Health

Does your doctor get money from drug companies? It’s not easy to find out

By invitation only, 300 Canadian doctors have a chance to earn $6,600 on top of their usual public health-care fees by taking part in some research. Here’s what they have to do: sign up 12 high-risk heart patients, see each of them three times as part of normal practice, and fill out forms describing what drugs were prescribed.  The doctors ...

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‘I just started hating myself’: Young people dying as stigma, misunderstanding prevent HIV treatment

When Saskatoon man Ian Longman found out he had HIV, it was two years before he sought treatment. He thought the diagnosis meant certain death, and he didn’t know treatment was an option. “I just started hating myself and hating other people and hating what they were saying about me and stuff like that,” said Longman. “Because I heard that you ...

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One year after Canada’s medically assisted dying law, patients face uneven access

“Martha” was stunned when her 78-year-old father told her he wanted a medically assisted death, after battling lung cancer for almost two years.  “It’s something you’ve never contemplated before in your family,” she said. “How do you prepare for this? This date that somebody’s going to pass away. It’s really hard.” Martha has asked CBC News to use only her middle name, ...

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Need for Ontario midwives ‘past the tipping point,’ say pros

For Simone Rosenberg and her five siblings, delivering a baby at home was never a big deal. Each one of them was caught by a midwife. For Rosenberg herself, in 1982, the profession hadn’t yet been regulated. “It was a role in the community I was familiar with—kind of like a firefighter,” she said.  At 19, she watched her youngest brother come into the world at the ...

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‘Exponential’ whooping cough outbreak in Alberta has officials urging immunization

Southern Alberta is seeing a surge of cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, and a health official says it’s directly related to low immunization rates in some areas. As of Thursday morning, 38 cases in the Lethbridge area have been linked. “We are getting multiple lab reports a day and we are definitely seeing this outbreak taking off at an ...

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Cookie dough sold through fundraisers added to national E. coli flour recall

Cookie dough sold nationally through fundraisers has been added to the list of products being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination in flour. The Public Health Agency of Canada has previously warned it is not safe to taste or eat raw dough or batter regardless of the type of flour used because raw flour can be contaminated with bacteria. The series of ...

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SECOND OPINION | The science of sitting

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s our roundup of the week’s interesting and eclectic news in health and medical science. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Defining sedentary behaviour  Is stationary behaviour the same as sedentary behaviour? Absolutely not, according to sitting scientists.   You can be stationary but not sedentary, because standing is active. It’s ...

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Canadian Blood Services pleading for donors as blood shortage reaches ‘critical’ level

Canadian Blood Services is calling on the public to roll up their sleeves to help reduce a nationwide blood shortage that’s reached what it calls a critical level. The organization currently has between 12,000 and 14,000 units of blood on hand; the country typically requires a minimum of 20,000 units at any given time. “It is critical right now,” said Hailu ...

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On Father’s Day: How my daughter’s essay shed a new light on my Parkinson’s diagnosis

There comes a point as a parent when you realize your children sometimes have as much to teach you, as you have to teach them.   That revelation came to me recently when I was confronted with a personal health crisis. The diagnosis, when it was pronounced, had the ring of a prison sentence: Life with Parkinson’s disease. It was ...

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Frontline workers meet to find new strategies to combat B.C.’s opioid crisis

Medical responders, law enforcement and those closely affected by the drug overdose crisis come together Friday to find solutions to the opioid crisis — a year after the B.C. Centre for Disease Control held the first such conference, dubbed the Overdose Action Exchange. Last April, B.C. declared a public health emergency in response to the growing number of drug overdose ...

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