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  • Ebola outbreak in Congo not yet declared an emergency: WHO

    May 18, 2018 2:38 PM 30

    Conditions to declare the Ebola outbreak in Congo a public health emergency haven't been met, WHO says. The World Health Organization has not declared the Ebola virus outbreak in Congo a public health emergency. The declaration of a "public health emergency of international concern" conveys that the outbreak is a priority to mobilize resources immediately

  • Seniors in long-term care facilities twice as likely to be on opioids: report

    May 17, 2018 3:38 PM 18

    Almost 40 per cent of long-term care residents in five provinces were prescribed opioids Seniors in long-term care facilities appeared to be twice as likely to be prescribed opioids compared to other people their age and three times as likely to be on antidepressants, according to 2016 data in a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information

  • Supreme Court orders new trial for Alberta parents convicted in meningitis death of toddler

    May 15, 2018 2:59 PM 43

    7-judge panel agrees that the trial judge erred in instructions to jury Seven Supreme Court of Canada judges have agreed with the legal team of a former Alberta couple, Collet and David Stephan, that the original trial judge erred in instructions to the 2016 jury, who convicted the couple in the death of their toddler son. The decision was delivered

  • Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Lemon Echinacea tea recalled for potential salmonella

    April 24, 2018 10:28 PM 27

    Recalled product was sold at stores across Canada and online Throat Coat lemon Echinacea herbal tea is under recall after an ingredient was found to contain salmonella, Health Canada says. The department said Traditional Medicinals is voluntarily recalling the product after a company supplier found salmonella contamination in a tea ingredient, lemon

  • U.S. veteran who survived blast receives unusual penis transplant

    April 24, 2018 4:07 PM 26

    Patient, who asked to remain anonymous, is expected to recover urinary and, eventually, sexual function A U.S. veteran who lost his genitals from a blast in Afghanistan has received the world's most extensive penis transplant, and doctors say he is recovering well and expected to leave the hospital this week. Saying they wanted to address "an unspoken

  • Fish oil capsules don't help dry eye symptoms, study finds

    April 16, 2018 2:55 PM 21

    A federally funded study gave 500 people daily doses of fish oil or sugar pills. No difference after 1 year. Many doctors recommend them, but fish oil supplements failed to help people with dry eye when put to a scientific test. About 14 per cent of U.S. adults have dry eye, which causes pain and vision problems. It's more common in women and with age, and is related

  • Province goes against advice on cannabis from public health officials again

    April 11, 2018 10:00 AM 17

    Nova Scotia health experts recommended cannabis ban in public crowds where children present The cannabis bill the McNeil government is currently moving through the Nova Scotia Legislature isn't as restrictive as the province's own public health experts recommended, CBC News has confirmed. "Public Health recommended banning consumption of cannabis in public

  • This man's climb up the CN Tower is a journey back to health after devastating illness

    April 7, 2018 10:00 AM 26

    Condo stairwell becomes a training ground for Julian Backhouse, 65, who has Wilson's Disease Julian Backhouse grabs the handrail at the foot of a flight of stairs in his 11-storey condo building in Mississauga. "Ten of these flights," says Backhouse, "is the height of the CN Tower," and with that, he pulls himself up for his daily climb. His condo stairwell

  • Rural Nova Scotians team up to tackle 'crisis' in health care

    April 7, 2018 10:00 AM 21

    One Shelburne resident is about to take a 5-hour trip for a 15-minute medical appointment A group of rural Nova Scotians is banding together to tackle the "crisis" in health care troubling parts of the province. Karen Mattatall is mayor of Shelburne and chairs the Rural Nova Scotia Health Care Crisis Working Group. The group comprises people representing

  • Zika infection after birth causes brain damage in monkeys

    April 4, 2018 10:35 PM 23

    Findings have implications for monitoring Zika in young children, pediatric researcher says Complications from the Zika virus in babies born to women who were infected during pregnancy are well known. Now researchers working with monkeys say infections after birth could also result in brain abnormalities. When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared