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Ontario budget 2017: Free prescription drugs for anyone under 25, a first of its kind, Liberals say

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:21:16 EDT


All Ontario children and adults younger than 25 will have their full prescription drug costs covered by a new provincial pharmacare program, regardless of family income or whether they already have private insurance.

Energy drinks' non-caffeine ingredients may affect heart

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:33:43 EDT


Healthy adults who drank two cans of energy drinks showed short-term changes in electrical activity of their hearts compared with drinking the same amount of caffeine.

Fatal fentanyl overdose data lacking from across Canada, federal health minister says

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:08:40 EDT


Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says she's aiming to release statistics on overdose deaths in Canada but is frustrated with provinces and territories that haven't provided data in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis.

Medical marijuana middlemen: How specialty clinics cash in on legal prescriptions

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Clinics that prescribe legal medical marijuana have become a specialty business across Canada — a phenomenon that has raised a few ethical concerns.

DIY braces trend makes B.C. orthodontists grit their teeth

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:10:38 EDT


A U.S. report found nearly 13 per cent of orthodontists are seeing patients who have tried DIY teeth straightening using things like rubber bands, dental floss, fishing line and paper clips.

Pass the butter: Cutting saturated fat does not reduce heart disease risk, cardiologists say

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:59:54 EDT


The belief that saturated fat in foods such as butter and cheese clogs arteries is "just plain wrong," say cardiologists with a broader lifestyle focus on how to stay healthy.

Scientists successfully grow lambs in artificial womb, offering hope for preemies

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:08:48 EDT


Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.

Province, city to compensate North Battleford, Sask., tainted water victims

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:08:35 EDT


The Government of Saskatchewan and the City of North Battleford are set to compensate young people who became sick in the city's 2001 tainted water scandal.

Pie, tart shells from Edmonton bakery recalled nationally due to E. coli scare

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:58:04 EDT


Various brands of pie and tart shells produced by an Edmonton bakery and sold across Canada and are being recalled due to E. coli fears.

Broad Hepatitis C screening of Canadian adults not supported by evidence, task force concludes

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:44:36 EDT


Healthy Canadian adults who don’t have risk factors for curable, chronic hepatitis C infection don’t need to be screened, according to new guidelines for family physicians.

'We felt like screaming': Wife says crowded hospital failed her dying husband

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:01:05 EDT


A Halifax woman says overcrowding at the city's largest hospital left her husband suffering a series of indignities and delayed care during his last days of life.

Air pollution in Toronto's subways like 'a typical day in Beijing,' highest of Canada's 3 major systems

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:00:00 EDT


Toronto's subway stations and trains had the highest levels of air pollution of Canada's three major rapid transit systems, following by Montreal's Metro and Vancouver's Skytrain systems, a newly released study has found.

Sex selection in Indian community persists despite years spent in Canada, researchers find

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:38:34 EDT


Contrary to what researchers expected, the length of time Indian immigrants have lived in Canada has no effect whatsoever on the practice of sex selection in favour of boys.

Let's be friendly to people with dementia

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EDT


The best way for Canada to cope with rising rates of dementia is to build a friendly community for those most affected. @NightshiftMD explains this new approach.

Calgary mother hopes photo of dying son will deter others from doing fentanyl

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:43:08 EDT


A Calgary mother is hoping a photo of her lying on a hospital bed with her dying son will help steer others away from using the deadly drug fentanyl.

3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:12:29 EDT


Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization says.

Second Opinion: Million-dollar drug flops

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT


Second Opinion is a vital dose of the week's news in health and medicine from reporters Kelly Crowe & Darryl Hol.

Squeamish ceviche: chic raw fish dishes are tasty, but watch for worms

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:00:00 EDT


With raw seafood dishes growing in vogue, diners up the odds of meeting guests common in fresh fish — parasitic worms.

'It's made a difference': How word clouds offer solace to family members as a loved one dies

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:11 EDT


An initiative developed by a McMaster University professor of medicine is offering families of patients in their last days of life a way to humanize the grieving process, particularly in the fast-paced, technology-focused hospital setting.

Why food recalls may seem more frequent

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:11:47 EDT


Technological advances make it easier to spot DNA from food pathogens, but it takes an old-fashioned technique to tell if they're causing harm.