Health

How cocaine and dirty needles are turning 20-somethings into heart patients

He performed two life-saving, expensive surgeries successfully, but even cardiologist Dr. Sean Connors couldn’t save one man from the grip of drug use. The 30-year-old patient underwent two open heart surgeries in St. John’s after a dirty needle spread infection from the injection site to his heart valve. “We pulled him through another heroic surgery — because these are very big surgeries — ...

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Ontario children and youth with ADHD often prescribed antipsychotics, study finds

One in 20 Ontario children and youth have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and many are prescribed antipsychotic drugs, despite having no other mental health diagnoses, researchers have found. A study by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences found almost 12 per cent of kids and youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, were prescribed antipsychotics like Risperdal, Zyprexa and Seroquel. ...

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People with allergies outraged by McDonald’s nut decision

People with allergies and those who care for them are outraged over a decision by McDonald’s Canada to add nuts to some food items on its menu. “It’s disappointing for us and disappointing for my daughter,” said Winnipegger Jeff Palmer, whose eight-year-old daughter, Heidi, has been tested and found to have a peanut allergy. “We avoid any product that may ...

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Drug overdoses claim unprecedented 914 lives in B.C. in 2016

llicit drug overdoses claimed the lives of 914 people in B.C. in 2016, the BC Coroners Service revealed Wednesday, making it the deadliest overdose year on record and representing an increase of nearly 80 per cent from the year before. December saw another spike in deaths with 142 recorded, up from the previous monthly high of 128 recorded in November of 2016. ...

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Sick kids to get a night out at the movies in the IWK

Halifax’s children’s hospital is transforming one of its auditoriums into a movie theatre for patients and their families.  The IWK Health Centre is partnering with Cineplex to provide a patient-accessible space for those who may be too sick to visit a public theatre. Scheduled to open in May, the Cineplex O.E. Smith Theatre will have 120 comfortable seats available free ...

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Orthodontists eager to work for free, now they just need teeth to fix

A roster of orthodontists across Canada are eagerly offering pro bono services for children whose families can’t afford the expensive dental work, but they’re missing one big thing: the kids themselves. Smiles 4 Canada is meant for low income families, but just 16 have applied since the program started last year. “We’ve had a little bit of a hard time getting the ...

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About 1 in 10 young people experienced depression at some point, StatsCan says

About 11 per cent of Canadians aged 15 to 24 experienced depression at some point in their lives, and fewer than half of them sought professional help for a mental health condition over the previous year, according to Statistics Canada.  The information was released Wednesday in the agency’s Health Reports, and is based on data from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey Mental Health. The report ...

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Federal government fails on First Nations child health delivery, says advocate

An outspoken child advocate is accusing the federal government of dragging its feet in implementing a funding principle aimed at ensuring all First Nations children are able to access necessary services. At the heart of the dispute is Cindy Blackstock, a long-standing champion of the rights of Indigenous children, and Jordan’s principle — named for a five-year-old boy who died ...

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