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American Medical Association to keep reviewing its opposition to assisted death | Washington Post
Washington Post | June 20, 2018
A recommendation that the American Medical Association maintain its opposition to medically assisted death was rejected Monday, with delegates at the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago instead voting for the organization to continue reviewing its guidance on the issue. Following a debate on...
Senate passes pot bill, paving way for legal weed in 8 to 12 weeks | CBC
CBC | June 20, 2018
Senators have voted to pass the federal government's bill legalizing recreational marijuana by a vote of 52 to 29, with two abstentions, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks.
Road safety advocates seek traffic calming measures, boost in cycling network | CBC
CBC | June 20, 2018
A new #BuildTheVisionTO report from a coalition of road safety advocacy groups also recommends banning right turns on red lights in Toronto.
Sask.'s pharmacy college considers ban on non-prescription codeine products | CBC
CBC | June 20, 2018
In most of Canada, low-dose codeine medications are available from pharmacies without a prescription. That could be changing in Saskatchewan.
Kids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations | Washington Post
Washington Post | June 20, 2018
Public health officials have long known that the United States has pockets of vulnerability where the risk of measles and other vaccine-preventable childhood diseases is higher because parents hesitate or refuse to get their children immunized. Eighteen states allow parents to opt their ...
Wettlaufer dressed up as Grim Reaper for Halloween at nursing home, inquiry told | CBC
CBC | June 19, 2018
When she dressed up as the Grim Reaper for the nursing home Halloween party, nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer raised eyebrows, but her colleagues say they didn't know she was killing residents by injecting them with insulin. Wettlaufer's strange sense of humour and her inappropriateness wi...
A 5-year-old girl’s sudden paralysis was a mystery. Then her mother checked her scalp. | Washington Post
Washington Post | June 19, 2018
As soon as Jessica Griffin's daughter's feet hit the floor Wednesday morning, she collapsed in a heap. Five-year-old Kailyn kept trying to stand but fell every time. She was also struggling to speak, her mother said. Her daughter had been fine when the family went out to a T-ball game the nig...
Opioid death toll nearly 4,000 last year, new data shows | CBC
CBC | June 19, 2018
New government figures show that nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit.
Marriage tied to lower risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes | CBC
CBC | June 19, 2018
People who are married may be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or die from a heart attack or stroke than individuals who aren't, a research review suggests.
Costs of hearing-related health claims on the rise in Canadian military | CBC
CBC | June 19, 2018
The cost of health claims related to hearing loss among members of Canada's military is rising, due in part to the reluctance of members to wear protective equipment and because the most suitable devices aren't always provided.
Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option | ABC News
ABC News | June 19, 2018
Trump administration finalizes a new insurance option for small firms and self-employed people
Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up | ABC News
ABC News | June 19, 2018
Smoking by US adults hits another all-time low; about 14 percent smoke cigarettes
US could back 1st pot-derived medicine, and some are worried | ABC News
ABC News | June 19, 2018
Parents who have used cannabis to treat severe epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory as the US government nears decision on drug made from marijuana plant
7 mayors want pot removed from federal list of illegal drugs | ABC News
ABC News | June 19, 2018
Mayors from seven U.S. cities where marijuana is legal have formed a coalition to advocate for reform of American cannabis laws and prepare other states and the federal government for marijuana legalization
A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia's capital | ABC News
ABC News | June 19, 2018
Thousands are protesting the noxious fumes coming from overcrowded landfills surrounding Moscow, saying the gases are causing respiratory problems and other illnesses.
UK reviews medical marijuana ban after outcry over sick kids | ABC News
ABC News | June 19, 2018
The British government says it is reviewing its ban on cannabis-based medicines, but is rejecting calls to legalize marijuana for recreational use
Idaho family sues US after child sprayed by cyanide trap | ABC News
ABC News | June 19, 2018
An Idaho couple who says their son was sprayed with cyanide by a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed on U.S. land near their home has sued the government
The American Medical Association has long opposed assisted suicide. Is that about to change? | Washington Post
Washington Post | June 18, 2018
During his three decades as an emergency-room doctor, Bob Uslander had never written a prescription for a lethal dose of medication. But then he shifted to geriatric and palliative care, and in 2016, a patient suffering from the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AL...
Nurses union didn't disclose Wettlaufer documents, public inquiry | CBC
CBC | June 18, 2018
The third week of the inquiry into the long-term care system is expected to hear from former colleagues at nursing homes in Woodstock and London as well as representatives from the Ontario Nurses Association.
Pay more attention to depression as a side-effect of many medications, researchers say | CBC
CBC | June 18, 2018
A U.S. study suggests taking more than one of a long list of medications that cite depression as a side-effect could increase the risk of developing the illness. But a Canadian psychiatrist says he's skeptical.
