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  • City of Vancouver calls for decriminalization of drug possession

    March 10, 2018 1:16 AM 26

    The city says drastic action is needed as its overdose death total continues to climb With overdose deaths once again on the rise in Vancouver, the city is calling on the federal government to immediately decriminalize the personal possession of all drugs. Managing director of social policy, Mary Clare Zak, says this is a new position for the city, but it is consistent

  • More chipped birth control pills found in Apotex's Alysena products

    March 8, 2018 9:14 PM 24

    Both Alysena 21 and Alysena 28 birth control pacls may contain chipped pills, Health Canada advises. Last month, Apotex Inc. voluntarily recalled a lot of Alysena 28 birth control pill (lot LF10133A) after the company received complaints about chipped pink pills. On Thursday, the company advised consumers and health-care professionals it has also received

  • Personality plays a role for people with a food allergy — but it's not what you think

    March 5, 2018 9:00 AM 36

    Who among us experiences the most grief from food restrictions? On top of scanning labels in the grocery store and searching restaurant menus for safe foods, people with food allergies have to worry about having life-threatening reactions at seemingly innocuous outings to the neighbourhood coffee shop or Grandpa's birthday party. But not everyone responds

  • Translating the budget's 'pharmacare' promise

    March 3, 2018 1:00 PM 37

    It was a roller-coaster week for health care advocates awaiting a pharmacare program for prescription drugs For health care advocates, it was a roller-coaster week. On Tuesday it looked like Canada was poised to finally get a national pharmacare program. Health groups cheered when the federal budget established the Advisory Council on the Implementation

  • Indiana lawmakers move to ban eyeball tattoos after Ottawa woman's mishap

    March 1, 2018 5:42 PM 36

    Ottawa woman Catt Gallinger's swollen eye made international headlines in the fall The Indiana Legislature has approved a bill to effectively ban the practice of eyeball tattooing. Catt Gallagher's right eye became swollen and leaked ink after the procedure known as scleral pigmentation, where diluted ink is injected into the top layer of an eye. She was still

  • Nova Scotia sets up program to help pay for take-home cancer drugs

    February 27, 2018 9:30 AM 26

    Patient medication costs are now limited to 4% of a family’s net income under new program Nova Scotia has launched a program to help pay for high deductibles and co-payments for cancer patients who take medication for their illness outside of hospital settings. Dr. Daniel Rayson, head of medical oncology at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax

  • Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins to chair federal pharmacare committee

    February 26, 2018 9:38 PM 25

    Hoskins resigns as provincial health minister CBC News has learned former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins will chair a federal government advisory council with a goal of creating a national pharmacare plan. Hoskins announced his resignation as minister this afternoon without providing any details. A federal government source has told CBC News the council's

  • Chemo's no obstacle for this boy and his bot

    February 21, 2018 9:00 AM 34

    'Beam' the robot allows Hugo Roy, 11, to attend school even while undergoing treatment for leukemia When 11-year-old Hugo Roy can't go to school because he's undergoing chemotherapy, a robot attends class for him. From his room at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Hugo, who misses as many as four days of classes per week to undergo treatment

  • Why it's been such a tough flu season for children

    February 16, 2018 11:09 PM 48

    Two strains of influenza are circulating at once in Canada and hospitals are bearing the load More children are ending up in hospital for flu-related illnesses as two types of influenza hit Canada at once, according to a new report. This week's FluWatch report from the Public Health Agency of Canada says that overall flu activity is at its peak levels

  • Ebola could infect 1.4 million in West Africa by February: Centre for Disease Control

    February 14, 2018 7:40 PM 30

    The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could reach 1.4 million by the end of January if trends continue without an immediate and massive scale-up in response, according to a new estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report released Tuesday is a tool the agency has developed to help with efforts to slow transmission of the epidemic