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Dalhousie medical school boosts screening of would-be doctors

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:10:26 EDT

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The medical school at Dalhousie University is now screening prospective students for character traits such as empathy and integrity, following high-profile cases at the Halifax university of would-be doctors in trouble with the law.




22 million more Americans would become uninsured under Senate health-care bill, CBO estimates

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:57:39 EDT

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The Senate health-care bill would result in 22 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade compared with the current law, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.




Nunavut funds community-based suicide prevention plan

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:30:24 EDT

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The Nunavut government is spending $35 million, and working with Facebook, to make its largest push yet in tackling the suicide crisis.




'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli excited for trial as jury selection begins

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:08:50 EDT

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Jury selection began Monday for the trial of pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli for allegedly running a Ponzi-like scheme at his former hedge fund and a drug company he founded.




'Deception must end': Medical journal takes aim at natural remedies

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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An editorial in Monday's Canadian Medical Association Journal is calling on the federal government to crack down on natural health products, which the author argues are poorly tested and can do patients more harm than good, compared to conventional medicines.




Banning of junk food sales in Canadian schools having a positive effect: study

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:19:05 EDT

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Over the past 12 years, six provinces have banned junk food from schools, and a new study says the measure is having a positive impact on student health.




Embodying Barbie: Cosmetic gynecology on the rise in Canada

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:00:00 EDT

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After six years of wishing she looked better below the belt, Alyssa recently shelled out $4,200 to have part of her labia removed. Labiaplasty is one of the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures in Canada and the U.S.




SECOND OPINION | Scary cancer statistic is not personal

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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In this week's roundup of interesting and eclectic news in health and medical science, cancer statistics can be misleading, and science suggests forgetting can be good for you.




More than 200,000 suspected cholera cases in Yemen

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:49:05 EDT

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The UN health agency says there are now more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in an outbreak in war-torn Yemen, many of them children.




Fentanyl spiral: How the guilt and shame of addiction stole a B.C. man's life

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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Murray Shaw, a competitive cyclist and respected faculty member at a Vancouver community college, recently died alone in a hotel room, a victim of the growing fentanyl epidemic.




Freezing frenzy: Cryotherapy makes big promises despite dearth of evidence

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:00:00 EDT

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Three minutes in sub-zero temperatures will cost you $65. Cryotherapy is a controversial practice lacking scientific backing, say critics, but believers proclaim its advantages.




Federal government announces funding for midwifery services in Indigenous communities

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:53:18 EDT

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This week Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced at the International Confederation of Midwives Congress that the federal government will launch new funding initiatives to improve access to midwifery services in First Nation and Inuit communities.




Women losing out over hormone therapy fears, some experts say

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:36 EDT

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The risk of heart attack, stroke or breast cancer due to hormone replacement therapy has been overstated, and that has scared away some women who could benefit from it, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada said at its annual conference in Ottawa this week.




With legalization a year away, experts offer tips on minimizing pot harm

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:00 EDT

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If you're going to use pot, you probably shouldn't smoke it. That's just one tip from experts who have examined the scientific research and come up with 10 new guidelines for lowering the risks from cannabis use.




Opioid abusers could be 'doctor shopping' with pets, vet warns

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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The association that represents veterinarians in Nova Scotia is trying to find a way to increase controls around opioids and crack down on owners using their pets' medication.




Alberta Health Services worker suspended for texting racial slur about Indigenous school principal

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:56:41 EDT

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An Alberta Health Services employee has been suspended after using a racial slur to refer to a Kainai Board of Education school principal in a text message.




Hints of some steps that may boost brain health in old age

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:02:09 EDT

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There are no proven ways to stave off mental decline or dementia, but a new report says there are hints that exercise, controlling blood pressure and some forms of brain training might offer help.




Doctors 'gun shy' to prescribe opioids to patients in pain, say experts

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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A Windsor, Ont., woman says her family doctor has retired and now she can't find a doctor to renew her opioid prescriptions.




U.S. rejects UN call for access to safe abortions

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:54:16 EDT

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The United States on Thursday rejected a Canada-led United Nations resolution on eliminating violence against women because it called for access to safe abortion for all women in countries where the procedure is legal.




Alcohol responsible for more hospital admissions than heart attacks last year: report

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:01:18 EDT

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There were more hospital admissions in Canada last year for alcohol-related conditions than for heart attacks.