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  • Opioid death toll nearly 4,000 last year, new data shows

    June 19, 2018 3:50 PM 153

    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. The numbers are being released as the government unveils plans to severely restrict the way drug companies market opioids to doctors. The death toll rose to almost 4,000 in 2017, up from about

  • Doctors not worried about aluminum foil

    June 15, 2018 2:49 PM 9

    Experts weight on after online story suggests aluminum is 'neurotoxic' and can lead to mental decline Doctors are not warning about the deadly consequences of using aluminum foil, contrary to a story being shared on social media. Such online claims are not new. In one that surfaced this week on a diet and recipe site, the story suggests that aluminum

  • Conflicting accounts over whether Wettlaufer was on a 'do not hire' list under maiden name, inquiry hears

    June 14, 2018 12:50 PM 13

    Killer nurse confessed to killing 8 patients in her care and trying to kill or injure 6 others A public inquiry looking into how Elizabeth Wettlaufer was able to kill eight elderly patients in her care heard conflicting accounts Thursday about whether the ex-nurse was on a "do not hire" list used by one of Canada's largest nursing home owners early in her career

  • Congo confirms another Ebola case as outbreak hits 1-month mark

    June 8, 2018 4:20 PM 20

    WHO chief says outbreak is stabilizing: 'We're optimistic, cautiously optimistic' Congo's health ministry says another Ebola case has been confirmed as the pace of new cases slows one month after the outbreak was officially declared. There are now 38 confirmed cases of the virus, including 13 deaths, the health ministry said late Thursday. The newest

  • Epilepsy double the national average in First Nations population: study

    June 7, 2018 9:05 PM 12

    A new study suggests that the incidence of epilepsy among First Nations people is twice that of the non-Indigenous population. A new study suggests that the incidence of epilepsy among First Nations people in Canada is twice that of the non-Indigenous population. Research from the University of Saskatchewan showed a national rate annually of 62 new cases

  • Vaughan nurse ran unlicensed cosmetic clinic linked to woman's death, police say

    June 7, 2018 6:30 PM 11

    Investigators say the woman was injecting patients with non-medical, unregulated substances A Vaughan nurse has been charged with running an illegal, non-surgical cosmetic clinic that resulted in the death of a patient. York Regional Police say Anna Yakubovsky-Rositsan operated the independent office at her home in Vaughan. Yakubovsky-Rositsan, 40, is now facing

  • New questions about old Canadian study foreshadowing opioid crisis

    June 2, 2018 1:00 PM 16

    U.S. documents reveal Purdue officials discussed street value of opioids: New York Times This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. More than 20 years ago, a team of Vancouver doctors discovered disturbing signs of a future opioid

  • Demulen 30 birth control packages may contain broken pills, Health Canada warns

    June 1, 2018 8:03 PM 33

    Women encouraged to check their packages of birth control pills and report any problems Packages of Demulen 30, a prescription birth control pill, may contain broken or chipped pills, Health Canada says. Health Canada said in advisory Friday that Pfizer Canada has notified it of complaints about Demulen 30 (28-day package, DIN 00471526). Women are reminded

  • Kids with allergies more likely to be bullied, research shows

    May 30, 2018 11:03 PM 21

    Tessa Bantock was labelled “allergy girl” and even pelted with nuts by her classmates at school. Growing up with a food allergy can be tough, but when children with serious allergies are bullied, the consequences are potentially life-threatening. “I am severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts,” said Bantock. “You definitely feel different and segregated

  • 2 Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in Congo are found dead

    May 23, 2018 11:25 AM 26

    Another patient who fled has been found and is back under quarantine Two of three Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in the Congo river port city of Mbandaka have died, the head of medical charity Doctors Without Borders's (Médecins Sans Frontières) mission in the city said Wednesday. The third patient was found alive and is under observation by MSF and the World