Health

Concerns about accidental child poisonings grow as pot legalization looms

Health-care professionals in Canada are worried more children will accidentally ingest marijuana once it becomes legal, and are bracing for more emergency department visits and calls to poison control centres. They need to look no further than a 2016 Colorado study that found accidental ingestion became an issue, particularly with toddlers, following marijuana legalization in that state. Such poisonings are rare now in Nova Scotia, says Dr. Nancy ...

Read More »

Autism therapy helped Daniel learn to speak, do math, and decide he’ll get married

Daniel Thompson, 10, wants to grow up to build a 27-storey tower. He has a best friend named Marcus and he plans to marry his other friend Hannah. He also has autism.  And five years ago, this boy couldn’t have cared less if there were another kid in the room. Serena Thompson says that most of the changes she’s seen ...

Read More »

Florida’s Zika control steps continue

New Fewer travel-related cases are being reported in Florida so far this year, compared with last spring. The Associated Press Posted: Mar 27, 2017 2:37 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017 2:37 PM ET Florida officials say they’re continuing aggressive efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus. Gov. Rick Scott met Monday with Miami-Dade County officials to ...

Read More »

1 injury a day from firearms in Ontario, pediatricians find

Canadian pediatricians say too many children and young adults are killed or seriously injured by firearms. They urge doctors to warn families against keeping the weapons in homes where kids live and play.  In Canada, there’s an average of 1,300 firearm-related deaths each year and too many children and teens are injured by guns each year, the Canadian Paediatric Society ...

Read More »

‘It’s sickening’: Widow horrified after husband’s body forgotten in morgue, not donated to science

A widow is horrified after discovering her husband’s remains were forgotten in a hospital morgue for more than a week, despite his final wish that his body be donated to science. “It’s sickening when you think about it. There was no dignity here. Not for him,” Elizabeth Belding-Roe tells Go Public. In 2013, Belding-Roe and her husband, Gaylon Roe, made ...

Read More »

New advice if you are allergic to tree nuts

By Dr. Brian Goldman Posted: Mar 27, 2017 12:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017 12:00 AM ET An estimated two point five million Canadians is allergic to a least one food.  For many, that means cashews, pecans and other kinds of tree nuts. If your doctor told you to stay away from all of them, there may be some ...

Read More »

‘Dr. Fraud’ gets a lot of job offers, and songs to save a life to

This week a medical sting operation unmasks predatory scientific journals and the problem of scientific bias is put under the microscope.  Get the full newsletter in your inbox every Friday morning. Subscribe to Second Opinion. ‘Dr. Fraud’ gets a lot of job offers “It’s our pleasure to add your name as our editor in chief for this journal with no responsibilities.” That ...

Read More »

Stopping a pandemic before it starts

more stories from this episode Last week, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization urged China to step up their efforts to contain the spread of the Avian influenza virus, H7N9. So far, this strain of bird flu has killed almost 500 people throughout China. We even saw two cases arrive here in Canada in 2015. If you’re unlucky enough ...

Read More »

Alberta woman loses foot, toes, fingers after rare strep A infection

A woman in Red Deer, Alta., is sounding the alarm after says she almost died from a rare strep A infection.  Last year, Colleen Watters became sick with something she was initially told was just the flu. “I have never felt so sick before in my life,” Watters told CBC News. The next day she was taken to the hospital with ...

Read More »

Why this man had his colonoscopy broadcast live on the internet

It’s not every day you get asked to be the star of an internet video, but when Dan Logan was approached by his gastroenterologist to have his next colonoscopy broadcast live on Facebook, the 64-year-old jumped at the opportunity. Dr. Barry Lumb, a gastroenterologist at Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton, Ont., called Logan while he was on vacation in Peru. ...

Read More »