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Hundreds of patients may have received less than full dose of chemo, Cancer Care Ontario finds

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 03:00

Hundreds of cancer patients in dozens of hospitals may not have received the full amount of chemotherapy drug prescribed to them, a review commissioned by Cancer Care Ontario has found.

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Trump calls for lawsuit against some opioid companies

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:21

Trump administration also wants to cut production quotas of most-abused opioids, including oxycodone and fentanyl.

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'Not good for anybody': Southern Alberta air quality remains 'very high risk' to health

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:25

Smoke pouring in from nearby British Columbia continues to deteriorate the air quality in Alberta.

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Having to pay for your own shingles vaccine isn't ageism, tribunal rules

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 06:00

When Thomas Hasek decided to get immunized against shingles a few years back, he had to pay $200 for the shot. That struck him as unfair — after all, the childhood chickenpox vaccine addresses the same virus, and it's publicly funded.

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Dozens of drug overdoses near Yale University possibly linked to synthetic marijuana

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:58

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital.

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Sex-ed curricula can't satisfy everyone, and they shouldn't try, say some experts

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:00

As Ontario grapples with its sex education curriculum, any effort to come up with a consensus on what should be taught in schools may very well be a 'fool's errand,' says a noted researcher on the controversial issue.

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If the world ate the USDA-recommended diet, there wouldn't be enough land to grow it

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:00

A new Canadian study suggests that if the world's population adopted a diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture there wouldn't be enough agricultural land to grow the food.

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When it comes to medical cannabis claims, what's legitimate?

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 18:15

Fervour over how cannabis could help patients suffering from various ailments has run wildly ahead of what scientific studies have proven it can do, experts say.

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Dentist who left girl with permanent brain damage will help pay costs of investigation, hearing

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:51

A now-retired Edmonton dentist whose four-year-old patient suffered permanent brain damage while in his care won't try to reopen his practice.

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The Saudi temper tantrum could land one devastating blow — to Canadian health care: Neil Macdonald

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:06

This year, there are 800 Saudis in addition to the 3,308 Canadian-government-funded positions, meaning the Saudis comprise about 20 per cent of the 4,108 residents in Canadian hospitals. We can't afford to lose them.

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Overdose deaths spike in downtown Toronto, prompting public warning by police

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 22:32

Toronto police have issued a public safety warning about a batch of dangerous opioids they believe are being sold in the downtown core after seven people died from drug overdoses over the past 12 days.

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'Google Generation' wants more technology in health care but still values personal touch

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 18:08

People aged 18 to 34 are frequent users of the health care system and want to use technology in managing their health, a survey commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association suggests.

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Health workers try experimental treatment as Congo Ebola outbreak spreads

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:09

Officials are hoping a new treatment can help patients already infected with the deadly virus, as they continue a vaccination campaign to prevent it.

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Inconsolable crying is normal: B.C. program reduces shaken baby syndrome by 35 per cent

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:23

An inconsolable crying baby can be very frustrating, but new research shows that helping parents understand why infants cry so much has reduced cases of shaken baby syndrome in the province by more than a third.

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Fentanyl used for 1st time to execute U.S. inmate

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:07

Nebraska used a lethal injection of four drugs in a never-before-tried combination, including the powerful opioid fentanyl, to carry out its first execution in more than two decades.

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Probe finds restraining immigrant teens at U.S. detention facility isn't abuse

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 07:25

A state review into the treatment of immigrant teens at a Virginia detention centre has confirmed the facility uses restraint techniques that can include strapping children to chairs and placing mesh bags over their heads, but concluded their treatment doesn't amount to abuse or neglect.

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Ontario government puts 3 overdose prevention sites on hold

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 14:48

Ontario Minister of Health, Christine Elliott says the sites in Thunder Bay, St. Catharines and Toronto will be frozen as the province conducts a review of harm-reduction practices and determines if the sites "have merit."

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'Behind the badge we have a human being': Officers could struggle psychologically after Fredericton shooting

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 14:01

It's normal for first responders to experience symptoms such as nightmares or increased irritability after a traumatic event such as Friday's shooting in New Brunswick, and they should seek help if problems continue or increase over time, experts say.

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What should universal pharmacare look like? Advisory council turns to B.C. citizens for answers

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 13:32

A collaborative study by UBC and Statistics Canada, published earlier this year, found more than 700,000 Canadians skipped food purchases in 2016 to pay for prescription medications.

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Bayer shares plunge after Roundup hit with $289M lawsuit over cancer link

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 13:31

Bayer shares plunged as much as 14 per cent on Monday, losing about $14 billion in value, after newly acquired Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages in the first of possibly thousands of U.S. lawsuits over alleged links between a weedkiller and cancer.

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