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Feeling lonely? You're not alone — and it could be affecting your physical health

CBC - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 04:00

With researchers sounding the alarm that loneliness can cause serious physical as well as mental harm, and statistics indicating rates are on the rise, here are coping strategies people are using to deal with their feelings of being disconnected.

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Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

CBC - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:22

More than 1,000 government entities have sued Purdue, along with other drugmakers and distributors, claiming they are partly culpable for a drug overdose crisis that resulted in a record 72,000 deaths in the U.S. 2017.

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Alberta judge says no money for couple charged in son's meningitis death

CBC - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:40

An Alberta couple facing a retrial in the meningitis death of their son will not get $4 million they wanted the government to give them for past and future legal fees, a judge said Friday.

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Mother of 3-year-old killed by flu shares story, advocates for vaccine

CBC - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 07:00

Caylee Donovan's three-year-old daughter died as a result of the flu. Now, she's sharing her daughter's story with others to help them make the right choices for their families.

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Debate brews over ruling that sends Kitchener, Ont. nurse back to work after stealing drugs

CBC - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 06:00

A Kitchener, Ont. nurse who was fired in 2016 after admitting to stealing and using opioids from the care home where she worked will get her job back. She'll also be compensated for injury to 'dignity, feelings and self respect.' But the ruling by an arbitrator concerns one labour lawyer.

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Family blames understaffing at care home for elderly woman's broken hip

CBC - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 18:14

Violet Holwell, 84, broke her hip when she fell out a bed at the long-term care home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Her family believes it's due to understaffing at the facility.

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20-year-old paralyzed by falling tree during B.C. storm 'can't wait to get home'

CBC - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:30

A snapped tree fell on Alex Higden's flatbed truck during the severe storm in B.C. on Dec. 20. It broke part of his back, but Higden's father said he's already set his sights on going home.

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Naturopaths still making 'unacceptable' number of dubious claims face minimum $500 fines

CBC - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:43

B.C.'s naturopathic college is promising immediate action against practitioners who make false claims and spread anti-vaccination disinformation after finding an "unacceptable" number of violations of its policies.

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UN health chief orders probe into misconduct

CBC - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:14

The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal probe into allegations that the agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top managers.

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Yellow carbon monoxide monitors 'worth their weight in gold' to B.C. paramedics

CBC - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:45

Two years ago, it became mandatory for paramedics in B.C. to wear the monitors while on shift. The devices are credited with potentially saving at least three lives at a family home in Vancouver on Tuesday night — and, experts say, likely many more lives in recent years.

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U.S. doctors have a new opioid addiction treatment in their arsenal — it could be here next

CBC - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 06:00

Sublocade, a monthly injectable alternative to the widely used opioid treatment Suboxone, has been approved by Health Canada after a small but so far successful run in the U.S.

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Low chance but high risk — Zika virus still a threat to travellers

CBC - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 04:00

The Zika virus should remain a concern for some Canadians planning winter vacations in sunny climes, doctors say.

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Next on Ford's chopping block: regional health care agencies called LHINs

CBC - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 04:00

In what would be its first major move to restructure Ontario's health system, the Doug Ford government is considering a sharp cut to the bureaucracies that are supposed to co-ordinate health care services at the local level.

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Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet

CBC - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:58

Scientists in nutrition, health and sustainability compile what a healthy diet looks like — and also how to provide that food for a world population growing to 10 billion.

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B.C. health official questions value of handing out free naloxone nasal spray

CBC - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:43

A pharmaceutical company was handing out free samples of their naloxone nasal spray at a Surrey, B.C., SkyTrain station on Wednesday — but health officials are skeptical about the approach.

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'They'll talk to my wife. But I'm right there,' says man living with dementia

CBC - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:11

An expert panel has released a report outlining the best ways to tackle the growing incidence of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia among Canadians as a basis for a national strategy on the progressive brain diseases.

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Calgary anesthesiologist suspended until drugging and rape allegations dealt with in court

CBC - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:19

A Calgary anesthesiologist who continued to work after he was accused of drugging and raping a woman has been ordered to surrender his practising permit, after CBC News contacted the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).

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Toronto Public Health issues alert about bad drugs sold as fentanyl or heroin

CBC - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 17:09

Toronto Public Health has issued a warning about illicit drugs being sold in the city as either fentanyl or heroin causing what the agency calls "concerning" symptoms.

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Just 1 or 2 experiences with marijuana may alter teen brain

CBC - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:42

Teen brains can be altered by smoking even a small amount of cannabis, a small U.S. study suggests.

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Immunizations still urged as Alberta heads into second half of flu season

CBC - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:34

Halfway through the influenza season, it appears Albertans aren’t being hit as hard as they were last year. But a provincial health official says we’re not out of the woods yet.

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