Health

Rare rat virus infects 8 people in U.S.

Eight people who worked at several rat-breeding facilities in Illinois and Wisconsin have been infected with a virus not commonly found in the United States, federal health officials said Friday. This is the first known outbreak of Seoul virus associated with pet rats in the United States, although there have been several outbreaks in wild rats, according to the U.S. ...

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Fed up with combative Gaétan Barrette, medical specialists want new bargaining partner

When it comes to the delicate art of negotiating, Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette often resembles a bull in a china shop. Currently in talks with Ottawa for a new health accord, Barrette has accused the federal government of holding Quebecers “hostage” and has threatened to walk away from the bargaining table. He regularly calls out his federal counterpart, Jane Philpott, on Twitter.  ...

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‘This has not been an easy journey’: Saskatoon woman welcomes review into sterilization

A Saskatoon woman who says she was sterilized against her will is welcoming the launch of an external review of the Saskatoon Health Region’s tubal ligation policies. ‘The effects it’s had on my body alone has been devastating.’ – ​Melika Popp ​Melika Popp told CBC News in December 2015 she was pressured into the sterilization procedure by staff at the Royal University ...

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Global coalition aims to outpace epidemics with new vaccines

Thai people walk past an information banner on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2015. There is a call for proposals to develop a shot against the virus. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty) A global coalition of governments, health specialists and philanthropists launched a new plan to “outsmart” future disease epidemics with a fund to prepare and create new vaccines. Stung by the devastation ...

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Toronto college investigates after dozens of students treated for stomach illness

More than 70 Humber College students fell ill Thursday night with some type of gastrointestinal illness, a spokesman for the Toronto school has confirmed. The students, who all live at the one residence on the school’s north campus at Highway 27 and Finch, started reporting feeling ill late in the afternoon, according to Andrew Leopold, director of communications. More students ...

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Chief asks: Could courts force Canada to spend more on First Nations suicide prevention?

It’s time for First Nations leaders to consider a class action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Indigenous young people who have died by suicide, says Isadore Day, the Ontario regional chief with the Assembly of First Nations. Day’s comments came as Wapekeka First Nation revealed this week that it had asked for help to prevent a suicide pact ...

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Skin cancer survivor says getting a ‘base tan’ is a bad idea

A woman from Saskatchewan is speaking out about the dangers of tanning beds and the idea that getting a “base tan” is a good way to protect against future sunburns. Annette Cyr, the co-founder of the Melanoma Network of Canada, said a recent Statistics Canada report on tanning equipment shows there are still too many people risking their lives by tanning. ‘I ...

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