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Julia Louis-Dreyfus marks chemo end with 'Beat It' video
N.L. 'mermaid men' calendar raises $300,000 for mental health
Julia Louis-Dreyfus marks chemo end with ‘Beat It’ video
E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce appears to be over, agency says
‘My kids can survive’: Nfld. woman who won $1.5M jackpot in November dies of breast cancer
Doctor charged with having wife killed to protect drug ring
host Alex Trebek recovering from head surgery
'Beautiful writer' Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital
2018-01-19 07:40:35 VANCOUVER — Award-winning novelist Nancy Richler has died in Vancouver at the age of 60 following a long battle with cancer. HarperCollins Canada said in a news release that Richler died Thursday in hospital. The Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in British Columbia, where she wrote short fiction and novels. Iris Tupholme, senior vice-president and executive publisher at HarperCollins, said Richler was an elegant writer whose work resonated with readers in Canada and abroad   Read More ...
Canada's Aurora to sell medical marijuana to Italy
2018-01-19 06:31:53 (Reuters) - Canada’s Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Thursday its German unit Pedanios won a contract to supply medical marijuana to the Italian market. Aurora, Canada’s second largest pot producer, will export medical cannabis into Germany through Pedanios, which will supply the Italian market through the Italian Ministry of Defence. Cannabis-based medicines are legal in several European Union countries including Italy as a treatment for chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, side effects from cancer therapy and other ailments   Read More ...
Canada's Ontario to stop putting the mentally ill in solitary confinement
2018-01-19 06:31:36 TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, will stop putting people with mental illness in indefinite solitary confinement and begin phasing out segregation entirely amid growing pressure for Canadian governments to end treatment the United Nations has deemed “torture.” Under an agreement with the province’s human rights commission, the Ontario government will immediately begin to track and ultimately end the practice of putting people with mental illness in segregation   Read More ...
Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic
2018-01-19 06:26:26 The 1918 influenza killed tens of millions as it swept across the globe Related Stories The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe   Read More ...
A look at the cognitive test that Trump aced — and why it's 'not considered definitive'
2018-01-19 06:23:03 Montreal Cognitive Assessment 'only a 1st pass at cognition,' says Mayo Clinic neurologist Related Stories Drawing a clock. Counting backward by sevens. Rattling off words that begin with "F" before a minute's up. They may not sound like difficult tasks, but they're part of a cognitive exam that's getting a lot of attention because U.S. President Donald Trump aced it   Read More ...
Some EpiPens, used to treat life-threatening allergic reaction, in short supply
2018-01-19 06:22:54 'No inventory' of emergency devices for 2 to 4 weeks, drugmaker says Related Stories The Canadian distributor of the EpiPen says there is a shortage of one size of the emergency treatment for people at risk of life-threatening allergic reactions. Pfizer Canada says there is a shortage of the 0.3-mg form of the EpiPen because of a manufacturing disruption. The 0   Read More ...
U.K. names minister to tackle 'silent epidemic' of loneliness
2018-01-18 00:07:23 than 9 million in U.K. often or always feel lonely, commission report says Related Stories British Prime Minister Theresa May has given one of her cabinet ministers the task of coming up with a national strategy to combat loneliness in the U.K. Minister of Sport Tracey Crouch will carry on the work started by Labour MP Jo Cox before she was killed in June 2016 outside her constituency office by a right-wing extremist   Read More ...
Confidential industry documents show morning sickness drug Diclectin doesn't work, Toronto doctor says
2018-01-18 00:07:17 Drug fell short of company's own threshold for effectiveness, analysis reveals 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. Related Stories Confidential industry data reveals a morning sickness pill taken by hundreds of thousands of Canadian women did not meet the company's own targets for efficacy   Read More ...
Science still hopeful for a flu 'super-shot'
2018-01-17 15:33:32 WASHINGTON -- The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe   Read More ...
'Do not eat': Teens warned against taking 'Tide pod challenge'
2018-01-17 12:14:02 The latest social media fad called the "Tide pod challenge" has parents and health professionals worried and has led to an NFL star making a public service announcement against the dangerous trend.   Read More ...
Nova Scotia doctor reprimanded in treatment of elderly woman who died
2018-01-17 05:13:11 HALIFAX -- A Nova Scotia doctor has been reprimanded for the inadequate care of an elderly patient who eventually died. The province's College of Physicians and Surgeons says Dr. Justin Clark did not adequately care for an elderly woman who came to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro, N.S., complaining of weakness. The college says the patient -- who was in declining health with a recent history of urinary tract infections -- arrived at the hospital's emergency room in early 2017 and underwent blood work, urinalysis and chest x-rays   Read More ...
