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Health Canada's 'fake news?' — It's not fake but it's not news either

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:00:00 EDT


Health Canada writing about itself is not fake because it's fact-based, but it's also not 'news,' journalism professor says.

Prescription to slow worsening myopia in Canadian kids? Head outdoors

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:00:00 EDT


All children with myopia benefit from spending more time outdoors, doctors say.

Health Canada investigating use of unlicensed homeopathic remedy made from rabid dog saliva

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:12:41 EDT


The homeopathic remedy made from rabid dog saliva that a Victoria naturopath says she used to treat a small boy was not licensed for sale in Canada, and the federal government is opening an investigation.

Why so few people on Six Nations reserve have clean running water, unlike their neighbours

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:00:58 EDT


A professor and researcher is calling attention to dismal lack of access to clean running water on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in Ontario - despite it being a stone's throw away from major towns and cities with fully functioning water infrastructure.

'Don't use cannabis when you are pregnant or breastfeeding,' doctors warn

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:30:31 EDT


Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada launches campaign to warn pregnant and breastfeeding women about the potential dangers of cannabis use.

Are cures bad for the drug business?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:41:13 EDT


A glimpse at the cold calculations required to make profitable drug investments in new genetic technologies such as gene therapy.

Lots of support for Humboldt Broncos first responders, but risk of PTSD can be long-term, experts say

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:30 EDT


Paramedics, firefighters and police officers who responded to the horrific crash in rural Saskatchewan are in the midst of debriefings to help them talk about what happened, but agencies emphasize that post-traumatic stress symptoms can take weeks, months, or years to appear.

Ottawa will listen, but won't act on party push to decriminalize all drugs: Wilson-Raybould

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:00 EDT


Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she's open to discussion on decriminalizing small quantities of drugs — but her government has no immediate plans to follow through.

Canada's oldest blood donor, 'Granny Bea,' still giving at 95

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:22:39 EDT


Beatrice Janyk started giving blood after her late husband nearly died from the blood he received after a sawmill accident.

Why a 14-year-old will lead the charge at 420 on the Hill

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:21:29 EDT


Emma Boniface is scheduled to take the stage Friday at Ottawa's annual 420 rally on Parliament Hill to speak about the power of pot for her family.

Hungarian scientist exposed to Ebola, WHO says

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:14:54 EDT


The World Health Organization says it has co-ordinated shipment of an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who was exposed to the potentially deadly disease earlier this month.

19 years on, these Columbine survivors are parents — and they're reaching out to the Parkland teens

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:00 EDT


A national school walkout begins Friday in the United States, on the 19th anniversary of Columbine and in the wake of February's shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Health Canada should stop approving homeopathic remedies — period: Robyn Urback

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:00 EDT


Whenever a controversy about homeopathy pops up, Health Canada is stuck: either it affirms the alleged effectiveness of these products despite the total lack of scientific evidence, or it concedes that it has been green-lighting silly water as a health product in its role as a government regulator.

Grieving parents face isolation, anxiety after unexplained deaths of children

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:56:38 EDT


A U.S. foundation started nearly 20 years ago to collect information about sudden, unexplained deaths among children is still looking for answers.

Don't hold your breath: Secret behind super deep-diving ability revealed

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:09:17 EDT


Overall, the Bajau divers had spleens about 50 per cent larger than nearby seaside villagers who do not dive, researchers find.

B.C. leads the country in C-section deliveries, data reveals

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:00:00 EDT


More than one in three deliveries in B.C. hospitals were by C-section last year, the highest rate of surgical birth in Canada, new national data reveals.

How a stationary bike, paired with Google Street View, helps seniors with dementia

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 EDT


An innovative dementia therapy tool is making its way to Canada. The BikeAround is a device that combines a stationary bike, Google Street View and a dome-shaped projector to give users a virtual ride down memory lane.

'Smaller steps is a good way to go:' StatsCan finds benefit from shift away from sitting time

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:52:10 EDT


Small steps could literally add up to better health for some, according to a new report from Statistics Canada on the sedentary behaviour of adults.

Pioneering autism researcher Asperger 'actively co-operated' with Nazis, study says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:59:26 EDT


Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician who pioneered research into autism and after whom Asperger syndrome is named, "actively co-operated" with a Nazi program under which disabled children were killed, according to a newly published academic paper.

B.C. town sees success after hiring its own doctor recruiter

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:30:00 EDT


Among the advertisements for provinces and regions at a rural doctors' meeting in St. John's, the small town of Creston, B.C., made sure it was known that it, too, is in the market for more physicians.