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  • New large-scale study finds a high blood platelet count is 'strong predictor' of cancer

    May 23, 2017 6:33 PM 102

    A new U.K. study has revealed the first new strong indicator of cancer in 30 years, finding that having a high blood platelet count can predict who will go on to be diagnosed with cancer, and the researchers urge that it should be used by doctors in order to try to catch the disease early. Known as thrombocytosis, up to half a million people (two per cent)

  • After 9 months in space, mouse sperm yield healthy mice

    May 22, 2017 7:52 PM 7

    Baby mice grew into adults with normal fertility of their own That's the word from Japanese scientists whose results were published Monday. The freeze-dried sperm samples were launched in 2013 to the International Space Station and returned to Earth in 2014. The intense radiation of space caused slight DNA damage to the sperm. Yet following in vitro

  • Ebola death toll in remote Congo likely has risen to 4, WHO says

    May 22, 2017 5:51 PM 9

    Overall number of cases rose to 37 from 29 A fourth person has likely died from Ebola in remote northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo during the most recent outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday. The WHO confirmed the Ebola outbreak earlier this month, the first in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2014. Health authorities

  • 113 Albertans die from fentanyl overdoses in first quarter of 2017

    May 19, 2017 11:38 PM 14

    EDMONTON -- Alberta Health says 113 people died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl in the first three months of 2017. The government says there were 51 deaths in the Calgary zone and 36 in the Edmonton zone in the first quarter of the year. Since Jan. 1, 2016, 476 people have died from an apparent drug overdose death related to fentanyl, with an average

  • Recall of Garnoff Botanicals products containing opioid substitute

    May 19, 2017 6:57 PM 11

    Garnoff Botanicals is voluntarily recalling its unauthorized 'High By Nature' products, which contain the opioid substitute known as kratom. Health Canada said the company is doing so as kratom “may pose serious health risks when swallowed or inhaled.” The department said side effects of using kratom include, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, seizures, liver

  • Ottawa doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients

    May 18, 2017 9:00 PM 10

    Ottawa Police have charged an Ottawa doctor with a number of sexual assault-related charges. Police launched an investigation in 2016 and say three female victims have come forward with allegations dating back to 2012. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario confirms Al Houssan is also the subject of an investigation by the college and that he worked

  • Manitoba man relieved to be off the hook for US$36K medical flight

    May 18, 2017 8:28 PM 9

    A Manitoba man who was handed a hefty six-figure hospital bill after a heart attack landed him in a U.S. medical facility is finally off the hook for all of the charges. Back in October, Robin Milne was rushed from his home near the Canada-U.S. border to an emergency room in Roseau, Minn. It’s one of two hospitals covered by an emergency care deal with the state

  • CNE to end free fare for people with disabilities in 2018

    May 17, 2017 5:48 PM 7

    The recommendation was one of many submitted by the CNE Advisory Council on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. People with disabilities will not get free entry to the Canadian National Exhibition starting next year, the fair’s board of directors decided Wednesday as it accepted recommendations to improve accessibility. The recommendation was one of six submitted

  • More Ontarians being prescribed opioid painkillers, despite dangers

    May 17, 2017 3:52 PM 6

    Almost two million Ontarians -- or 14 per cent of the province's population -- filled prescriptions for opioids in fiscal year 2015-2016, says a new report, suggesting that patients continued to be given the potent narcotics despite efforts to curtail what's been called a national epidemic of overuse. The report by Health Quality Ontario, released Wednesday

  • Almost 2 million Ontarians given opioids despite calls to curtail prescribing

    May 17, 2017 2:10 PM 16

    TORONTO - Almost two million Ontarians - or 14 per cent of the province's population - filled prescriptions for opioids in fiscal year 2015-2016, says a new report, suggesting that patients continued to be given the potent narcotics despite efforts to curtail what's been called a national epidemic of overuse. The report by Health Quality Ontario, released