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Ontario slashes Toronto Public Health funds by $1B over a decade, board chair says

CBC - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:07

Premier Doug Ford's government is clawing back public health funding as part of a plan to consolidate the number of province-wide units from 35 to 10, according to Toronto's board of health chair.

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An end to #TAMPONGATE. Period.

CBC - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:55

An outcry over the banning of feminine hygiene products created a hashtag of its own. #tampongate erupted on social media, after it was revealed that the Medical Council of Canada required medical trainees and residents to declare any menstrual hygiene products before going in for their exams.

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B.C.'s top doc Bonnie Henry reflects on 3-year anniversary of opioid emergency

CBC - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 08:00

B.C.'s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, spoke with CBC's Mike Killeen at Victoria's The Harbour, an overdose prevention and supervised injection site.

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Calgary groups look for solutions after Syrian girl, 9, dies by suicide

CBC - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 07:06

The suicide of a nine-year-old Syrian girl last month has organizations in Calgary scrutinizing their many services for newcomers, in hopes of preventing future tragedies.

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Medical malpractice suits are an uphill battle — here's why

CBC - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 03:00

When patients try to sue their physician, a CBC investigation shows the rate of success is very low. CBC News obtained every annual report filed by the Canadian Medical Protective Association, which provides liability coverage and legal support to physicians, dating back to 1901, and analyzed the last 40 years.

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Doctors use gene therapy to fix 'bubble boy' disease

CBC - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:48

Doctors at two medical centres say they have cured 10 infants of so-called bubble boy disease, a genetic defect that leaves children, typically boys, without an immune system.

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Intragastric balloons for weight loss linked to punctures to stomach and esophagus, Health Canada says

CBC - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:44

Health Canada says it is aware of Canadian and international reports of complications, including deaths, associated with using intragastric balloons for weight loss.

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Some activity restored in brains of slaughtered pigs, study reports

CBC - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:37

Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death.

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New rules for driving with children on board come into effect Thursday

CBC - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 05:54

Children under the age of nine, or under four feet nine inches in height, are required by law to be in booster seats, as of Thursday, April 18.

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Clinic serving Montreal's Hasidic community educates patients about measles outbreak

CBC - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 03:00

With Passover approaching, there's expected to be an increase in visitors from Brooklyn, where mandatory vaccinations were ordered last week.

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SickKids shuts down Motherisk helplines after grants, donations 'reduced to zero'

CBC - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:27

A statement posted late Tuesday afternoon on the Hospital for Sick Children's website says funding through grants and donations has dropped to zero over the last three years, forcing SickKids to shut down its Motherisk helplines for pregnant women and new mothers.

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New measles case confirmed, infected person visited Vancouver airport

CBC - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 20:24

Vancouver Coastal Health has confirmed another case of measles in the Lower Mainland, marking the 27th case in B.C. this year.

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After a cancer diagnosis at 30 'shook her world' this P.E.I. woman wants to spread hope

CBC - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 18:00

P.E.I. native Michelle Fuller was first diagnosed with cancer in 1999 at the age of 30, when she had surgery to remove her right eye, her cheekbone and part of the roof of her mouth. She's telling her story in a new book, A Fuller Life written by Sue Anne Linde.

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Telemedicine and walk-in clinics have future of family doctor in flux

CBC - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 15:33

Telemedicine and walk-in clinics are attracting people because of their convenience. Primary care practices are shifting as patients visit elsewhere.

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She changed a stranger's life in what's believed to be a North American first

CBC - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 15:23

One of the recipients of what's believed to be North America's first paired living liver donation is calling the stranger who saved his life "an angel."

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Congo's president wants Ebola contained within 3 months

CBC - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:29

'If we follow the instructions, in two or three months Ebola will be finished,' Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi tells a crowd. Some health experts say it could take twice as long.

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Health Canada says ultrasound no longer mandatory before Mifegymiso prescribed for abortion

CBC - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:57

An ultrasound is no longer automatically required before a woman is prescribed Mifegymiso to medically terminate a pregnancy, Health Canada says.

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Liberal MP 'in a mood to celebrate' as Manitoba signs on to health accord after 18-month delay

CBC - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:55

If there was frustration over the more than 18 months it took for Manitoba to finally sign on to Ottawa's health accord, the politicians who gathered Tuesday morning at the official announcement wouldn't show it.

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Stop selling transvaginal surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapse, U.S. FDA orders

CBC - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:09

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered makers of transvaginal surgical mesh implants to immediately stop sale and distribution of the products in the United States.

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After Moncton Hospital allegations, renewed calls for patient advocate

CBC - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:27

There are renewed calls for an independent patient advocate in New Brunswick since a nurse was recently fired for allegedly inappropriately administering Oxytocin to pregnant women.

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