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Ebola outbreak in Congo a concern, WHO head says in not declaring an emergency

CBC - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:38

Conditions to declare the Ebola outbreak in Congo a public health emergency haven't been met, WHO says.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 18, 2018: April 29 to May 5, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 08:57
In Canada, one new case of measles and no new case of rubella were reported in week 18, 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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B.C. brings doctor fees for assisted dying in line with rest of Canada

CBC - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 05:00

Physicians said the costs involved were much greater than the $200 previously provided

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Youth suicides, violence: Nunavut community of Pangnirtung calling out for help amid 'sense of desperation'

CBC - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 04:00

A dozen youth in a remote community in Nunavut attempted suicide this past February. The next month calls to RCMP doubled. Now, officials are descending on Pangnirtung next week after receiving a desperate plea for help.

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WHO says Congo faces 'very high' risk from Ebola outbreak

CBC - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:06

Democratic Republic of Congo faces a "very high" public health risk from Ebola after the disease was confirmed in one patient in a major city, the World Health Organization said on Friday, raising its assessment from "high" previously.

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Public Health Notice — Outbreak of norovirus and gastrointestinal illnesses linked to raw oysters

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 14:13
A total of 176 cases of gastrointestinal illness linked to oyster consumption were reported in three provinces: British Columbia (137), Alberta (14), and Ontario (25). 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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Film aims to prevent patients falling through cracks in health system

CBC - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 13:24

A family's efforts to improve a flawed system have culminated in a documentary about their son's preventable death.

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Alternative to daily inhaler use may offer asthma sufferers a new option

CBC - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 13:13

People are so reluctant to take their inhaler medication for mild asthma on a daily basis that a pharmaceutical company has come up with a different approach.

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Respiratory Virus Report, Week 19 - ending May 12, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:01
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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Seniors in long-term care facilities twice as likely to be on opioids: report

CBC - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 10:38

Long-term care residents were taking an average of 9.9 different classes of drugs compared to 6.7 for other seniors, the Canadian Institute for Health Information reports.

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Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to city of 1 million

CBC - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 08:54

Congo has a confirmed Ebola case in the city of Mbandaka, which has a population of about one million.

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What growing old looks like when you're living with HIV

CBC - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:00

As the population of people living with HIV gets older, they face new challenges — related to their health, finances, and isolation — in unprecedented circumstances.

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Japanese seniors sue government over forced sterilization program

CBC - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 04:41

Three Japanese who were forcibly sterilized under a government policy decades ago have filed lawsuits demanding an apology and compensation, in a growing movement seeking official redress.

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Meet the opioid users of Bell Island, N.L., and the people keeping them alive

CBC - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 04:30

What grassroots groups are doing to battle the opioid crisis in one Newfoundland town, and the story behind why they started.

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Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine as outbreak hits urban centre

CBC - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:03

The first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines arrived in Congo's capital just a few hours before the first case in the city of Mbandaka is reported.

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In 2016, nearly 1 in 4 opioid prescriptions in Ontario exceeded new dosage guidelines

CBC - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:34

Nearly a quarter of first-time opioid prescriptions in Ontario from April 2015 to March 2016 exceeded recommended dose limits introduced in 2017.

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Schoolbags not linked to back pain in children, Australian study concludes

CBC - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:12

There is no convincing evidence that schoolbag use increases the risk of back pain in children and adolescents, researchers say.

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Parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law, regulates vaping

CBC - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 03:00

The Liberal government has passed a sweeping overhaul of the country's tobacco laws - legislation that will formally legalize vaping and give Health Canada the regulatory powers it needs to mandate plain packaging for all cigarettes.

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Mother's Day BBQ ruined after Montreal-area woman swallows metal brush bristle

CBC - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 17:26

Lisa Spour said she switched to the wooden barbecue brush two summers ago after hearing stories about the dangers associated with metal brushes, so she never thought she'd be a victim of a tiny, lost bristle.

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Feasting, fasting and staying fit: how to have a healthy Ramadan

CBC - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 15:05

Fasting during Ramadan can be physically challenging, especially if you like to be physically active. Here's how you can maintain your health and fitness goals this month.

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