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Canadian doctor says there's evidence the 'man flu' is actually real

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:55:57 EST

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Just in time for flu season, a new article in the British Medical Journal explores the science behind a debate that has annoyed sniffling, coughing men and infuriated women for years. Is the "man flu" an actual medical phenomenon? Or, are men simply whinier than women when they're sick?




Motorcycle-related deaths more common during full moon, study finds

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:30:00 EST

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A new study suggests that a full moon is associated with an increased risk of fatal motorcycle crashes.




Some patients pay thousands while others nothing at all in 'medical postal code lottery'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:00:24 EST

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A hearing-impaired Calgary man is travelling to Austria to get a life-changing medical device surgically implanted that will help him hear clearly for the first time. Because the Alberta government won't pay for the surgery, his retired parents are footing the $50,000 bill.




Buying for baby: Cross-border shopping and recall alerts: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:00:22 EST

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If you've been too busy this week to keep up with health and consumer news, CBC's Marketplace is here to help.




Researchers predict 'vaccine scares' using Google and Twitter trends

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:06:20 EST

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A team of researchers found that by analyzing trends on Google searches and Twitter, they can predict vaccination scares that could eventually lead to disease outbreaks.




Canadian researchers say you can improve memory with this one weird trick

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 09:00:31 EST

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Medical experts in Canada weigh in on 'do not resuscitate' tattoos and new regulations may give Canadians access to previously confidential industry information about drugs.




Winnipeg dentist turning baby teeth black — to keep kids out of surgery

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 06:00:00 EST

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A new treatment for tooth cavities could mean that fewer kids need to squirm through complex dental surgeries or go under general anesthetic.




'Wow, it's actually beating': Novoheart creates tiny heart-like structure with stem cells to test new drugs

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 05:00:00 EST

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Novoheart Ltd. is the first in the world to use stem cells to grow miniature human heart-like valves and wants to use them to test new drugs — technology that may lead to fewer animals being used as test subjects and save big pharmaceutical firms billions.




CRA to review disability tax credit applications after backlash from diabetics

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:00:45 EST

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After months of criticism and accusations it lied to disability advocates, the Canada Revenue Agency is reverting to a previous interpretation of a tax credit used by diabetics and will review applications denied since May 2017.




Family of mentally ill man who died in jail learns their request for information denied

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 06:00:00 EST

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When police announced there would be no charges laid in Soleiman Faqiri's death, his family was told to file an FOI request for more details. Now just days away from the 1-year anniversary, that request has been denied, with police saying releasing the details could compromise an ongoing investigation.




Nearly 1 in 4 civilians killed in Syria is a child, Lancet study says

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 01:23:28 EST

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Evidence that aerial bombing has killed more civilians — one quarter of them children — than opposition fighters in Syria has been published in one of the world's best known medical journals.




Flu cases showing up earlier than usual, could be harbinger of bad season, experts say

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 21:34:12 EST

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The influenza season in Canada could be shaping up to be a potentially nasty one, with a mixed bag of viruses already circulating in much of the country, say infectious diseases experts.




Kids as young as 5 show racial bias, research suggests

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 05:00:00 EST

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A new study from researchers at York University finds most white children as young as five years old show racial bias in favour of other white children.




'Nobody stopped me' at the casino: Ontario self-exclusion program fails to keep gambling addicts out

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 05:00:00 EST

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Despite promoting responsible gambling, the Ontario government’s program to help addicts stay out of casinos is failing to do so, an investigation by CBC’s The Fifth Estate has found.




Death in drunk tank spurs call to stop jailing intoxicated people

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 05:00:00 EST

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The mother of a man who died in a Halifax police lockup is calling for an alternative to the so-called drunk tank.




Marijuana meds for pets? Vets want clinical trials

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 08:40:26 EST

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People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to marijuana-based oils and powders. But there's little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects. Vets say research is badly needed.




Snacking on bitter apricot kernels? You're at risk of cyanide poisoning, Health Canada warns

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 05:00:00 EST

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The bitter kernels within apricot pits, sold in packages in some health food stores, can release cyanide when eaten. They are sometimes marketed as a "medicinal ingredient."




Thalidomide disaster: background to the compensation debate

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 05:00:00 EST

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There were already concerns about thalidomide when it was approved in Canada. It was withdrawn in Canada in 1962, months after other countries did so. Today, some survivors are demanding more compensation, pointing to the government's negligence.




'Everyone ... has a sob story': Thalidomide survivors say they were belittled by disabilities minister

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 13:03:39 EST

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Members of a thalidomide survivor group say they felt belittled and are appalled after meeting with Kent Hehr, the federal minister for persons with disabilities, and accuse him of making repugnant statements about their life expectancies.




Government leans on emojis, selfies to sell campaign against drug-impaired driving

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 09:30:21 EST

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As the July deadline for legalizing marijuana in Canada looms, the Liberals are launching the first in a series of ads to dissuade young people from driving while high.