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Why are Canadians over 35 barred from signing up to donate bone marrow?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:00:00 EST


Bone marrow donation is often the last hope of survival for leukemia patients like seven-year-old Joshua Weekes, who died earlier this week after being unable to find a donor.

Nutella, bacon, roads: It's time to stop being scared by health stories

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:14:12 EST


The headlines are irresistible: bacon causes cancer. Nutella causes cancer. Living by a road causes dementia. But there's a problem: while the stories are about legitimate scientific studies, the telling can cause unnecessary panic. Journalist Ben Chu tells us how to properly interpret the news.

Public-private ping pong and conflict of interest concerns

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST


Second Opinion is a vital dose of the week's news in health and medicine from reporter Kelly Crowe and CBC Health.

Loss of business could force McDonald's to reconsider nut decision, food security expert says

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:00:00 EST


A food safety expert says the backlash against McDonald's for its decision to add nuts that are not individually packaged to some menu items may force the fast-food chain to reverse its decision.

An American woman just died from a superbug resistant to 26 different antibiotics

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:16:51 EST


Last week, public health officials announced that a woman in Nevada had died from a superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the United States. Lance Price is the Director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University and he's working on solutions to what he calls one of the greatest public health threats of our time.

Chief asks: Could courts force Canada to spend more on First Nations suicide prevention?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:30:00 EST


It's time for First Nations leaders to consider a class action suit against the federal government on behalf of Indigenous youth who have died by suicide, says Isadore Day, the Ontario Regional Chief with the Assembly of First Nations.

Rare rat virus infects 8 people in U.S.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:02:14 EST


Eight people who worked at several rat-breeding facilities in Illinois and Wisconsin have been infected with a virus, CDC says.

'This has not been an easy journey': Saskatoon woman welcomes review into sterilization

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:01:23 EST


A Saskatoon woman who says she was sterilized against her will is welcoming the launch of an external review of the Saskatoon Health Region's tubal ligation policies.

Toronto Public Health investigates after dozens of college students treated for stomach illness

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:43:51 EST


Toronto Public Health is investigating after more than 70 Humber College students at a campus residence fell ill with some type of gastrointestinal illness. The cause of the sudden outbreak remains unknown.

Global coalition aims to outpace epidemics with new vaccines

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:39:40 EST


New alliance launches to finance and coordinate the development of vaccines to prevent and contain infectious disease epidemics.

Fed up with combative Gaétan Barrette, medical specialists want new bargaining partner

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:20:07 EST


Quebec's medical specialists are pushing back against Health Minister Gaétan Barrette and what they call his unilateral approach to negotiations after ending extra-billing.

'Only the ideas they see as favourable get money;' breakfast nutritional science tricky

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:15:27 EST


Cereal makers paid for studies in support of the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin.

Skin cancer survivor says getting a 'base tan' is a bad idea

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:24:04 EST


A woman from Saskatchewan is speaking out about the dangers of tanning beds and the idea that getting a "base tan" is a good way to protect against future sunburns.

Wapekeka First Nation asked for suicide-prevention funds months before deaths of 2 girls

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:00:00 EST


First Nations leaders in northern Ontario say the federal government ignored their pleas to help a group of children last summer and is only now stepping forward with funding, days after two pre-teens died by suicide.

People with allergies outraged by McDonald's nut decision

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:47:19 EST


People with allergies and those who care for them are outraged over a decision by McDonald's Canada to add nuts to some food items on its menu.