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Why loneliness can be as unhealthy as smoking 15 cigarettes a day

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:53:45 EDT

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Marci O'Connor, a Quebec mother of two teenagers, struggles with her confident, independent self and recurring loneliness — feelings that psychologists say are increasingly posing public health challenges.




'Be more cautious' in prescribing off-label drugs for chronic back pain, review says

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:41:12 EDT

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Doctors are prescribing anti-seizure and nerve pain medications for a common type of chronic low-back pain, a non-licensed use, despite a lack of studies supporting their effectiveness for that purpose, according to a new review.




Evidence shows mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus may have colony in Ontario

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:17:50 EDT

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Two adult Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, were recently trapped in the area. The insects could have been transported by cross-border traffic or may have established a colony and survived the mild winter.




Sports hype of platelet-rich plasma 'powerful marketing tool' but distorts the science

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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When injured elite athletes talk about using platelet-rich plasma, the coverage rarely discusses the limitations or efficacy of the technique, a new study suggests.




Opioid antidote naloxone difficult to find in Gatineau, says nursing prof

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:46:38 EDT

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A Gatineau-based nursing professor says it's proving "impossible" to find naloxone in the city — and across the rest of Quebec, too — and is calling on the provincial government to step up.




Stroke victim, 27, determined to get back on her feet — with husband's help

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:30:00 EDT

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Carly White woke up in a hospital with a piece of her brain removed and no recollection of how she got there. Now, she is warning others to not ignore symptoms of what could be a stroke.




Teen drug overdose deaths in U.S. creep up after years of decline

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:23:04 EDT

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After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows.




Former MLA who survived cancer calls for national HPV vaccination program

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:35:52 EDT

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A study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed a significant rise in the proportion of oral cancers caused by the HPV in Canada.




Investigation launched after B.C. father visits hospital 4 times before stroke diagnosis

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:52:14 EDT

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Northern Health, which runs hospitals in northwest, B.C., is looking into why it took four hospital visits over four days for doctors to confirm that a Hazelton, B.C., man had suffered at least two strokes.




Updated abortion pill rule adds to confusion, pharmacist says

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 EDT

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A policy that women had to take the abortion pill in front of their doctor was changed in May, but the change has led to confusion for pharmacists.




Prejudice may push low-income shoppers to unhealthy options

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:55:00 EDT

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An unhealthy diet is not just a result of food insecurity but also of the stigma that surrounds it, believes Guelph researcher Kelly Hodgins. “Our societal discourses, assumptions and judgements against those living in poverty are actually helping to maintain this inequality."




Childhood malnutrition in residential schools linked to diabetes, heart disease in adults

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EDT

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"We need to start looking at hunger in residential schools as a real predictor of long-term health problems," writes Ian Mosby in the Canadian Medical Association Journal today.




Cases of HPV-related oral cancers have risen significantly in Canada, study finds

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 01:46:16 EDT

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The proportion of oral cancers caused by HPV has risen significantly in Canada, say researchers, who suggest the infection is now behind an estimated three-quarters of all such malignancies.




'Nobody's bothered': Toronto human rights advocate pleads for peace in Yemen

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:07:17 EDT

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Toronto resident and human rights advocate Zaid Al-Rawni was born in Yemen. Once one of the world's poorest countries, it now faces devastating conditions, its populace plagued by famine, disease, air raids and civic unrest. Al-Rawni spoke to CBC's Metro Morning about the atrocities in his homeland and his loved ones who remain there.




Trump attacks Merck exec for quitting council over Charlottesville

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:26:16 EDT

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U.S. President Donald Trump chides the CEO of Merck after his resignation from a presidential council to protest against the violence in Charlottesville, Va.




Would you eat genetically modified fish? You may have already

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:34:28 EDT

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Genetically modified fish is now being sold in Canada — but without any labels, who knows if you are buying it?




Why Ontario's Catholic hospitals may no longer be able to pass on offering assisted death

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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While more than 630 Ontarians have ended their lives with the help of a nurse or doctor, none of those happened within hospitals that have historic ties to the Catholic Church. But advocates argue that publicly funded health-care centres should be legally bound to offer medical assistance in dying.




SECOND OPINION | Pregnancy paradox: Dangers of not testing drugs on pregnant women

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:00:00 EDT

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It's estimated that nine out of 10 women will take at least one prescription drug during pregnancy. Yet most of those drugs come with no instructions about how to prescribe them for pregnant women.




Cancer lingo: How one person's thoughtful metaphor can be another's cliché

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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'He's a warrior. A real fighter.' These all-too-common battle metaphors are regularly aimed at people trying to get through a cancer diagnosis. While the words may be well-intentioned, doctors say they can often do more harm than good.




Ontario mom mourning her daughter shocked to find she could overrule her wish to donate organs

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:00:00 EDT

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An Ontario mother who lost her daughter in a car accident over a week ago is seeking changes to this province's organ donation rules. She says she was asked if she wished to reverse her daughter's registration as a donor while in hospital.