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York Region Public Health investigating adult case of measles with 'unknown' infection source

News/Canada/Toronto | Thu, 29 Feb 2024 17:46:07 EST

York Regional Public Health says it has confirmed a fourth case of measles in Ontario, this time in a man in his 30s who has not travelled recently or been in contact with anyone ill. read more

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Ottawa unveils national pharmacare plan that covers diabetes, contraception to start

News/Politics | Thu, 29 Feb 2024 11:10:23 EST

Health Minister Mark Holland released the long-awaited details of the federal government's pharmacare plan Thursday with a commitment to cover some diabetes treatments and contraception. read more

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Opposition to vaccination among parents grows, poll suggests

News/Health | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 14:00:35 EST

A growing number of Canadian parents are opposed to vaccinating their children, according to a new poll, amid a resurgence in potentially deadly diseases such as measles. read more

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Catching cancer early: hospital urges more Black women to consider genetic testing

News/Health | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 04:00:00 EST

Breast cancer tends to hit Black women at younger ages and be more aggressive, but they're underrepresented when it comes to genetic screening, say doctors launching an awareness campaign designed to empower Black women to learn more about it. read more

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Chris's story: Struggling in private, dying in public, a 'minute-by-minute' battle with addiction

News/Canada/Calgary | Thu, 29 Feb 2024 07:00:00 EST

Chris Robertson, 52, kept his struggle with addiction private for a long time; in the end, it took him to a public place. read more

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Corporate pressure led Shoppers Drug Mart staff to bill for unnecessary medication reviews, pharmacists say

News/Canada | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 04:00:00 EST

CBC News spoke with former Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy employees who believe the company is taking advantage of the MedsCheck service by pushing staff to bill for consultations patients don't necessarily need. The company can then bill the province up to $75 per call. read more

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Winnipeg foster home operator that gave cannabis to kids in care blasts province's decision to cut ties

News/Canada/Manitoba | Thu, 29 Feb 2024 06:00:00 EST

A private foster home operator that gave cannabis to kids in Child and Family Services care is blasting the province's decision to break ties with the company, arguing the real issue is the lack of support for vulnerable teens who face addiction. read more

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Lisa's story: One of so many lost as opioids claim Indigenous lives at alarming rate

News/Canada/Calgary | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 08:00:00 EST

Lisa Red Young Man was one of at least 1,706 Albertans who died of opioid poisoning last year. The opioid crisis in Alberta has reached across populations and communities over the past number of years, but the First Nations population has been disproportionately affected. read more

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Scientist fired from Winnipeg disease lab intentionally worked to benefit China: CSIS report

News/Politics | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 18:08:43 EST

One of the scientists who was fired from Canada's top infectious disease laboratory "intentionally" shared scientific information with China — potentially putting people's health in jeopardy, says an assessment by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).   read more

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Province cuts ties with Winnipeg foster home operator after teens given marijuana daily

News/Canada/Manitoba | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 06:00:00 EST

The Manitoba government is cutting ties with a private foster home operator and has asked police to investigate after learning the home was giving underage teens unauthorized cannabis as a form of harm reduction. read more

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Massive new survey finds widespread frustration with access to primary health care

News/Politics | Tue, 27 Feb 2024 04:00:46 EST

A Toronto-based research team met with and surveyed some 10,000 Canadians about the state of the health-care system — and what they found is deep dissatisfaction and frustration with primary care as the country grapples with a severe shortage of family doctors. read more

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Alberta's request to introduce new tracking method for safer drug supply rejected by Ottawa

News/Canada/Edmonton | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 13:18:02 EST

The federal Liberal government is rejecting a proposal from the Alberta government to consider adding a 'unique chemical identifier' to the pharmaceuticals being offered to users as an alternative to street drugs. read more

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Her mom's lung cancer was caught too late. It's part of a pattern in Nunavik

News/Canada/Montreal | Tue, 27 Feb 2024 04:00:00 EST

A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that Nunavik patients had a shorter survival rate after lung cancer diagnosis compared to Montreal residents. read more

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A First Nation in Alberta could soon have its health products delivered by drone

News/Canada/Edmonton | Tue, 27 Feb 2024 08:00:00 EST

Montana First Nation is partnering with Drone Delivery Canada and the Edmonton International Airport to pilot a new service starting this spring that would deliver prescriptions and other medical supplies by drone. read more

$100K and epic drives: The harsh reality of IVF access in Canada

| Tue, 27 Feb 2024 17:56:00 EST

Most of Canada’s fertility clinics are in urban centres, and access to in vitro fertilization varies widely across the country. CBC’s Ellen Mauro joins a woman on her IVF journey and finds out how far some people will go to grow their families. read more

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Jordan's story: 'No parent should have to bury their kid'

News/Canada/Calgary | Tue, 27 Feb 2024 08:00:00 EST

She died of a fentanyl overdose at the age of 15, one of at least 1,706 Albertans who died of opioid poisoning last year. That works out, on average, to more than four deaths each and every day in 2023, the deadliest year on record for the province. read more

