Health

  • Retirement homes helping seniors virtually bike through old ...
    Some Canadian retirement homes have begun letting residents go for virtual trips down memory lane, without ever leaving the home, thanks to the help of interesting technology. ... more
    CTVNews -Health8 hours ago
  • ‘First time I had seen him at peace’: Jonathan P...
    Jonathan Pitre’s mother is struggling to come to terms with losing her son, but says she is finding comfort in the fact that he is now “at peace.â€� Pitre was born with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a painful disorder that causes skin to constantly tear and blister. He died earlier this… ... more
    CTVNews -Health8 hours ago
  • N.S. lawmaker apologizes for comments seen as ‘racist ...
    HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia lawmaker is apologizing for comments she made about Jamaica during a debate on the government's bill to regulate recreational marijuana. Progressive Conservative MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, who ... ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health9 hours ago
  • Making naloxone freely available reduced fentanyl overdose d...
    A new study says the rapid expansion of naloxone availability in B.C. reduced the number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2016. The study by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and the University of B.C.’s Institute of Applied Mathematics developed a mathematical model that can be used to measure the… ... more
    Vancouversun -Health10 hours ago
  • Universal pharmacare would provide better health care but co...
    Wednesday's report includes 18 recommendations the committee says could form a blueprint of sorts for a new single-payer, publicly funded prescription drug coverage program. ... more
    Globenews -Health10 hours ago
  • Trudeau government rejects Liberal MPs’ call for decri...
    OTTAWA - The Trudeau government is rejecting a call from its own backbenchers to decriminalize all illicit drug use in Canada — just days before Liberals are set to debate ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health12 hours ago
  • Liberals don’t back call to decriminalize all illicit drug...
    The Trudeau government is rejecting a call from its own backbenchers to decriminalize all illicit drug use in Canada - just days before Liberals are set to debate the idea at a national convention in Halifax. ... more
    Globenews -Health12 hours ago
  • Canada’s oldest blood donor says busy mind, vitamins h...
    VANCOUVER - Beatrice Janyk credits vitamins, twelve hours of sleep a day, and a busy mind, for allowing her to donate blood regularly for most of the last seven decades. At ... ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health12 hours ago
  • Saskatchewan expands free naloxone program to reduce opioid ...
    REGINA - The Saskatchewan government is expanding the free distribution of a medication that can prevent fatal overdoses from opioids such as fentanyl. The province says its Take Home Naloxone program ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health12 hours ago
  • Health committee cheers idea of national pharmacare program,...
    OTTAWA - A parliamentary committee is recommending that prescription medications be publicly funded across Canada under a universal pharmacare program. After two years of work that included hearing from 99 witnesses, ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health12 hours ago
  • All-party parliamentary committee calls for ‘universal...
    A parliamentary committee has delivered its report on pharmacare, and it's recommending an expansion of the Canada Health Act to include prescription drugs dispensed outside of hospital settings. ... more
    CBC -Health12 hours ago
  • ‘Smaller steps is a good way to go:’ StatsCan fi...
    Small steps could literally add up to better health for some, according to a new report from Statistics Canada on the sedentary behaviour of adults. ... more
    CBC -Health13 hours ago
  • B.C.’s free anti-overdose kits saved hundreds of lives...
    The rapid expansion of a program that hands out an overdose-reversing drug significantly reduced the number of fentanyl-related deaths in 2016 in B.C., according to a new study. ... more
    CBC -Health13 hours ago
  • Shortage of EpiPens to treat severe allergic reactions has c...
    TORONTO - Pauline Osena knows how crucial it is to have EpiPens close at hand for her two young sons, who are at risk of life-threatening anaphylaxis because of multiple ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health13 hours ago
  • Trudeau government rejects Liberal MPs’ call for decri...
    The Trudeau government is rejecting a call from its own backbenchers to decriminalize all illicit drug use in Canada -- just days before Liberals are set to debate the idea at a national convention in Halifax. ... more
    CTVNews -Health13 hours ago
  • Brain science institute at Brown receives $100M gift
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown University's brain science institute has been given $100 million to advance the understanding of the brain and what causes Lou Gehrig's Disease, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health14 hours ago
  • Shortage of EpiPens to treat severe allergic reactions has c...
    Pfizer, the drug company that produces the EpiPen, announced last week with Health Canada that there was limited inventory of both the adult 0.30-mg device and the children's 0.15-mg epinephrine auto-injectors. ... more
    CTVNews -Health15 hours ago
  • House committee to deliver recommendations on national pharm...
