Health

Second Opinion: A dietary dust-up over saturated fat story

​​Second Opinion is our round-up of the week’s interesting and eclectic news in health and medical science from reporter Kelly Crowe and Darryl Hol at CBC Health. Simplifying science — A cautionary tale The pitch from the British Journal of Sports Medicine was irresistible. The press release announced: “Popular belief that saturated fats clog up arteries ‘plain wrong’ say experts.” ...

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Killer curiosity: PTSD risks associated with watching graphic videos

The video is short, under a minute. It shows a young woman’s face bloodied and injured. Her dark, long hair is dishevelled and matted. A foot relentlessly stomps down onto her. Community members of Sagkeeng First Nation believe it is the attack which ultimately led to the death of 19-year-old Serena McKay. A day after McKay’s body was found, the graphic video surfaced online  — and in the social media ...

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Pharmacare advocates hope Ontario plan will push Trudeau to act

Over to you, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. That’s essentially what Ontario’s premier, health minister and advocates of universal drug coverage are saying in the wake of the province’s surprise announcement that it will cover the costs of prescriptions for youth 24 and under starting next year. They are hoping the provincial move will galvanize Ottawa to commit to creating a pharmacare program for ...

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Glyphosate labels to change, Health Canada announces

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in Canada. (Charles Platiau/Reuters) Health Canada says the potential risk to human health and the environment from pesticides containing glyphosate are acceptable, if used as directed in updated labels. The regulator published its re-evaluation on glyphosate, an herbicide sold under brand names such as Roundup and Vision, on Friday.  The decision follows a standard review ...

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‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend:’ Couple turns to virus to beat back superbug

It may seem like an unlikely option, but it was viruses that helped to save Tom Patterson when a superbug threatened his life.   Patterson fell ill during a vacation to Egypt in December 2015, experiencing a racing heart, abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. He was initially diagnosed with pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, at a local clinic. But when ...

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Patient advocate ‘deeply disappointed’ budget won’t cover cancer meds taken at home

Cancer patients in Nova Scotia who want to take oral medications at home instead of being treated at hospital will continue to suffer financially under the new Liberal budget, according to a patient advocacy group. “It is deeply disappointing,” said Deb Maskins, a kidney cancer patient and co-founder of CanCertainty, a coalition of 35 cancer organizations. The 2017-2018 provincial budget was tabled Thursday but doesn’t address ...

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Mystery deaths in Liberia linked to funeral: WHO

In March 2015, health workers carry a body of a person that they suspected died form the Ebola virus at a new graveyard on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Liberian health authorities are investigating after eight people died of a mystery illness, 10 months after the end of a two-year Ebola virus outbreak. (Abbas Dulleh/Associated Press) Eleven people have died ...

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Ontario budget 2017: Free prescription drugs for anyone under 25, a first of its kind, Liberals say

All Ontario children and adults younger than 25 will have their full prescription drug costs covered by a new provincial pharmacare program, regardless of family income or whether they already have private insurance.  The province announced the expanded drug coverage in Thursday’s annual budget, a move it projects will cost $465 million per year. Currently, the Ontario Drug Plan (ODP) covers ...

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‘In complete distress’: deaf man dies without help in hospital as Canadian Hearing Society strike drags on

The deaf community in northern Ontario is worried about people falling through the cracks without access to the service of interpreters. Workers with the Canadian Hearing Society have been on the picket line for eight weeks. North Bay resident Ernest Guillemette, 86, died in hospital last week without any way to communicate with doctors or nurses, say his friends. His interpreter ...

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Fatal fentanyl overdose data lacking from across Canada, federal health minister says

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says she’s aiming to release statistics on overdose deaths in Canada but is frustrated with provinces and territories that haven’t provided data in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis. Philpott said Health Canada has been working with a special advisory committee that includes medical health officers and coroners from across the country as ...

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