Health

Raspberry mousse cakes sold in multiple provinces recalled by CFIA for norovirus

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling a number of raspberry mousse cakes after it was discovered the desserts contained norovirus.  The agency issued an expanded recall on Wednesday, specifying the products have been distributed in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. The notice also said that some of the product may have been distributed “possibly nationally.” ...

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Evidence shows mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus may have colony in Ontario

A mosquito species capable of transmitting the Zika virus and other tropical diseases may have established a colony in southwestern Ontario, a development that could mean changes for Canadian healthcare providers. Two adult Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, were recently trapped in Windsor-Essex, following the 17 found last year, according to the area’s health unit. Staff are ...

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Why loneliness can be as unhealthy as smoking 15 cigarettes a day

Marci O’Conner, a mother of two teenagers, struggles with her confident, independent self and recurring loneliness — feelings that psychologists say are increasingly posing public health challenges. O’Connor, 46, of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, 30 kilometres east of Montreal, said loneliness snuck up on her after she moved away from her family to a predominantly French-speaking area. She now works from home. O’Connor lost the camaraderie ...

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Teen drug overdose deaths in U.S. creep up after years of decline

After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows. The drop in teen deaths had been a rare bright spot in the opioid epidemic that has seen adult overdose deaths surge year after year — fuelled by abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin and newer drugs like fentanyl. “This is a warning ...

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Opioid antidote naloxone ‘impossible’ to find in Gatineau, says nursing prof

A Gatineau-based nursing professor says it’s “impossible” to find naloxone in the city — and across the rest of Quebec — and is calling on the provincial government to do more to get the opioid antidote into people’s hands. Earlier this year, Marilou Gagnon went from pharmacy to pharmacy in downtown Montreal, trying to find someone willing to prescribe her naloxone. Not ...

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Stroke victim, 27, determined to get back on her feet — with husband’s help

At 27 years old, Carly White woke in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there and a piece missing from her brain. She tried to speak. Her throat was paralyzed. She tried to move. Her body was frozen. With a whisper, she managed to ask where she was and how she ended up there. White had suffered a ...

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‘Be more cautious’ in prescribing off-label drugs for chronic back pain, Canadian doctor says

Doctors are prescribing anti-seizure and nerve pain medications for a common type of chronic low-back pain, a non-licensed use, despite a lack of studies supporting their effectiveness for that purpose, according to a new review. The drugs, known as gabapentinoids, include gabapentin (originally marketed under the brand name Neurotonin) and pregabalin (previously sold as Lyrica). Health Canada approved gabapentin to treat ...

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Former MLA who survived cancer calls for national HPV vaccination program

Gordie Gosse is a changed man. The former MLA for Sydney-Whitney Pier says he’s barely recognizable after battling oropharyngeal cancer caused by the human papillomavirus. Now, Gosse is on a mission to prevent others from going through what he has. He wants all Grade 7 boys and girls across the country to get vaccinated against HPV, and he’s calling for regular ...

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Updated abortion pill rule adds to confusion, pharmacist says

An old policy that required women wanting to take the abortion pill to do so in front of their doctor may be the reason some pharmacies in Ontario aren’t stocking it yet. Nardine Nakhla, a pharmacist in Toronto and a clinical lecturer at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, says the old rule was based on the product monograph ...

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Prejudice may push low-income shoppers to unhealthy options

An unhealthy diet is not just a result of food insecurity but reflects the social stigma that surrounds it, according to University of Guelph researcher Kelly Hodgins. “Our assumptions and judgements against those living in poverty, suffering from food insecurity, or living in situations of low income, are actually helping to maintain this inequality,” she said. `It has nothing to do with ...

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