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Ottawa to present plan to amend policy that rejects immigrants on medical grounds by April, Hussen says

CBC - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:10

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he will present a plan in April to amend an outdated policy that excludes immigrants based on medical condition, but the NDP wants the government to act with greater urgency to end the discriminatory clause.

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Desperate family takes out 27 billboards to find kidney donor for Calgary man

CBC - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:56

Elaine Austin admits it's an unconventional approach. She and other family members have taken out more than two dozen billboards in and around Calgary to try to find a kidney donor for her son, whose current kidney is functioning at just six per cent.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 6 ending February 10, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:54
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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Enhancing athletic performance on a genetic level

CBC - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:23

It’s already on WADA’s radar and gene doping may already be happening to enhance athletes’ performance, but its future is much more problematic.

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Research lacking on medical marijuana, new prescription guideline suggests

CBC - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:00

A new medical marijuana guideline developed by Edmonton researchers warns physicians that the risks may outweigh the benefits for the vast majority of patients.

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Cheeseburgers, chocolate milk stay in Canadian Happy Meals as U.S. removes them

CBC - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:23

McDonald's Canada hasn't decided whether to follow its U.S. counterpart in removing cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from Happy Meals.

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Sexual assault survivor calls for funding as N.S. counselling grants expire

CBC - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 04:00

A woman who had to wait three days for a rape kit in rural Nova Scotia is imploring the province to commit to permanently funding counselling programs for sexual assault survivors.

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'Startlingly high mortality' among single dads in Canada

CBC - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 19:04

A new Canadian suggests that single fathers have double the risk of dying prematurely than single mothers or any other partnered parent.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 5, 2018: January 28 to February 3, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:49
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 5, 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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Treating the youngest opioid patients

CBC - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:22

Trying to cope with the rising numbers of affected infants, hospitals around the United States are taking a scattershot approach to treating the opioid epidemic's youngest patients.

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Recall issued after Vancouver teen's allergic reaction to cookies with undeclared peanuts

CBC - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:38

Canada's food regulator has issued a recall for two products after a Vancouver teenager had a severe allergic reaction to cookies containing peanuts not listed as an ingredient on the label.

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Expert pressed about risk in closing N.S. facilities for people with disabilities

CBC - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:01

A Nova Scotia government lawyer pressed an expert witness today over the risks of shifting people with intellectual disabilities out of institutional settings into the community, as a human rights inquiry entered its third day.

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Why some airlines won't accept a peacock, hamster or even cat as a comfort support animal

CBC - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 07:54

Miniature horses, monkeys and pigs can legally fly as emotional support animals on at least one Canadian airline, but an advocate for travellers says the vast majority of jet-setting comfort animals are far less exotic and truly necessary accommodation for people with disabilities.

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Eye doctors accused of illegally charging patients for cataract surgery: health minister

CBC - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:30

Callers to a provincial cataract surgery hotline say physicians are breaking the law by charging patients directly for a surgery that should be paid for by the Medical Care Plan (MCP).

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A clinic that opened in 1971 is the future of Nova Scotia health care

CBC - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:00

The North End Community Health Centre in Halifax uses equality, not hierarchy to treat patients. Doctors work in a team with nurses, a social worker and a nutritionist.

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Why eating quickly could accelerate weight gain

CBC - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 04:00

New research suggests when people eat quickly there's less time for the "I'm full" signal to reach the brain, increasing the risk of overeating.

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A complicated heart: Facing my baby's mortality before his life began

CBC - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:00

My son's only chance at life would be surgery on his walnut-size heart just 48 hours after he was born.

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Young doctor using Facebook to recruit colleagues to rural Cape Breton

CBC - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 18:26

A family doctor in Neils Harbour in northern Cape Breton has posted a Facebook message to her former fellow med school and residency colleagues, hoping some of them will come and work in her community.

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Almost 1 million Canadians give up food, heat to afford prescriptions: study

CBC - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 14:51

968,000 people skimped on necessities to pay for their medicine in 2016, researchers found.

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Zika virus: Advice for travellers

Public Health Agency of Canada - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:46
Update to WHO links for most recent Zika virus data and format changes to enhance readability. 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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