    A House of Commons committee is to deliver its recommendations today on how it believes the government should move forward on a national pharmacare plan. ... more
    CTVNews -Health16 hours ago
  • Health committee cheers idea of national pharmacare program,...
    A parliamentary committee is recommending that prescription medications be publicly funded across Canada under a universal pharmacare program. ... more
    CTVNews -Health16 hours ago
  • Douglas Todd: Canadian boys suffer from lack of male teacher...
    B.C. public schools have one of the lowest ratios of male teachers in North America — and the trend is becoming more extreme. As evidence mounts that boys suffer when there are few positive male role models in society and schools, only one of every 10 people entering B.C.’s teaching… ... more
    Vancouversun -Health16 hours ago
  • Spouses can boost early detection for melanoma patients
    There's an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: They tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced, a new study says. ... more
    CTVNews -Health18 hours ago
  • Designer baby decisions envisioned for parents of the future
    Biomedical ethics experts envision dozens of choices for which of your embryos should be placed in the womb to become your child in 20 to 40 years. ... more
    CBC -Health19 hours ago
  • Ford uses van service to enter medical transport business
    DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford is getting into the non-emergency medical transportation business as it moves toward making money off its experimental ventures in new mobility. The automaker says its GoRide service ... ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health19 hours ago
  • More research suggests sleep deprivation linked to childhood...
    A new large-scale review adds to the growing body of evidence that children and teenagers who fail to get the recommended amount of sleep for their age have a higher risk of developing obesity. ... more
    CTVNews -Health20 hours ago
  • Going deep to study exercise’s molecular nitty-gritty
    About 120 scientists from around the U.S. are in Louisiana as part of a six-year, US$170 million National Institutes of Health program to study the molecular nitty-gritty of exercise. ... more
    CTVNews -Health20 hours ago
  • Health Canada says it takes safety ‘very seriouslyR...
    The long list of so-called homeopathic nosodes approved by Health Canada include remedies made from the bacteria that causes chlamydia, the cerebral fluid of meningitis patients and cancer cells — to name just a few. ... more
    CBC -Health23 hours ago
  • Can you hold a plank for a minute? You may be doing it wrong
    While some have been taught to hold a plank for a minute, experts say unless you have perfect form, this isn't necessary. ... more
    Globenews -Health24 hours ago
  • MP committee’s report on pharmacare landing today
    The House of Commons all-party health committee will officially table its report on the prospects for a national pharmacare program today. ... more
    CBC -Health1 day ago
  • 1,200 patients ‘high and dry’ after two Chilliwa...
    A pair of Chilliwack doctors have been stopped from practicing medicine after six years because they failed Canadian qualifying exams, leaving their patients wondering about their diagnoses and scrambling to find new doctors in a community already facing a shortage. ... more
    CBC -Health1 day ago
  • 1,200 patients ‘high and dry’ after 2 Chilliwack...
    A pair of Chilliwack doctors have been stopped from practising medicine after six years because they failed Canadian qualifying exams, leaving their patients wondering about their diagnoses and scrambling to find new doctors in a community already facing a shortage. ... more
    CBC -Health1 day ago
  • Ian Mulgrew: Health care, waiting lists a ‘whack-a-mol...
    Medical wait lists are manipulated in a complicated system that still runs on fax machines with “whack-a-mole” management, says a surgeon-in-chief for Vancouver’s major health institutions. At the constitutional challenge of the Medicare Protection Act in B.C. Supreme Court, Dr. Bassam Masri explained that despite tens-of-millions in recently announced funding,… ... more
    Vancouversun -Health1 day ago
  • Brews News: Breweries mount high-tech search for sustainabil...
    Is there a better pairing than Earth Day and craft beer? Organic beer? Check. Local ingredients? Check. Reduced water use? Check. Spent grain fed to cattle? Check. Some far-sighted breweries take it to the nth degree. Cowbell in Blyth, for example, has done everything from using high-tech methods to cut… ... more
    LFPress -Health1 day ago
  • Wild win for Bolts
    If the rest of the series is going to be like this there might not be any survivors for the National Basketball League of Canada final. It turned into an NBL classic not because the basketball was textbook, but because it was edge-of-your-seat excitement. The Lightning came up with a… ... more
    LFPress -Health1 day ago
  • Soo take out Attack in Game 7
    The Soo Greyhounds were backed into a corner by the Owen Sound Attack forcing a Game 7 on Tuesday night and they bit back by winning 9-7 on Tuesday night to punch their ticket to the OHL Western Conference final. The Greyhounds and Kitchener Rangers start their best-of-seven series on… ... more
    LFPress -Health1 day ago
  • Canada looks south for help to solve EpiPen shortage
    Canada said it is working with the FDA to access supplies of Mylan N.V.'s EpiPen emergency allergy antidote amid a growing shortage that has spared the U.S. ... more
    Globenews -Health1 day ago
  • Budget surplus could fund discounted London Transit pass pil...
