Health

You can’t get Ontario’s free abortion pill without an ultrasound — a hurdle for rural doctors

Women across Ontario can now theoretically access the abortion pill Mifegymiso for free — but physicians warn there are still major barriers to access. The Ontario government had first promised to publicly fund the medication, also known as RU-486, in its spring budget, saying it wanted to provide women with more autonomy around their reproductive health, especially those living in rural ...

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‘Opioid crisis is an emergency,’ Trump declares

Updated Opioids ‘a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had,’ U.S. president says The Associated Press Posted: Aug 10, 2017 3:22 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 10, 2017 3:44 PM ET Related Stories U.S. President Donald Trump officially declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. Trump made the announcement before holding a security briefing Thursday at his golf course ...

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Pediatricians offer strategies for talking to kids about bad news

Parents wondering how to talk to their children about tragedies such as natural disasters or attacks have a new resource to help them, published online in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics. “There have been a lot of changes in how we receive news and the types of news we receive, which has impacted the information that kids are exposed to,” said Dr. Megan Moreno, a pediatrician and ...

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Thousands more possibly tainted eggs found in Britain

British food safety authorities say far more eggs possibly tainted with the pesticide Fipronil have been imported to the United Kingdom from elsewhere in Europe than previously thought. But they say the number is a tiny fraction of the eggs consumed each year in the country.  The Food Standards Agency says it’s likely that the number of eggs that have come ...

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Access to abortion pill in Sask. unclear

Saskatchewan remains the only prairie province where women have to pay out of pocket to access the abortion pill — something advocates and public health experts believe must change. The Alberta government recently announced universal coverage had been extended to Mifegymiso — more commonly called the abortion pill — which costs about $300. New Brunswick became the first province to do so, ...

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Music therapy may not lead to big benefits for kids with autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) don’t benefit from the addition of music therapy on top of their usual treatments, according to results from a large international clinical trial.         Researchers found that children with ASD in nine countries scored similarly on a test of their social skills whether or not they had received the music therapy.          “Music therapy ...

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‘We need that tool in our toolkit’: Chef Michael Smith voices support for GMO foods

Celebrity chef Michael Smith came out in support of genetically-modified food at a consultation about Canada’s Food Policy. Smith joined federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay at a consultation Wednesday in Charlottetown — the first of five public consultations being held across the country over the next two months. The sessions, which includes stakeholders, Indigenous representatives, experts, and key policy makers, will discuss ...

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Woman’s swollen lips traced to severe Polysporin ointment allergy

A woman developed a severe allergic reaction to the antibiotic ointment Polysporin, say doctors in Ottawa who want consumers to substitute another product in routine wound care. The 28-year-old woman went to the dermatology department one Ottawa hospital after three days of itchy, red, scaly swelling of her lips and swollen cheeks that caused her difficulty eating and drinking, dermatologists said. The rash ...

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Youth homelessness linked to foster care system in new study

 A first-of-its-kind study in Canada is drawing a link between youth homelessness levels and a foster care system that researchers say could be playing a more active role in keeping young people off the streets. The study, to be released Wednesday, found nearly three out of every five homeless youth were part of the child welfare system at some point ...

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2nd coroner’s inquest this summer hears Inuk man in need of medical care was presumed drunk

In a span of just two weeks, two different coroner’s inquests in Nunavut heard that two different men were delayed getting proper medical care because police or a doctor assumed they’d been drinking. A coroner’s jury examining the 2013 death of Victor Kaludjak, 50, released 24 recommendations to help the territorial government prevent similar deaths in the future.  The jurors heard last week that when Kaludjak visited ...

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