Health

Teen vaping rates fall in U.S., survey finds

Teen vaping in the United States, which has been skyrocketing, fell dramatically last year. A government survey released Thursday suggests the number of high school and middle school students using electronic cigarettes fell to 2.2 million last year, from three million the year before. Health officials have worried about the booming popularity of vaping products among kids and the potential ...

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Probation lifted at McGill’s med school, but accrediting body slams program’s diversity

McGill’s prestigious medical school is no longer on probation, but the accrediting body that oversees the program says it is still admitting too few minorities. The Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools decided to lift the two-year probation on the school following a review earlier this year. In a letter to the school, however, the accreditation body slammed McGill’s record on ...

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How to stay safe when lightning strikes

Lightning is a common occurrence in the summer months and the spectacular shows can draw viewers out of their homes. Although lightning can be exciting and beautiful to watch, it is dangerous and must be viewed safely. Whoo Hoo!!! #Bucketlist shot!!!10 mins ago, hometown grain elevator!!!Leader #Saskatchewan #SkStorm #ExploreSask@Stormhour pic.twitter.com/woxRSTKhu1 — @ryanwunsch Every year, lightning is responsible for about 10 deaths ...

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‘Please don’t ask for tranquillizers’: Doctor’s note to First Nations patients has chief calling for apology

A Miramichi, N.B., doctor was asked to apologize Thursday for displaying a note in his office asking “native patients” not to request tranquillizers or pain medications. The note, hand-printed in capital letters, was affixed to the reception desk at Dr. Allister Carter’s office.  “Attn: Native patients please don’t ask for tranquillizers or pain medications,” the note said. Chief George Ginnish of the Natoaganeg First Nation said he wants an apology.   ...

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Study shows unhealthy scepticism about flu shot

A recent study from the University of Waterloo shows that half of people who avoid the flu shot, do so because they believe it’s not important or it’s not effective.

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Bird flu could spread more easily among humans through 3 mutations: researchers

Scientists have identified three mutations that, if they occurred at the same time in nature, could turn a strain of bird flu now circulating in China into a potential pandemic virus that could spread among people. The flu strain, known as H7N9, now mostly infects birds. But it has infected at least 779 people in outbreaks in and around China, ...

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How a men-only support group is helping those struggling with chronic pain

Thursday June 15, 2017 more stories from this episode It’s estimated one in five Canadians live with chronic pain. The physical and psychological effects can be debilitating and isolating. New research in the U.S. has found a dramatic increase in suicides among men over 50. The factors are complex, but chronic pain is considered to be one of the main ...

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Canada lags when it comes to child hunger, violence: UNICEF ranking

Canada ranks 37th on a list of 41 wealthy countries for children having access to enough nutritious food, a UNICEF report says, and higher-than-average rates of child homicide and teen suicide also point to a need for action. More than 22 per cent of Canadian children live in poverty and most issues related to kids showed no improvement or worsened ...

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Nature’s Path recalling granola for possible listeria contamination

Nature’s Path Foods Inc. is recalling Nature’s Path brand Coconut & Cashew Butter Crunchy Granola from store shelves due to possible Listeria contamination. The 720-gram packages, which carry a best-before date of March 2, 2018, are sold at Costco warehouse locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Affected products would have a UPC of 58449172192 printed on them. The Canadian Food ...

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