Health

Health, legal implications of weed still murky this 4/20

Revellers marking 4/20 this year celebrated the federal bill announced last week that will legalize marijuana — but others say the legal and health implications of the law remain hazy. Smoking marijuana, like tobacco, can cause cancer, but Dr. Robert Schwartz, a senior scientist at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), said there have been few studies examining the effects ...

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New Brunswick ‘totally unprepared’ for fentanyl crisis, critic says

For months, New Brunswick has watched as provinces like Alberta and British Columbia saw hundreds of people die from fentanyl. But the province still hasn’t revealed how it has prepared for a similar overdose crisis here. And critics say New Brunswick is running out of time to come up with a plan. Earlier this month, RCMP seized a Percocet pill ...

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How cycling to work could save thousands of lives a year

It looks like cycling really is the healthiest way to commute to work. A large U.K. study suggests that cycling commuters cut their risk of cancer and heart disease nearly in half. The researchers hope the findings will encourage more people to pedal their way to better health. For almost 20 years, scientists have said cycling is associated with lower risk ...

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National panel recommends abortion pill should be free

By Vik Adhopia, CBC News Posted: Apr 20, 2017 2:28 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017 2:28 PM ET An expert panel recommends that the two-step abortion drug known as Mifegymiso should be “remibursed” by government health plans. The 14-person committee of mostly physicians began its review of Mifegymiso in October 2016 on behalf of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies ...

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Expert panel recommends abortion pill should be free

Endorsement of Mifegymiso for public health-care coverage follows review of its safety and efficacy By Vik Adhopia, CBC News Posted: Apr 20, 2017 2:28 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017 2:28 PM ET Related Stories An expert panel recommends the cost of the two-step abortion drug known as Mifegymiso should be reimbursed by government health plans. The 14-person committee of mostly physicians ...

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Abuse changes women’s brains — but exactly how isn’t known

Between 30 and 80 percent of women who survive intimate partner violence may have a traumatic brain injury — but there’s almost no research into how such an injury specifically affects women, according to Angela Colantonio, who helps lead an international task force on girls and women with acquired brain injury. “It’s been a very neglected field,” said Colantonio, who is ...

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Canadian researchers find new compound to potentially fight antibiotic-resistant infections

Two scientists at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg have discovered a compound that they hope will eventually help in the fight against antibiotic-resistant infections. Dr. Grant Pierce and Dr. Pavel Dibrov’s research, which was published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology Thursday, says their newly-developed compound, PEG-2S, works by cutting off the energy source of bacteria — a protein vital to their ...

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1,300 Canadians have died with medical assistance since legalization—here’s one man’s story

On Friday Jan. 6, Rob Rollins and his husband John MacTavish woke up just as they would any other morning. John got his brother Bobby MacTavish, who is unable to speak or walk, ready to go to his day program. But this time, before he left, Bobby spent about an hour with Rollins in his bedroom. The two were saying goodbye.  One of ...

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‘I feel quite abandoned’: Woman facing worsening debilitation challenges medically assisted dying law

Julia Lamb is happy and fulfilled. The 26-year-old works in her chosen field of fashion marketing, spends lots of time with friends and lives in an apartment with roommates in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley.  But she’s also facing the fact that her body is “in decline” as she continues her struggle with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic, neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure. ...

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Can anything be done to prevent hospital misdiagnoses?

more stories from this episode In just three months, there has been a spate of misdiagnoses in Canadian emergency rooms, some with tragic results. A three-year old girl in Abbotsford, B.C.,died after her pneumonia went untreated, despite repeated visits to the hospital. In Mississauga, Ont, after being sent home twice with a diagnosis of influenza, an 11-year old girl had ...

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