How Ottawa’s using a fake drug crisis to force through damaging pharmaceutical policy
2018-01-16 15:34:56 Health policy in Canada is not evidence-based. For proof, look no further than the new drug-price regulations being implemented by the federal government, and its ongoing consideration of a new public monopoly drug-insurance program known as Pharmacare. The cost of patented drugs is the phony excuse driving both. The government recently announced new rules that will arbitrarily regulate a lower ceiling price for patented drugs — even though its own data show that current prices have grown slower than inflation, and are below the median of comparable countries   Read More ...
Surgeon at Lakeshore General Hospital suspended two months
2018-01-16 14:38:19 Quebec’s College of Physicians has suspended a doctor from the Lakeshore General Hospital for not keeping up with patient notes in the 24 hours following surgeries. The disciplinary council of Quebec’s College of Physicians issued the two-month suspension to Dr. Sharon Dalrymple, a surgeon at the Lakeshore General in Pointe-Claire for 21 years. The disciplinary report noted that Dalrymple failed to dictate her medical notes within the acceptable time on 36 occasions   Read More ...
Duke of Cambridge views robotic surgery procedure at Royal Marsden
2018-01-15 22:08:12 (10 Jan 2018) Britain's Prince William visited a leading cancer hospital in London on Wednesday and observed pioneering robotic surgery. Donning full surgical scrubs at the Royal Marsden Hospital, the Duke of Cambridge, watched tumours being removed with the help of the "Da Vinci" robot, which allows surgeons to remotely remove cancerous growths via two handheld controllers and 3D monitors. William is president of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/you... Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork.   Read More ...
New cryptocurrency for medical cannabis industry still hazy: economists
2018-01-15 18:15:23 Think of it as a kind of Bitcoin for weed. A Toronto-based Internet technology company, CannaSOS Corp., is hoping its cryptocurrency, PerksCoin Tokens, will be the future of buying and selling pot. The idea is that the funds, using blockchain technology, will be used within its online network of medical cannabis providers, producers, doctors, dispensaries and consumers. “The best way to explain it would be – imagine Bitcoin but with less volatility, with a service like PayPal and with transaction processing only being a couple of seconds,” said company co-founder Daniel Cheine   Read More ...
Calendar of mermaid-tailed men raises $300,000 for mental health in Newfoundland
2018-01-15 18:05:03 A calendar of bearded, mermaid-tailed Newfoundlanders has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for mental health.Last year, around 30 burly guys donned sparkly mermaid tails to pose by the sea, at a barber shop and in a pumpkin patch.The Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club said it would donate proceeds from the 2018 calendar to a Newfoundland therapy service.Organizer Hasan Hai tweeted a photo on Sunday of people rejoicing around a giant cheque for more than $300,000 made out to Spirit Horse NL   Read More ...
Julia Louis-Dreyfus marks chemo end with 'Beat It' video
2018-01-15 16:05:57 Julia Louis-Dreyfus has marked the end of chemo by posting an Instagram video of her grown sons lip-syncing to Michael Jackson's “Beat It.” The “Veep” star and “Seinfeld” alum“ said of Charlie and Henry, her two kids with Brad Hall: ”Ain't they sweet?“ Louis-Dreyfus announced in September she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She said she found out the day after winning an Emmy for “Veep   Read More ...
N.L. 'mermaid men' calendar raises $300,000 for mental health
2018-01-14 22:02:51 ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- A calendar of bearded, mermaid-tailed Newfoundlanders has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for mental health. Last year, around 30 burly guys donned sparkly mermaid tails to pose by the sea, at a barber shop and in a pumpkin patch. The Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club said it would donate proceeds from the 2018 calendar to a Newfoundland therapy service   Read More ...
Liberals OHIP+ prescription drug election plan needs 911
2018-01-14 02:03:57 The Ontario Liberals “free” OHIP+ prescription drug plan for children and youth, it turns out, is yet another political con from a government notorious for disastrous, costly and outrageously self-serving public policy. Con as in to scam, hustle, bamboozle, misdirect, dupe and otherwise hoodwink the public into thinking they’re getting a new, valuable and efficient public service that addresses broad societal inequity and “fairness,” which is Premier Kathleen Wynne’s favourite new word   Read More ...
