Health

Should you go to the ER? Signs to watch for

Not feeling well, slipped on the ice? Dr. Tom Dorran, ER physician and executive director of medical affairs for Health PEI, has some advice about when you need to go to the emergency room. Dorran told CBC News winter is a busy time in ERs with both respiratory illnesses and falls being more common. “You take a busy emergency room ...

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Added sugar often found in Canadian products marketed as ‘healthy,’ researchers find

When researchers looked at more than 40,000 packaged foods and beverages in Canada, they found that 66 per cent have added sugars, including some infant formulas, baby foods and breakfast cereals. Researchers from Public Health Ontario and the University of Waterloo examined the ingredients of 40,829 packaged foods and drinks sold in March 2015 at a national grocery retailer.  In a study published in ...

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Woman allergic to cold lives in Saskatoon — where it is -26 today

Try living in Saskatoon, where temperatures in the winter can dip below –20 C, when you’re allergic to the cold. For 30 years, Marlyne Wight has suffered from Cold Urticaria, a condition that makes her skin red and itchy and makes her body swell up like a balloon when exposed to cold temperatures. When she tells people about her allergy, no one believes ...

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Billions wasted on drug spending in Canada, exclusive research shows

Canada wasted $15 billion over the last five years on highly priced prescription drugs, in part because of questionable drug company sales tactics, according to exclusive research and a hidden camera investigation by the fifth estate. John Herbert, a director for Express Scripts Canada, says money can be saved by Canadians and their employers choosing to take advantage of ‘lower-cost, ...

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How a sports injury turned an athletic teen into an opioid addict

Danielle MacPherson’s story of how she became hooked on opioids is so ordinary, it serves as a cautionary tale that anyone can become a hard-core drug addict. The native of Howie Centre, a small Cape Breton community, was an athletic teenager who got a natural high from sports. A high school cheerleader with a slight frame, she was the flyer thrown into the ...

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How the stressed brain boosts heart attack risk

Being stressed out increases our risk of heart disease and stroke, and the key to how to counter it may lie in calming the brain, a new medical study suggests. Psychological stress has long been considered a source of sickness. But personal stress levels are difficult to measure and there isn’t direct evidence of the link, even though population studies ...

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Canadian fighting to ban asbestos ‘betrayed’ by filmmaker accused of corporate espionage

An Ottawa woman fighting to get asbestos banned around the world says she feels betrayed to learn a man who represented himself as a sympathetic filmmaker is accused of being a corporate spy who was paid to gather evidence on the anti-asbestos movement. Laura Lozanski, an occupational health and safety officer with the Canadian Association of University Teachers, was one ...

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Father convicted of failing to provide necessaries of life for son promotes nutritional supplements

A man who went to jail after using natural remedies to treat his son’s meningitis is going to Prince George, B.C., to promote nutritional supplements sold by his family’s business — a move that is sparking controversy online. David Stephan and his wife were charged with “failing to provide the necessaries of life” after their nearly 19-month-old son Ezekiel died of bacterial meningitis. The couple testified they ...

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Trump taps vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to launch review

President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policy, Kennedy says Thomson Reuters Posted: Jan 10, 2017 2:57 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017 2:57 PM ET Related Stories Vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he will oversee a presidential panel to review vaccine safety and science at the request of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in a move likely to ...

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