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Health Canada to launch new campaign warning youth about risks of cannabis use

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:00:00 EDT


Health Canada is seeking a contractor to develop a campaign targeting young Canadians about the risks of using cannabis.

Second Opinion | Are you jealous, or simply envious?

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:00:00 EDT


And a behind-the-scenes look at a Canadian study that is challenging dietary dogma around the world.

'I'm sorry to hear that': Why training Siri to be a therapist won't be easy

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Apple plans to make Siri, its digital assistant, better at responding to people's mental-health issues. Experts say the ambitious plan faces some big challenges.

Ontario to cover HIV prevention pill under public health plan

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:06:38 EDT


Ontario will cover a combination HIV prevention pill that is now available in generic form by the end of the month.

Combining art and medicine, play using patients' stories encourages empathy for the dying

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 05:00:00 EDT


The PEACE Project weaves together the experiences of palliative care patients and their families in a theatre production, with every line a direct quote from a patient or caregiver. "It is not just about death," Dr. Brenda Sabo says. "It's about quality of life."

'Engineered activity out of our life:' why working up a sweat improves survival rates

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:13:26 EDT


Our steps count towards reducing premature deaths regardless of how they're accumulated, a large, global study affirms.

Woman who waited 2 months for abortion says plan to provide free pill means shame is over

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:24:01 EDT


Melanie Mackenzie waited two months for an abortion four years ago and says the government's plan to remove barriers to abortion will change lives.

Health minister says Canadians need to avoid judging those addicted to opioids

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:00:00 EDT


As the opioid epidemic continues to march across the country, destroying an ever increasing number of lives, the federal health minister says people have fallen into the habit of passing judgment on those addicted to the drug.

'Death wish' coffee cans recalled over possible toxin

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:10:34 EDT


U.S. coffee maker Death Wish Coffee Co. recalls ans of its Nitro Cold Brew because of the risk that some could contain the deadly toxin botulin.

Her baby died without explanation the day before Mother's Day

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:00:00 EDT


Dana Rennie of Berwick, N.S., is raising awareness about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and money for research after her healthy baby suddenly stopped breathing in her sleep.

Pilot project to halt six-months sober requirement for liver transplants

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:21:27 EDT


The agency that runs Ontario’s organ transplant system will launch a three-year pilot program that could eventually overturn its policy requiring alcoholics to be sober for six months before they can be eligible for a new liver.

FDA warns on mixing opioid addiction treatments with other meds

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:18:14 EDT


Combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity dangerous, FDA warns.

Aaron Hernandez's brain showed 'severe' case of CTE: Lawyer

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:22:51 EDT


Aaron Hernandez's lawyer says the former New England Patriots tight end's brain showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Go ahead, hit that snooze button: StatsCan says many Canadians lack sleep

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:09:23 EDT


More than half of adults in Canada say their shuteye is fitful at times, according to a Statistics Canada report released Wednesday.

Gates Foundation warns global health under threat as foreign aid wanes

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:04:35 EDT


The Gates Foundation calls on donor nations to step up foreign aid or progress made on global health issues could come undone.

Abortion pill to be made available to N.S. women for free

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:40:38 EDT


The province announced Friday that women will soon be able to book an abortion directly at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The government will also cover the cost of the abortion pill for women who want to terminate early pregnancies.

Yellowknife woman to husband with Alzheimer's: 'I'll remember for you'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:00 EDT


A Yellowknife couple’s love story has endured through cross-country biking and Alzheimer’s — and is now immortalized in a unique love song.

Canadians are confused about science vs. opinion, poll suggests

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:13:46 EDT


Are scientific findings a matter of opinion? Forty-three per cent of Canadians say they agree that they are, accoprding to a new poll whose results are being described as “worrisome.”

Beep, beep! Kids drive luxury mini cars to operating room

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:24:30 EDT


A San Diego children's hospital unveils remote-controlled luxury mini cars that allow its young patients to "drive" themselves to the operating room.

Investigation needed into sudden closure of private health clinic in Calgary, says legal expert

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:08:10 EDT


The sudden closure of a private health clinic in the city should be closely examined by the province, says an expert in health law at the University of Calgary.