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

    February 21, 2018 9:00 AM 63

    '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 85

    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 62

    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

  • Worst place to have stroke is in a hospital, researchers say

    February 14, 2018 7:40 PM 66

    A hospital can be the worst place to have a stroke, the first study of its kind in Canada has found. Researchers who looked at more than 33,000 stroke patients in Ontario found those who suffered a stroke while hospitalized for some other medical reason did worse than patients rushed to emergency after having a stroke at home or somewhere else in the community

  • Living kidney donors face higher health risks during later pregnancies: Study

    February 14, 2018 7:40 PM 71

    TORONTO - A new study says that women who have donated a kidney are at higher risk of developing gestational hypertension or a potentially dangerous condition called pre-eclampsia during pregnancies that follow the donation. The study suggests the increase in risk is not enormous, and in fact most women who have donated a kidney can safely carry a pregnancy

  • Cleveland Clinic does its 2nd face transplant; male patient was badly disfigured in car crash

    February 14, 2018 7:40 PM 71

    Cleveland Clinic surgeons have replaced nearly the entire face of a middle-aged man severely disfigured in a car accident, the hospital announced Tuesday. The operation in late September was the second face transplant by the Ohio hospital. More than two dozen face transplants have been done around the world, starting in 2005 with a French woman mauled

  • Alberta Medical Association president disappointed province didn't ban menthol

    February 14, 2018 7:40 PM 71

    EDMONTON - The president of the Alberta Medical Association says he is disappointed the province did not include menthol in its flavoured tobacco ban law. Dr. Richard Johnston says he wrote to Health Minister Stephen Mandel a few weeks ago saying the association strongly supports banning menthol. He says studies show youth menthol smokers smoke more cigarettes

  • Nigeria reports 450 suspected cases of Lassa fever

    February 13, 2018 4:20 PM 55

    World Health Organization says it is scaling up its response to the outbreak The World Health Organization says an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria may have infected up to 450 people in less than five weeks. The United Nations health agency said Tuesday that it is scaling up its response to the outbreak, which has spread to 17 states. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 4, nearly

  • Online project highlights needs of B.C.'s 1 million caregivers

    February 13, 2018 2:00 PM 59

    Stories for Caregivers connects people with resources they might not know exist More than one million British Columbians are caregivers to a friend or family member in need — and many end up sacrificing their own health looking after a loved one. A recent report from B.C.'s Office of the Seniors Advocate found than more than 30 per cent of caregivers

  • Birth control recalled over chipped pills

    February 9, 2018 7:15 PM 52

    Chipped pills may contain less active ingredient, which reduces effectiveness in preventing pregnancy One lot of Alysena 28 birth control pills is being recalled after complaints about chipped pink pills, the distributor says. Health Canada said Friday it is advising people of Apotex's voluntary recall of Alysena 28, a prescription drug used to prevent