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Cannabidiol reduces seizures in kids with severe form of epilepsy, trial shows

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:23:59 EDT

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A compound found in cannabis reduced convulsive seizures in children with a severe form of epilepsy by nearly half, a new study shows, validating the anecdotal evidence of some parents who've been pushing for such a treatment.




'It is a crisis': A father's mission to save drug-addicted teens from dying

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:55:06 EDT

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Why an Ottawa-based entrepreneur has made it his life's mission to prevent drug-addicted teens from dying.




Zika virus hit earlier than thought in Brazil, Florida, genome tests reveal

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:23:13 EDT

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The Zika virus arrived a year before the first case was detected in Brazil, and several months before it was first reported in Florida, gene sequencing studies suggest.




'We can't do it alone': Indigenous maternal health program aims to address inequality of health care

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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Researchers in Toronto have received a $2.6 million grant to bolster Indigenous maternal and child health programs in the province.




'Reassure them': Parents urged to tell kids they're safe after news of Manchester attack

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:10:33 EDT

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Psychologists and other experts give tips to parents and other adults grappling with how to respond to questions from children about attacks like the deadly one in Manchester, England, last night after the end of a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande.




Graco recalls My Ride 65 car seats in Canada for restraint defect

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:54:08 EDT

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Graco's Canadian division is recalling 1,393 car seats with potentially defective harness restraints.




Ethiopian wins vote to be first African head of WHO

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:45:47 EDT

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former health minister and foreign minister of Ethiopia, won an election on Tuesday to head the World Health Organization




Montreal schizophrenia patients face their demons through virtual reality

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:00:00 EDT

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An experimental treatment being piloted at Montreal's Philippe-Pinel Institute allows psychiatric patients to interact with avatars designed by them, to learn to suppress their inner voices.




'Worst kind of helplessness': Family struggles to find support for autistic, self-harming teen

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:06:05 EDT

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A northern Ontario family is desperately searching for help after being told their severely autistic, nonverbal teenage daughter will not be able to return to her community care residence because of self-injurious behaviour.




Expanded roles for paramedics being considered by N.L. health minister

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:59:00 EDT

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Paramedics who make house calls for blood pressure and blood sugar checks? N.L.'s health minister hopes so.




'Avocado hand' injuries nothing to roll your eyes at, Calgary doctor says

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:18:09 EDT

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If you thought deep frying a turkey was dangerous, try making a bowl of guacamole. Cutting avocados is causing serious hand injuries. “It’s a real thing and it can actually be pretty bad,” says Calgary doctor Raj Bhardwaj.




Ebola death toll in remote Congo likely has risen to 4, WHO says

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:51:19 EDT

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A fourth person has likely died from Ebola in remote northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.




Spreading the love: Deer Lake to change its name to Islaview for a day

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:30:00 EDT

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For May 26, the Town of Deer Lake will be called "Islaview" to support Isla Short, a three-year-old girl battling severe cancer.




Pressure on Hamilton paramedics rising as city's senior population grows

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:05:01 EDT

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Hamilton’s population is older than the rest of the province — and it’s starting to take a toll on paramedics in the city.




Space-preserved sperm: It's a thing, scientists say, after successful experiment with mice

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:52:37 EDT

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The freeze-dried sperm samples were launched in 2013 to the International Space Station and returned to Earth in 2014.




Opioid conflict-of-interest controversy reveals extent of big pharma's ties to doctors

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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Controversy over drug industry conflicts on opioid-prescribing guidelines has Ottawa asking questions. But industry influence on doctors is widespread and widely accepted — if rarely discussed.




SECOND OPINION | Are animals born with the ability to count?

Sat, 20 May 2017 05:00:38 EDT

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In this week's roundup of interesting and eclectic news in health and medical science, we look at Canadian drug prices, Ontarians on opioids and how to slow down sperm.




Pool parasite: Swimmers urged to take simple steps to avoid Cryptosporidium

Sat, 20 May 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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Before dipping into a swimming pool or lake this long weekend, take precautions against stomach-turning parasites that may lurk in the water, public health officials say.




Via Rail changes policy on wheelchairs, mobility aids on trains

Sun, 21 May 2017 09:52:00 EDT

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Via Rail has changed its policy on wheelchairs and other mobility aids to comply with a federal order demanding it make its trains more accessible to those who use the devices.




Health minister sees 'clean heroin' as potential saviour for some opioid addicts

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:00:00 EDT

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Giving people with severe addictions prescription heroin could save lives as Canada continues to struggle with a opioid overdose epidemic, says Health Minister Jane Philpott.