Health

Government, Indigenous leaders herald health agreement that will dismantle ‘colonial’ system

Canada’s health minister, the province of Ontario and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation have signed a deal on health care, a “landmark” agreement they say will begin the process of decolonizing the provision of care in the province’s north. The three governments agreed to a series of principles that any First Nation-led health-care system must adhere to, while vowing to pool money ...

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South African child surprises researchers by showing no signs of AIDS years after treatment

A South African child born with HIV has surprised experts by appearing to be effectively cured of the AIDS virus after just a year of treatment, followed by 8½ years drug free. Patients with HIV would normally need to stay on antiretroviral (ART) drugs for the rest of their lives to keep AIDS at bay. But this child, still off ...

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Parents of critically ill infant Charlie Gard end legal battle to save his life

Chris Gard publicly apologized to his critically ill baby Charlie for not being able to save his life, as he and his wife dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for an experimental treatment after new medical tests showed the window of opportunity to help him had closed. Gard and Connie Yates withdrew their appeal ...

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Stroke survivors face complication risks for years longer than commonly thought

When someone survives a stroke or mini-stroke, they’re at substantial risk of another stroke or admission to a long-term care facility for at least five years afterward, Canadian neurologists say. A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to part of the brain. Doctors and researchers have tended to focus on complications in survivors for 90 days after a stroke. Now there ...

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Protesters rally to support baby Charlie Gard’s parents as hospital reports threats

Protesters in London backing the fight of British parents of a critically ill baby to get him an experimental medical treatment in the U.S. plan a rally and prayer vigil Sunday, as officials at a British hospital where Charlie Gard is on life support say they have received death threats. Activists will gather Sunday afternoon outside the High Court, where legal proceedings ...

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SECOND OPINION | It’s war! Debunkers take on actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP and celebrity pseudoscience

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s this week’s roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Goop is actor Gwyneth Paltrow’s online lifestyle company, a “homespun weekly newsletter” that has grown into a lucrative alternative health enterprise, spawning an equally passionate anti-Goop movement. And now, the long-simmering Goop ...

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The lost art of play: No resilience without risk, says researcher

Call it a fact of life, but being teased or excluded on the playground is almost as hard to avoid as the occasional bruises and scraped knees of childhood. Parents might want to shield their children from these unpleasant experiences, but experts say playing it too safe is actually harming children. Michael Ungar, director of the Resilience Research Centre at ...

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Yemen cholera outbreak to spread with monsoon rains, 600,000 cases expected

A woman helps her son as he lies on a bed at a cholera treatment center in Sanaa, Yemen. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) Yemen’s cholera outbreak is far from being controlled and may be further exacerbated by the rainy season, even if the rate of new cases appears to be slowing in some hotspots, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Oxfam projected the ...

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‘This case touched us very deeply:’ CDC reports contaminated breast pump tied to preterm infant’s infection

A preterm infant developed severe meningitis and was left with destroyed brain tissue after her mother’s breast pump became contaminated with a rare infection, say U.S. public health officials. The Pennsylvania girl was born prematurely, at around 29 weeks. Doctors consider a baby preterm if it is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. The baby showed signs of a severe infection at about ...

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‘These are our children’: Sexual abuse and suicide rate among Indigenous youth

Thursday July 20, 2017 more stories from this episode At a special meeting called to address health inequalities for Indigenous Canadians, Health Minister Jane Philpott, Ontario’s Health Minister Eric Hoskins and Indigenous leaders will look at the persistent suicide crisis on reserves in northern Ontario. At the July 24 meeting, one factor that will be considered a contributor to the ...

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