate to save a seven-year-old boy's life, doctors used experimental gene therapy to create new skin in a lab after skin graft attempts had failed.

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Plant-based milks shouldn't be main beverage for young children, health experts say

CBC - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:52

Canada's pediatricians and dietitians say rice, coconut and almond milks contain little to no protein, and some plant-based beverages aren't fortified with essential minerals or vitamins.

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National Surveillance of Antimicrobial Susceptibilities of Neisseria gonorrhoeae – 2015

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:14
The Canadian reported rate of gonorrhea is on the rise and has more than doubled from 21.8 per 100,000 in 2001 to 55.4 per 100,000 in 2015. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection in Canada with 19,845 cases reported in 2015. 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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National Surveillance of Antimicrobial Susceptibilities of Neisseria gonorrhoeae – 2015

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:58
The Canadian reported rate of gonorrhea is on the rise and has more than doubled from 21.8 per 100,000 in 2001 to 55.4 per 100,000 in 2015. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection in Canada with 19,845 cases reported in 2015. 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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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 43, 2017: October 22 to October 28, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:41
In Canada, no new cases of measles were reported in week 43, 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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How useful is marijuana as medicine? New research centre aims to find out

CBC - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:00

As the use of medicinal cannabis grows, a new Ontario research centre says it plans to look into whether pot is actually an effective treatment for various ailments.

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Stop using antibiotics in healthy farm animals, WHO warns

CBC - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:44

The World Health Organization is urging farmers to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people.

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National Laboratory Surveillance of Invasive Streptococcal Disease in Canada - Annual Summary 2015

Public Health Agency of Canada - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:36
2,596 isolates causing invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) were characterized in 2015 representing 79.6% of the 3,211 cases reported to Canadian Notifiable Disease Surveillance System. 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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Drug costs rising fast in Canadian health-care spending, report finds

CBC - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:10

More expensive "biologic" treatments and the end of a period when Canadians saw cost savings as patents expired and generics flooded the market driving growth in pharmaceutical prices, experts say.

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