Health

Graco recalls My Ride 65 car seats in Canada for restraint defect

Graco’s Canadian division is recalling 1,393 car seats with defective harness restraints. The recall affects certain “My Ride 65” model car seats manufactured between May 14, 2014 and July 30, 2014, according to a safety advisory from Graco. The recalled seats have the following model numbers, which can be found on a tag underneath or on the back of the ...

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Montreal schizophrenia patients face their demons through virtual reality

A pilot project at Montreal’s Philippe-Pinel Institute has patients with schizophrenia confronting voices that torment them by way of a virtual reality experience. The project, developed by psychiatrist and researcher Alexandre Dumais, allows patients to create computer-generated avatars that look and talk like the demons they face inside their heads. Richard Breton, 52, has been struggling with hallucinations and paranoia since he was diagnosed ...

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How to talk to children about Manchester concert attack

A man writes a message on the pavement in central Manchester. (Darren Staples/Reuters) For Canadian parents grappling with how to talk to their children about the attack at U.S. pop star Ariana Grande’s concert in the U.K., the first step is reassurance, psychologists suggest.  The American Academy of Pediatrics’s statement of condolence in response to the attacks in Manchester said ...

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‘Avocado hand’ injuries nothing to roll your eyes at, Calgary doctor says

If you thought deep frying a turkey was dangerous, try making a bowl of guacamole. Cutting avocados is causing serious hand injuries, leading the secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons to tell a newspaper earlier this month safety labels should be put on the fruit. Dr. Raj Bhardwaj, a Calgary family physician and urgent care ...

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Spreading the love: Deer Lake to change its name to Islaview for a day

For one day, on May 26, the Town of Deer Lake will change its name to Islaview to support a three-year old girl battling severe cancer. Isla Short will feel the hometown love from her hospital bed in St. John’s. ‘It means so much. It’s so hard to be away from home for this long.’ – Sarah Short “Each of our staff members ...

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‘Worst kind of helplessness’: Family struggles to find support for autistic, self-harming teen

A northern Ontario family is desperately searching for help after being told their severely autistic, nonverbal teenage daughter will not be able to return to her community care residence because of self-injurious behaviour. Robyn Webster, 15, recently hurt herself so badly that she ended up in hospital.  “As her mom, I can’t even put into words what it’s like to look at ...

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Expanded roles for paramedics being considered by N.L. health minister

Paramedics can — and should be — doing more, especially in rural areas, according to Newfoundland and Labrador’s health minister. “What we’re looking to do is to see how we can utilize them better in the community and we think there’s a real role for them in that,” said John Haggie. ‘It would be an additional service, instead of robbing Peter ...

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Ebola death toll in remote Congo likely has risen to 4, WHO says

New Overall number of cases rose to 37 from 29 Thomson Reuters Posted: May 22, 2017 1:51 PM ET Last Updated: May 22, 2017 1:51 PM ET A fourth person has likely died from Ebola in remote northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo during the most recent outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday. The overall number of cases is ...

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Pressure on Hamilton paramedics rising as city’s senior population grows

Hamilton’s population is older than the rest of the province — and it’s starting to take a toll on paramedics in the city. According to the paramedic service’s annual report for 2016, there was a seven per cent demand increase in 911 calls in Hamilton last year, coupled with a cumulative increase of 35 per cent over the past seven years. ...

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