Health

Saskatchewan’s 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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Sickboy podcast tackles chronic illness with laughter

more stories from this episode One of the first things you’ll notice about 29-year-old Jeremie Saunders is his cough. It’s a regular part of who he is. But what resonates is his laughter. Saunders was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a baby. It’s a genetic illness that affects mostly the lungs and pretty much guarantees a shortened lifespan.  He lives openly with the disease ...

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New mother who lost limbs to flesh-eating disease sues Halifax hospital

​Lindsey Hubley was diagnosed with flesh-eating disease four days after giving birth and is now a quadruple amputee, has undergone a total hysterectomy and has spent the first seven months of her son’s life in hospital. Now, she’s taking legal action against the IWK Health Centre and several Halifax-area doctors for alleged wrongdoings in her care during the birth and ...

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Child and teen obesity soars 10-fold worldwide in 40 years, WHO finds

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study said on Wednesday. Childhood and teen obesity rates have levelled off in the United States, north-western Europe and other rich countries, but remain “unacceptably high” there, researchers at Imperial College London and the World Health ...

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CTE confirmed in young B.C. bull rider who suffered repeated concussions

A young B.C. man who died earlier this year has become the first confirmed case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a professional bull rider, doctors have confirmed. Ty Pozzobon was a rising star in the rodeo world when he took his own life in January at the age of 25. The Merritt, B.C., man was named the 2016 Professional Bull ...

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Patients of female surgeons have slightly better outcomes, study suggests

Patients of female surgeons did slightly better following surgery than those whose surgeons were male, according to a Canadian study published in a British medical journal. The BMJ study compared outcomes for patients undergoing one of 25 surgical operations by female surgeons with patients undergoing the same procedures by male surgeons. The doctors were the same age, with similar levels of experience. A total of 104,630 patients were treated by 3,314 surgeons over ...

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Alcohol doses ‘through the roof’: Popular, potent alcoholic drinks landing Quebec young people in ER

On a typical Saturday night in Montreal, four or five teens end up in hospital with alcohol poisoning, and a Montreal emergency room physician worries a new generation of potent, premixed drinks are part of the problem. Dr. Robert Foxford said he believes beverage companies distributing drinks with high doses of alcohol, sugar — and in the case of the recently introduced FCKD UP, caffeine — and marketing them to ...

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New book helps kids from remote communities feel more comfortable heading to the hospital

When kids from northern communities have to fly south to see a doctor it can be scary to see the tall buildings and bustling streets for the first time. A new book, translated into three Indigenous languages, is helping make the journey a bit more understandable. My New Friend was developed by the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba to help Indigenous children ...

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UN starts cholera immunization campaign for Rohingya refugees

UN agencies and Bangladesh’s Health Ministry began a massive cholera immunization campaign Tuesday to stem a possible outbreak of the waterborne disease among more than a half million Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh. No cases of the potentially life-threatening disease have yet appeared in makeshift camps in Bangladesh. UNICEF said the vaccination campaign involves ...

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