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A team of Toronto researchers examined nearly 300 suicide notes. Here's what they found

CBC - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:48

Powerlessness, battling with mental illness and self-blame are common themes found in suicide notes, according to a study from Canadian researchers that recommends health-care professionals target those issues in treatment and prevention programs.

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Head of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl almost killed his son

CBC - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:56

CDC director says the opioid epidemic is 'the public health crisis of our time' and a top priority for the health agency.

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Changes coming to death investigations, tracking, chief coroner tells Wettlaufer inquiry

CBC - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:01

Changes are coming to how the province's 350 coroners are appointed, the education they get and how their performance is reviewed, Ontario's chief coroner testified Tuesday at the inquiry into serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer's behaviour on the job.

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Physicians urge Ottawa to pay another $21B over decade for seniors health care

CBC - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:36

Physicians are calling on the federal government to shell out another $21 billion over the next decade to help provinces and territories pay for soaring health care costs that will be propelled by the unavoidable growth of Canada's seniors population.

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No proof B.C. boy's migraines caused by Wi-Fi, tribunal rules

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

By the time class let out for the summer in 2016, a Vancouver Island preteen was spending almost all of every school day alone in an empty room, away from his friends.

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Thousands of patient records held for ransom in Ontario home care data breach, attackers claim

CBC - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 03:00

The detailed medical histories and contact information of possibly tens of thousands of home-care patients in Ontario are allegedly being held for ransom by thieves who recently raided the computer systems of a health-care provider.

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Pharmacare in our time: Can premiers, Ottawa agree how to do it?

CBC - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 03:00

Canada's premiers have been calling for a national pharmacare program since 2004. But they may never have been as close to getting one as they are this year — if they can put differences aside and agree on how to do it.

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CRISPR gene editing can cause serious DNA damage, U.K. research finds

CBC - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:03

Scientists studying the effects of the potentially game-changing gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 have found it can cause unexpected genetic damage that could lead to dangerous changes in some cells.

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As she turns 100, 'there's no stopping' trailblazing Montreal neuroscientist Brenda Milner

CBC - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 07:00

Dr. Brenda Milner is one of the world's most celebrated neuroscientists, and her groundbreaking work in the 1950s helped uncover how human brains retain new memories.

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Canadian video debunking fake online health claims becomes viral hit

CBC - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 03:00

A Canadian science communicator wanted to show how people's emotions and desire for easy answers can be manipulated when it comes to science and health information. His fake video with a very real message now has millions of views.

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Europe's Best brand Field Berry Mixes recalled for possible salmonella contamination

CBC - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 11:19

There's been a recall issued for Europe's Best brand Field Berry Mixes due to possible salmonella contamination.

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Flesh-eating disease leaves Langley, B.C., man fighting for life

CBC - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 09:00

In the beginning, the only sign that something was seriously wrong with Rob Erke was the pain and a small bump on his left shoulder — there was no wound, no scratch, no insect bite.

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People prefer a good story, no matter what their DNA says

CBC - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 08:00

Some consumers are embracing new identities by cherry-picking which race and ethnicity they identify with based on their test results, according to research from the University of British Columbia.

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Website promotes tackling insomnia without use of medication

CBC - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 18:01

A website created by a Nova Scotia pharmacist aims to help Canadians wean themselves off sleeping pills by teaching them how to treat insomnia without drugs.

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Supreme Court rules B.C. doesn't have to disclose health records to cigarette maker

CBC - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 08:52

British Columbia does not have to hand over the detailed health care records of millions of people to tobacco company Philip Morris International, says Canada's top court. Friday morning's unanimous Supreme Court decision clears a hurdle in the province's quest to sue cigarette companies for billions in health-care costs.

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay nearly $4.7B in ovarian cancer case

CBC - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 06:37

A jury in St. Louis, Mo., has awarded nearly $4.7 billion US in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer, in the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder.

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Health Canada ordered to release confidential drug company data on HPV vaccines

CBC - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 04:33

A Federal Court judge has ordered Health Canada to release to an American researcher reams of clinical trial data on five medications, undercutting the federal government’s attempts to keep the information confidential.

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Supreme Court to rule on whether B.C. has to give health data to cigarette maker

CBC - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 16:00

The Supreme Court of Canada will rule Friday on whether British Columbia has to hand millions of patients' health information over to tobacco giant Philip Morris International in the newest chapter in the province's legal fight to force cigarette makers to compensate the province for the cost of treating tobacco-related illnesses.

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Measles & Rubella Weekly Monitoring Report - Week 26, 2018: June 24 to 30, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:33
In Canada, two new cases of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 26, 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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Pediatricians need more information on medical marijuana for kids, study says

CBC - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:25

About half of Canadian pediatricians surveyed say they've had a young patient who has used cannabis for medical reasons, but most are unwilling to prescribe it due to a lack of evidence about its effectiveness or safety for children and adolescents.

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