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  • When Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital lost power, six of the tiniest, most fragile patients were sent packing

    December 24, 2013 6:03 AM 19

    Early Sunday morning, six of the tiniest, most fragile patients at one of the country’s largest hospitals — unable even to breath on their own — were sent packing. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre dispatched the babies from its neonatal intensive care (NICU) unit to three nearby hospitals, the most dramatic fallout at the facility from an unprecedented

  • Prince Edward Island dumped on this month

    December 24, 2013 1:04 AM 33

    Snowfall well above average for December Winter got a good head start on P.E.I. before the season officially arrived Saturday. The snow has been falling — and accumulating — to a far greater extent than normal for December. Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby says 107.2 cm has been measured this month at the Charlottetown Airport up until early

  • Top marathons for 2014: Planning ahead for your long-distance run

    December 23, 2013 9:08 PM 23

    While runners have only a slim shot of getting into next year's marathons in London, Boston, and Berlin, here is a preview of some of the biggest races happening around the globe -- from the six World Marathon Majors to a few smaller races that offer something a little different. Tokyo Marathon February 23, Japan Registration: Closed. / 2015 registration

  • it affects manly men, research suggests

    December 23, 2013 8:22 PM 62

    "Manlier" men are less resistant to the effects of one strain of the flu, new research suggests. Those in favour of the existence of the dreaded ''man flu" had been supported by previous findings that women have a stronger immune response than men, but the reasons remained unknown until now. Scientists from the US and France identified a cluster of genes

  • Recipes for shredded spicy carrots, walnut parsnips, and balsamic beets

    December 23, 2013 8:01 PM 27

    It's the same thing every year. We overindulge during the holidays, then make solemn (and quickly abandoned) promises to eat healthier and shed pounds in the new year. So here's a sane and simple resolution that will help you achieve both goals in a single stroke — eat more vegetables. It's no secret that almost all vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories

  • E-cigarettes take social scene by storm; pose headaches for regulators

    December 23, 2013 7:26 PM 29

    TORONTO -- You may not have known what an e-cigarette was at the start of 2013. But chances are, you do now. Leo DiCaprio and Katherine Heigl puff on them. Talk show host Jenny McCarthy and actor Stephen Dorff hawk them. For that matter, so does Santa Claus (at least in one controversial billboard). A telltale sign of the burgeoning popularity of e-cigarettes

  • Guelph General Hospital declares end to C. difficile outbreak

    December 23, 2013 4:33 PM 22

    An outbreak of the C. difficile bacteria has ended, Guelph General Hospital officials say. The outbreak was declared in November after four patients contracted the bacteria. Two more patients were found to have C. difficile a week later, and one of the six died – although it was not known if the death and infection were linked. Monday morning, the hospital

  • MD

    December 23, 2013 2:54 PM 22

    Listen to the doctor and stay home to avoid infecting loved ones TORONTO - Ah, it's the festive season, and that means get-togethers with family and friends — shaking hands, exchanging hugs and kisses, preparing and sharing meals. In other words, as the kids sing in the animated holiday Charlie Brown special: "Christmas time is here. We’ll be drawing

  • Spicing up marital sex with a reluctant partner: Ellie

    December 23, 2013 12:03 PM 27

    How can you do something different sexually after having a pattern of years together? When I suggest anything new, my wife panics, thinking this is just the start and I’ll go overboard on my demands. So we’ve been going through the same moves forever. It’s okay to get the job done, but I think we can make it better — if only she’ll meet me halfway

  • Newborn delivered by flashlight in Ajax amidst devastating ice storm

    December 23, 2013 11:22 AM 58

    Nurses used flashlights to lead the expectant mother to a dark birthing room after the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital was hit by the blackout. As her husband swerved the car over patches of ice toward an Ajax hospital, Paula Mbonda sat in the back seat brainstorming names for her new baby. “I was thinking of funny different names for the kid,” said Mbonda