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Freezing frenzy: Cryotherapy makes big promises despite dearth of evidence

15 hours 10 min ago

Three minutes in sub-zero temperatures will cost you $65. Cryotherapy is a controversial practice lacking scientific backing, say critics, but believers proclaim its advantages.

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SECOND OPINION | Scary cancer statistic is not personal

17 hours 10 min ago

In this week's roundup of interesting and eclectic news in health and medical science, cancer statistics can be misleading, and science suggests forgetting can be good for you.

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Fentanyl spiral: How the guilt and shame of addiction stole a B.C. man's life

17 hours 10 min ago

Murray Shaw, a competitive cyclist and respected faculty member at a Vancouver community college, recently died alone in a hotel room, a victim of the growing fentanyl epidemic.

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Federal government announces funding for midwifery services in Indigenous communities

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:53

This week Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced at the International Confederation of Midwives Congress that the federal government will launch new funding initiatives to improve access to midwifery services in First Nation and Inuit communities.

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Women losing out over hormone therapy fears, some experts say

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:00

The risk of heart attack, stroke or breast cancer due to hormone replacement therapy has been overstated, and that has scared away some women who could benefit from it, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada said at its annual conference in Ottawa this week.

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With legalization a year away, experts offer tips on minimizing pot harm

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 05:00

If you're going to use pot, you probably shouldn't smoke it. That's just one tip from experts who have examined the scientific research and come up with 10 new guidelines for lowering the risks from cannabis use.

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Opioid abusers could be 'doctor shopping' with pets, vet warns

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 04:00

The association that represents veterinarians in Nova Scotia is trying to find a way to increase controls around opioids and crack down on owners using their pets' medication.

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Alberta Health Services worker suspended for texting racial slur about Indigenous school principal

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:56

An Alberta Health Services employee has been suspended after using a racial slur to refer to a Kainai Board of Education school principal in a text message.

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Hints of some steps that may boost brain health in old age

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:02

There are no proven ways to stave off mental decline or dementia, but a new report says there are hints that exercise, controlling blood pressure and some forms of brain training might offer help.

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U.S. rejects UN call for access to safe abortions

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:54

The United States on Thursday rejected a Canada-led United Nations resolution on eliminating violence against women because it called for access to safe abortion for all women in countries where the procedure is legal.

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Doctors 'gun shy' to prescribe opioids to patients in pain, say experts

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 04:00

A Windsor, Ont., woman says her family doctor has retired and now she can't find a doctor to renew her opioid prescriptions.

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Alcohol responsible for more hospital admissions than heart attacks last year: report

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 23:01

There were more hospital admissions in Canada last year for alcohol-related conditions than for heart attacks.

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Children's weight, physical activity linked to parents: report

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:41

The more active you are, the more active your kids will be, thereby reducing their chances of becoming overweight or obese and developing related health conditions.

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling may hurt claims of talc link to cancer

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:39

Juries have awarded more than $300 million US to women who claimed they got ovarian cancer from using talcum powder. Those decisions, and future cases, could be moot due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week.

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Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof: EU court

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 08:58

​The European Union's highest court ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof.

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Canada's pharma companies disclose payments to doctors for 1st time

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:38

Canadians can now take a peek at the amount of money pharmaceutical companies pay doctors. But the data does not provide information about individual doctors or details about why the money was paid.

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More Robin Hood products added to Canada's E. coli flour recall

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:41

Canada is getting hit with more four recalls following an E. coli outbreak. In the latest, Robin Hood-brand Super Keynote Strong Bakers Flour and Italian Style Flour are being recalled due to possible E. coli O121 contamination.

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Coconut oil health claims not all they're cracked up to be, says report

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 16:27

If you’ve been stirring coconut oil into your coffee or cooking with it every day, a Calgary nutritionist says you should heed a new warning by the American Heart Association.

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What Google searches reveal about the human psyche

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:35

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz spent years studying millions of Google searches and gained some surprising insights into people's real lives.

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Belgium fights for its famous fries after EU deems them unsafe

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:08

Belgium would like the European Union to keep its regulatory paws off the nation's world-famous fries, thank you very much.

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