    Five million dollars in surplus cash could provide the funds to pay for discounted and free bus passes for Londoners. City politicians recommended the majority of the $6.9 million left over from the 2017 operating budget be used to fund subsidized transit projects. “What we’re doing is being responsible, putting… ... more
    LFPress -Health1 day ago
  • School dance festival
    About 5,000 students from across the board are participating in the 41st annual Dance Festival this week. Students from W. Sherwood Fox elementary school dance to the song Jeannie’s Diner Tuesday at the Thames Valley District school board’s Education Centre in London. (DEREK RUTTAN, The London Free Press) ... more
    LFPress -Health1 day ago
  • City hall briefs
    City partners with GPS mapping system London plans to forge a partnership with a popular GPS and mapping system called Waze. The app is user-driven, allowing citizens to post information about road closures, collisions, and other updates to alert fellow drivers. It’s used by 90 million people around the world… ... more
    LFPress -Health1 day ago
  • Canada’s oldest blood donor Beatrice Janyk, 95, still ...
    Beatrice Janyk is, to pardon the pun, pumped to give blood as the country’s oldest donor. She’s 95 years old and has been donating blood for more than six decades. Janyk will be honoured for her unique status with a certificate Wednesday morning by the Canadian Blood Services at its… ... more
    Vancouversun -Health1 day ago
  • City develops $285-million plan to cut Thames River pollutio...
    An expensive plan to stop London’s sewage from flowing into the Thames River could cost the city close to $285 million over the next 20 years. London’s plan to curb its pollution of the Thames River and local creeks centres on replacing old sewer systems and upgrading plants that handle… ... more
    LFPress -Health1 day ago
  • Grand Theatre fires starting pistol for Chariots of Fire sta...
    An inspirational, true story about the potential of the human spirit is being told on a London stage. The North American premiere of the stage play Chariots of Fire is on the Grand Theatre’s Spriet Stage until May 5. This is the 2012 stage adaptation of the 1981 film of… ... more
    LFPress -Health1 day ago
  • Emerging London artist featured in exhibit
    Works by an emerging London artist are in a new exhibition at a downtown gallery. Lisa Stead’s latest collection, Flour.ish, is at ArtWithPanache until April 27. “The development and change of direction in Stead’s work, has been amazing since her first pieces were shown in the gallery two years ago,â€�… ... more
    LFPress -Health1 day ago
  • Brain Bee tests teen’s neuro-knowledge
    It’s a competition that tests brains about brains. This weekend, Western University is hosting the London Brain Bee, a spelling bee-like contest that tests high schoolers’ knowledge about neuroscience. The tournament is open to high school students in London and area, and the winners will head to the Canadian National… ... more
    LFPress -Health1 day ago
  • How to get high without getting high
    Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry Sunshine on the water looks so lovely Sunshine almost always makes me high — John Denver John Denver wrote the ... ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health1 day ago
  • This bra helps reduce suffering for breast cancer patients u...
    The medical garment developed at the McGill University Health Centre addresses a little-discussed problem that arises when women with larger breasts go in for radiation treatment. ... more
    CBC -Health1 day ago
  • Nova Scotia recruitment incentive programs changed to includ...
    HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government announced changes to its doctor recruitment incentive programs Tuesday as it faced criticism over the province's failure to attend a recent recruitment event in ... ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health2 days ago
  • The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15: 2018’s list of fruits and ve...
    Which produce tested for having the most pesticide residue? Which tested for having the least? ... more
    Globenews -Health2 days ago
  • Flesh-eating ulcer ‘epidemic’ spreading in Australia, sc...
    The Buruli ulcer is known to occur in parts of Africa, but cases of the infectious disease have grown in Australia over the past few years. ... more
    Globenews -Health2 days ago
  • Man with 3 faces had multiple face transplants
    In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has successfully performed a second face transplant on the same patient. ... more
    CBC -Health2 days ago
  • How to manage panic attacks – and why you should neve...
    Panic attacks are quite common, but just because you experience an attack doesn't mean you have a panic disorder. ... more
    Globenews -Health2 days ago
  • Why mice aren’t welcome in a microbiologist’s ho...
