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Second Opinion | Are you jealous, or simply envious?

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s this week’s round-up of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Are you jealous,or simply envious? Is a serial killer the same as a mass murderer? Those are among the top 50 psychological terms that people get wrong, according to a professor ...

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Woman who waited 2 months for abortion says plan to provide free pill means shame is over

A Nova Scotia woman who waited two months for an abortion four years ago says the government’s plan to remove barriers to terminating pregnancies will change lives. Melanie Mackenzie was 29 when her birth control failed and she got pregnant. She immediately knew she wanted an abortion and went to her doctor to begin the process. But she said waiting for ...

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Ontario to cover HIV prevention pill under public health plan

Ontario will soon cover a combination HIV prevention pill that is now available in generic form, HIV advocates say. The once-daily pill contains two anti-HIV drugs that reduce the risk of sexual transmission in HIV-negative individuals. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, originally cost about $1,000 a month as the brand name Truvada. The drug was first introduced to treat HIV. Ontario’s Health Ministry added the PrEP ...

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‘Death wish’ coffee cans recalled over possible toxin

Death Wish Coffee Co, a New York coffee maker that sells what it says is the “World’s Strongest Coffee,” is recalling cans of its Nitro Cold Brew because of the risk that some could contain the deadly toxin botulin. No illnesses have been reported to date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a recall notice earlier this week, but urged people who bought the ...

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Nova Scotia women will no longer need doctor’s referral for abortions

Nova Scotia will soon no longer be the only province in Canada where women must get a referral from a doctor before booking an abortion. The province announced Friday that women will be able to book a surgical abortion directly through the termination of pregnancy unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. The Nova Scotia Health Authority will also be setting ...

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Her baby died without explanation the day before Mother’s Day

Dana Rennie awoke around 5 a.m. on May 13, the day before Mother’s Day, with a bad feeling about her daughter Myla, who was just eight days shy of five months old. “I knew something was wrong,” says the Berwick, N.S., woman. “I just grabbed her and ran down the stairs.” Her three other children watched as her husband performed CPR, but it ...

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Health minister says Canadians need to avoid judging those addicted to opioids

As the opioid epidemic continues to march across the country, destroying an ever increasing number of lives, the federal health minister says people have fallen into the habit of passing judgment on those who are addicted to the drug. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who spent 25 years working with the RCMP in Codiac, N.B. as a social worker, says she saw ...

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‘Engineered activity out of our life:’ why working up a sweat improves survival rates

Each step we take reduces the overall risk of premature death, a global study reaffirms. Researchers estimate about one in 12 deaths worldwide would be prevented if everyone exercised at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. In Thursday’s issue of The Lancet, researchers in 17 countries reported their findings after asking more than 130,000 participants aged 35 ...

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Aaron Hernandez lawyer: Brain showed ‘severe’ case of CTE

Tests conducted on the brain of former football star Aaron Hernandez showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and his attorney said Thursday that the player’s daughter is suing the NFL and the New England Patriots for leading Hernandez to believe the sport was safe. In a news conference at his offices, Hernandez’s attorney Jose Baez ...

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FDA warns on mixing opioid addiction treatments with other meds

Suboxone is a form of opioid replacement therapy that helps block opiate withdrawal symptoms and heroin cravings. (Getty Images) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity. The FDA warned that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, ...

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