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Artists fine-tune their bodies at specialized Toronto clinic
Is insomnia shortening your life?
Why hundreds of Canadian doctors want a lower salary
Selfies distort face's appearance, plastic surgeons warn
Health system neglects northern patients by design: Doctor
News of Jim Kelly’s oral cancer return a gut-punch to NFL
Selfies make noses look 30 per cent bigger — but that’s no reason for plastic surgery
Hip and waist size may play role in heart attack risk for women, study says
2018-03-13 00:07:21 Women at greater risk than men with similar 'apple' body shape Related Stories External Links Journal of the American Heart Association (Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.) While obesity is associated with an increased risk for heart attacks, a new study suggests that hip and waist size may play a bigger role, particularly for women   Read More ...
Measles case confirmed on Air Canada flight from Switzerland
2018-03-12 23:06:36 Public Health officials in Ontario are investigating a confirmed case of measles on an Air Canada flight from Switzerland. Toronto Public Health confirmed in a media release Monday that the person infected with the latest case of lab-confirmed measles was on Air Canada flight AC 0879 earlier this month. The direct flight departed at 9:25 a.m. from Zurich Airport in the country’s largest city and landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport around noon on March 6   Read More ...
Artists fine-tune their bodies at specialized Toronto clinic
2018-03-11 12:05:20 'A lot of suffering is suffered in silence' when livelihood is threatened, director says Steve Thomas remembers the day in 1992 when his entire right side seized up. "All of a sudden I lost co-ordination between my hands and my feet. Nothing was working." Thomas wasn't having a stroke, nor was it Parkinson's disease. Rather, the drummer, now 68, was eventually diagnosed with dystonia — a neurological movement disorder provoked by years of repetitive movements   Read More ...
Depression and romantic relationships — how to support someone you love
2018-03-10 21:32:03 Living with depression isn’t easy, and if you’re with someone who doesn’t have it, it can be hard to stay on the same page. Psychologist Dr. Donna Ferguson of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, tells Global News for some people, it can be a “balancing act.” “You want to be able to support your partner, but not be too intrusive at the same time,” she says   Read More ...
SECOND OPINION | Canadian families stunned by 3,000% increase in price of life-saving drug
2018-03-10 15:07:46 Drug for patients with cystinosis being replaced by new form with same active ingredient This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven't. Across Canada, dozens of parents are shaking their heads in disbelief that Health Canada is making them switch their sick children to a drug that costs more than $300,000 a year   Read More ...
Is insomnia shortening your life?
2018-03-10 14:11:24 Author F. Scott Fitzgerald once remarked, “the worst thing in the world is try to sleep and not to.” I’m sure many readers share Fitzgerald’s problem. But suppose this common trouble kills you? That’s when it’s worthwhile to find out more about insomnia, and why some people suffer from TAT (Tired all the Time). Professor Matthew Walker is founder of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science   Read More ...
Why hundreds of Canadian doctors want a lower salary
2018-03-10 10:47:44 Quebec doctors reject pay rise, want money devoted to nurses In what may at first seem a strange call, hundreds of doctors and medical students in Quebec have rejected a pay rise. Nearly 800 medical professionals and students in the Canadian province have signed a petition to actively campaign against an increase negotiated by their medical federation. Instead, the signatories of the Medicins Quebecois Pour le Regime Public (MQRP) letter want the money better distributed among nurses and spent improving the state-run medical services for the people in Canada's second-most populous province   Read More ...
Heart disease patients live longer when they exercise
2018-03-09 18:09:13 The take-home message for patients is it is never too late to get physically activity Related Stories External Links (Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.) Older adults with heart disease who regularly exercise, even a little bit, may live longer than they would without any physical activity, a Norwegian study suggests   Read More ...
Doctors in Canada reject pay hike: 'We already make too much money'
2018-03-09 16:38:00 Cape Town - Medical doctors in Quebec are protesting against a 'shocking' increase in salaries as they bring to light the plight of nurses, clerks and other health professionals. They have started an online petition asking for their recent pay raises to be cancelled. It has already garnered about 800 signatories, including physicians, general practitioners, specialists, resident medical doctors and medical students   Read More ...
Benefits of summer sun to reduce risk of multiple sclerosis may extend beyond childhood
2018-03-08 21:06:45 'You need safe sun exposure, but at the same time don't be afraid to go outside,' professor says Children and adults who spend a lot of time outside in the summer may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis years later, a U.S. study suggests. Sun exposure is thought to lessen the risk of MS, a chronic disease in which a person's immune system targets nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to damage   Read More ...
