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Dusting off hospital cleaning measures would help keep patients safer from superbugs, doctors say

News/Health | Sat, 15 Jun 2024 04:00:00 EDT

Cleaning contaminated surfaces in hospitals is critically important to protect patients from drug-resistant superbugs, which are on the rise. But some infectious diseases experts say recent moves to outsource hospital services could compromise the standards of cleanliness and result in poorer infection controls. read more

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How the Edmonton Oilers use mindfulness to stay focused — and how you can, too

Radio/White Coat/ Black Art | Sat, 15 Jun 2024 05:00:00 EDT

Whether you’re facing office politics or an opposing NHL team, mindfulness can help us be self-aware, said George Mumford, the sports psychology consultant working with the Oilers. read more

A hand holds up a no-smoking sign against a background highlighting the initials of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons.

Seniors' group CARP says it's quitting Big Tobacco sponsorships after response from fired up members

News/Canada/British Columbia | Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:00:00 EDT

After getting an earful from CARP members, the advocacy group for older people says it will no longer accept sponsorship from tobacco companies and is giving the money it received from Rothmans, Benson & Hedges to an unnamed charity that cares for people with smoking-related illnesses. read more

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Inmates at Kenora District Jail not getting proper access to menstrual products, advocates say

News/Canada/Thunder Bay | Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:00:00 EDT

First Nations women in Kenora are demanding better and more access to menstrual products at the district jail. According to a spokesperson for the Ontario solicitor general's office, there's an adequate supply. But advocates say what's offered to inmates isn't meeting their needs. read more

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Alberta pathologist shocked after name forged on fake prescriptions for oxycodone in Toronto area

News/Canada/Calgary | Thu, 13 Jun 2024 07:00:00 EDT

A Calgary doctor recently discovered that, unbeknownst to him, his name was being used on forged prescriptions as they were shopped around pharmacies in Ontario. read more

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Céline Dion on her health issues and plans for a comeback: 'I will sing again'

News/Entertainment | Thu, 13 Jun 2024 04:00:00 EDT

Pop icon Céline Dion sits down with CBC News to discuss her health after being diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome, her upcoming documentary, how much she misses her fans — and her vow to sing once again. read more

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Most jurisdictions don't track deaths of homeless people — but that could soon change

News/Canada/New Brunswick | Thu, 13 Jun 2024 05:00:00 EDT

A new national process that spells out how to track more information on the deaths of homeless people could provide vital information to governments and people on the front lines of the housing and toxic drug crises. read more

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Why is it so hard to see a dermatologist in Quebec?

News/Canada/Montreal | Thu, 13 Jun 2024 04:00:00 EDT

The pandemic, rising costs and complexity of cases are all contributing to the backlog. read more

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U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejects challenge to providing abortion pill

News/World | Thu, 13 Jun 2024 11:39:36 EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid by anti-abortion groups and doctors to restrict access to the abortion pill mifepristone, handing a victory on Thursday to President Joe Biden's administration in its efforts to preserve broad access to the drug. read more

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Quebec health minister and family doctors reach agreement on GAP medical service

News/Canada/Montreal | Thu, 13 Jun 2024 17:16:18 EDT

Under the new agreement, doctors will get $100 per registered patient annually. Health Minister Christian Dubé said the agreement will allow important aspects of GAP to be maintained, such as collective registration. read more

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Father of Calgary woman starving herself to death abandons court fight against her MAID approval

News/Canada/Calgary | Wed, 12 Jun 2024 22:19:22 EDT

A Calgary father fighting through the courts to keep his 27-year-old daughter from accessing medical assistance in dying (MAID) has abandoned his appeal, 14 days after she stopped eating and drinking. read more

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Ontario moved 424 people into nursing homes they didn't choose

News/Canada/Toronto | Wed, 12 Jun 2024 13:25:35 EDT

Many families are having to make the tough choice between putting loved ones in nursing homes they didn't choose, or racking up thousands in hospital bills. read more

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Cancer survivors demand clarity on future of Edmonton facial reconstruction clinic

News/Canada/Edmonton | Thu, 13 Jun 2024 06:00:00 EDT

Michelle Fuller lost her right eye, cheekbone, some upper teeth and part of the roof of her mouth to cancer. A medical device made of metal and plastic allows her to speak, swallow and eat. read more

Woman stands in kitchen holding white box with Ozempic on label.

Sask. sees astronomical spike in Ozempic claims, many for weight loss

News/Canada/Saskatchewan | Wed, 12 Jun 2024 06:00:00 EDT

Claims for the diabetes drug Ozempic have seen an astronomical jump in Saskatchewan, and government figures show many are not for Type 2 diabetes. read more

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Quebec College of Physicians adopts policies to prevent forced sterilization of Indigenous women

News/Canada/Montreal | Wed, 12 Jun 2024 04:00:00 EDT

After a report two years ago found more than 20 Indigenous women in Quebec were victims of forced sterilizations since 1980, the province’s College of Physicians is introducing new rules to try to make sure it never happens again. read more

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Some still think periods can sync up. That's why it's so important to debunk menstruation myths

News/Canada | Tue, 11 Jun 2024 04:00:00 EDT

Period myths online abound, and many have been around for ages. But platforms like TikTok and Instagram cause these myths to spread faster and reach a wider audience. To combat that, a movement of people is trying to change how we talk — and learn — about our periods. read more

