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Safety and oversight questions emerge over placenta capsules | CBC
CBC | August 24, 2017
Health professionals are warning new moms that consuming placenta capsules can carry health risks, and there's a lack of oversight in how they're made.
Many addicts seeking opioid recovery find relapse and fraud | ABC News
ABC News | August 24, 2017
Authorities say South Florida, long a national hub of the substance abuse recovery industry, has become a focal point for rampant insurance fraud that relies on a lethal cycle of failure
Doctors must help remedy opioid crisis in Canada, CMA meeting hears | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
The opioid epidemic is a complex set of overlapping crises that will take multiple strategies to solve, expert panel tells physicians.
Study: 50M at risk of arsenic poisoning in Pakistan | ABC News
ABC News | August 23, 2017
A new study suggests some 50 million Pakistanis could be at risk of drinking arsenic-tainted groundwater
Former Dutch government minister to lead tainted egg probe | ABC News
ABC News | August 23, 2017
The Dutch government has appointed a former justice minister to lead an investigation into the illegal use of a pesticide to treat laying hens for lice infestations
Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417M in trial over talc cancer risks | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
A California jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million US to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products.
AP-NORC poll: Hispanics see barriers to nursing care | ABC News
ABC News | August 22, 2017
AP-NORC poll: Few older Hispanics are confident that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can meet their needs.
Dengue outbreak kills 5 people in northwest Pakistan | ABC News
ABC News | August 22, 2017
Pakistani official says outbreak of mosquito-borne disease in northwest has killed five people
Opioid volume down in Ont., but many still exceed recommended dose: report | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
Ontario doctors appear to be prescribing lower amounts of opioids overall to treat patients with pain, say researchers, but many longtime users continue to be given daily doses of the potent narcotics that exceed national practice guidelines
Federal study on PTSD service dogs not sitting well with some advocates | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
First phase of study found nine positive effects of service dogs on symptoms of PTSD and two 'major undesirable effects.'
Severe food allergy cases skyrocket over the past decade, study finds | ABC News
ABC News | August 22, 2017
Researcher found an increase in insurance claims involving sever food reactions.
Doctors cut back on unnecessary tests with feedback, Canadian cardiologist finds | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
​Doctors ordered fewer unnecessary heart tests when they watched an educational video and received monthly feedback reports, according to a new randomized study in Ontario and the U.S.
Senate panel plans 2 hearings on girding health insurance | ABC News
ABC News | August 22, 2017
A Republican Senate aide says the Senate health committee is scheduling two hearings early next month on how the nation's individual health insurance marketplaces can be stabilized
Toronto now has an official safe-injection site, but will drug users go? | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
Toronto now has two supervised injection sites — one official, one unsanctioned — where drug users can have someone watch over them, and one harm-reduction worker says the city will need both and many more if it’s going to prevent overdose deaths in the future.
Romania: Protest slams decree on jobs for disabled people | ABC News
ABC News | August 22, 2017
People with disabilities _ some in wheelchairs, others with crutches _ have protested outside Romania's labor ministry against a measure they say could leave them jobless
Critics: Remove statue of doctor who experimented on slaves | ABC News
ABC News | August 22, 2017
Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a 19th century doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth
Toronto harm reduction workers hope drug testing strips can help prevent fentanyl overdoses | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
At the overdose prevention site in Moss Park, harm reduction workers will soon have another tool to help drug users avoid fatal overdoses — test strips able to detect the presence of fentanyl.
High school popularity may not lead to happiness, study finds | ABC News
ABC News | August 22, 2017
Teens with close friendships experienced mental benefits short and long term.
Conditions creating 'perfect storm' for West Nile outbreak in Ontario, says expert | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
A team from Brock University is predicting an outbreak of the West Nile virus that could hit more than 300 human cases in the next two weeks.
Manitoba signs health funding agreement but not health accord: minister | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
Manitoba and the federal government have a deal on health funding, but the province maintains it hasn't signed the federal health accord.