Julia Louis-Dreyfus marks chemo end with ‘Beat It’ video
2018-01-14 01:06:38 Julia Louis-Dreyfus has marked the end of chemo by posting an Instagram video of her grown sons lip-syncing to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” The “Veep” star and “Seinfeld” alum” said of Charlie and Henry, her two kids with Brad Hall: “Ain’t they sweet?” Louis-Dreyfus announced in September she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She said she found out the day after winning an Emmy for “Veep   Read More ...
Toronto girl with rare seizure disorder thriving thanks to medical marijuana
2018-01-13 22:33:02 The family of a nine-year-old Toronto girl say a special form of medical marijuana is helping her cope with a rare genetic condition that causes severe seizures. Ava Calandra, 9, was born two weeks late and weighed less than five pounds (2.25 kg). Her parents soon noticed she wasn’t eating properly and struggling to breathe. “I called my husband at work and I said: ‘I'm taking Ava to SickKids Hospital and I'm not leaving until they tell me what's wrong’ and thank goodness I did,” Antonella Calandra, Ava’s mother, told CTV Toronto   Read More ...
Not on tap: ’Raw water’ craze has public health experts concerned
2018-01-13 22:07:21 TORONTO — Drinking “raw water” collected from springs and other so-called pure sources appears to be a growing natural health craze in the U.S. — and one in the era of social media that could quickly find its way to Canada. But public health experts advise Canadians against embracing the raw water fad, saying untreated water can carry a host of micro-organisms that may cause severe illness and even death   Read More ...
Trump gets 'excellent health' report from White House doctor amid mental fitness questions
2018-01-13 15:06:50 Conclusions about U.S. president's mental acuity not expected when full report is released Tuesday Related Stories Donald Trump's White House physician declared him in "excellent health" after the U.S. president received his first medical checkup at Walter Reed military hospital on Friday, amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he's mentally unfit. Dr. Ronny Jackson, in a statement released by the White House, said the examination "went exceptionally well   Read More ...
Fruit flies can taste calcium: Does that mean humans can?
2018-01-13 15:06:46 Comics can tell tales of health that patients, and doctors, can understand Hello and happy Saturday! Here's this week's round-up of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do that by. Searching for the sixth sense of taste "Scientists identify a sixth taste sense." It's a claim that has made headlines several times over the last few years — first for fat, then for starch and even for water   Read More ...
Trump to undergo 1st medical exam as president amid questions over mental fitness
2018-01-13 06:22:03 It's unclear how much information White House will release about results Related Stories Donald Trump will have his first medical exam as U.S. president today, after a week during which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny. A new bestselling book, Michael Wolff's Fire And Fury, portrays Trump, 71, as unfocused and childlike. The White House has faced a barrage of questions over his contradictory messages on key policies and an incident last month where he slurred some words while giving a speech   Read More ...
Flu activity in Canada 'high' and continuing to rise, latest public health numbers say
2018-01-13 06:21:34 than 15,500 cases confirmed compared to about 9,000 this time last year Nicole Ireland is a CBC News journalist with a special interest in health and social justice stories. Based in Toronto, she has lived and worked in Thunder Bay, Ont.; Iqaluit, Nunavut; and Beirut, Lebanon. Related Stories External Links (Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links   Read More ...
Debt, pain and more surgery: The true cost of gastric band procedure hyped as weight-loss fix
2018-01-12 12:13:21 Patients of private Toronto clinic still on the hook for pricey weight loss procedure — even when it failed Related Stories Barb decided to have gastric band surgery at a private clinic in Toronto two years ago because she'd hit a low point in her life. She was depressed, unemployed and desperate to lose weight. But rather than shedding a few pounds, the mother of two ended up gaining a $12,000 debt she can't shake and a shooting pain in her side that ultimately required a second operation in hospital to remove the silicone band around her stomach that was supposed to shrink her appetite   Read More ...
Anonymous donor gives Centre for Addiction and Mental Health record $100M
2018-01-12 00:07:47 Canada's largest mental health hospital has been given $100 million by an anonymous donor, with the goal of developing cures for psychiatric conditions that affect almost seven million Canadians. The gift to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto will create the Discovery Fund to support next-generation scientists conducting research aimed at directly transforming care. CAMH says it is the largest donation made toward mental health research in Canadian history   Read More ...
Canadian woman pleads guilty in U.S. to selling phony devices she claimed cured cancer
2018-01-11 22:32:06 American officials say an Ontario woman has pleaded guilty in a scam to sell light-emitting devices by falsely claiming they could treat more than 200 medical conditions, including cancer, autism and HIV.The U.S. Department of Justice says Irina Kossovskaia, 63, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to introduce misbranded medical devices into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead   Read More ...
