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

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:51:19 EDT


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

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

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:59:00 EDT


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

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

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:52:37 EDT


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

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

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:05:01 EDT


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

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

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:00:00 EDT


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


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


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


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


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.

Food insecurity in Nunavut 'should be considered a national crisis,' expert says

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Food insecurity in Nunavut "needs remedial action," say the authors of a new report who call for national food policy.

Doctors warn General Hospital cancer plot may be a sneaky pharmaceutical ad campaign

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:44:47 EDT


Doctors are sounding the alarm about a cancer plot line in the soap opera General Hospital, calling it a sneaky way of skirting pharmaceutical advertising laws.

'I went into distress': patient wakes up during surgery

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:41:32 EDT


Patients waking up during surgery reportedly happens during one out of every 1,000 surgeries.

Heart failure symptoms traced to unusual source

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:38:10 EDT


Hundreds of thousands of Canadians struggle to survive and take in air because of heart failure. Now scientists have unravelled a new reason why that rewrites medical textbooks.

Living with lupus: What it's like having an invisible illness

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:02:00 EDT


Lisa Walters is a 28-year-old living with lupus, or what she refers to as an invisible illness.

Almost 40 per cent of Canadians eat lunch at their desks, new research shows

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:42:58 EDT


A Dalhousie University researcher suggests that taking time out to eat a meal is becoming a luxury as workplace pressures increase.

Homeopathic remedies in legal hot water in U.S. but face scant Canadian pushback

Sat, 13 May 2017 05:00:00 EDT


The nature of the U.S. legal system makes companies producing homeopathic remedies an easy target, say one Canadian corporate lawyer. Consumers in the U.S. frequently win cases based on "false claim" arguments.

Federal health minister orders independent review of opioid guidelines after conflict-of-interest controversy

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:56:39 EDT


Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has ordered an independent scientific review of recent opioid prescription guidelines that were published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal last week. This comes after news that one of the members of the voting committee had received financial compensation from companies that market opioid medications.

Bill to make it easier to create supervised drug-consumption sites becomes law

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:50:50 EDT


Liberal government legislation that includes measures to remove 26 strict requirements for new supervised injection sites has received royal assent to become law.

Ebola outbreak in remote Congo presents huge challenge, WHO says

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:52:58 EDT


An Ebola outbreak affecting up to 20 people in an extremely remote area in the Congo presents a high risk at a national level.

Consequences of pot program cuts 'should be alarming,' says veteran with PTSD

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:00:00 EDT


Veterans Affairs spent $63.7 million in 2016-17 for medical marijuana for nearly 4,500 veterans — a bill that is expected to drop dramatically when new rules come into effect Monday.