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Superagers' youthful brains offer clues to keeping sharp

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:04:23 EST


Elite elders are more than just an oddity. There's potential for learning an enormous amount and applying it to the rest of us, including those who may be on a trajectory for some type of neurodegenerative disease, researchers say.

'It looks to us as though there is a developing country within Canada's borders,' Lancet editor says

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:42:55 EST


Canada's appalling record on Indigenous health is undermining its efforts to be a global health leader, according to the Lancet, a medical journal.

'It's time to heal': Montreal writer wins battle to get insurer to recognize his depression

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:02:14 EST


After being denied coverage for his depression, Samuel Archibald received a call from UQAM's group insurance company, Desjardins, on Thursday morning informing him that they had reviewed his file and accepted his claim.

How many new drugs rely on government-funded science? All of them

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:00:00 EST


There’s public science in every single new drug. That was the surprising answer to a U.S. senator’s question about how government-funded research is benefitting citizens. But it took a year to come up with the numbers.

This child died because a feeding tube was placed in the wrong spot, his family wants answers

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:00:00 EST


A Syrian refugee family that travelled for years through refugee camps in Lebanon and Turkey before arriving in Leamington, Ont. is searching for answers after their five-year-old son died following a routine procedure at Windsor Regional Hospital.

6 reasons doctors say to avoid colon cleanses

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:00:00 EST


Former customers of two colon cleansing services in Thunder Bay, Ont. are getting tested for HIV and Hepatitis B and C after complaints of poor hygiene practices at the businesses. Health experts says there is no scientific evidence to support such practices, and that they can be risky.

Nova Scotia doctor losses snowballing each year, figures show

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:00:00 EST


A CBC News analysis has found Nova Scotia doctors are leaving for other provinces at an accelerating pace, and stemming the outflow could cost tens of millions in salary increases.

Good news, ladies: Carbs not linked to PMS

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:10:04 EST


The amount of foods containing sugars or other carbohydrates that a woman eats has nothing to do with whether she will start experiencing premenstrual syndrome (PMS), researchers say.

Antidepressant drugs do work, review on almost 120,000 patients concludes

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:58:19 EST


Antidepressants can be an effective tool to treat major depression, but this does not necessarily mean antidepressants should always be the first line of treatment, researcher says.

Quebec woman dies after visiting 4 hospitals in 3 days for the flu

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:00:00 EST


A Gatineau, Que., man is looking for answers from hospital officials after his 39-year-old wife visited four hospitals in three days before dying following an initial diagnosis of the flu.

SECOND OPINION | Over-the-counter medicine could be affecting your mood

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:36:40 EST


You're probably reaching for them when you have a headache or when that old knee injury flares up. But over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen may be affecting your thoughts and emotions, too.

Social media may be pushing more millennials to turn to cosmetic procedures, clinics say

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:00 EST


Clinics around Toronto are telling CBC News that more and more women in their early-to-mid 20s are getting Botox injections and other cosmetic procedures. And at least one expert says it could be due to growing pressure to look their best on social media.

'All hands on deck': Nova Scotia's new physician recruiters playing catch-up

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:33 EST


For five years in a row, Nova Scotia has seen more doctors leave than arrive. The pressure is on for a newly hired recruiting team to turn the loss into a positive, but the team has work to do to catch up with the rest of the country.

Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:56:43 EST


The increasing popularity of devices using software and wireless communications has created a rising risk that hackers might reprogram devices to make them work improperly, cardiologists say.

'Nothing was helping': U of C infant sleep study made big difference for Calgary mom

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:06:05 EST


If you have a five-month-old baby, sleep might be a rare luxury in your home, and Rachel Farrar knows that all too well.

Canadian marijuana use more than doubles over 30-year period, StatsCan says

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:26:24 EST


Cannabis consumption has more than doubled among Canadians 15 and older over a 30-year span, according to a new Statistics Canada report.

Sudbury patient kept in hospital bathroom for 13 days, MPP says

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:30:09 EST


A Sudbury Ont., man recently spent almost two weeks in a hospital bathroom while being treated for a back injury, according to a local member of provincial parliament.

Chemo's no obstacle for this boy and his bot

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:00:00 EST


When 11-year-old Hugo Roy can't go to school because he's undergoing chemotherapy, a robot attends class for him.

Carbs, fat, DNA? Weight loss is finicky, new study shows

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:46:19 EST


A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn't hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters' DNA profiles.

B.C. scientist suspects Sea-to-Sky, North Shore could be home to high-risk radon

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:39:32 EST


SFU public health researcher Anne-Marie Nicol suspects residents on Vancouver's North Shore and the Sea-to-Sky corridor are at risk of radon exposure.