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  • Confirmed case of measles in Toronto area: public health

    August 25, 2017 11:44 PM 11

    Toronto Public Health is warning the public they may have been exposed to a confirmed case of measles in the Toronto area within the last week. In a news release issued on Friday, TPH said they are investigating the lab-confirmed case of measles. TPH said members of the public may have been exposed to measles in the following places between Aug. 19 and Aug. 24. TPH is advising

  • Penn Medicine hospitals ranked among 10 best in U.S

    August 24, 2017 3:00 PM 10

    The combined hospitals of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, known as the Penn Medicine hospitals, earned distinctions as Pennsylvania's best hospital system and one of the 10 best in the United States. It is the fourth consecutive Penn Medicine hospitals have made the list compiled by U.S. News and World

  • Bongs, booze and baby boomers

    August 23, 2017 11:55 AM 18

    If you ask someone what a typical heavy drinker or drug user looks like, they're probably more likely to evoke images of Gen Ys with tattoos and piercings than greying baby boomers. But recent Australian data, outlined in our British Medical Journal editorial today, shows rates of alcohol and drug use are actually decreasing among younger age groups

  • Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay US$417M in talcum powder lawsuit

    August 21, 2017 7:10 PM 17

    LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. The lawsuit was brought by a California woman, Eva Echeverria, who alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers

  • Health unit reminding parents about next round of possible suspensions

    August 21, 2017 3:45 PM 16

    The Windsor Essex County Health Unit is reminding parents to update student immunization records to avoid a suspension. According to the health unit, approximately 3,200 letters were sent out to parents and guardians informing them of the Sept. 28 school suspension. Students born in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, with incomplete immunization records received

  • Safe injection site poised to open downtown

    August 20, 2017 5:38 PM 17

    Toronto’s first official interim safe injection site is set to open as early as Monday in the Yonge-Dundas Sts. area. The site is a precursor to three permanent Toronto sites, and is being fast-tracked following a rise in drug overdose deaths throughout the region. Health Canada said Sunday in a news release that Toronto’s application for an interim

  • $1.2M for consumption site: Alberta still seeing high number of opioid deaths

    August 16, 2017 11:03 PM 12

    CALGARY -- Alberta continues to see high numbers of overdose deaths related to fentanyl and other opioids. A second-quarter report for 2017 shows that 119 people died from an apparent fentanyl-related overdose between April 1 and June 30. The report says 122 people died in the first three months of the year from an apparent fentanyl overdose

  • Sarnia nurse charged for allegedly stealing fentanyl from Bluewater Health

    August 16, 2017 8:36 PM 14

    Police launched investigation after receiving reports from hospital officials A Sarnia nurse was charged Wednesday after police allege he stole fentanyl from Bluewater Health. Investigators say the 32-year-old man removed an anaesthetic box containing various medications and narcotics from an operating room on Aug. 10. In the following days, he took vials

  • Lambton Health Unit issue reminder of prevention kits and training following overdoses

    August 11, 2017 4:54 PM 17

    Following three reported overdoses likely involving fentanyl in Sarnia, the Lambton Health Unit is reminding the public of available prevention kids and training for drug users. The Health Unit says that is recommended that people who use drugs to not use alone, to contact them about Naloxone, and to call 911 if signs of an overdose are present

  • Marijuana users risk death from high blood pressure

    August 11, 2017 9:47 AM 30

    People who smoke marijuana are three times more likely to die as a result of high blood pressure, according to new research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. During the study, by Georgia State University in the United States, the researchers cross compared data from 1,213 marijuana users with mortality statistics, and adjusted