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South African child surprises researchers by showing no signs of AIDS years after treatment

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:15:24 EDT

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A South African child born with HIV has surprised experts by appearing to be effectively cured after just a year of treatment, followed by 8½ years drug free, but experts say the majority of people infected with the virus that causes AIDS requires ongoing treatment.




Stroke survivors at higher risk for another stroke or heart attack for years longer than commonly thought

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:36 EDT

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When someone survives a stroke or mini-stroke, they're at substantial risk of another stroke or admission to a long-term care facility for at least five years afterward, Canadian neurologists say.




Parents of critically ill infant Charlie Gard end legal battle to save his life

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:56:30 EDT

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Chris Gard publicly apologized to his critically ill baby Charlie for not being able to save his life, as he and his wife dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for an experimental treatment after new medical tests showed the window of opportunity to help him had closed.




Ontario announces new mental health workers for troubled Pikangikum First Nation

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:21:35 EDT

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Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins is announcing funding for 20 full-time mental health workers for Pikangikum First Nation — a remote community struggling with a suicide crisis and pressing mental health needs from about 380 people seeking counselling.




SECOND OPINION | It's war! Debunkers take on Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP and celebrity pseudoscience

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:14 EDT

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War on GOOP breaks out into the open and a second look at sweetener scare. Read our weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news.




Yemen cholera outbreak to spread with monsoon rains, 600,000 cases expected

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:53:22 EDT

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As Yemen's rainy season begins, the World Health Organization and Oxfam are worried that the country's citizens will be affected by the worst outbreak of cholera in recorded history.




'This case touched us very deeply:' CDC reports contaminated breast pump tied to preterm infant's infection

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:02:47 EDT

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There are concrete steps women can take to keep breast milk safe, health officials say after a preterm infant developed severe meningitis from mother's milk that became contaminated through a breast pump.




The lost art of play: No resilience without risk, says researcher

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:00:00 EDT

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Parents might want to shield their children from unpleasant experiences but experts say that playing it too safe is actually harmful.




1 in 3 dementia cases are potentially preventable, report says

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:15:00 EDT

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Dementia may be viewed as unavoidable, but one in three cases could be prevented through lifestyle and social changes, a new review suggests.




'These are our children': Sexual abuse and suicide rate among Indigenous youth

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:01:20 EDT

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"People don't talk about it. People hide it."




National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg gets $5M to expand Ebola containment lab

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:00:04 EDT

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The federal government is putting millions more into Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg to help detect high-risk infectious diseases such as Ebola and other types of Avian influenza faster.




'I was actually offended': Man on Indigenous cancer therapies initially told oncologist wouldn't monitor him

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:00:00 EDT

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A terminal cancer patient in Saskatchewan believes his choice to be treated using traditional Indigenous medicines rather than chemotherapy was initially disrespected by a specialist in the province, which has since taken action.




For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking medications

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:39:45 EDT

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For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a new report.




Manufacturer urges standards for wire bristle barbecue brushes

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:20:55 EDT

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A Canadian manufacturer says safety standards need to be imposed on wire bristle barbecue brushes sold in this country.




'Remarkable' boy with double hand transplant surpasses his goals

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:30:00 EDT

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The first child in the world to receive a double hand transplant is able to write, feed and dress himself on his own, just 18 months after surgery.




Hamilton doc sits in sweltering car to show parents the risks to their kids

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:10:30 EDT

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Crocco's skin is getting clammy. The sweat trickles down his back. For 15 grueling minutes, he sits in the stifling 40 C heat. But he's in there to make a point – when parents leave kids in hot cars, they're gambling with their lives.




Small pool of doctors treat majority of Ontarians with opioid addiction: study

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:50:15 EDT

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A small proportion of Ontario doctors who treat people battling opioid addictions prescribe the majority of the medications used to treat the disorder, a study has found, raising concerns about the quality of patient care and access to therapy.




'Inadequate and insulting': Sask. family unhappy doctor not disciplined after boy burned during cast removal

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:50:34 EDT

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A Saskatoon area couple whose son received second-degree burns while having a fibreglass cast removed is disappointed that the College of Physicians and Surgeons is not recommending mandatory training for doctors who perform the procedure.




Parasite worms its way into Alberta, infecting humans through dogs, coyotes

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:32:45 EDT

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University of Alberta scientists are alerting the public to a potentially lethal tapeworm, which infects humans through the feces of coyotes and dogs.




British doctors find mass of contact lenses under patient's eyelid

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:07:18 EDT

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Doctors at a hospital in England were surprised to find a mass of contact lenses under a 67-year-old patient's eyelid, during what should have been routine cataract surgery.