Chile court rules in favor of abortion in some cases | ABC News
ABC News | August 21, 2017
Chile's Constitutional Court is upholding a measure that would end the country's absolute ban on abortions
Jury awards $417M in lawsuit linking talcum powder to cancer | ABC News
ABC News | August 21, 2017
A Los Angeles jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case to a woman who claimed in lawsuit that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene
Major health study 'by Inuit, for Inuit' set to get underway in Nunavik | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
Medical researchers on the Canadian Coast Guard’s Amundsen icebreaker will stop in the 14 Nunavik communities over the next several weeks, checking in on the health of 2,000 randomly selected residents.
Help most vulnerable patients: Health Minister Jane Philpott to doctors at CMA meeting | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
Minister focuses remarks on three of the country's most vulnerable groups — Indigenous Peoples, those addicted to opioids and at risk of dying of an overdose, and young people with mental health issues.
The Latest: Plaintiff wanted to help others in talc case | ABC News
ABC News | August 21, 2017
The attorney for a hospitalized woman who won a $417 million judgment in a lawsuit claiming the talc in Johnson & Johnson's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer says his client is not looking for sympathy
VA seeks to funnel more nursing home money to rural areas | ABC News
ABC News | August 21, 2017
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his agency will propose changes to make it easier for rural areas to receive funding to build nursing homes for veterans
US health chief lauds China for help with opioid control | ABC News
ABC News | August 21, 2017
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says China has been an "incredible partner" in cracking down on synthetic opioids seen as fueling fast-rising overdose deaths in the United States
Past health chiefs: insurance market stability is the goal | ABC News
ABC News | August 21, 2017
Three former U.S. health secretaries of both parties say President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress should make stabilizing health insurance marketplaces their immediate goal
Read this if you have a frail loved one | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
Here’s a prescription that seniors should not take sitting down. The best to stay vital is to stand up and keep moving.
Looking at the solar eclipse caused lasting eye damage for this Islander | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
Two people who suffered permanent damage to their eyes after viewing a solar eclipse are now warning people to be cautious during the celestial event.
AP-NORC poll: Hispanics lack confidence in nursing homes | ABC News
ABC News | August 21, 2017
An AP-NORC poll finds that few older Hispanics are confident that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can meet their needs.
4 foods that may not be as bad for you as you thought | ABC News
ABC News | August 21, 2017
Nutritionist Maya Feller breaks down surprising virtues of our dietary vices.
What is a total solar eclipse? | ABC News
ABC News | August 20, 2017
The rare and striking astronomical event is taking place on Aug. 21.
Brother arrested after 3 young girls found dead in Maryland home | ABC News
ABC News | August 20, 2017
The children were found with stab wounds, according to police.
Wear solar specs or make a viewer to safely watch eclipse | ABC News
ABC News | August 20, 2017
Solar specs are a must for safe viewing of Monday's total solar eclipse, the first to span U.S. coast to coast in 99 years.
Former health chiefs to Trump: Avoid new 'Obamacare' crisis | ABC News
ABC News | August 20, 2017
Former US health chiefs to Trump: Avoid creating more instability in health insurance marketplaces
Cloud cover will vary across the US during Monday's total solar eclipse | ABC News
ABC News | August 20, 2017
Northwesterners will be among those in the US that are likely to see it clearly.
Technology allows visually impaired, blind to experience solar eclipse | CBC
CBC | August 19, 2017
Seeing next week's total solar eclipse isn't the only way to experience it. Two projects were developed to allow the visually impaired and blind be part of the astronomical event.
Physicist Hawking criticizes UK health secretary on service | ABC News
ABC News | August 19, 2017
Noted physicist Stephen Hawking has criticized Britain's health secretary for his use of scientific evidence to support changes in the National Health Service
SECOND OPINION | Your life is leaving genetic scars that might show up in your child's genes | CBC
CBC | August 19, 2017
​Scientists now know that the mere act of living leaves molecular scars on our genes; and in medical history, Canadians discovered a chemotherapy drug in a Jamaican periwinkle plant that arrived in the mail.