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Canadian Blood Services announces new, stricter iron guidelines for donors

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:23:12 EDT


The Canadian Blood Services is implementing stricter iron guidelines for blood donors, meaning 6,000 new blood donors are needed in Ontario alone.

Health minister announces food labelling and marketing rules to protect children

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:00:00 EDT


The federal government is overhauling Canada's healthy eating guidelines with a sweeping strategy that will include new rules for marketing and labelling certain foods aimed at children.

Is Yellowknife ready to reckon with its toxic legacy?

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:00:00 EDT


Though recent scientific research shows that much of the arsenic that went up the stacks is still in the water, sediment and soil, officials and governments have yet to reckon fully with the environmental and human risks.

Anesthesia in Alberta dental offices questioned after girl suffers brain damage

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT


Alberta is one of just two provinces where dentists with specialized training both administer general anesthetic and perform a dental procedure on a patient, according to a CBC inquiry. The majority of provinces require at least two "operators" to do such work in an accredited dental office.

Federal funding changes 'catastrophic' for people living with HIV: advocate

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


People across Canada living with HIV feel abandoned by the federal government because of changes to the way the Public Health Agency of Canada funds the response to the virus, according to some organizations that provide support services.

Kids risk head injury even if no concussion

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:17:43 EDT


How much does your child risk brain injury playing team sports like football, even when there are no symptoms of a concussion? More than you think, says @NightshiftMD

'They're asking me to prove the impossible': Feds deny B.C. woman thalidomide compensation

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


Joanne Jenkins was born with deformed hands, but the federal government wants proof from a doctor long since deceased that her birth mother took the drug thalidomide.

Walmart insider says 'heartbreaking' amount of food dumped in trash

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


A former worker at almost a dozen Walmart stores in the Vancouver area says he saw 'disturbing' food waste at the big retailer. On every shift at almost every store, he says, he saw loads of what appeared to be good food dumped. Walmart say it only discards inedible food.

Central Alberta heart attack patients up to 70% more likely to die, doctors warn

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:56:35 EDT


Red Deer doctors are pleading for access to life-saving procedures like those available in Edmonton and Calgary, as AHS reports suggest heart attack patients in central Alberta have been up to 70 per cent more likely to die.

If Big Tobacco sells e-cigarettes, they'll 'recruit a whole new generation' of smokers: Public Health Ontario

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


If Ottawa lets Big Tobacco into the e-cigarette business it would be handing the industry the chance to hook teenagers on nicotine and turn them into lifelong customers, the chief executive officer of Public Health Ontario says.

Concussions for regular people: yours vs. Sidney Crosby's

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:41:17 EDT


When you're an average Canadian with a concussion, your experience can feel quite different from what you read about those of pro athletes. 180 producer Kathryn Marlow knows this personally, and set out to determine the relationship between concussions in sport and concussions in daily life.

Jehovah's Witnesses defend hospital visits that push for bloodless treatment

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:00:00 EDT


Hospital visits by Jehovah's Witness elders, aimed at defending the right of members to refuse blood transfusions, are under scrutiny following the death of a 27-year-old Quebec woman who hemorrhaged earlier this month.

Family violence increases risk for many diseases while harming mental health, Canada's top doctor warns

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:59:38 EDT


More than 230 Canadians a day are victims of family violence that gets reported to police, according to a new report.

Why harm reduction could help win the fight against fentanyl

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:00:00 EDT


Dr. M-J Milloy, a research scientist with the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, says harm reduction efforts could be an important first line of defence in controlling the abuse of fentanyl and other opioids.

Soylent meal replacement bars recalled after illnesses reported

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:37:50 EDT


Soylent meal replacement bars are being recalled after reports of illness, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday.