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Universal celiac screening lacks evidence, U.S. panel finds

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:20:59 EDT


There is not enough evidence to encourage or discourage doctors from testing all their patients for celiac disease, according to a U.S. government-backed panel.

Paramedic calls for more defibrillators after 2 hockey players' lives saved

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:00:00 EDT


Pete Wightman and his middle-aged buddies used to joke about the defibrillator at Carleton University's Ice House, where they play hockey every week — but not anymore.

25 illnesses in 4 provinces linked to E. coli-tainted Robin Hood flour

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:45:51 EDT


There have been 25 cases of E. coli infections linked to a recalled batch of Robin Hood brand all-purpose flour, the Public Health Agency of Canada says.

Doctor in Ebola case found guilty of misconduct in UK

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:54:04 EDT


A tribunal has found a doctor who misled other medics over the temperature of Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey is guilty of serious misconduct.

St. John's class gets hands dirty learning gardening skills from Autism Society

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:18:57 EDT


A group of Grade 1 students spent an afternoon learning something they don't normally get taught in school by people who don't normally teach them.

Will Canadians buy legal weed online? Canopy Growth is betting on it

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:00 EDT


Canopy Growth Corp., Canada's biggest publicly traded marijuana company, is getting ready to launch a new online store. The move hints at how legal marijuana sales might look in the near future.

Most patients get priority surgeries within target wait times: report

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:30:56 EDT


Three out of four Canadians received a hip or knee replacement, cataract surgery, hip fracture repair or cancer radiation therapy within the recommended wait times for those priority procedures, although there was often wide variation from one province to another, researchers say.

Skin care cream marketed for children contains prescription steroid, Health Canada warns

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:53:38 EDT


Heath Canada warns consumers that ingredients in a skin cream promoted as a natural treatment for children and babies may pose serious health risks.

Autism therapy helped Daniel learn to speak, do math, and decide he'll get married

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Daniel Thompson has learned to speak, do math and make friends thanks to the intensive behavioural therapy he's received. But the provincial funding for it remains up in the air.

2 Canadians win Gairdner Awards for contributions to medical science

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:27:00 EDT


Two Canadian researchers are among the winners of this year's Gairdner Awards, which recognize some of the most significant medical discoveries made by scientists around the globe.

Jim Pattison donates $75M to Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital Foundation

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:59:21 EDT


B.C. billionaire's donation is the largest by a private citizen to a single medical facility in Canadian history, St. Paul's Foundation says.

Concerns about accidental child poisonings grow as pot legalization looms

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Health-care professionals in Canada are worried more children will fall victim to accidental cannabis poisoning after the drug is legalized, and are bracing for more emergency department visits and calls to poison control centres.

Students aim to cure design flaws in peekaboo hospital gowns

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:30:00 EDT


Nova Scotia university students have designed three prototypes for new hospital gowns that aim to preserve a patient's dignity.

1 child or youth injured by gunfire nearly every day in Ontario, pediatricians find

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:10:06 EDT


A child or youth is injured by gunfire in Ontario almost every day, say doctors who urge prevention measures.

'It's sickening': Widow horrified after husband's body forgotten in morgue, not donated to science

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Gaylon Roe's final wish was to help others by donating his body to science. Instead, in a strange and rare chain of events, the man's remains were left — forgotten — in a hospital morgue for almost two weeks.

Florida's Zika control steps continue

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:37:52 EDT


Florida officials say they're continuing aggressive efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus.

Alberta woman loses foot, toes, fingers after rare strep A infection

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:46:46 EDT


A woman in Red Deer, Alta., is sounding the alarm after she almost died from a rare strep A infection. She is sharing her story after hearing about an Ontario girl who lost an arm and a leg to group A streptococcus.

'Dr. Fraud' gets a lot of job offers, and songs to save a life to

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EDT


Second Opinion is a vital dose of the week's news in health and medicine from reporter Kelly Crowe and CBC Health.

New advice if you are allergic to tree nuts

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT


If you’re allergic to one kind of tree nut you may not be allergic to all of them. @NightshiftMD has a new study and some important new advice.

Why this man had his colonoscopy broadcast live on the internet

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT


When Dan Logan’s gastroenterologist asked him to have his next colonoscopy broadcast live on Facebook, he agreed right away. His mother had died of colon cancer and he thought it was the “right thing to do.”