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Nurses rally to demand auditor general investigate spending on travel nurses

News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador | Tue, 27 Feb 2024 14:17:20 EST

About 60 nurses rallied at Confederation Building in St. John's on Tuesday, demanding the auditor general investigate the provincial government's spending on private nursing agencies. read more

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B.C. health workers train to provide MDMA-assisted psychotherapy

News/Canada/British Columbia | Mon, 26 Feb 2024 08:00:00 EST

As more promising research emerges about MDMA — a recreational drug also known as ecstasy or molly — so too has interest grown in how health-care practitioners can be equipped to treat their patients using MDMA, says a B.C. non-profit. read more

Addictions crisis frustrates and divides small Ontario city

| Mon, 26 Feb 2024 16:26:00 EST

Belleville, Ont., remains under a state of emergency because of the overdose crisis. CBC's Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco and producer Ryan Garland spent 48 hours there to find out what lessons other communities could learn. read more

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Halifax's fitness industry has rebounded from COVID-19 lockdowns

News/Canada/Nova Scotia | Tue, 27 Feb 2024 14:29:34 EST

Four years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, group fitness studios have rebounded in Nova Scotia and many are now offering both virtual and in-person classes. read more

Canada’s pharmacare bill has officially been introduced in Parliament

Canada’s pharmacare bill has officially been introduced in Parliament

Canada/Health/Diabetes | Thu, 29 Feb 2024 15:23:58 +0000

The long-awaited pharmacare legislation is expected to be introduced Thursday, and the NDP says it contains a framework for a single-payer national program. read more

‘Health care in this province sucks’: Hundreds wait for chance to get doctor in Kingston, Ont.

‘Health care in this province sucks’: Hundreds wait for chance to get doctor in Kingston, Ont.

Health/CDK Family medecine/Doctor Shortage | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 22:02:11 +0000

Tuesday marked the third day a line stretched for blocks outside CDK Family Medicine and Walk-In Clinic in Kingston, Ont. after the clinic said it would be accepting new patients. read more

‘How will I survive?’: As money runs out, breast cancer patient plagued with worry

‘How will I survive?’: As money runs out, breast cancer patient plagued with worry

Canada/Health/Breast Cancer | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 16:08:11 +0000

The 51-year-old woman from Beauharnois, Que., was devastated when she received her diagnosis last July and is now on the brink of financial ruin. read more

Are cantaloupes safe to eat? Deadly salmonella outbreak now over

Are cantaloupes safe to eat? Deadly salmonella outbreak now over

Canada/Consumer/Health | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 15:49:09 +0000

The outbreak, which sent 68 Canadians to hospital between October and December last year, ended in January, Public Health Agency of Canada officials say in a health notice. read more

Pharmacare legislation is a step closer to introduction

Pharmacare legislation is a step closer to introduction

Canada/Health/Diabetes | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 15:41:04 +0000

Health Minister Mark Holland has put legislation for pharmacare on the House of Commons notice paper, clearing one of the final steps before introducing the bill. read more

Ottawa rejects Alberta’s proposal for tracking ‘safer supply’ drugs

Ottawa rejects Alberta’s proposal for tracking ‘safer supply’ drugs

Canada/Health/Politics | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:27:31 +0000

The federal government is rejecting a proposal from Alberta to consider adding a 'unique chemical identifier' to the pharmaceuticals offered as an alternative to street drugs.  read more

Kellogg’s CEO advises cereal for dinner. Nutritionists have other thoughts

Kellogg’s CEO advises cereal for dinner. Nutritionists have other thoughts

Health/Cereal/Kellogg's | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 09:00:37 +0000

In a CNBC interview last week, Kellogg’s CEO Gary Pilnick offered a tip to cash-strapped consumers: swap out traditional dinners for cereal to save on grocery costs. read more

Alabama IVF patients call court ruling that paused treatments ‘a gut punch’

Alabama IVF patients call court ruling that paused treatments ‘a gut punch’

Health/U.S. News/Alabama | Wed, 28 Feb 2024 02:24:48 +0000

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visited Alabama to lead a roundtable discussion with a group of IVF patients on Tuesday in Birmingham. read more

‘Leg for a life’: B.C. man looks forward after amputation due to flesh-eating disease

‘Leg for a life’: B.C. man looks forward after amputation due to flesh-eating disease

Health/christopher won/Flesh Eating Disease | Tue, 27 Feb 2024 23:12:52 +0000

At first, doctors thought it was compartment syndrome but once they went in to take a look, they knew it was necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease. read more

Why thousands of rural Ontarians may be at risk of losing their doctor

Why thousands of rural Ontarians may be at risk of losing their doctor

Canada/Consumer/Health | Tue, 27 Feb 2024 22:07:29 +0000

Roughly 10,000 patients in rural Ontario could lose their doctor due to a provincial funding decision that splits a small town into haves and have-nots, a clinic director warns. read more

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