Health

18 illnesses tied to frozen breaded chicken products, Public Health Agency of Canada says

The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating 18 cases of salmonella linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products. In a public health notice, the agency said more illnesses have been reported. “Currently, there are 18 cases of Salmonella Enteriditis illness in six provinces: British Columbia (1), Alberta (1), Ontario (10), Quebec (2), New Brunswick (2), and Nova Scotia (2). Six people have ...

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Glioblastoma, brain tumour that took Gord Downie’s life, tough to treat, doctors say

The death of Canadian singer-songwriter Gord Downie from glioblastoma is a grim reminder of the daunting nature of the invasive brain tumour, which has one of the poorest survival rates of any cancer. Scientists and brain tumour patient advocacy groups also say his passing puts a spotlight on the need for more funding for research into the deadly cancer — a charitable ...

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Quebec radiologists billing $3M annually for obsolete task

Quebec radiologists are routinely billing the provincial health insurance agency (RAMQ) for analyzing coronary angiograms, sometimes years after the procedures were carried out, Radio-Canada’s Enquête has learned. The interpretation of coronary angiograms was long ago made unnecessary by technological advances, according to Dr. Gilles Hudon, a radiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute for 40 years. Yet radiologists at many Quebec ...

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Kids not getting enough exercise, spend too much time with screens, StatsCan reports

New Fewer than 20% of Canadian children, youth meet all targets for sleep, sedentary behaviour, physical activity The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 18, 2017 12:27 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 18, 2017 12:27 PM ET New data shows most Canadian children and youth are still not getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity. Two studies from Statistics Canada reveal ...

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Quadriplegic nearly missed MRI because no staff were trained to assist him

The husband of a quadriplegic man in Halifax is calling on the Nova Scotia Health Authority to improve services for patients with mobility issues, after a scheduled MRI was nearly derailed because there were no staff trained to assist him. When Jeff MacPherson and his husband Amit Rahalkar went to the Halifax Infirmary for Rahalkar’s MRI this month, they weren’t ...

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Gord Downie used voice to ‘shed a light’ on aggressive brain cancer

The death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie is hitting close to home for Winnipegger Jared Spier. His partner Joanne Schiewe died at the end of August 2016 from the same kind of brain cancer — glioblastoma — that took 53-year-old Downie’s life on Tuesday night. Spier’s grandfather also died from the same disease. Schiewe’s death came just weeks after she saw the Hip, her favourite ...

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Woman alleged to have unlawfully injected botox for years under investigation

The B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons is seeking an injunction against a woman who they say posed as a doctor and unlawfully injected scores of people with botox and other filler substances.  The injunction would stop her from practising medicine. Rajdeep Kaur Khakh is alleged to have injected botox into clients at salons in various municipalities, at “botox parties” and in their homes and cars. Only physicians, ...

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2 Janes chicken products recalled due to salmonella

Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers and Pub Style Snacks Popcorn Chicken have been recalled because of possible salmonella contamination, as part of an investigation of an illness outbreak. The burgers carry a best before date of May 12 with UPC code 0 69299 12491 0 and the popcorn chicken May 18 with UPC code 0 69299 12542 9, with both ...

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‘Nocebo’ effect: Why side-effects may seem worse for expensive drugs

Expensive medicines can seem to create worse side-effects than cheaper alternatives, suggests a new study that looked at the “nocebo” effect of drugs. The opposite of the placebo effect — perceived improvement when no active medicine is given — nocebo is the perception of negative side-effects from a benign “medication” in a blind trial. These findings about nocebo effects could help improve the design ...

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How Ontario’s long-term care shortage has kept this Toronto couple apart for almost 6 years

An elderly Toronto couple spent their 14th wedding anniversary hand-in-hand after health issues and skyrocketing wait-lists for long-term care facilities have kept them apart for nearly half their marriage. “It’s just not acceptable, especially at our age,” said Jennifer Brown. “We get very lonely. We miss each other terribly.”  Brown and her husband, Karl Froehr, have been married since 2003 but have ...

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