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Harm reduction and fighting poverty centre of Manitoba NDP addictions strategy

CBC - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 15:16

The Opposition NDP released a 20-page report outlining its recommendations to fight addictions in Manitoba. It calls for investments in social housing, education and training to reduce poverty, and new treatment beds and a supervised consumption site to help treat addicts.

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Police, paramedics trained to flag tissue donors

CBC - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 15:07

Ottawa paramedics and police have joined the frontline fight to help identify potential tissue donors.

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Coke-funded group swayed China's obesity efforts, researchers say

CBC - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 13:45

A new research paper says a food industry-funded group undermined China's efforts to keep obesity rates in check.

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Nova Scotia agrees to cover man's $900K cancer treatment in Boston

CBC - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 05:00

Stephen Saunders and his family learned Wednesday that the Nova Scotia government has agreed to pay for CAR-T cell therapy, a treatment that would genetically modify his T-cells so they target and kill his cancer cells.

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Travellers hunt for Twinrix vaccine during shortage

CBC - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 04:00

Canadians packing up to head south on vacation this winter may have trouble finding the vaccines they need to protect themselves against diseases such as hepatitis.

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Women with pelvic mesh complications face higher depression risk

CBC - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 04:00

Women suffering from complications from surgically implanted pelvic meshes have a slightly greater risk of depression than patients who experience a positive outcome from the procedure, a new study suggests.

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U.S. officials declare end to outbreak from romaine lettuce

CBC - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 19:00

U.S. health officials are declaring an end to an outbreak of E. coli blamed on romaine lettuce from California that sickened 62 people in the U.S. and 29 in Canada.

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Military reports 15 suicides in 2018 despite new prevention strategy

CBC - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 17:51

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has promised to redouble efforts to prevent suicide in the Canadian Forces after new figures showed more than a dozen members of the military took their own lives last year.

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Influenza has killed 3 unvaccinated Sask. preschoolers so far this season: public health officials

CBC - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 16:17

Health officials are pleading with families to get flu shots, with hospitalization rates for the flu this season highest for children under age nine. Only one in three Saskatchewan toddlers has had the vaccine, the provincial health authority says.

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How benzos and Xanax culture propel the opioid crisis

CBC - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 08:00

Why have benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax been involved in a large number of Canadian opioid overdose deaths?

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This First Nation produces clean water. So why are so many residents afraid to drink it?

CBC - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 04:00

In some ways, Garden Hill First Nation in northern Manitoba is a success story. The community has no boil-water advisories. Its water treatment plant produces clean drinking water. So why do many residents refuse to drink their tap water? And why do others have no taps at all? CBC News investigates.

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Why the new Canada's Food Guide is unlikely to avoid controversy

CBC - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 04:00

Health Canada has spent more than three years consulting with Canadians as it updates the brightly coloured food guide. Test versions reveal the famous four "food groups" are gone. So are the recommended number of daily servings. The Dairy Farmers of Canada have warned that the changes could hurt the dairy industry.

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Here's what food guides look like around the world

CBC - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 04:00

Canada's Food Guide is getting its first major overhaul since 2007. The update has been in the works for years, and is set to be released in the coming months. Here's a look at how some of the other nearly 100 countries which have food guides tackle the subject.

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Ontario father struggles with grief after running over and killing daughter

CBC - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 16:53

Jason Butler's two-year-old daughter Foster died in a Hamilton hospital several days after he accidentally ran over her with his truck, and now he's struggling to cope with the grief.

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The H1N1 strain of the swine flu is back — here's what you need to know

CBC - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 14:15

In 2009 we were hit with the H1N1 strain of the swine flu. It triggered widespread vaccinations. More than 120 people died in Ontario. And now it’s back. Dr. Bryna Warshawsky, a medical director with Public Health Ontario, tells us what we need to know about this year's strain.

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NYC launches $100M universal health insurance program

CBC - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 13:54

The new NYC Care plan is an expansion of the city's existing MetroPlus plan covering hospital bills for low-income residents.

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Shoppers Drug Mart starts selling medical marijuana online

CBC - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 09:52

Shoppers Drug Mart's e-commerce platform for medical cannabis launched Tuesday, a month after Health Canada licenced the company to sell the product online.

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New Regent Park program provides holistic support for new Indigenous moms

CBC - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 06:00

A new program based on research by St. Michael's Hospital and an Indigenous group of midwives in Regent Park aims to reduced the number of Indigenous children who are removed from their families and end up in the children's aid system.

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How an Alberta woman changed her life to save her sister

CBC - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 04:00

Most people who decide to quit smoking and make other lifestyle changes do it for themselves. Emma Libby did it to save her older sister, Lexie.

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New year, no meat: More Canadians are embracing 'Veganuary'

CBC - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 04:00

The number of Canadians game to try a 30-day vegan challenge seems to be up this year, reflecting what some say is a larger shift in awareness around plant-based eating.

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