Health

Universal celiac screening lacks evidence, U.S. panel finds

A food pantry in Kansas serves families coping with the high costs of foods for people with celiac disease. It triggers an autoimmune response that harms the lining of the small intestine. (Allison Long/The Kansas City Star/Associated Press) There is not enough evidence to encourage or discourage doctors from testing all their patients for celiac disease, according to a U.S. government-backed panel.  ...

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25 illnesses in 4 provinces linked to E. coli-tainted Robin Hood flour

There have been 25 cases of E. coli infections linked to a recalled batch of Robin Hood brand all-purpose flour, the Public Health Agency of Canada says. The flour in 10-kilogram bags was sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It was recalled Tuesday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency after it was determined some of the flour was contaminated with E. coli O121. The 25 ...

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Doctor in Ebola case found guilty of misconduct in UK

Doctor who took Pauline Cafferkey’s temperature at airport found guilty of misconduct The Associated Press Posted: Mar 29, 2017 1:54 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 29, 2017 1:54 PM ET A tribunal has found a doctor who misled other medics over the temperature of Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey is guilty of serious misconduct. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service ruled Wednesday ...

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St. John’s class gets hands dirty learning gardening skills from Autism Society

A group of Grade 1 students spent an afternoon learning something they don’t normally get taught in school by people who don’t normally teach them.   The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador brought two participants from its Transitions program into the classroom. “We decided to take our skills on the road and teach little kids about planting seeds,” Transitions program ...

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Paramedic calls for more defibrillators after 2 hockey players’ lives saved

Pete Wightman and his middle-aged buddies used to joke about the defibrillator at Carleton University’s Ice House, where they play hockey every week. “I think in the dressing room over the years, as we’d come off the rink and feel a little more out of shape than the years previous, [there would be] some comments,” Wightman said.  The University of Ottawa arena where a defibrillator ...

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Jim Pattison donates $75M to Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation

B.C. billionaire Jim Pattison has donated $75 million to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver. The St. Paul’s Foundation says the donation is the largest by a private citizen to a single medical facility in Canadian history. “Jim Pattison’s gift will help us realize an exceptionally rare opportunity to build a major medical and research centre from the ground up,” ...

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Skin care cream marketed for children contains prescription steroid, Health Canada warns

Heath Canada is warning consumers that ingredients in a skin cream promoted as a natural treatment for children and babies may pose serious health risks. The federal regulator said its tests confirmed that PureCare Herbal Cream contains a prescription steroid (clobetasol propionate) and another ingredient (phenoxylethanol) that are not declared on the label. “These ingredients may cause health effects ranging from skin irritation and dehydration to ...

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2 Canadians win Gairdner Awards for contributions to medical science

Two Canadian researchers are among the winners of this year’s Gairdner Awards, which recognize some of the most significant medical discoveries made by scientists around the globe. Dr. Antoine Hakim, a professor emeritus of neurology at the University of Ottawa, and Lewis Kay, a senior scientist in molecular medicine at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, are among seven international recipients ...

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Most patients get priority surgeries within target wait times: report

Three out of four Canadians received a hip or knee replacement, cataract surgery, hip fracture repair or cancer radiation therapy within the recommended wait times for those priority procedures, although there was often wide variation from one province to another, researchers say. A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), released Tuesday, provides a snapshot of patient wait ...

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Most patients get priority surgeries within target wait times: report

Three out of four Canadians received a hip or knee replacement, cataract surgery, hip fracture repair or cancer radiation therapy within the recommended wait times for those priority procedures, although there was often wide variation from one province to another, researchers say. A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), released Tuesday, provides a snapshot of patient wait ...

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