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SECOND OPINION | 'Phantom' research paper cited at least 400 times by scientists

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:00:54 EST


Children's perception of "nature" might be different from their parents'. And how did a research paper that never actually existed get at least 400 citations by scientists?

Newly available drug secobarbital could boost number of self-administered assisted deaths

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:51:26 EST


Only a tiny percentage of Canadians who've received medical assistance to end their lives has chosen to self-administer a lethal drug cocktail.

Unapproved stem cell therapies on the market in Canada

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 EST


Private clinics are performing unproven stem cell procedures on patients across Canada even though Health Canada says all cell therapies are considered “drugs” and require federal approval before they can be legally used on human patients.

Jesse Jackson reveals he has Parkinson's disease

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:59:20 EST


Rev. Jesse Jackson disclose publicly that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy.

Nearly 1 million Yemenis without access to clean water, aid group claims

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:21:57 EST


Three cities in Yemen have run out of clean water because a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition has cut imports of fuel needed for pumping and sanitation, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday.

Overdose calls jump 28% but Toronto police still aren't carrying naloxone kits

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:00:00 EST


Toronto Police have received a 28 per cent increase in overdose calls so far this year, but officers still don't carry naloxone - a drug that can potentially save the lives of opioid users.

Health Canada toughens green tea extract warnings

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:31:44 EST


Health Canada has announced it wants a more explicit warning on the labels on green tea extract products due to concerns about the risk of liver injury.

Scientists try for 1st time to edit man's genes inside his body

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:21:21 EST


Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease.

Science must be the guiding factor when diagnosing brain death

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 EST


Make no mistake: what's happening in the cases of Taquisha McKitty and Shalom Ouanounou is that two hospitals are providing inappropriate machine ventilation to people who have tragically – yet irreversibly – lost all brain function and died.

Gruesome testimony, paltry pay: MPs to study jurors' mental health, financial needs

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 EST


Next week MPs will begin a groundbreaking study of the impact of jury duty on mental health to determine what specialized services, funding and new policies are needed.

China must ban abusive gay 'conversion therapy,' rights group says

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:14:08 EST


Hospitals and other medical facilities in China are subjecting LGBT people to 'conversion therapy' that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication, a human rights group says.

Toronto police criticized for not disclosing drug squad officer's fentanyl overdose sooner

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:50:57 EST


Toronto police issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying a constable with the drug squad died of a fentanyl overdose back in April.

Liberals say they'll back prescription heroin, drug checking services to fight opioid crisis

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:57:31 EST


The federal government will support new treatment options for drug addicts, including giving them prescription opioids or pharmaceutical grade heroin, backing quality testing of street drugs and helping provinces set up overdose prevention sites in emergencies.

Parents' convictions in son's meningitis death upheld by Alberta Appeal Court

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:02:44 EST


A panel of Alberta judges has dismissed the appeal of a couple found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their 19-month-old son, who died of meningitis in 2012.

Surgeons repair spina bifida in fetus for 1st time in Canada, hospitals say

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:30:00 EST


For the first time in Canada, a team of surgeons has successfully performed in-utero surgery to repair a form of spina bifida, two Toronto hospitals say.

FDA approves first digital pill to track when patients take medication

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:38:34 EST


American regulators have approved the first drug with a sensor that can track whether patients have taken their medicine.

Women less likely to get CPR from bystanders, study suggests

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:01:54 EST


New research has found that women suffering cardiac arrest in public were not given CPR as often as men were.

Pay-for-access online doctors move N.S. into 'dangerous territory,' college warns

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:39:00 EST


A company providing access to doctors online for a fee has expanded into Nova Scotia and the body that regulates the practice of medicine in the province says it has a number of concerns with the practice.

Shoppers Drug Mart posts job for medical marijuana brand manager

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 22:03:37 EST


Shoppers Drug Mart is looking to hire a medical marijuana brand manager as it tries to position itself in the burgeoning cannabis market, even though it is not currently legal to distribute the drug through pharmacies.

SECOND OPINION | Is religious belief hard-wired into the brain?

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:00:00 EST


Scientists test the hypothesis that humans are born believers by following pilgrims on the famous Camino de Santiago in Spain. Also, remembering Canada's Dr. Elizabeth Stern, a scientist whose pioneering cancer research is still saving lives.