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Vibrating muscles help arm amputees 'feel' their prosthetic hand movements, study suggests

10 hours 54 min ago

Using a device to vibrate muscles can make people with lower arm amputations 'feel' their robotic prosthetic hand open, close and grasp objects, researchers say.

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'We have to try something': Drug inhalation site aims to give users a safer space

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 16:31

The southern Alberta city of Lethbridge is home to the first government-approved safe drug inhalation site in Canada. The specialized rooms have exhaust systems that can completely recirculate air in 10 seconds so staff can safely intervene in case of a medical emergency.

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SECOND OPINION | Chiropractic critics being monitored by Ontario's College of Chiropractors

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 08:00

The Ontario College of Chiropractors is keeping tabs on chiropractic critics including Ryan Armstrong, who has concerns about 'radical' chiropractors and has filed complaints against some.

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Platypus milk has protein with potential to fight superbugs

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:56

The milk of the duck-billed platypus has a unique protein with antimicrobial properties that Australian scientists believe could be a new lead in creating antibiotics effective against superbugs.

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Costco under investigation by Ontario forensic team over drug company payments

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 03:00

Costco is under investigation by an Ontario government forensic team that specializes in “allegations of wrongdoing against government” after the retail giant received $1.2 million in potentially illegal payments from a generic drugmaker, The Fifth Estate has learned.

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'So many of us were cheated': Fertility clinic storage tank failures forge lost legacies, heartbreak

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:43

Hundreds of women and couples have learned that the eggs and embryos they froze for eventual use in starting or expanding a family may have been destroyed by storage tank failures March 4 at two fertility clinics in suburban Cleveland and San Francisco.

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Benefits of weight loss spread within couples in 'ripple effect,' study suggests

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:45

When one-half of a couple embraces good health, there's a higher likelihood that the other half will, too, a recent study suggests.

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Men 'getting the message' in the wake of #MeToo, says local counselling service

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 03:00

A counselling resource in Ottawa that provides men with mental health services says it's seeing an increase in clients signing up for their programs in light of the #MeToo movement.

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Microplastics found in 93% of bottled water tested in global study

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 17:00

The image of bottle water as clean and pure is being challenged by a global investigation that found the water tested is often contaminated with tiny particles of plastic.

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B.C., Ontario home to Canada's highest concentration of vegetarians and vegans, survey finds

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 15:26

The poll reported that 7.1 per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent consider themselves vegans.

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Residential school survivors and their descendants show poorer health outcomes: survey

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 15:16

The impacts of residential schools on the health and well-being of First Nations people are similar, whether they attended the schools themselves or are descended from someone who did, a new survey suggests.

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Calgary researchers develop tool to literally shine light on concussions

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:04

Researchers at the University of Calgary say they have developed a portable brain-imaging system that would literally shed light on concussions.

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Researchers testing fluorescent dyes that make cancer cells glow and easier for surgeons to remove

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:02

Fluorescent dyes are being tested to make cancer cells light up so doctors can cut them out and give patients a better shot at survival — an advance that soon may transform how hundreds of thousands of operations are done each year.

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Home chefs selling direct to public: The future of dining, or half-baked trend?

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:56

Apps that allow home chefs to sell dishes prepared in their personal kitchens have cropped up in Canada, but uncertainties about health regulations and the strength of consumer demand are raising questions about whether the business models are blue ribbon-worthy or half-baked fads.

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Why should physicians give up pay raises to subsidize government waste?

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:00

It's noble that some Quebec doctors want to forgo pay bumps. By why can't both the system be properly funded and physicians receive the compensation they deserve?

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Should police be investigated if someone dies after they administer a life-saving drug?

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:17

The union that represents Peel Regional Police officers is objecting to an investigation by Ontario's police watchdog into a Brampton man's death after officers administered the anti-opioid drug naloxone.

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B.C. government makes hepatitis C treatment available to all residents

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:14

The B.C. government will now allow anyone living with chronic hepatitis C to access treatment.

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Quebec tightening control on sales of high-alcohol mixed drinks

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 07:09

Quebec is moving to ban the sale of pre-mixed malt beverages containing more than seven per cent alcohol from anywhere other than the provincial liquor stores.

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Hip and waist size may play role in heart attack risk for women, study says

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 16:32

While obesity is associated with an increased risk for heart attacks, a new study suggests that hip and waist size may play a bigger role, particularly for women.

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Men don't need routine digital rectal exams at family doctor to screen for prostate cancer, review finds

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 16:00

Don't abandon digital rectal exam but don’t do it routinely for prostate cancer screening, family medicine review concludes.

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