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Opioid prescriptions in Canada on the rise over last 5 years

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:14:15 EST


Doctors have been prescribing more opioids overall, but giving individual patients fewer doses at one time, a new report says.

Parents can help minimize children's pain from vaccinations, study says

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:06 EST


The way parents react when their children get needles not only affects how much distress and pain they experience at that moment, but also during future vaccinations, researchers say.

'You should go kill yourself': People living with facial differences remember bullying as they watch Wonder

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:32:52 EST


As they watched the movie Wonder, starring Jacob Tremblay as a boy with a facial difference, former craniofacial patients saw their own experiences as children. Eight of them had shared their stories with the actor prior to filming.

Health Canada doesn't know if its dental programs benefit Indigenous Canadians: report

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST


Auditor General Michael Ferguson says First Nations and Inuit populations have nearly twice as much dental disease as other Canadians.

Toronto hospital to build $30M treatment and research centre for MS patients

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:57:22 EST


St. Michael's Hospital announced on Wednesday it plans to build a $30 million treatment and research centre for multiple sclerosis.

Proposed pot regulations open door to craft growers, licensing non-violent offenders

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:34:59 EST


Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has released the Liberal government's proposed cannabis regulations opening the door to craft marijuana producers, allowing low-risk offenders to participate in the industry and offering some leeway on packaging.

Ikea reminds customers about Malm dresser recall after 8th child dies

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:58:27 EST


Ikea relaunched a recall of 29 million chests and dressers Tuesday after the death of an eighth child.

Health Canada report calls for big tax hike on cigarettes

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:00:00 EST


Canada has range of policies to reduce smoking, but none so effective as tax increases. An internal study for Health Canada, obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act, says a large tax hike is essential to cutting smoking to five per cent of the population by 2035, the new target set by Ottawa.

Toddlers need at least 3 hours of physical activity a day, new guidelines suggest

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:34:55 EST


Canadian researchers say most kids under four aren't getting enough exercise and believe too much screen time is a factor.

Top safety rating given to 13 new booster seats, only 1 rated 'not recommended'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:00:15 EST


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the vast majority of new booster seats released this year got top marks in terms of safety, and only one brand on the market today should be avoided.

20 Canadian ideas to improve child health win Grand Challenges funding

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:13:50 EST


Twenty Canadian projects have won Grand Challenges funding, among them an Uber-like connection that can help get pregnant women in Kenya to health care; a 3D printer project to provide orthotic devices for Nepali children with clubfoot and scoliosis; and a microchip that can figure out what pathogen is causing diarrhea in children in Bangladesh.

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?

'My son is not a statistic': Mothers send pictures of fentanyl victims to Justin Trudeau

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:26:39 EST


A group of mothers across the country are sending their pictures of their loved ones who have died from fentanyl overdoses to the prime minister in an attempt to get the federal government to commit more funds to fight the crisis.

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.