Health

Citing overdose ‘crisis,’ police to allow unsanctioned Toronto injection site

Harm reduction workers risked arrest Saturday to set up a pop-up injection site in Toronto’s Moss Park, erecting a tent large enough for a handful of people, furnished with some chairs. They’ve stockpiled overdose-prevention medication in the hope of saving lives.  After a spate of overdoses that has left several dead this month already, organizer Matt Johnson of the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance, an ...

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National recall of Maple Lodge Farms chicken frankfurters

Maple Lodge Farms Ltd. is recalling their Zabiha Halal and Maple Lodge Farms Big Original Chicken Frankfurters. The warning was triggered because of a potential presence of bone fragments.  There has been one reported injury due to consumption of the products, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says there is one reported injury associated with the ...

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Healthcare leaders want drug company payments to doctors made public

A group of Canadian healthcare leaders wants pharmaceutical companies to have to disclose how and why they pay people who prescribe their drugs, saying it would show potential bias and help build trust. Seventeen people signed an open letter sent to Health Minister Jane Philpott this week, saying Canada should follow the lead of countries such as France, Denmark and the United ...

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Doctor calls for stop of ‘demeaning’ practice of watching women swallow Mifegymiso ‘abortion pill’

Doctors should stop the “demeaning” practice of supervising a woman while she swallows the Mifegymiso abortion pill, a professor says. Dr. Wendy Norman teaches at the University of British Columbia and chairs family planning research for the Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She said a myth exists that physicians are required to watch a patient ingest ...

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Concerns about integrity of public health-care system prompt audits in B.C

With the blessing of the federal government, British Columbia is putting three health clinics under the financial microscope amid long-standing concerns about overbilling and the integrity of the country’s public health-care system. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said her department reached an agreement with B.C. to audit the three clinics in hopes of rooting out the practice of extra-billing for ...

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Kids should not be allowed to play contact sports, warns concussion expert

Friday August 11, 2017 more stories from this episode With NFL pre-season games underway, concerns over concussions — and their long-term effects on players — is more serious than ever according to irrefutable proof detailed in a study last month. It reveals after examining brains of 111 deceased football players, all but one showed signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or “CTE.” ...

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Toronto harm reduction advocates pushing for pop-up safe-injection sites

Harm reduction advocates in Toronto are calling on the city to allow pop-up safe injection sites amid a series of overdose deaths. The Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance and Ontario Coalition Against Poverty say the opioid crisis gripping the city is too severe to wait for the city to open its three safe-injection sites, the first of which is expected to ...

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