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Inhalation rooms in safe consumption sites could save lives, Alberta advocates say

News/Canada/Edmonton | Wed, 12 Jun 2024 08:00:00 EDT

Alberta’s seven supervised consumption sites lack something advocates say would save lives — a room where users can inhale drugs, with medical staff ready to intervene if they ingest a poisoned batch that could kill them. read more

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Ontario plastics plant facing government orders to reduce toxic emissions will shut down permanently

News/Canada/Windsor | Tue, 11 Jun 2024 13:43:05 EDT

A plastics plant in southwestern Ontario that was ordered by the province and federal government to reduce emissions of the cancer-causing chemical benzene now says it will permanently shut down.  read more

Dalhousie University halts Saint John cardiac training after students allege harassment

News/Canada/New Brunswick | Tue, 11 Jun 2024 05:00:00 EDT

Dalhousie University has pulled all medical students and post-graduate trainees from any cardiac training at the Saint John Regional Hospital and New Brunswick Heart Centre after some complained about alleged harassment and the learning environment, CBC News has learned. read more

A woman with glasses and brown shoulder-length hair holds two needles up in front of her face. She is standing in a kitchen and wears a white print blouse with large blue flowers. Her facial expression is neutral.

She's living with a needle left in her spine, yet no one will tell her which doctor did it

News/Canada/Toronto | Mon, 10 Jun 2024 04:00:00 EDT

After discovering a broken needle was left in her spine during childbirth years ago, an Ontario woman filed complaints against the doctors and hospital involved. After botched investigations and many years, she worries no one may ever be held accountable. read more

COVID-19, Ebola, bird flu: What to know about zoonotic diseases

COVID-19, Ebola, bird flu: What to know about zoonotic diseases

Canada/Health/World | Sat, 15 Jun 2024 14:00:53 +0000

COVID-19 and H5N1 bird flu are both zoonotic, meaning they jumped from animals to humans. How did that happen and how can they infect humans? read more

His Apple Watch warned of an irregular heart rate. Turns out he was having a heart attack

His Apple Watch warned of an irregular heart rate. Turns out he was having a heart attack

Canada/Health/Tech | Sat, 15 Jun 2024 08:00:12 +0000

A 44-year-old Nova Scotia man is crediting his Apple Watch with possibly saving his life after being notified of an irregular heart rate, which turned out to be a heart attack. read more

Bird flu risks: Are petting zoos, goat yoga and farms safe activities?

Bird flu risks: Are petting zoos, goat yoga and farms safe activities?

Canada/Consumer/Health | Fri, 14 Jun 2024 17:25:28 +0000

Summer is nearly here, and with it comes farm visits, petting zoos and even goat yoga. But with bird flu cases on the rise, people may be left wondering if it's safe to get close. read more

Invasive meningococcal disease on the rise in some provinces. What to know

Invasive meningococcal disease on the rise in some provinces. What to know

Canada/Health/invasive meningococcal disease | Thu, 13 Jun 2024 19:43:56 +0000

Cases of invasive meningococcal disease are rising in some provinces, prompting health officials to warn Canadians about the importance of vaccination. read more

Dengue fever is on the rise in Europe. Should Canadian travellers worry?

Dengue fever is on the rise in Europe. Should Canadian travellers worry?

Canada/Health/Weather | Thu, 13 Jun 2024 18:45:49 +0000

The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention pointed to the Asian tiger mosquito, setting up shop in at least 13 European countries, as the likely cause of the spread. read more

Abortion drug mifepristone will remain widely accessible after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Abortion drug mifepristone will remain widely accessible after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Health/U.S. News/Abortion | Thu, 13 Jun 2024 14:50:33 +0000

The justices ruled that abortion opponents lacked the legal right to sue over the federal FDA's approval of the medication, mifepristone, and subsequent actions to ease access. read more

Unapproved nicotine pouches recalled in Canada. Which ones?

Unapproved nicotine pouches recalled in Canada. Which ones?

Canada/Consumer/Health | Thu, 13 Jun 2024 14:23:03 +0000

Several flavoured nicotine pouches have been recalled in Canada because they were not authorized for sale. So far, only one nicotine pouch has been approved by Health Canada. read more

4-year-old child in India tests positive for bird flu, WHO confirms

4-year-old child in India tests positive for bird flu, WHO confirms

Health/World/avain flu | Wed, 12 Jun 2024 12:42:08 +0000

The WHO on Tuesday said a case of human infection with bird flu caused by the H9N2 virus was detected in a four-year-old child in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. read more

It’s plant-based, but it could still cause health damage, study warns

It’s plant-based, but it could still cause health damage, study warns

Health/Plant Based/ultra-processed food | Tue, 11 Jun 2024 19:00:49 +0000

A plant-based diet can offer numerous health benefits, but a new study suggests that the quality of these foods matters significantly. read more

COVID-flu shot offers strong immune response in late-stage trial, Moderna says

COVID-flu shot offers strong immune response in late-stage trial, Moderna says

Health/covid flu vaccine/Health News | Mon, 10 Jun 2024 14:30:40 +0000

Moderna says it combination vaccine to protect against both COVID-19 and influenza generated a stronger immune response in adults 50 and over when compared to separate shots. read more

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