Hundreds of doctors in Quebec are protesting. They say they make too much
2018-03-08 16:08:13 What would you do if you and your coworkers were getting raises totaling $700 million? If you're like a group of doctors in Canada, you'd fight it. Some general practitioners and medical specialists in Quebec have signed a petition saying they don't want the hundreds of millions in raises they got after negotiations with the provincial government last month. Instead, they say the money should be redistributed -- to fund more nurses and other health care professions, and to make care more affordable for their patients   Read More ...
In Canada, doctors are protesting because they get paid too much
2018-03-08 10:07:34 than 500 doctors in Canada’s Quebec have protested against a pay raise kick-starting a campaign demanding a decrease in their salaries, The Washington Post reported. On February 25, a group representing Quebec doctors and advocates for public health started an online petition citing that they get paid enough. “We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations,” the Médecins Québécois Pour le Régime (MQRP) petition reads in French   Read More ...
More than 500 doctors in Canada sign public letter in protest over own pay rises
2018-03-08 09:34:54 than 500 doctors and 150 medial students have signed a public letter in protest over their own pay rises. The group, known as Médecins Québécois pour le Régime Public (MQRP), from Canada, have raised concerns that they would receive an increase in their salaries while patients and nurses are struggling. Like the UK, Canada has a public health system which provides coverage to all who need it   Read More ...
Canadian health authorities add more European countries to measles travel warning
2018-03-07 23:07:51 The Public Health Agency of Canada is warning Canadians that they should make sure their measles vaccination is up to date when visiting a long list of European countries.   Read More ...
Tougher federal screening of gun owners for mental health, violence considered
2018-03-07 22:14:31 The federal government has been eyeing changes that would allow authorities to more quickly identify people considered unfit to have guns for reasons such as mental instability or violent behaviour, an internal memo shows. The Liberals are planning to introduce legislation in coming weeks to fulfill platform promises on firearms — including a requirement for “enhanced background checks” for anyone seeking to buy a handgun or other restricted gun   Read More ...
Selfies distort face's appearance, plastic surgeons warn
2018-03-07 21:09:57 At 30 centimetres away, selfies increased nasal size by 30 per cent in males and 29 per cent in females. At 1.5 meters, however, the proportion of features is to real-life scale, plastic surgery researchers say.   Read More ...
Feds eye tougher screening of gun owners for mental health, violence concerns
2018-03-07 13:00:58 Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, speaks to media in Vancouver, on Tuesday September 5, 2017. (Ben Nelms / THE CANADIAN PRESS) OTTAWA -- The federal government has been eyeing changes that would allow authorities to more quickly identify people considered unfit to have guns for reasons such as mental instability or violent behaviour, an internal memo shows   Read More ...
Pancreatic cancer study aims to provide personalized treatment and hope
2018-03-07 13:00:19 VANCOUVER -- Susan Stewart remembers going shopping with her daughter on Black Friday in December 2016. The next day, she felt nauseous and by Monday, her urine was dark brown, prompting her to book an appointment with the family doctor. Stewart, 57, was in good health as a marathon runner who had "done everything right to stay healthy." When she got the news that she had stage four pancreatic cancer that had already spread to her liver, she thought she had little hope of survival, Stewart said during chemotherapy treatment at the BC Cancer Agency   Read More ...
Government looking at tougher screening of gun owners for mental health, violence concerns
2018-03-07 12:57:57 OTTAWA - The federal government has been eyeing changes that would allow authorities to more quickly identify people considered unfit to have guns for reasons such as mental instability or violent behaviour, an internal memo shows. The Liberals are planning to introduce legislation in coming weeks to fulfil platform promises on firearms - including a requirement for "enhanced background checks" for anyone seeking to buy a handgun or other restricted gun   Read More ...
New vaccine targets pneumonia, blood poisoning, meningitis among children in Canada's North
2018-03-07 12:10:53 Karen Pauls is an award-winning journalist who has been a national news reporter in Manitoba since 2004. She has travelled across Canada and around the world to do stories for CBC, including the 2011 Royal Wedding in London. Karen has worked in Washington and was the correspondent in Berlin, Germany, for three months in 2013, covering the selection of Pope Francis in Rome   Read More ...
