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Respiratory Virus Detections/Isolations in Canada, Week 21 ending May 27, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:45
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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Zika virus: Advice for travellers

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:07
Zika is a virus spread by mosquitos. 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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Prenatal stress predisposes female mice to binge eating

Natural Healthcare Canada - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:02
Mouse study establishes model where we can actually show that early life stress increases the likelihood of binge eating in females POSTED BY: gisela
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Police dogs saved from opioid overdoses

CBC - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 10:35

Police officers have a new tool to protect their four-legged partners: naloxone, a drug that has already been used for years to reverse overdoses in humans.

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Ex-nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer felt 'red surge' before killing elderly patients

CBC - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:00

Ex-nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who admits killing eight people in long-term care homes, said in court that she injected patients with insulin with the intention of killing them.

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Recommended daily protein intake too low for the elderly

Natural Healthcare Canada - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 08:53
The minimum protein requirement for healthy adults has been set almost 15 years ago but there is a growing body of evidence that this recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is not sufficient for older pe... POSTED BY: gisela
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Canadians asked to weigh in on food policy

CBC - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 08:00

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay is turning to Canadians for input as he develops a national food policy.

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Air pollution results in 7,700 premature deaths in Canada each year, report says

CBC - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 23:37

Air pollution cost Canadian families an estimated $36 billion in 2015 due to premature death and illness, a new research report says.

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Screens 'not a toy:' Canadian pediatricians promote limits for kids 5 and under

CBC - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 23:01

Parents and caregivers of children aged five and younger should not only minimize screen time at home but use it mindfully themselves, the Canadian Paediatric Society says.

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Dentist denied payment for Indigenous client to be repaid by government

CBC - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 18:39

Health Canada and Alberta Health have reached an agreement to reimburse Dr. Terry Lim for the two dental implants he provided for Summer Dawn White Eagle, a young First Nations woman born with a cleft palate.

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Montreal surgeon 1st in North America to use augmented reality technology on sinus patients

CBC - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 17:09

The McGill University Health Centre's Dr. Mark Tewfik is breaking ground by using a new medical technology — augmented reality — for sinus operations.

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Opioid epidemic fuelled by 1 paragraph in journal, doctors say

CBC - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 16:12

A letter to the editor in a prestigious medical journal was part of a push to convince physicians to prescribe opioids more freely by downplaying addiction risks, Canadian researchers say.

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Common acne medicine reduces risk of multiple sclerosis, Calgary researchers find

CBC - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 16:00

Millions of people already take minocycline to treat acne, but University of Calgary researchers have found the inexpensive antibiotic also helps to control multiple sclerosis.

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Why time is of the essence in treating sepsis — a growing killer in Canada

CBC - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 14:24

Doctors and patient groups are urging the medical community to pay more attention to recognizing and preventing sepsis, a life-threatening condition with a high mortality rate.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 20, 2017: May 14 to May 20, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 13:53
In Canada, no new cases of measles were reported in week 20, 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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Ohio sues 5 drug companies over opioid crisis

CBC - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:56

Ohio Attorney General announces five drug manufacturers, accusing them of misrepresenting the risks of prescription opioid painkillers, helping fuel a drug addiction epidemic.

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Drugs sold on amazon.ca may pose serious risks, Health Canada warns

CBC - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 09:10

Health Canada is warning people who bought unauthorized products from amazon.ca labelled to contain the prescription drugs tryptophan or lithium to be aware of serious health risks.

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'Very, very serious situation': In northern Labrador, it's getting harder to find food

CBC - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 06:36

People living in Nunatsiavut are in a risky situation when it comes to feeding themselves, newly released research from northern Labrador shows.

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Alberta dentists barred from providing single-operator anesthesia

CBC - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:28

Dentists in Alberta can no longer provide general anesthesia at the same time as they provide dental treatment.

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Assessment of Public Health Risk to Canada Associated with Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus in China

Public Health Agency of Canada - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 14:05
In China, human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) follows a seasonal pattern with increases in reported cases occurring between October and May each year. The public health risk posed by avian influenza A(H7N9) virus to Canada is considered low based on available information. The risk assessment will be updated as new information arises. 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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