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Glioblastoma, brain tumour that took Gord Downie's life, tough to treat, doctors say

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:45:13 EDT

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The passing of singer-songwriter Gord Downie also puts a spotlight on the need for more funding for research into the form of brain cancer that about 1,000 Canadians are diagnosed with every year.




'Nocebo' effect: Why side-effects may seem worse for expensive drugs

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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Expensive medicines can seem to create worse side-effects than cheaper alternatives, suggests a new study that looked at the nocebo effect of drugs. The opposite of the placebo effect, nocebo is the perception of negative side effects from a benign substance in a blind trial.




Governments grappling with how to keep pot bought online out of the hands of underage users

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:22 EDT

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The Liberal government's point man on pot legalization says strict safeguards will be put in place for home delivery of the drug once it is available for purchase online as planned.




Kids not getting enough exercise, spend too much time with screens, StatsCan reports

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:27:19 EDT

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Most Canadian children and youth are still not getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity.




Gord Downie used voice to 'shed a light' on brain cancer, importance of reconciliation

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:55:02 EDT

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The death of Gord Downie hits close to home for Winnipegger Jared Spier, whose partner, Joanne Schiewe, died from the same brain cancer that took the Tragically Hip frontman.




Quadriplegic nearly missed MRI because no staff were trained to assist him

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:56:48 EDT

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The husband of a quadriplegic man in Halifax is calling on the Nova Scotia Health Authority to improve services for patients with mobility issues, after a scheduled MRI was nearly derailed due to a lack of staff trained to assist.




Woman alleged to have unlawfully injected botox for years under investigation

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:00:00 EDT

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The B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons is seeking an injunction against a Surrey woman — Rajdeep Kaur Khakh — who it says may have unlawfully injected clients with botox and other substances while posing as a doctor at salons, "botox parties" and in clients' homes according to court documents.




2 Janes chicken products recalled due to salmonella

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:58:01 EDT

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Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers and Pub Style Snacks Popcorn Chicken have been recalled because of possible salmonella contamination, as part of an investigation of an illness outbreak.




How Ontario's long-term care shortage has kept this Toronto couple apart for almost 6 years

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:21:15 EDT

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An elderly Toronto couple spent their 14th wedding anniversary hand-in-hand after health issues and skyrocketing wait-lists for long-term care facilities have kept them apart for nearly half their marriage.




Disability in demand: People with autism offer employers a broader talent pool

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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A Danish company with a global mandate to help employers make the most of untapped autistic talent is helping North American firms make concerted efforts to hire employees with autism who can bring unique skills to the workplace.




HPV causing cancer of head, neck affects more men than women in U.S.

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:08:27 EDT

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A U.S. study suggests that 1 in 9 men has an oral HPV infection. HPV-related head and neck cancers are on the rise.




Defibrillators coming to all OCDSB schools

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:13:12 EDT

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Senior staff with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board decided Tuesday to have defibrillators installed by September 2018 in all of the board's schools, a week after a CBC story revealed 78 of the board's 119 elementary schools did not have the potentially life-saving devices.




'There was a screw-up': UBC researchers pull paper linking vaccine component to autism

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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Researchers from the University of British Columbia are retracting their scientific paper linking aluminum in vaccines to autism in mice, because one of the co-authors claims figures published in the study were deliberately altered before publication — an issue he says he realized after allegations of data manipulation surfaced online.




'It's only a leg': 10 years after freak accident, Bishop's Falls man stays positive

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:26:11 EDT

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A central Newfoundland man who lost his leg 10 years ago in a freak accident says what's kept him going is his family, along with some stubbornness and determination.




Missouri appeals court tosses $72M US award in talcum powder case

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:30:33 EDT

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A Missouri appeals court that vacated a $72 million US award to an Alabama woman who claimed her use of Johnson & Johnson products that contained talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer has thrown the fate of awards in similar cases into doubt.




Tom Marino withdraws as Trump nominee for drug czar after lobbying reports

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:22:19 EDT

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President Donald Trump says the Pennsylvania congressman he chose to be the country's czar at the Office of National Drug Control Policy is withdrawing from consideration for the job.




The high cost of smoking: 45,400 dead, $16.2B in economic costs

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:05:23 EDT

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There are more than 45,400 deaths in Canada attributable to smoking and the habit cost the economy $16.2 billion annually in 2012, according a new study from the Conference Board of Canada.




Let's talk: Why Canadians need health care in their own language

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EDT

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If you get sick in Canada & you don't speak English or French, your health may be in danger says a CMAJ editorial. @NightshiftMD says there's a solution.




Hearing starts for dentist in case of girl who suffered brain damage after procedure

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:00:00 EDT

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The hearing for an Edmonton dentist begins on Monday, one year after five-year-old Amber Athwal was left with brain damage after a dental procedure.




'Concussions affect a life': Ken Dryden wants hockey rules changed to save players' lives

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:32:16 EDT

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Hockey legend Ken Dryden is calling on the NHL to penalize any play that involves a player making contact with the head of another — no exceptions.