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Chemicals found in some U.S. water supplies more toxic than previously thought, report says

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:42

Chemicals that were used to make non-stick pans and fire-suppressing foam are no longer part of U.S. manufacturing process, but water sampling has found contamination.

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Kids detained at U.S. border at risk for long-term health problems

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:06

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to stop separating migrant children from their parents, but those already in detention face "potentially lifelong consequences on their mental and physical health," a pediatrician warns.

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Ontario's Darlington nuclear reactor to produce isotope used for medical imaging

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:53

A subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation is partnering with U.S.-based BWX Technologies to help produce radioactive isotopes used to diagnose such conditions as cancer and heart disease.

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Lack of insulin tracking at home where Wettlaufer worked allowed for abuse, inquiry hears

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 07:59

Insulin was easily accessible to nursing staff at Meadow Park Long-Term Care in London, Ont., where killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer found her last victim, the home's former co-director of care testified Wednesday.

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Senate passes pot bill, paving way for legal cannabis in 8 to 12 weeks

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:27

Senators have voted to pass the federal government's bill legalizing recreational marijuana by a vote of 52-29, with two abstentions, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks.

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Sask.'s pharmacy college considers ban on non-prescription codeine products

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:48

In most of Canada, low-dose codeine medications are available from pharmacies without a prescription. That could be changing in Saskatchewan.

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Road safety advocates seek traffic calming measures, boost in cycling network

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:13

A new #BuildTheVisionTO report from a coalition of road safety advocacy groups also recommends banning right turns on red lights in Toronto.

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Opioid death toll in Canada nearly 4,000 last year, new data show

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:50

New government figures show that nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit.

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Marriage tied to lower risk of fatal heart attack and stroke

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:40

Married people may be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or die from a heart attack or stroke than individuals who aren't, a research review suggests.

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Killer nurse abruptly quit job after narcotics went missing at long-term care home

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:13

Elizabeth Wettlaufer quit her job at Meadow Park Long-Term Care in London, Ont., the day after a large amount of narcotics went missing. She spent the weekend in hospital after overdosing, a public inquiry heard.

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Costs of hearing-related health claims on the rise in Canadian military

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 03:00

The cost of health claims related to hearing loss among members of Canada's military is rising, due in part to the reluctance of members to wear protective equipment and because the most suitable devices aren't always provided.

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Pay more attention to depression as a side-effect of many medications, researchers say

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:29

A U.S. study suggests taking more than one of a long list of medications that cite depression as a side-effect could increase the risk of developing the illness. But a Canadian psychiatrist says he's skeptical.

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Theatregoers with epilepsy warned of seizure risk from bright lights in Incredibles 2

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 09:31

Disney is warning theatregoers with epilepsy not to watch their latest summer blockbuster because several scenes in the movie can trigger seizures because of repeating bright flashing lights.

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Nurses union didn't disclose Wettlaufer documents, public inquiry hears

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:21

The third week of the inquiry into the long-term care system is expected to hear from former colleagues at nursing homes in Woodstock and London as well as representatives from the Ontario Nurses Association.

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WHO declares compulsive video gaming an addictive behaviour disorder

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:01

The World Health Organization says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition, in a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing young players.

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'Allergic to life': Parents seek solution to Alberta boy's mysterious condition

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 09:30

A six-year-old boy in Mannville, Alta., is limited in where he can go and what he can eat as part of his parents' efforts to protect him from things that trigger painful reactions.

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Drug patents could be Canada's special weapon in U.S. trade dispute

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 08:00

Should Canada threaten to start the world's first trade war in intellectual property? Some legal experts argue that targeting pharmaceutical patents could give Canada an edge in the current trade dispute with the U.S.

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State appeals court reinstates California's right-to-die law

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 04:27

A state appeals court has reinstated — at least for now — California's law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives.

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Expert says pressure injuries such as bedsores are preventable

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 04:00

While police investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Chrissy Dunnington at a long-term care facility in Halifax — expert Corrine McIssac says that the type of sores she had on her body are preventable.

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California moves to declare coffee safe from cancer risk

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 18:05

California health officials proposed a regulation change that would declare coffee does not present a significant cancer risk.

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