DNA test to spot cancer genes gets OK from U.S. regulator, but with warnings
2018-03-07 09:14:48 Test can only detect 3 out of more than 1,000 known inherited BRCA gene mutations Related Stories External Links (Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.) U.S. regulators have approved the first direct-to-consumer breast cancer gene test. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will require warnings about the limitations of the genetic information from California-based 23andMe   Read More ...
Prescription opioids no better than over-the-counter drugs for chronic pain, study shows
2018-03-07 00:09:54 In patients with back ache or hip or knee arthritis, opioids no more effective than acetaminophen, ibuprofen Related Stories External Links Effect of Opioid vs Nonopioids on Pain-Related Function in Patients With Chronic Back Pain (Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.) A rigorous yearlong study offers new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain   Read More ...
Mentally ill N.S. man who killed grandparents, mother in 2015 granted more freedoms
2018-03-06 22:05:00 HALIFAX -- A mentally ill Nova Scotia man who killed his mother and two grandparents in 2015 has been granted unescorted day passes from a secure hospital, despite family pleas that he wasn't ready for more freedom. A team of mental-health professionals told the Criminal Code Review Board Tuesday that Codey Hennigar should be granted more freedoms, having shown no signs of violence or psychotic symptoms   Read More ...
Cavs’ Love discloses bouts with panic attacks, mental health
2018-03-06 21:14:11 CLEVELAND — Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love has opened up about his panic attack this season and his struggles with mental health. The 29-year-old forward writes in an essay for the Players’ Tribune on Tuesday that he was overcome by anxiety during a Nov. 5 home game against Atlanta. He was briefly hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic and the episode left him shaken   Read More ...
Opinion: It's time for Quebec to catch up to Ontario on 'super nurses'
2018-03-06 19:05:38 With a health-care system plagued by access problems, Quebecers should rejoice that the province is (slowly) training more specialized nurse practitioners and (grudgingly) giving them more to do. But Quebec still lags far behind Ontario, and in fact is losing ground. Specialized nurse practitioners, also known as “super nurses”, are health-care professionals with some powers formerly restricted to medical doctors. Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announced last month that they will now be able to do things like treat hypertension, asthma, and diabetes   Read More ...
Q&A: Montreal physician talks about national guidelines for treating opioid addictions
2018-03-06 01:37:31 Early Monday morning, every physician in Canada with an email account got notice of a new set of guidelines for managing patients who show up with a drug addiction to a powerful narcotic such as heroin or fentanyl. Drug deaths numbered about 4,000 in Canada last year, fueled by a combination of physician overprescribing and a flood of illegal drugs on the streets, including synthetically produced fentanyl and its more powerful cousin, carfentanil   Read More ...
Doctors network develops national guideline for treating opioid addictions
2018-03-05 19:04:32 TORONTO -- A network of doctors has developed a new Canadian guideline for managing opioid use disorder, including a recommendation of which replacement medication should first be used to treat those addicted to the powerful narcotics. The guideline, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was created for a wide range of health-care providers to address the urgent need for treatment of opioid use that is causing a crisis of overdoses and deaths   Read More ...
The wrong patient: Surgeons open skull to remove brain clot and discover there wasn’t one
2018-03-05 18:05:00 A neurosurgeon and medical team opened a patient’s skull last month to remove a blood clot in the brain and came to a startling discovery: There wasn’t one. Kenya’s Daily Nation reported that staff at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi had mixed up two patients’ identification tags before the surgery. One patient required brain surgery to remove a clot, and the other needed treatment for brain swelling   Read More ...
Opioid addiction should be treated with medication, says new medical guideline
2018-03-05 16:33:39 TORONTO – A network of doctors has developed a new Canadian guideline for managing opioid use disorder, including a recommendation of which replacement medication should first be used to treat those addicted to the powerful narcotics. Related The guideline, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was created for a wide range of health-care providers to address the urgent need for treatment of opioid use that is causing a crisis of overdoses and deaths   Read More ...
Personality plays a role for people with a food allergy — but it's not what you think
2018-03-05 12:09:34 Who among us experiences the most grief from food restrictions? Having a food allergy is tough. On top of scanning labels in the grocery store and searching restaurant menus for safe foods, people with food allergies have to worry about having life-threatening reactions at seemingly innocuous outings to the neighbourhood coffee shop or Grandpa's birthday party. But not everyone responds to those restrictions in the same way   Read More ...
