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Let’s be friendly to people with dementia

By Dr. Brian Goldman Posted: Apr 24, 2017 12:01 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 24, 2017 12:01 AM ET Ronnie Nishmas, left, who lives with dementia, laughs with recreation therapist Rachel Gavendo while participating in a dance class at Baycrest hospital in Toronto on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. The dance class is a pilot project with Canada’s National Ballet School studying ...

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Calgary mother hopes photo of dying son will deter others from doing fentanyl

A Calgary mother is hoping a photo of her lying on a hospital bed with her dying son will help steer others away from using the deadly drug fentanyl. “My son was not an addict, he made a mistake that cost him his life,” Sherri Kent wrote on the Facebook post, which has been shared more than 86,000 times. The photo ...

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Squeamish ceviche: chic raw fish dishes are tasty, but watch for worms

With raw seafood dishes — from poke to sushi to ceviche — growing in vogue, diners are increasing their odds of swallowing a parasite, experts say. Most of the off-putting creatures are harmless, rare and killed by proper freezing of the fish by commercial sushi-grade fish suppliers. But dozens of parasites are finding their way into peoples’ guts every year. The ...

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Second Opinion: Million-dollar drug flops

Second Opinion is a vital dose of the week’s news in health and medicine from reporters Kelly Crowe and Darryl Hol.  ‘World’s most expensive drug’ flops It turns out that the world’s most expensive drug couldn’t make any money. That’s because Glybera — with a jaw-dropping $1-million price tag — has been used on just one patient since being approved ...

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‘It’s made a difference’: How word clouds offer solace to family members as a loved one dies

After Daryl Terry was admitted to hospital last October for a kidney infection, the 80-year-old’s condition deteriorated quickly. She was soon moved to the intensive care unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ont. With a poor prognosis, it seemed she would most likely die in the ICU. It all came as a shock to family and friends, says her ...

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Groups on both sides of assisted-death debate want more transparency

Advocates on both sides of the medically assisted dying debate say the Nova Scotia Health Authority should be more transparent about patients who apply to end their lives. Though they hold opposing views on medically assisted death, Coalition for Healthcare and Conscience spokesperson Larry Worthen and the Nova Scotia co-ordinator for Dying with Dignity Canada Sheilia Sperry both say they need more ...

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Why food recalls may seem more frequent

Consumers may check their pantries more often for recalled foods thanks to advances in DNA technology. It allows disease detectives to spot potential pathogens and piece together outbreak trends. On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on foodborne disease based on 10 sites across the country from 2013 to 2016. “Foodborne diseases continue to be ...

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Miss Vickie’s recalls jalapeno-flavoured chips due to salmonella risk

Miss Vickie’s is voluntarily recalling its jalapeno-flavoured, kettle-cooked potato chips due to the potential presence of salmonella in a seasoning used in the product. The move comes after a supplier’s recent recall of a seasoning blend which includes jalapeno powder that could contain salmonella. No salmonella was found in the seasoning supplied to Miss Vickie’s, the company said. It issued the recall “out of ...

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Canadian scientists stung by funding cuts have their own reasons to march this weekend

Even though scientists in 18 Canadian cities plan to block traffic, carry signs and behave like people demonstrating “against” something, organizers of Saturday’s March for Science insist they won’t be protesting.  Instead, it’s being called a “celebration of science” Scientists are skittish about the “p” word — because “protest” suggests “politics,” and that makes them nervous. “I think it’s an uncomfortable space for many scientists,” said Dr. ...

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