Health

Opioids prescribed for pets might be going to humans, vet warns

The association representing Nova Scotia’s veterinarians wants to find a way to keep pet owners from using opioids prescribed for their animals. Veterinarians can dispense whatever drugs they feel are appropriate for treating animals, and the registrar of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association calls the current lack of controls a “loose brick” in the medical system. “There’s no limitation or restriction ...

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Alberta Health Services employee suspended for texting racial slur to Indigenous woman

An Alberta Health Services employee has been suspended after using a racial slur to refer to a Kainai Board of Education school principal in a text message. The text sent by the employee on Monday refers to another AHS worker apparently being disciplined during a training event in southern Alberta, but was accidentally sent to the school principal. The text ...

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Hints of some steps that may boost brain health in old age

Are you seeking steps to keep your brain healthy in old age? There are no proven ways to stave off mental decline or dementia, but a new report says there are hints that exercise, controlling blood pressure and some forms of brain training might offer help. Without proof, the government should not begin a public health campaign pushing strategies for ...

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U.S. rejects UN call for access to safe abortions

New Resolution on eliminating violence against women, led by Canada, was adopted by consensus Thomson Reuters Posted: Jun 22, 2017 11:54 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 22, 2017 11:54 AM ET Related Stories The United States on Thursday rejected a United Nations resolution on the elimination of violence against women because it called for access to safe abortion for all women ...

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Doctors ‘gun shy’ to prescribe opioids hurting those in pain, say experts

A Windsor, Ont. woman who relies on prescribed narcotics to help with chronic pain believes “responsible” opioid users are being unfairly victimized in the government crackdown on drugs like Fentanyl.  Jennifer Butcher has been unable to find a physician who will refill her prescriptions ever since her family doctor retired last month. She’s not alone, according to medical professionals and other patients ...

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Alcohol responsible for more hospital admissions than heart attacks last year: report

There were more hospital admissions in Canada last year for alcohol-related conditions than for heart attacks. Alcohol poisoning, alcohol withdrawal, liver disease, chronic alcohol abuse and other conditions that are “100 per cent caused by the harmful consumption of alcohol” accounted for about 77,000 admissions, according to a report released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). That’s ...

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Children’s weight, physical activity linked to parents’: report

The more active you are, the more active your kids will be, thereby reducing their chances of becoming overweight or obese and developing related health conditions. New research published Wednesday by Statistics Canada shows that a child’s level of physical activity rises by five to 10 minutes for every 20-minute increase in the physical activity of a parent. It’s the first time the ...

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling may hurt claims of talc link to cancer

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week could have a “chilling effect” on the many lawsuits filed in St. Louis claiming talcum powder causes a deadly form of cancer in women, including cases under appeal in which stricken women and their survivors have been awarded more than $300 million US, experts said Tuesday. Justices ruled 8-1 Monday that hundreds of ...

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Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof: EU court

​The highest court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof. The decision was issued on Wednesday in relation to the case of a Frenchman known as Mr. J.W., who was immunized against hepatitis B in late 1998-99. About a year later, Mr. J.W. was ...

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Canada’s pharma companies disclose payments to doctors for 1st time

For the first time, Canadians have been given a glimpse at the millions of dollars doctors receive from pharmaceutical companies each year — though critics say the move stops far short of true transparency. Ten of Canada’s largest drug companies voluntarily released information about how much money they give physicians, posting the disclosures to their websites Tuesday. The participating companies were: ...

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