Health

This translation saves lives

By Dr. Brian Goldman Posted: Oct 16, 2017 12:01 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 16, 2017 12:01 AM ET Lambton EMS ambulances parked in front of the Bluewater Health emergency department in Sarnia, Ont. (Jonathan Pinto/CBC) Canada prides itself on its diverse, multicultural population. But some newcomers who don’t speak English or French may have serious difficulty communicating with their doctor.  An editorial ...

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Let’s talk: Why Canadians need health care in their own language

By Dr. Brian Goldman Posted: Oct 16, 2017 12:01 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 16, 2017 10:22 AM ET Canada prides itself on its diverse, multicultural population. But some newcomers who don’t speak English or French may have serious difficulty communicating with their doctor.  An editorial published earlier today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says the health care system needs to do ...

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Second Opinion | Remembering forgetting could be a good sign

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s this week’s round-up of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Forgetting where you put the keys? Can’t remember names? Is it the first sign of dementia? That might depend on whether you remember that you’re forgetting things. And whether your caregivers ...

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Marijuana is not an all-purpose medical cure

Many Canadians can hardly wait for the day that the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal. As a medical doctor, I’m far less enthusiastic. I worry about two things: the experimental nature of marijuana in medical practice, and the public health consequences of legalized marijuana. Before you write me off as overly prudish or an anti-marijuana conservative, let me say ...

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Plague cases double in Madagascar in a week

With dozens dead from a plague outbreak in Madagascar, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday it is deploying its first-ever plague treatment centre to the island nation. The World Health Organization said 561 cases have been reported so far, with another in the Seychelles. “The situation, as you know, is quite concerning. We’ve seen a ...

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Doctor acquitted in opioid case involving thousands of pills

A Nova Scotia doctor accused of fraud and unlawful possession of powerful narcotics has been acquitted of all charges. Dr. Sarah Jones faced three counts of fraud, one count of unlawful possession of oxycodone, and one count of fraudulently drawing a document related to prescriptions in the name of a patient, Merle Chase. The Tantallon, N.S., doctor had been on trial in provincial ...

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Bull rider questions his own repeated head injuries after Ty Pozzobon’s death

In 15 years as a serious, competitive bull rider, Raven Gordon of Quesnel had his fair share of injuries. Broken bones. Dislocated shoulders. And about a dozen concussions — but the exact number of those is hard to pin down. “Not really 100 per cent sure. You’re trying to think back and remember,” he told On The Coast host Stephen ...

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Florida confirms 1st local Zika infection for 2017

No evidence of ongoing, active transmission in Florida The Associated Press Posted: Oct 12, 2017 2:15 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 12, 2017 2:15 PM ET Related Stories Florida health officials are reporting the state’s first case this year of the Zika virus transmitted by a local mosquito. Florida’s Department of Health said Thursday a Manatee County couple traveled to Cuba, ...

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U.S. gov’t drastically underestimated civilians killed by police, study shows

U.S. police killed 1,166 people — more than three a day — in 2015, but an official government count missed a majority of the deaths, a new study shows. The Guardian, a U.K.-based newspaper and media company with U.S. and international editions, counted 93 percent of the U.S. police-related deaths, while the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics counted only 45 ...

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Sask. HIV rate highest in Canada, up 800% in 1 region

A year after Saskatchewan doctors called on the provincial government to declare a public health state of emergency regarding HIV and AIDS, the incidence of both are nearing an all-time high. Dr. Kris Stewart, a physician in Saskatoon who is part of the Saskatchewan HIV collaborative, said slight progress has been made, but he’s not sure if it was a ...

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