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Friday, Nov 30

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Fear that uproar over gene-edited babies could block science

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Scientists working on the frontiers of medicine fear the uproar over the reported births of gene-edited babies in China could jeopardize promising research into how to alter heredity to fend off a variety of disorders.

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Measles cases rise 30 percent worldwide: UN

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Measles cases worldwide jumped more than 30 percent last year compared to 2016, with increases recorded in wealthy European countries like Germany where vaccination coverage has historically been high, the UN said Thursday.

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How a Canadian doctor is fighting HIV-AIDS in one of the hardest-hit countries

A Canadian doctor has made it her life’s mission to help eradicate HIV-AIDS in a small African nation where nearly one-in-four adults have the disease.

Thursday, Nov 29

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Ebola infects 426 in Congo, now 2nd largest outbreak in history

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Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Pneumonia visits to Canadian ERs spiked in 2017-18: CIHI

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A new report says that for the first time in at least five years, pneumonia was among the top-10 reported reasons that Canadians went to the emergency department last year.

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No 'magic bullet' to prevent contamination of romaine lettuce, authorities say

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Produce producers in the U.S. are unsure what can be done to prevent contamination like that responsible for a recent E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

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Greenhouse-gas emissions killing Canadians: medical journal

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A new report from one of the world's most prestigious medical journals says Canada's failure to cut greenhouse-gas emissions isn't just killing the planet, it's killing Canadians.

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China halts work by team on gene-edited babies

China's government ordered a halt Thursday to work by a medical team that claimed to have helped make the world's first gene-edited babies, as a group of leading scientists declared that it's still too soon to try to make permanent changes…

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Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down U.S. life expectancy

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Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.

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HIV cases in children dropping but still too slowly, UN says

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The United Nations children's agency says the number of youths living with HIV could drop by about one-third to 1.9 million between now and 2030, while children dying each year from AIDS-related causes could drop by nearly half to 56,000…

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World still isn't ready for gene-edited babies: scientists

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A group of leading scientists has declared that it's still too soon to try making permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by future generations, as a Chinese researcher claims to have done.

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Tahini products recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says two brands of tahini products have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.

Painful side-effects from laser eye surgery linked to man's suicide: family

After enduring debilitating eye pain for more than two decades, an Ontario man took his own life in what his family says was an act of desperation to end the suffering caused by complications from laser eye surgery.

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The Lancet calls on Canada to ramp up climate action, curb air pollution

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Medical journal The Lancet says Canada's lack of progress in cutting greenhouse-gas emissions combined with other air pollution is killing an estimated 7,142 Canadians a year.

Wednesday, Nov 28

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Endurance training better than resistance exercise for slowing aging process: study

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New European research has found that endurance exercise such as running, swimming, and cycling may be better than resistance exercise at slowing down aging on a cellular level.

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From Barron to casserole, first lady opens up on White House

U.S. First lady Melania Trump opened up a bit about life in the Trump White House, where 12-year-old Barron is more interested in sports than social media, she has no inclination to make casseroles and she thinks the red topiary trees work…

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'Sleep texting' on the rise among teenagers: study

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New U.S. research has found that sleep texting -- which is using smartphones late at night to message friends -- is on the rise among teens and college students.

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Flu season off to early start, affecting younger age groups more

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The flu season in Canada has started earlier this year than in recent years, with younger people and children seemingly more susceptible to the viral illness.

Italy's economic crisis has affected nutrition: study

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A new study shows that Italy's long economic crisis is having an impact on nutritional health in the country synonymous with the Mediterranean diet.

Melania Trump calls opioids 'worst drug crisis' in U.S. history

First lady Melania Trump is calling the opioid epidemic the "worst drug crisis in American history" and says she is struck by how it has touched the lives of so many people.

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Couche-Tard 'excited,' but careful with sales of flavoured e-cigarette pods

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Alimentation Couche-Tard executives say they are "excited" by the growth and popularity of low-risk smoking products, but are keeping an eye on flavoured e-cigarette pods made by Juul Labs.

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Scientist claiming gene-edited babies reports 2nd pregnancy

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A Chinese researcher who claims to have helped make the world's first genetically edited babies says a second pregnancy may be underway.

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Worries, questions grow on claim of gene-edited babies

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Leading scientists see even more reasons to worry and have more questions than answers after a Chinese scientist attended an international conference Wednesday and repeated his claim to have helped make the world's first gene-edited babies.

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Gene-editing work a failure of self-regulation: U.S. biologist

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A leader of an international conference on gene editing said Wednesday that the work of a Chinese scientist who claims to have helped make the world's first gene-edited babies showed a failure of self-regulation among scientists.

Another gene-edited baby may be on the way, scientist says

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A Chinese researcher who claims to have helped make the world's first genetically edited babies says a second pregnancy may be underway.

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Ontario judge turns to expressive art after diagnosis of Lewy body dementia

When Kevin Whitaker paints, he aims to capture what it’s like to live with Lewy body dementia, an incurable disease that forced him to retire as an Ontario Superior Court judge at the age of 58.

Tuesday, Nov 27

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Beware of consuming human placenta products: Health Canada

Health Canada is urging anyone who consumes products that contain human placenta to be aware of potential risks as not a single such product has received federal approval.

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France to fight HIV spread by reimbursing prescribed condoms

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The French government says it will take the rare step of reimbursing prescription-bought condoms to combat the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Lung disease may lead to dementia-related issues later in life

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New U.S. research has found that middle-aged adults with lung disease may have a higher risk of also developing dementia or cognitive impairment later in life.

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Belgian doctors accused of improperly euthanizing woman with autism

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Belgian officials are investigating whether doctors improperly euthanized a woman with autism, the first criminal investigation in a euthanasia case since the practice was legalized in the country in 2002.