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Should we let the crowd fund Canadian science if no one else will?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:00:00 EST


In hunting down and exposing old industry trial data, Toronto family doctor Nav Persaud was participating in an international scientific initiative called RIAT — restoring invisible and abandoned trials.

Midwives waiting on proclamation to begin offering services on P.E.I.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:22:48 EST


An advocacy group for midwives in the province wants to know what's happening with the legislation that could make it legal for midwives to practice on P.E.I.

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes — and save Big Tobacco

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:11:12 EST


Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete with only a tiny segment of Americans still lighting up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.

Artificial stomach enhancing digestive, dietary research at University of Manitoba

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:02:25 EST


The University of Manitoba now has a never-ending belly which will never get heartburn to help researchers stomach any and all of the dietary and digestive research they have on their plate.

Blood test for early detection of 8 cancers looks promising

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:07:59 EST


Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now.

Some EpiPens, used to treat life-threatening allergic reaction, in short supply

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:25:39 EST


The Canadian distributor of the EpiPen says there is a shortage of one size of the emergency treatment for people at risk of life-threatening allergic reactions.

Gardening may help cancer survivors eat and feel better, study suggests

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST


For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say.

China's birthrate down from initial '2-child' boom, but higher than most recent years

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:05:27 EST


The birthrate in China fell last year despite the country easing its family planning policies and allowing all couples to have two children, a finding that some parents say reflects the stresses of urban life.

Staff-to-resident abuse in long-term care homes up 148% from 2011

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:41:38 EST


A year-long CBC Marketplace investigation reveals there were 2,198 reported incidents of staff-on-resident abuse in 2016. This means an average of six seniors were abused by their caregiver at a long-term care home every day.

Health officials urge Vancouver to distribute safe opioids

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:49:42 EST


Health officials urged Vancouver city council to push the boundaries and provide a safe supply of opioids to addicts to help curb the opioid crisis.

A look at the cognitive test that Trump aced — and why it's 'not considered definitive'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:53:05 EST


For all their apparent simplicity, 10-minute quizzes like the Montreal Cognitive Assessment offer doctors a snapshot of someone's memory and certain other neurologic functions, one piece of information to help determine if trouble's brewing.

Morning sickness drug Diclectin doesn't work, confidential industry documents reviewed by doctor show

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:37:49 EST


Confidential company documents show Diclectin is no better than a placebo. Toronto family doctor Nav Persaud, who fought seven years to see the documents, has stopped prescribing the popular morning sickness pill, but Health Canada has no plans to order the drug off the market.

Getting legal consent before sex? There's an app for that

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:01:05 EST


A Dutch startup is launching an app that will allow people to give legal consent to sex via their mobile in an initiative spurred by Sweden's plans to bolster its rape law.

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:50:10 EST


A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe.

Predicting diseases could improve with new 'reliable' count of cell proteins

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST


Scientists have produced what they say is the first reliable count of protein molecules in a simple cell. They hope the finding will lead to new ways to predict diseases such as cancer in more complex human cells.

U.K. names minister to tackle 'silent epidemic' of loneliness

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:26:09 EST


British Prime Minister Theresa May has given one of her cabinet ministers the task of coming up with a national strategy to combat loneliness in the U.K.

Why your birth year may increase your risk of dying during a flu pandemic

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:54:13 EST


New research suggests that the year you were born may increase your risk of death in an influenza pandemic.

'Do not eat': Teens warned against taking 'Tide pod challenge'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST


The latest social media fad called the "Tide pod challenge" has parents and health professionals worried and has led to an NFL star making a public service announcement against the dangerous trend.

U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade, Gallup survey suggests

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:52:24 EST


The number of Americans without health-care insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, according to a new Gallup poll.

Breastfeeding appears to cut risk of Type 2 diabetes in women

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:36:29 EST


A 30-year national study in the U.S. says women who breastfeeding for six months or longer seem to have a lower risk of developing diabetes.