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Parasite worms its way into Alberta, infecting humans through dogs, coyotes

CBC - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:32

University of Alberta scientists are alerting the public to a potentially lethal tapeworm, which infects humans through the feces of coyotes and dogs.

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'Inadequate and insulting': Sask. family unhappy doctor not disciplined after boy burned during cast removal

CBC - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:50

A Saskatoon area couple whose son received second-degree burns while having a fibreglass cast removed is disappointed that the College of Physicians and Surgeons is not recommending mandatory training for doctors who perform the procedure.

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'Remarkable' boy with double hand transplant surpasses his goals

CBC - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 17:30

The first child in the world to receive a double hand transplant is able to write, feed and dress himself on his own, just 18 months after surgery.

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Will a high dose of vitamin D protect your child from colds?

Globe and Mail - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 15:08
High daily does of vitamin D instead of the recommended amount doesn’t reduce the number of colds, suggests a study
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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 27, 2017: July 2 to July 8, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 14:01
In Canada, no new cases of measles were reported in week 27, 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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9/11 survivors face higher risk of heart and lung problems

CBC - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:15

Intense exposure on the first day of the September 11, 2001 disaster could increase the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart and lung disease, a new study suggests.

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British doctors find mass of contact lenses under patient's eyelid

CBC - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:07

Doctors at a hospital in England were surprised to find a mass of contact lenses under a 67-year-old patient's eyelid, during what should have been routine cataract surgery.

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This woman wanted to show what mental illness is really like, so she created a videogame

CBC - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 04:00

Zablocki, a 28-year-old transgender woman, has been in and out of hospital psychiatric wards eight or nine times in the last three years, and found it difficult to convey her experiences to her family and friends. She started writing the online "choose-your-own-adventure" novel just a few days after her last stay.

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Anorexia film To the Bone triggers tears, painful memories at special screening

CBC - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 04:00

Alison Rogers has been struggling to keep her eating disorder under control for years, but she says she's particularly vulnerable these days. Still, she attended a special screening of the Netflix film To the Bone organized by a Toronto centre that helps people with eating disorders.

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West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Borne Disease National Surveillance Report - Week 27, 2017: July 2 to July 8, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 15:38
As of surveillance week 27, ending on July 8, 2017, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has not been informed of any human cases of West Nile virus by provinces and territories since the beginning of the 2017 season in Canada. 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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Hundreds of people to be notified after patient records breached

CBC - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 14:33

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says it is contacting 337 people after six employees accessed patients’ personal health information.

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Cholera in Dominican Republic and Haiti

Public Health Agency of Canada - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:39
Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection that is caused by ingesting food or water that has been contaminated with the bacterium 'Vibrio cholerae'. 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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Vancouver drug users' group was once called militant. Now it's leading the prevention charge

CBC - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:36

Ann Livingston, a founding member of VANDU, says the group's first meeting was at a park 20 years ago.

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U.S. doctor meets specialists treating Charlie Gard in U.K.

CBC - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:26

A U.S. doctor specializing in treating rare genetic conditions is meeting with other specialists treating Charlie Gard, assessing the critically ill 11-month-old for the first time.

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Medicinal and recreational cannabis should be separate, say researchers

CBC - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 05:15

Two Halifax researchers are urging the federal government to keep medicinal and recreational marijuana streams separate once the plant is legalized in Canada.

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Health Canada assessing wire-bristle BBQ brush risks after 9 injury reports

CBC - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 05:00

After years of safety warnings and reports of injuries from wire-bristle brushes used to clean barbecue grills, Health Canada has begun a risk assessment that could potentially stop the sale of the brushes.

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Why caution may be warranted when consuming artificial sweeteners

CBC - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 23:01

Consumers may want to think twice about relying on artificial sweeteners, says a Manitoba researcher who found no evidence the sweeteners help with weight loss and some potential health harm beyond the waistline.

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Mom accused of possible 'oral neglect' by dentist checking her daughter gets reported to children's aid

CBC - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 04:00

Melissa Lopez is questioning why a dentist would be allowed to report a parent without knowing all the facts, and why she now has a permanent file with the Children's Aid Society — even though she provided them with evidence of her daughter's dental work and was told they had quickly closed the case.

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'It's heartbreaking': More parents allege Banana Boat sunscreen burned their kids

CBC - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 04:00

Since May, Health Canada has received 187 complaints about Banana Boat sunscreen, many involving claims it led to burned or blistered skin. The agency has tested the product and is waiting for results.

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New buzz about immunotherapy

CBC - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 07:00

Why is everyone so excited about CAR-T cancer therapy? And how long does it take to list a hazardous chemical in Canada?

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