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Wednesday, Oct 17

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UN: Ebola outbreak has killed at least 107, not yet a global emergency

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The World Health Organization says it is "deeply concerned" by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo but the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency. Congo says there have been 185 confirmed cases, including 107…

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UN agencies urge end to 'virginity tests' in some countries

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UN agencies are calling for an end to the practice in some countries of determining whether a girl or woman is a virgin through gynecological tests.

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'Eye-wateringly candid': Heartache resonates in opioid addict’s viral obit

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A remarkably open account of opioid addiction in a young Vermont woman’s obituary is shining a light on the struggle of those trying to escape the drug’s grasp.

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Kids exposed to pot through second-hand smoke or edibles at risk for adverse effects

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Health providers are warning parents and other adults about the potential dangers to children of exposure through second-hand smoke or the ingestion of cannabis-laced edibles.

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Colorado experienced a 'sharp spike' in ER visits after legalizing cannabis: doctor

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Doctors in Colorado say their Canadian colleagues should expect an increase in emergency room visits after cannabis becomes legal for recreational use on Oct. 17.

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Canada's ranking on global life expectancy scale expected to drop by 2040: study

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Canada is currently among the top-ranked countries in the world when it comes to average life expectancy, but could fall to 27th place by 2040 due to projected improvements in other nations, according to a new study.

Tuesday, Oct 16

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Cases of mysterious paralyzing illness reported in 22 U.S. states

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U.S. health officials are reporting a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and say it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern. At least 62 confirmed cases have been reported in 22 states this year. The cause is…

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Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics

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Obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes, new research suggests, reinforcing evidence that benefits extend beyond weight loss.

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Is blue light hurting our vision? No proof yet, researchers say

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U.S. researchers say a study showing that blue light can kill cells found in the human eye should not be taken as a sign that digital devices are harming humans’ vision.

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Abbott-brand nutrition beverages recalled for bacteria concerns

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Abbott Nutrition is recalling a number of its canned nutritional beverages due to possible bacterial contamination.

Monday, Oct 15

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This hospital's Spotify CPR playlist could save someone's life

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A New York hospital maintains a Spotify playlist filled with songs whose tempos match the pace needed for CPR compressions.

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Suicide one of leading causes of death in pregnant Ontario women, new moms: study

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Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among pregnant and recently pregnant women, says a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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New study links postpartum depression with mother's pain after childbirth

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Women who experience more pain after giving birth may have a higher risk of postpartum depression, according to new research.

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Cannabis and exercise go hand-in-hand for some fitness buffs

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As an avid runner with some two dozen marathons under his belt, Adrian Landini is thoroughly familiar with the runner's high. He's also quite experienced running while high.

U.K. offers prescription for loneliness, no drugs involved

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Doctors in England will be able to write prescriptions for cooking classes and walking groups by 2023 as part of the government's effort to combat loneliness.

Sunday, Oct 14

Debate over medical benefits of marijuana use unsettled

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Doctors say their profession is ill-prepared to deal with a new influx of patients asking for medical marijuana, which they say has not been adequately studied by clinical researchers.

Saturday, Oct 13

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LSD at 75: Could it ever return to its therapeutic roots?

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2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the drug LSD, which was criminalized after becoming synonymous with the burgeoning American counterculture of the 1960s.

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Runaway hearse, other burial issues complicate Ebola fight

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A runaway hearse carrying an Ebola victim has become the latest example of sometimes violent community resistance that complicates efforts to contain a Congo outbreak, causing a worrying new rise in cases.

Friday, Oct 12

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SickKids grapples with medically assisted dying

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Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children has drafted policy around Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) for adult patients published in the BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics.

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Congo reports 5 new Ebola deaths; UN worker is infected

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Congo is reporting five new confirmed Ebola deaths in its latest outbreak, while a worker with the United Nations peacekeeping mission is among several new cases under treatment.

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Man credited with decriminalizing drugs in Portugal not sure legal cannabis is the right move

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Joao Goulao, the current national drug coordinator for Portugal, says his country will be keeping an eye on Canada as it legalizes cannabis next week, but doesn’t yet know if the move is a good idea.

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Drug use in Portugal: Harm reduction workers celebrate small victories

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In Portugal, harm reduction workers pack a van each day and drive to back alleys and other places where people use drugs, offering them clean needles, counselling and bottled water.

Thursday, Oct 11

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Doctors to prescribe visits to Montreal art museum in pioneering project

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Doctors in Montreal will soon be writing prescriptions that send patients to the art gallery instead of the pharmacy under a partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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'Things could get a lot worse': Congo sees 33 new Ebola cases

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The rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since September after rebel violence in northeastern Congo caused response efforts to be briefly suspended, health officials said Thursday.

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Flu shot greatly reduces risk of hospitalization for pregnant women: study

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A new multi-country study co-authored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the influenza vaccine can reduce a pregnant woman’s risk of flu-associated hospitalization by an average of 40 per cent.

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Should Canada decriminalize all drugs? 'Portugal model' gaining traction

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With legal recreational cannabis sales in Canada beginning next Wednesday, some health officials and politicians have urged the federal government to decriminalize possession of all drugs, pointing to Portugal as a success story.

Wednesday, Oct 10

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Rates of burnout, depression reported by doctors, residents is 'shocking': report

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A majority of the country's doctors report having good mental health overall, but a significant proportion report experiencing burnout, depression and even thoughts of suicide, a survey by the Canadian Medical Association suggests.

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Ont. transgender care doctor no longer allowed to practise medicine

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A fertility doctor who moved into transgender care after being disciplined is no longer able to practise medicine.

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Hong Kong to ban e-cigarettes, other new smoking products

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Hong Kong plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products to protect public health, the leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory said Wednesday.

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Top French court nixes ruling on faulty breast implants

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France's highest court overturned Wednesday an appeals court ruling that would have required some 1,700 women in multiple countries to pay back compensation they received over rupture-prone breast implants.