'Allergic to life': Parents seek solution to Alberta boy's mysterious condition | CBC
CBC | June 18, 2018
A six-year-old boy in Mannville, Alta., is limited in where he can go and what he can eat as part of his parents' efforts to protect him from things that trigger painful reactions.
Theatregoers with epilepsy warned of seizure risk from bright lights in Incredibles 2 | CBC
CBC | June 18, 2018
Disney is warning theatregoers with epilepsy not to watch their latest summer blockbuster because several scenes in the movie can trigger seizures because of repeating bright flashing lights.
What is suicide contagion? | ABC News
ABC News | June 18, 2018
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain killed himself in the same week as star designer Kate Spade.
For some with a common joint disorder, weight loss can lead to pain reduction | ABC News
ABC News | June 18, 2018
Weight loss may be the best treatment for obese people with knee osteoarthritis.
Homelessness, welfare get boost in California budget deal | ABC News
ABC News | June 18, 2018
Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to boost money for homelessness and welfare grants as part of a $139 billion budget compromise reached Friday
Rendell, ex-Pennsylvania governor, says he has Parkinson's | ABC News
ABC News | June 18, 2018
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
Critics scoff at UK govt claim of Brexit spending dividend | ABC News
ABC News | June 18, 2018
British Prime Minister Theresa May says a 3.4 percent a year boost to health care funding will be partly paid for by a "Brexit dividend" of money saved by leaving the European Union
Family of boy with 'childhood Alzheimer's' launches urgent campaign to save him | ABC News
ABC News | June 18, 2018
The parents of a 6-year-old boy who suffers from a devastating disorder that's likened to 'childhood Alzheimer's,' have started a campaign to save their son.
Studies show groundwater holding own against drilling boom | ABC News
ABC News | June 18, 2018
New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom
GOP, Dem governors back benefits for pre-existing conditions | ABC News
ABC News | June 18, 2018
A bipartisan group of governors is speaking out against a Trump administration decision that could narrow access to health insurance benefits for those with pre-existing conditions.
Epileptic boy's case sparks UK review of medical pot laws | ABC News
ABC News | June 18, 2018
British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says Britain must quickly review its policies on medical marijuana use in light of the case of a 12-year-old boy whose mother says he needs cannabis oil to prevent dangerous seizures
Dozens sickened in new multistate salmonella outbreak, this time traced to pre-cut melons | Washington Post
Washington Post | June 17, 2018
At least 60 people have been sickened and dozens have been hospitalized with salmonella after tainted pre-cut melons were distributed to stores such as Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Whole Foods in several states, federal officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traced...
US Embassy in China sends new alert for mystery health issue | ABC News
ABC News | June 17, 2018
The U.S. Embassy in China has sent the second alert in two weeks to its citizens over unexplained health issues that have prompted the evacuations of a number of U.S. government employees working at a consulate in a southern city
Mother of sick boy seeks legalization of medical marijuana | ABC News
ABC News | June 17, 2018
The mother of an epileptic boy at the center of a debate over medical marijuana in the UK is calling for an urgent meeting with ministers to discuss liberalizing British policy
Flu killed 172 children this season, the highest death toll in nearly a decade | Washington Post
Washington Post | June 16, 2018
Flu killed 172 children between October and May, making this season one of the deadliest since federal health authorities began tracking pediatric deaths 14 years ago, according to a new government report. The figure reported Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ex...
Expert says pressure injuries such as bedsores are preventable | CBC
CBC | June 16, 2018
While police investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Chrissy Dunnington at a long-term care facility in Halifax — expert Corrine McIssac says that the type of sores she had on her body are preventable.
Drug patents could be Canada's special weapon in U.S. trade dispute | CBC
CBC | June 16, 2018
Should Canada threaten to start the world's first trade war in intellectual property? Some legal experts argue that targeting pharmaceutical patents could give Canada an edge in the current trade dispute with the U.S.
'I can't continue to do this forever': Families with children aging out of care seek answers | CBC
CBC | June 16, 2018
On June 12, White Coat Black Art hosted a panel called Crisis of Care: Help for Families and their High-Needs Kids as they Age out of the System.
Controversy surrounds research on State Department employees sickened in ‘attacks’ | Washington Post
Washington Post | June 16, 2018
Something mysterious and disturbing has happened to State Department personnel, first in Cuba and now in China. Strange high-pitched sounds — “buzzing,” “piercing squeals,” “grinding metal,” as the Cuba staffers later told doctors — preceded an eruption of health problems...
State appeals court reinstates California's right-to-die law | ABC News
ABC News | June 16, 2018
A state appeals court has reinstated the California law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives