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Low-carb diets associated with lower life expectancy, study suggests | CBC
CBC | August 18, 2018
Many people have embraced low carbohydrate diets to lose weight, but they may be putting their long-term health at risk by eating too much animal protein and fat.
Immigrants cost the health care system less than US-born Americans: Study | ABC News
ABC News | August 18, 2018
A study in the International Journal of Health Services finds that immigrants actually use far less healthcare resources than non-immigrants.
Expectation to check work email after hours is hurting our health and relationships | ABC News
ABC News | August 18, 2018
Being expected to check work email during non-work hours is making employees, as well as their significant others, experience higher levels of anxiety, a study shows.
Hundreds of patients received less than full dose of chemo, Cancer Care Ontario finds | CBC
CBC | August 17, 2018
Hundreds of cancer patients in dozens of hospitals may not have received the full amount of chemotherapy drug prescribed to them, a review commissioned by Cancer Care Ontario has found.
UK lawmakers urge government to relax rules on e-cigarettes | ABC News
ABC News | August 17, 2018
A committee of British lawmakers is urging the government to loosen restrictions on e-cigarettes as a way of cutting the smoking rate
Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste | ABC News
ABC News | August 17, 2018
Fluoride-free doesn't mean cavity-free, dental experts say. New study backs them up.
Man charged in connection with more than 100 synthetic marijuana overdoses | ABC News
ABC News | August 17, 2018
Man arrested in connection with synthetic marijuana overdoses at Connecticut park
Mysterious odor plaguing residents, prompting municipal finger-pointing | ABC News
ABC News | August 17, 2018
A mysterious odor is causing confusion and finger-pointing in Orange County, CA.
Hospital in high-poverty neighborhood throws baby shower for 100 moms | ABC News
ABC News | August 17, 2018
No one is turned away from the shower at St. Bernard Hospital and everyone leaves with a gift.
Sex-ed curricula can't satisfy everyone, and they shouldn't try, say some experts | CBC
CBC | August 16, 2018
As Ontario grapples with its sex education curriculum, any effort to come up with a consensus on what should be taught in schools may very well be a 'fool's errand,' says a noted researcher on the controversial issue.
76 drug overdoses near Yale University possibly linked to synthetic marijuana | CBC
CBC | August 16, 2018
Police in Connecticut are swarming a city park near Yale University and searching people's homes for drugs in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a suspected bad batch of "K2" synthetic marijuana after the number of overdose victims rose to 76 in New Haven.
When it comes to medical cannabis claims, what's legitimate? | CBC
CBC | August 16, 2018
Fervour over how cannabis could help patients suffering from various ailments has run wildly ahead of what scientific studies have proven it can do, experts say.
'Not good for anybody': Southern Alberta air quality remains 'very high risk' to health | CBC
CBC | August 16, 2018
Smoke pouring in from nearby British Columbia continues to deteriorate the air quality in Alberta.
If the world ate the USDA-recommended diet, there wouldn't be enough land to grow it | CBC
CBC | August 16, 2018
A new Canadian study suggests that if the world's population adopted a diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture there wouldn't be enough agricultural land to grow the food.
Having to pay for your own shingles vaccine isn't ageism, tribunal rules | CBC
CBC | August 16, 2018
When Thomas Hasek decided to get immunized against shingles a few years back, he had to pay $200 for the shot. That struck him as unfair — after all, the childhood chickenpox vaccine addresses the same virus, and it's publicly funded.
Trump calls for lawsuit against some opioid companies | CBC
CBC | August 16, 2018
Trump administration also wants to cut production quotas of most-abused opioids, including oxycodone and fentanyl.
Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest | ABC News
ABC News | August 16, 2018
Unhealthy smoky air has continued to blanket Seattle, Portland, Oregon and the region
Reese Witherspoon, Keith Urban on board for cancer telethon | ABC News
ABC News | August 16, 2018
Reese Witherspoon and Keith Urban are among the stars joining the sixth Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Sept. 7.
New York University offers free tuition to all medical students | ABC News
ABC News | August 16, 2018
New York University medical students received life-changing news on Thursday -- the School of Medicine will cover full tuition going forward, regardless of need or merit.
Trump wants federal suit against opioid manufacturers | ABC News
ABC News | August 16, 2018
President Donald Trump is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain companies that supply and manufacture opioids in response to the nation's drug epidemic
Florida urges vaccinations after 3 measles cases reported | ABC News
ABC News | August 16, 2018
Health officials are urging parents to vaccinate their children against measles after three cases of the disease were reported in a Florida county, among more than 100 cases throughout the U.S. this year.
NY University offers free tuition for all medical students | ABC News
ABC News | August 16, 2018
New York University, citing a 'moral imperative' to reduce debt, is offering free tuition for all of its medical students
US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen | ABC News
ABC News | August 16, 2018
US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen
Smelling things that aren't there could be a sign: Study | ABC News
ABC News | August 16, 2018
About one in 15 people reported the "phantom smells" that didn't go away.
Dentist who left girl with permanent brain damage will pay costs of investigation | CBC
CBC | August 15, 2018
A now-retired Edmonton dentist whose four-year-old patient Amber Athwal suffered permanent brain damage while in his care won't attempt to resurrect his practice.
Overdose deaths spike in downtown Toronto, prompting public warning by police | CBC
CBC | August 15, 2018
Toronto police have issued a public safety warning about a batch of dangerous opioids they believe are being sold in the downtown core after seven people died from drug overdoses over the past 12 days.
The Saudi temper tantrum could land one devastating blow — to Canadian health care: Neil Macdonald | CBC
CBC | August 15, 2018
This year, there are 800 Saudis in addition to the 3308 Canadian-government-funded positions, meaning the Saudis comprise about 20 per cent of the 4108 residents in Canadian hospitals. We can't afford to lose them.
Doctors continue to link screen time to poor health in children | ABC News
ABC News | August 15, 2018
As children increase their exposure to screens on media devices, their risk for health problems increases as well, doctors say.
Japan medical school confirms altering scores to limit women | ABC News
ABC News | August 15, 2018
A Tokyo medical school has apologized after confirming it altered entrance exam scores to limit the number of female students and ensure more men became doctors
How people and pets can stay safe around red tide | ABC News
ABC News | August 15, 2018
Red tide is killing off marine life and posing a toxic threat to humans as well.
Judge: Firm can mandate drug test for medical marijuana user | ABC News
ABC News | August 15, 2018
A federal court judge has ruled that a New Jersey business doesn't have to waive its mandatory drug testing requirement for a worker who uses medical marijuana
Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain | ABC News
ABC News | August 15, 2018
US study finds you're better off in the long run if you quit smoking, even if you gain weight.
New 'zombie' gene found in elephants could help humans fight cancer | ABC News
ABC News | August 15, 2018
They may not be the fastest or the smartest or even the scariest, but when it comes to beating cancer, elephants are the superheroes of the living world.
Probe finds restraining immigrant teens at U.S. detention facility isn't abuse | CBC
CBC | August 14, 2018
A state review into the treatment of immigrant teens at a Virginia detention centre has confirmed the facility uses restraint techniques that can include strapping children to chairs and placing mesh bags over their heads, but concluded their treatment doesn't amount to abuse or negl...
U.S. inmate executed using fentanyl for 1st time | CBC
CBC | August 14, 2018
Nebraska used a lethal injection of four drugs in a never-before-tried combination, including the powerful opioid fentanyl, to carry out its first execution in more than two decades.
Health workers try experimental treatment as Congo Ebola outbreak spreads | CBC
CBC | August 14, 2018
Officials are hoping a new treatment can help patients already infected with the deadly virus, as they continue a vaccination campaign to prevent it.
Inconsolable crying is normal: B.C. program reduces shaken baby syndrome by 35 per cent | CBC
CBC | August 14, 2018
An inconsolable crying baby can be very frustrating, but new research shows that helping parents understand why infants cry so much has reduced cases of shaken baby syndrome in the province by more than a third.
Congo's health ministry says Ebola spreads to 2nd province | ABC News
ABC News | August 14, 2018
Congo's health ministry says Ebola outbreak spreads to 2nd province in turbulent northeast
Sask. AIDS worker calls for more drug pipes to combat high HIV rates | CBC
CBC | August 13, 2018
An AIDS support worker in Saskatchewan says pipes should be more available to drug users if the province wants to reduce HIV rates that are among the highest in North America.
Bayer shares plunge after Roundup hit with $289M lawsuit over cancer link | CBC
CBC | August 13, 2018
Bayer shares plunged as much as 14 per cent on Monday, losing about $14 billion in value, after newly acquired Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages in the first of possibly thousands of U.S. lawsuits over alleged links between a weedkiller and cancer.