More cases reported in deadly US E. coli outbreak; Canada outbreak over
2018-01-11 20:42:25 Federal health officials reported seven additional cases of E. coli illness Wednesday in a deadly E. coli outbreak that has now struck 15 US states. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the total number of those infected has climbed to 24. Nine of those people have been hospitalized, two of whom are suffering from a form of kidney failure   Read More ...
Anonymous philanthropist donates $100 million to support research at CAMH
2018-01-11 18:34:24 An anonymous philanthropist has donated $100 million to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, an unprecedented sum that President and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn says helps inject “wild, wild hope” into CAMH’s mission to “bring justice to people with mental illness.” The $100-million donation, the largest ever given to mental health in Canada, will go towards the creation of a new “Discovery Fund” that will support the recruitment of top scientists and help them conduct high-risk, high-reward research while at CAMH   Read More ...
Anonymous donor gives $100M to Canada's largest mental health hospital
2018-01-11 18:34:03 TORONTO -- Canada's largest mental health hospital has been given $100 million from an anonymous donor, with the goal of developing cures for psychiatric conditions that affect almost seven million Canadians. The gift to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto will create the Discovery Fund to support next-generation scientists conducting research aimed at directly transforming care. CAMH president and CEO Dr   Read More ...
Anonymous donor gifts $100M to Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
2018-01-11 18:15:32 TORONTO — Canada’s largest mental health hospital has been given $100 million from an anonymous donor, with the goal of developing cures for psychiatric conditions that affect almost seven million Canadians. The gift to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto will create the Discovery Fund to support next-generation scientists conducting research aimed at directly transforming care. CAMH president and CEO Dr   Read More ...
Sale of controversial 'miracle' tonic results in dozens of charges
2018-01-11 18:08:14 Jason Proctor is a reporter in British Columbia for CBC News and has covered the B.C. courts and mental health issues in the justice system extensively. Related Stories A B.C. man and an Alberta woman face dozens of Food and Drug Act charges related to the promotion of a so-called miracle tonic touted as capable of curing everything from AIDS to autism   Read More ...
Newborns with opioid withdrawal do better cared for by mom, versus stay in intensive care
2018-01-11 09:08:25 Canadian Paediatric Society says babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome should room with their mothers Related Stories With the opioid crisis leading to a rising number of babies suffering withdrawal symptoms from exposure to the drugs while in the womb, the Canadian Paediatric Society is issuing recommendations to doctors and hospitals on how to better care for these vulnerable newborns and their mothers   Read More ...
Diagnosed with dementia, a B.C. man’s friends rejected him. Now, he’s fighting a stigma
2018-01-11 07:04:54 It’s been 10 years since Mario Gregorio was diagnosed with dementia. He was 58 years old. And when word emerged about his illness, his friends didn’t exactly rally around him. Instead, they started unfriending him on Facebook and they ignored his emails. “It’s a bit disconcerting in the sense that it’s more like, hey, I’m still here guys,” Gregorio told Global News   Read More ...
More cases reported in deadly US E. coli outbreak; Canada outbreak over
2018-01-11 04:08:11 Canadian health officials declare an end to an E. coli outbreak they linked to romaine lettuce US health officials say they won't identify the type of leafy greens consumed by those who are sick Federal health officials reported seven additional cases of E. coli illness Wednesday in deadly E. coli outbreak that has now struck 15 US states. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the total number of those infected has climbed to 24   Read More ...
E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce apparently over, Ottawa says
2018-01-11 03:05:19 Risk from infections 'has returned to low' while investigation continues Nicole Ireland is a CBC News journalist with a special interest in health and social justice stories. Based in Toronto, she has lived and worked in Thunder Bay, Ont.; Iqaluit, Nunavut; and Beirut, Lebanon. Related Stories External Links (Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links   Read More ...
E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce appears to be over, agency says
2018-01-11 02:34:03 The Public Health Agency of Canada says a deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce appears to be over. The agency says as of Wednesday there have been 42 cases of E. coli illness reported in five provinces -- eight in Ontario, 15 in Quebec, five in New Brunswick, one in Nova Scotia and 13 in Newfoundland and Labrador. Seventeen people were hospitalized and one person died   Read More ...
E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce appears to be over, Public Health Agency says
2018-01-11 02:33:51 The Public Health Agency of Canada says a deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce appears to be over.The agency says as of Wednesday there have been 42 cases of E. coli illness reported in five provinces – eight in Ontario, 15 in Quebec, five in New Brunswick, one in Nova Scotia and 13 in Newfoundland and Labrador. Seventeen people were hospitalized and one person died   Read More ...