    Mice collected from apartment buildings in New York City carry a range of disease-causing bacteria, scientists find. ... more
    CBC -Health2 days ago
  • Exercise, not calcium, urged to prevent falls in seniors
    Falling is the leading cause of injury-related death among people over age 65, and seniors who want to avoid falls should exercise, not rely on supplements like calcium, U.S. guidelines said Tuesday. ... more
    CTVNews -Health2 days ago
  • Man with 3 faces: Frenchman gets 2nd face transplant
    In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient -- who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany. ... more
    CTVNews -Health2 days ago
  • Possible hepatitis A contamination in some strawberry produc...
    The Quebec Agriculture Department is warning consumers to avoid various strawberry products that may have been contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. ... more
    CTVNews -Health2 days ago
  • Possible hepatitis A contamination in some strawberry produc...
    MONTREAL - The Quebec Agriculture Department is warning consumers to avoid various strawberry products that may have been contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. The juice, smoothies and cocktails were offered ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health2 days ago
  • Ontario to fund more residency positions for graduating doct...
    The Ontario government says it will create more residency positions to help meet demand for doctors across the province. ... more
    CBC -Health2 days ago
  • US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety
    WASHINGTON - U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government's system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with ... ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Health2 days ago
  • Canadian researchers developing device to prevent HIV transm...
    Scientists at the University of Waterloo are working on a new tool they hope could protect women from HIV infection, and drew their inspiration from a group of Kenyan women who are naturally immune to the virus. ... more
    CTVNews -Health2 days ago
  • Marijuana-based drug gets positive review from U.S. agency
    A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday. ... more
    CTVNews -Health2 days ago
  • Breakthrough lung cancer treatment boosts survival rate, stu...
    For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. ... more
    Globenews -Health2 days ago
  • Study suggests parental diet before conception affects child...
    A child's health can be compromised not only by a mother who smokes or drinks during pregnancy, but by the obesity and poor diet of both parents well before the act of procreation, researchers said Tuesday. ... more
    CTVNews -Health2 days ago
  • 6 ‘greenwashed’ beauty labels explained
    From organic to botanical to chemical-free, here's how to tell what all those different buzzwords mean for your beauty products. ... more
    Globenews -Health2 days ago
  • Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study
    New treatment improved survival rate for patients and could affect 70,000 in the U.S. ... more
    TheStar -Health2 days ago
  • Fashion design students show off their creations
    It’s where the future begins for 24 designers, a runway at an airport. In this case, the runway is where the careers of these new designers can take off, at the annual Unbound fashion show Saturday featuring the creations of Fanshawe College’s graduating fashion design students. The collections of each… ... more
    LFPress -Health2 days ago
  • Police ask for public’s help locating boy
    London police are asking for the public’s help in locating a nine-year-old boy, Londoner Dani Dion. He was last seen about 6 p.m. in the area of Trafalgar Street near Pegler Street. He is described as a four-foot tall white male weighing 68 pounds, with short blonde hair and blue… ... more
    LFPress -Health2 days ago
  • Top health official contacting Health Canada over use of rem...
    A B.C. naturopath’s claim that she treated a small child’s behaviour problems with a homeopathic remedy derived from rabid dog saliva has prompted a letter to the federal government from the province’s senior public health official. ... more
    CBC -Health2 days ago
  • B.C. health official voices ‘grave concerns’ aft...
    A B.C. naturopath’s claim that she treated a small child’s behaviour problems with a homeopathic remedy derived from rabid dog saliva has prompted a letter to the federal government from the province’s senior public health official. ... more
    CBC -Health2 days ago
  • North London residents make plea for Medway Valley
    Ecology should top accessibility when it comes to London’s nature trails, a city committee heard Monday. The battle over a city master plan that proposes adding two bridges and paths that can be travelled by disabled persons, hit a city committee Monday with city council’s gallery so full â€” largely with… ... more
    LFPress -Health2 days ago
  • Dundas Street merchants see business as usual as constructio...
    So far, so good. That’s the word from core businesses one week after construction began downtown to turn part of Dundas Street into a so-called flex street. These businesses say the work being done to create Dundas Place has so far not hurt their bottom line. “The weather (on the… ... more
    LFPress -Health2 days ago
  • Doomed London airman’s tale gives ‘greatest gift...
    Before the doomed flight, Peter Brennan asked if he could fly with his good friend Fred Kristensen. The two aircraft mechanics had worked and travelled together for several years, and both were headed with about 300 other men from England to India to support the war effort there. But the… ... more
    LFPress -Health2 days ago
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