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palliative care

A private member's bill aimed at making end-of-life health care better for Canadians from coast to coast became law Tuesday.

Posted: December 12, 2017, 1:51 pm

The federal government is investigating 21 cases of E. coli in three provinces that are believed to be linked to the consumption of romaine lettuce.

Posted: December 12, 2017, 12:27 pm
Man Flu

Just in time for flu season, a new article in the British Medical Journal explores the science behind a debate that has annoyed sniffling, coughing men and infuriated women for years. Is the "man flu" an actual medical phenomenon? Or, are men simply whinier than women when they're sick?

Posted: December 11, 2017, 11:55 pm

A new study suggests that a full moon is associated with an increased risk of fatal motorcycle crashes.

Posted: December 11, 2017, 11:30 pm

A team of researchers found that by analyzing trends on Google searches and Twitter, they can predict vaccination scares that could eventually lead to disease outbreaks.

Posted: December 11, 2017, 8:06 pm
Peter Pawlik, right, Ross Weiss, left

A hearing-impaired Calgary man is travelling to Austria to get a life-changing medical device surgically implanted that will help him hear clearly for the first time. Because the Alberta government won't pay for the surgery, his retired parents are footing the $50,000 bill.

Posted: December 11, 2017, 2:00 am
Marketplace border babies

If you've been too busy this week to keep up with health and consumer news, CBC's Marketplace is here to help.

Posted: December 10, 2017, 10:00 am
Trying to study

Medical experts in Canada weigh in on 'do not resuscitate' tattoos and new regulations may give Canadians access to previously confidential industry information about drugs.

Posted: December 9, 2017, 2:00 pm
Dentist Kid

A new treatment for tooth cavities could mean that fewer kids need to squirm through complex dental surgeries or go under general anesthetic.

Posted: December 9, 2017, 11:00 am
Diabetes blood sugar test

After months of criticism and accusations it lied to disability advocates, the Canada Revenue Agency is reverting to a previous interpretation of a tax credit used by diabetics and will review applications denied since May 2017.

Posted: December 8, 2017, 4:00 pm
Soleiman Faqiri

When police announced there would be no charges laid in Soleiman Faqiri's death, his family was told to file an FOI request for more details. Now just days away from the 1-year anniversary, that request has been denied, with police saying releasing the details could compromise an ongoing investigation.

Posted: December 8, 2017, 11:00 am
Novoheart specimen in Hong Kong lab

Novoheart Ltd. is the first in the world to use stem cells to grow miniature human heart-like valves and wants to use them to test new drugs — technology that may lead to fewer animals being used as test subjects and save big pharmaceutical firms billions.

Posted: December 8, 2017, 10:00 am
Joe Frieri

Despite promoting responsible gambling, the Ontario government’s program to help addicts stay out of casinos is failing to do so, an investigation by CBC’s The Fifth Estate has found.

Posted: December 8, 2017, 10:00 am
Marijuana Pet Medicine

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to marijuana-based oils and powders. But there's little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects. Vets say research is badly needed.

Posted: December 7, 2017, 1:40 pm
Two children mixed races

A new study from researchers at York University finds most white children as young as five years old show racial bias in favour of other white children.

Posted: December 7, 2017, 10:00 am
Booze bottle on ground in Winnipeg

The mother of a man who died in a Halifax police lockup is calling for an alternative to the so-called drunk tank.

Posted: December 7, 2017, 10:00 am
Nobel-Peace-Prize-White helmets-SYRIA-CRISIS

Evidence that aerial bombing has killed more civilians — one quarter of them children — than opposition fighters in Syria has been published in one of the world's best known medical journals.

Posted: December 7, 2017, 6:23 am

The influenza season in Canada could be shaping up to be a potentially nasty one, with a mixed bag of viruses already circulating in much of the country, say infectious diseases experts.

Posted: December 7, 2017, 2:34 am
apricots warning

The bitter kernels within apricot pits, sold in packages in some health food stores, can release cyanide when eaten. They are sometimes marketed as a "medicinal ingredient."

Posted: December 6, 2017, 10:00 am

There were already concerns about thalidomide when it was approved in Canada. It was withdrawn in Canada in 1962, months after other countries did so. Today, some survivors are demanding more compensation, pointing to the government's negligence.

Posted: December 6, 2017, 10:00 am
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