Health system neglects northern patients by design: Doctor
2018-03-05 12:09:30 Veteran physician says his northern patients don't receive care other Canadians take for granted Posted: Mar 05, 2018 4:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 05, 2018 4:00 AM ET Canadians like to think they have one of the best health care systems in the world — and that it's there for everybody, no matter what. But Dr. Mike Kirlew, a family physician based in Sioux Lookout, Ont   Read More ...
Fitness: Buddy system can help you get in shape
2018-03-04 15:03:53 Getting in shape doesn’t have to be a lonely endeavour. Nor does losing weight. Friends, family, spouses and co-workers can have a positive effect on anyone struggling to make a change. But as friends and family members of someone attempting to make a positive lifestyle change can attest, it’s not always easy to know what kind of support makes the biggest impact   Read More ...
SECOND OPINION | Translating the budget's 'pharmacare' promise
2018-03-04 00:11:58 It was a roller-coaster week for health care advocates awaiting a pharmacare program for prescription drugs Kelly Crowe is a medical sciences correspondent for CBC News, specializing in health and biomedical research. She joined CBC in 1991, and has spent 25 years reporting on a wide range of national news and current affairs, with a particular interest in science and medicine   Read More ...
Wondering why gene therapy is such a hot topic? A doctor breaks it down for us | CBC Life
2018-03-03 23:28:46 There is a revolution happening in the world of modern biology. It's called gene therapy and it might soon have the power to change millions of lives forever. New and exciting for sure, but as with anything that is still being developed, it's not without controversy. And while many of us may have heard the term tossed around, we still have no idea what this therapy actually is   Read More ...
Flu activity slowly decreasing, Public Health Agency of Canada reports
2018-03-03 03:03:38 Kids can experience 'more severe illness that lasts longer,' retired pediatric infectious disease expert says Related Stories External Links (Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.) Flu activity is slowly decreasing in Canada and seems to be winding down in the U.S., health officials say. Friday's FluWatch report from the Public Health Agency of Canada covers the week ending Feb   Read More ...
Science Says: Why Europe still has so many measles outbreaks
2018-03-02 21:07:39 In Europe, there were more than 21,000 cases of measles and 35 deaths last year, a fourfold increase in a year Related Stories While parts of the world have all but banished measles, Europe is still getting hit with large outbreaks where some people don't get vaccinated. Measles is still a bigger problem across parts of Africa and Asia, where outbreaks can be particularly devastating in malnourished children or those with other illnesses like tuberculosis or AIDS   Read More ...
Cancer survivor fined for driving patients to hospital
2018-03-02 19:06:38 A Canadian breast cancer survivor has fallen foul of a bylaw for ferrying patients to hospital appointments. The 58-year-old woman of London, Ontario, was fined C$2,600 ($2,015; £1,465) for operating a vehicle for hire without a licence. Hospital staff told the local newspaper they considered her service indispensable to some patients. But city officers, one posing as a cancer patient, caught her in a sting operation   Read More ...
Quebec announces $1.8 billion reno for Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital
2018-03-02 19:05:15 A major renovation project that will see the modernization of Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital’s health care, research and teaching facilities has been confirmed by the Quebec government. Health Minister Gaétan Barrette said on Friday the project will cost close to $1.8 billion. The renovation will see the reconstruction of most of the hospital’s buildings and their relocation into two distinct wings. The first section will concentrate on health care services while the second will be focused on research   Read More ...
News of Jim Kelly’s oral cancer return a gut-punch to NFL
2018-03-02 17:10:38 INDIANAPOLIS – News that Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s oral cancer has returned gut-punched hundreds of NFL coaches, executives and talent evaluators gathered here for the Scouting Combine. The legendary Buffalo Bills player, 58, survived his first battle with squamous cell carcinoma from 2013-14, which cost him a portion of his upper jaw. “Although I was shocked and deeply saddened to receive this news, I know that God is with me   Read More ...
Death of woman slain by mom an indictment of mental health system
2018-03-02 15:11:54 What a grotesque indictment of our broken, dysfunctional mental health care system. “What happened was a tragedy. More than that, it was a catastrophe.” That’s how Justice Wayne Renke on Wednesday described the death of Rachael Longridge, 21, who was killed by her mother, Christine Longridge, on Dec. 23, 2016. There was never any doubt that Christine Longridge stabbed her daughter, a young nurse   Read More ...