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Canada 'incredibly average' on reducing premature mortality compared with peer countries: report

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:10:31 EDT

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Canada has reduced premature mortality rates tremendously over the past 50 years, but the country is still in the middle of the pack compared with “peer" countries such as Australia, Germany and Japan, according to a new report.




Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart failure: study

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:58:31 EDT

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Commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory painkillers, including ibuprofen, raise the risk of hospital admission for heart failure, a large European study suggests.




Premiers send Trudeau letter demanding meeting on health care

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:40:27 EDT

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Provincial and territorial premiers have written to Justin Trudeau to seek a firm commitment from the prime minister for a meeting on health-care funding before the first ministers' meet to discuss climate change this fall.




Millions of Canadians don't have to be told if health information breached

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:00:00 EDT

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The personal health information of hundreds of patients is breached every year, but most Canadians live in provinces where health-care providers don't have to tell victims or privacy watchdogs.




Alberta Health Services struggling to keep up with demand for physician-assisted deaths

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:41:54 EDT

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In total, 29 people in Alberta have ended their lives through physician-assisted death this year, according to numbers provided by Alberta Health Services. Fourteen of those deaths occurred in Edmonton, which is the highest number in the province.




'Significant increase' noted in syphilis cases, Toronto Public Health says

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:37:59 EDT

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Toronto Public Health says it is aware of a "significant increase" in the number of infectious syphilis cases reported in the city last year and in the first six months of this year.




B.C. clinic's free heroin enables addicts to 'have a meaningful life again,' co-ordinator says

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:00:00 EDT

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Providence Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside gives free heroin to longtime addicts. It's a controversial program, and the clinic's research co-ordinator admits they're enabling addicts. "We are enabling them to have a meaningful life again."




Zika outbreak: Miami-Dade releases 5 positive mosquito trap locations

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:56:14 EDT

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Outbreak zone now extends through much of Miami Beach




Genetically modified baby born with DNA from 2 women

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:53:42 EDT

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A baby boy has been born using a "three parent" technique that combines DNA from three individuals, researchers report.




Nutritious to who? Northerners say food subsidy program needs overhaul

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:32:06 EDT

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The Federal government's often controversial Nutrition North program came under fire again Monday night, as Northern residents argued it's not keeping people from going hungry or making most food affordable.




Staring at mobile phones strains necks, chiropractors warn

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:12:31 EDT

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Chiropractors in Windsor-Essex are sounding the alarm over "text neck" which comes after repeatedly turning your head down. Just the pressure from that action alone could put nearly 30 kilograms of pressure on your spine.




Lack of 'adequate evidence' makes vaping regulations difficult, Philpott says

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:19:04 EDT

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The Liberal government says it plans to introduce legislation later this fall to regulate vaping. Health Canada says the move will balance the need to protect young people from nicotine addiction while allowing adult smokers to legally buy vaping products.




In California's farm belt, 'pesticide drift' has residents worried about their health

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:00:00 EDT

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In California's farm belt, "pesticide drift" means danger is in the wind. Residents want new laws to protect half a million children who go to school near fields sprayed with pesticides




Measles eliminated in Americas: WHO

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:26:17 EDT

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The Americas has become the first region in the world to be free of measles, Pan American Health Organization declares.




Got kidney stones? This doctor says roller coasters could be the cure

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:39:10 EDT

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Having kidney stones can be a painful roller coaster ride. But Michigan doctor David Wartinger has just discovered actual roller coaster rides can help treat the condition.