Health

Let them eat steak: Charlottetown doc calls for food guide facelift

Don’t be surprised if Dr. Laura Hogan tells you to have a glass of whole milk and cook up a steak — the Charlottetown physician is one of a growing number of practitioners who want the next version of Canada’s Food Guide to change and reflect new science. “The food guide definitely has some deficits and it really still has ...

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Epic court battle over private health care rages in B.C. courts

An epic legal battle is raging in British Columbia’s Supreme Court over Canada’s public healthcare system, with one side arguing allowing private health care could solve chronic wait times while the other argues it could dismantle a national economic jewel. The case revolves around crusader Dr. Brian Day’s Cambie Surgery Centre, which charges patients for services. B.C.’s Medical Services Commission, the provincial Health ...

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Challenging antibiotic orthodoxy, your brain on music and the dangers of wealth inequality

Every week, we’re on the lookout for thought-provoking and off-the-radar bits of health news. Here’s a selection of stories from this week’s health newsletter, Second Opinion. Get the full newsletter in your inbox every Friday morning. Subscribe to Second Opinion. Finish your pills – or maybe not? You know the rule: when your doctor prescribes antibiotics take all the pills in the bottle, even ...

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Many prescription opioid addicts engage in ‘doctor shopping’ before overdose deaths

When Jordan Miller died from an opioid overdose, it wasn’t from fentanyl or another substance he had bought on the street — it was from legally prescribed drugs he had obtained after visiting several different doctors. The source of the drugs he took is far more common than most would imagine. New Alberta figures show nearly 40 per cent of those ...

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A Really Good Day: How microdosing LSD helped Ayelet Waldman pull back from the depths of depression

Friday February 10, 2017 more stories from this episode by Brent Bambury (@notrexmurphy) John Lennon, looking back on the first time the Beatles and their wives took LSD, describes a night of surreal hysteria. “It was insane going around London,” he told Rolling Stone magazine in 1971. “When we went to the club, we thought it was on fire and then we thought it was ...

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Sugary drink consumption by youth equivalent to 13 sugar cubes a day

The guzzling of sugary beverages such as juice and energy drinks is projected to result in more than 63,000 deaths over the next 25 years in Canada, according to research commissioned by leading health charities. Children and youth consume the most of these drinks, the researchers warn. The Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association and Heart & Stroke were among the ...

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New operating rooms will barely reduce surgery wait times, says iconic B.C. doctor

Adding operating rooms to B.C. hospitals might seem like a win for people waiting for surgery. But according to popular B.C. doctor and researcher Pat McGeer, they won’t do much for the province’s backlog of surgeries. Earlier this week, Vancouver General Hospital announced it would add 16 new operating rooms, while the province committed to investing $25 million to improve access ...

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Paralyzed man suing insurer that says injuries don’t meet definition of paralysis

A former Nova Scotia resident is suing his insurance company after being denied $120,000 he claims he’s entitled to after a freak accident nearly six years ago left him paralyzed from the waist down.  A legal statement of claim says the money was to be paid out to Mitchell Murphy, 28, following an accident where he lost the functional use of both of ...

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‘It creeps in slowly, then … envelops you’: Anna Howard’s sister reflects on depression

Emily Howard sips on a coffee in her home studio, surrounded by large canvases and sunshine flowing in the window. “Anna was so incredibly generous and joyful … she was our ray of sunshine,” said Emily. “She was hilarious. She loved to laugh at herself too.” Anna Howard was Emily’s older sister. After a search, Anna’s body was found on Brackley Beach in ...

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Botulism: What you need to know

Botulism cases are rare in Canada but potentially serious. The culprit? A potent neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria under certain conditions. This week, Loblaw Companies Ltd. expanded a recall of PC Organics baby food pouches because they could permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. “A manufacturing error resulted in excess water in the product, which under certain circumstances could support ...

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