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Artist Leonardo da Vinci likely had an 'advantageous' eye disorder

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Based on Leonardo da Vinci's work, there is evidence that the artist had strabismus — a condition that affects about three percent of the population and is usually detected at birth. One eye is straight, while the other eye can drift.

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Health officials investigate salmonella outbreak in 5 provinces

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 16:16

Public health officials in five provinces are investigating a salmonella outbreak that has affected 45 individuals, some of whom ate cucumbers, although other sources are being investigated.

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'I can't do this alone': Kids from Northern Quebec still taking medevac flights without parents

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 14:14

Parents of a six-year-old Waswanipi boy, who was taken on a medevac flight to Montreal on his own in August, described the trauma their son experienced at Quebec's inquiry into the treatment of Indigenous people.

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What exactly are you inhaling when you vape?

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 08:00

With the popularity of Juul and other trendy vaping products, researchers are becoming more interested in how long-term exposure to flavouring chemicals affects our lungs.

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Clean your bong, pass it along and other expert tips on cannabis etiquette

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 03:00

Emily Post might not have been thinking about cannabis when she wrote down the rules of etiquette, but that doesn't mean you should throw manners to the wind if you dabble in legal weed.

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Study of U.S. hospital figures links pot use with increased risk of stroke

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 08:39

New research is being presented at a conference in Montreal today linking recreational cannabis use with an increased risk of stroke.

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Quebec Inuit leaders plead for mental health support in wake of youth suicides

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 03:00

In Nunavik, Quebec's expansive northern region dotted by remote fly-in Inuit villages, most residents are connected to at least one, if not several of the young people who have recently ended their own lives.

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Last year's flu vaccine wasn't very effective. This year's looks more promising

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 03:00

Last year's flu vaccine wasn't very effective. Here's what you need to know about this year's - and what kind of flu season 2018-19 is shaping up to be.

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Uganda at 'big risk' for Ebola spreading from neighbouring Congo, officials say

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:00

The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak is not yet a global emergency but has called for an "intensified" response.

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Exercise during pregnancy can reduce risk of major complications, research finds

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:00

If you exercise while pregnant, you could decrease your chances of developing a major complication by 25 per cent, according to new University of Alberta-led research.

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Low-cost Calgary IVF clinic took advantage of the 'vulnerable and desperate,' woman says

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:15

Effortless IVF bills itself as a more affordable alternative to traditional in vitro fertilization, but has been without a full-time doctor since it opened, prompting complaints of delays, confusion and frustration.

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New federal asbestos ban includes controversial exemptions

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 03:00

New regulations designed to ban asbestos will go into effect by the end of this year, however an analysis of the final rules introduced Wednesday reveals they have been watered down from what the federal government originally proposed.

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Rise in cases of rare polio-like illness in U.S. children, officials say

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:13

Waves of the mysterious condition that causes muscle weakness seems to appear every other year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Canada's giant public health 'experiment' with legalized cannabis begins

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 03:00

Experts say making marijuana legal will help yield much needed insight into the drug's health effects — both positive and negative.

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Abbott Nutrition recalls meal replacements including Ensure Plus for possible bacterial contamination

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:10

Abbott Nutrition is recalling a number of canned nutritional beverages due to possible bacterial contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says.

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Canadian Blood Services mulling shorter wait time for gay donors

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 03:00

As Canadian Blood Services considers further reducing the wait time for gay men giving blood to three months after having sex, some experts say labelling an entire group of people as high risk isn't the best way to protect the blood supply.

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Study shows HPV vaccination does not cause riskier sexual behaviour among teens

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:22

A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows teenage girls in B.C. are waiting longer to have sex and are more likely to use contraception than they were before the HPV vaccine was made available in public schools in 2008.

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Chiropractor crackdown: College gives ultimatum on misleading health claims

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:00

There is no acceptable scientific evidence that chiropractors can treat Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, infertility, infections, autism, ADHD or Down syndrome. And yet, some practitioners in this province claim they can.

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Young drivers who use cannabis at higher risk of collisions for at least 5 hours, McGill finds

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 08:09

Young people who use cannabis and drive are at greater risk of being in involved in a vehicular collision even if five hours have passed since inhaling it, according to a McGill University study.

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When scientists want their data fudged and why you should care

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 08:00

Statisticians play a vital role in ensuring that research findings are genuine and some have been repeatedly asked to alter data records or falsify the significance of results, a new study finds.

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