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  • Ottawa's plan for excise tax on medical marijuana draws ire of patients, producers

    November 10, 2017 8:28 PM 75

    OTTAWA - The federal government's proposed plan to impose excise tax on medical marijuana as well as recreational cannabis has left patient advocate groups and a licensed producer fuming. Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana and the Arthritis Society say medical pot should be treated the same way as all other prescription medications and be exempt

  • Plant-based drinks shouldn't be main beverage for young kids: experts

    November 8, 2017 2:37 PM 76

    Canada's dietitians and pediatricians are discouraging parents from relying on plant-based drinks -- such as rice, coconut and almond milks -- as the main beverage for babies and young kids. Dr. Catherine Pound of the Canadian Paediatric Society says some plant-based beverages are not fortified with any minerals or vitamins and often contain sugar as the second

  • Stop using antibiotics in healthy farm animals, WHO warns

    November 7, 2017 10:44 PM 73

    Antibiotics in food contributing to rise of drug-resistant infections in humans, UN agency says The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people. Describing a lack of effective antibiotics

  • Ontario centre to research uses and effectiveness of medicinal marijuana

    November 7, 2017 4:13 PM 50

    As the use of medicinal cannabis grows, a new Ontario research centre says it plans to look into whether pot is actually an effective treatment for various ailments. The Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research has been launched by McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. The centre says it will focus on conducting

  • Two confirmed mumps cases at Dalhousie University

    November 2, 2017 11:41 PM 65

    Dal officials say they have notified the university community There are two confirmed cases of mumps at Dalhousie University, and perhaps more across the Halifax area, according to officials with the school. Spokesperson Brian Leadbetter said in an email that the school sent a memo to the university community on Thursday outlining the symptoms of mumps

  • Texas Will Require Insurers To Cover 3-D Mammograms

    November 1, 2017 3:56 PM 56

    A new law in Texas will require all insurance companies to include 3-D mammograms as part of their coverage plans, reports The Texas Tribune. The new law was introduced into the Texas Legislature by State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, a Democrat from Houston. Congresswoman Thompson is herself a breast cancer survivor. She stressed the importance of the advanced

  • UBC study finds certain type of protein in body can contribute to Alzheimer's

    October 31, 2017 10:12 PM 68

    Researchers were previously unclear of the role of these proteins in relation to the degenerative disease Researchers believed the proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease were largely produced by brain tissue but new research from the University of British Columbia shows proteins produced elsewhere in the body may also contribute to the development

  • Barrie oncology nurse wins award for role in urgent-care clinic

    October 31, 2017 2:53 PM 53

    Cancer centre ready for potential patient boom in Barrie After a nursing career of more than 35 years, Barrie nurse Colleen Campbell was honoured Oct. 29 as the 2017 Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year. The prestigious award was presented at the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology annual conference in Gatineau, Que. Campbell is a nurse

  • ‘Grow On Windsor’ campaign underway

    October 31, 2017 1:33 AM 68

    The campaign encourages men in the region to stop shaving to help raise awareness and funds to treat cancer that affects men, from prostate to testicular cancer. The Windsor-Essex Prostate Cancer support group helped kick start the campaign with a $2,000 donation on Friday. “The more we talk about it, the better it is” says Houida Kassem, the executive

  • Canada Bans Partially Hydrogenated Oils

    October 30, 2017 8:13 AM 63

    All food manufacturers in Canada are now required to eliminate the trans fat-heavy processed ingredient from products by next year. Government organization Health Canada announced a ban last month on the use of partially hydrogenated oils in foods across the country. Starting September 15, 2018, restaurants, food-service companies, and product manufacturers