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Damaged knee joints repaired with nose cells

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:30:43 EDT


Researchers have conducted the first human tests of transplants to repair damaged knees using cartilage cells harvested from the noses of a small number of patients.

Trudeau should not give in to provinces on health care: Romanow

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:02 EDT


Roy Romanow, former Sask. premier and author of the landmark 2002 report on Canada's health care, says the Trudeau government is right to demand federal health transfers come with conditions.

They sell cigarettes — Now Imperial Tobacco wants to sell e-cigarettes and vaping products, too

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


Canada’s biggest tobacco company is hoping the federal government’s upcoming legislation to regulate e-cigarettes and vaping products could usher its entry into the booming $235-million market.

MLA outlines 'ludicrous' medical travel situation, as Nunavut contracts set to expire

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


Given that the Nunavut Health Department paid airlines more than $50 million for medical travel last year, MLA Joe Enook says he was 'shocked, dismayed and very sad' when an airline bumped medical patients from an overbooked flight this summer.

'Health crisis' of 70 opioid deaths this year leads to Nova Scotia summit

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:45:17 EDT


The province's deputy ministers of health and wellness, and justice are calling a meeting to respond to opioid overdoses that are claiming the life of a Nova Scotian every six days, and it's expected to surge with street fentanyl.

Parents find son's lifeless body after pharmacy switches sleep medication for toxic dose of another drug

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


An 8-year-old boy died after medication for a sleep disorder was switched for another drug by the pharmacy that filled the prescription. The boy's mother has filed a lawsuit against the pharmacy and its owner.

Jehovah's Witness who died giving birth understood risk of refusing blood, Quebec health minister says

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:00:06 EDT


Quebec's health minister says he has proof a 26-year-old Jehovah's Witness woman who died during childbirth at a hospital near Quebec City understood the risks of refusing a blood transfusion, but insisted one not be performed.

Sask. First Nations facing 'state of crisis' after 4 youth suicides

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:30:28 EDT


North Saskatchewan communities learned Tuesday that a 10-year-old girl in Deschambault Lake had taken her own life. The news came as people were still reeling from the suicides of three girls, ages 12 to 14, who died in the span of four days.

Oral bacteria may be to blame for migraines

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:33:33 EDT


Researchers have found that people who suffer from migraines have more of the bacteria that breaks down nitrates found in certain foods.

Lack of herd immunity could cause mumps to spread, says province

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:19:14 EDT


The number of Manitobans vaccinated for mumps is low enough that there is a risk of the illness spreading, says Manitoba Health.

Where you're locked up determines how much time you spend in solitary confinement

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:00 EDT


A CBC analysis shows the rate at which prison officials hold inmates in isolation fluctuates widely across the country, even when comparing prisons of the same security level. Some experts say the federal data illustrate how the system governing the practice is inadequate.

'Long past time' to act on Canada's deadly opioid epidemic

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:00:00 EDT


With perhaps 20,000 Canadians now dead, it’s long past time that words become actions in dealing with the opioid crisis. Patients, families and communities affected by this gathering emergency need help, not pity.

Mother warns 'party drug' users after daughter dies from drinking too much water

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:00 EDT


Linda Kyrzyk says her daughter Leanne Germain died in February after taking MDMA and then drinking too much water.

U.S. government expands Zika testing recommendations for pregnant women

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:11:00 EDT


The U.S. government on Wednesday recommended Zika testing for all pregnant women who recently spent time anywhere in Florida's Miami-Dade County.

Are your street drugs laced with fentanyl? A $5 test could tell you

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


​A Winnipeg pharmacy will soon sell tests to help people find out if their drugs are laced with fentanyl.