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Broiler chickens feed at a farm in Oklahoma.

2 more poultry workers in Colorado infected with H5N1 bird flu: CDC

News/Health | Fri, 19 Jul 2024 18:40:21 EDT

U.S. health officials announce two more bird flu cases in humans. read more

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WeCook ready-to-eat meatball dish recalled due to possible Listeria contamination

News/Canada/Montreal | Fri, 19 Jul 2024 17:06:53 EDT

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling a WeCook ready-to-eat meatball dish due to possible Listeria contamination. The recall applies to WeCook brand Swiss cheese meatballs with creamy mustard sauce, with a best before date of July 20. read more

A jogger looks toward a hazy sky blanketing Washington, D.C.'s National Mall.

How climate change is affecting when, where and even whether people run

News/Science | Fri, 19 Jul 2024 04:00:00 EDT

From weekend runners to Olympians, people are changing when, where and even whether they run as heat, wildfire smoke and smog make certain types of exercise dangerous. read more

Electron micrograph of a Listeria bacterium in tissue.

Here's what you should know about Listeria contaminations in Canada

News/Health | Thu, 18 Jul 2024 18:02:08 EDT

From pre-packaged salads to six-layer bean dips to mushrooms, the latest Listeria contamination — this time in some plant-based beverages — isn't the first time food or drink products have been recalled in Canada due to the bacteria.  read more

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Alberta's ER staffing crunch getting worse in big cities and small, doctors warn

News/Canada/Calgary | Thu, 18 Jul 2024 07:00:32 EDT

Alberta Health Services is trying to hire dozens of emergency room physicians to fill vacant positions across the province. read more

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2 deaths in listeriosis outbreak linked to plant-based milk recall, Canadian officials say

News/Health | Wed, 17 Jul 2024 21:08:31 EDT

Two people in Ontario have died after being sickened with listeriosis, part of a wider set of cases linked to plant-based beverages that prompted a recall. read more

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Post-secondary students urged to get free meningitis B vaccine before the fall

News/Canada/PEI | Fri, 19 Jul 2024 05:00:00 EDT

Ahead of the new school year, P.E.I's Chief Public Health Office is reminding post-secondary students to get a free meningitis B vaccine.  read more

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Amid housing and addictions crises, transitional help in Thunder Bay, Ont., offers hope

News/Canada/Thunder Bay | Thu, 18 Jul 2024 04:00:00 EDT

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario's transitional housing program supports women and gender diverse people involved with the criminal justice system as they work to meet their long-term housing and recovery goals. Staff and clients say this model of support is essential, but more is needed to reduce wait times for housing and treatment in Thunder Bay. read more

A closeup, from the knee-down, of a person wearing in dark jeans riding an e-scooter.

Montreal Children's Hospital recommends changes to e-scooter rules after serious injuries

News/Canada/Montreal | Thu, 18 Jul 2024 04:00:00 EDT

The Montreal Children's Hospital trauma centre issued recommendations to the Quebec government and warned it about the dangers of e-scooters. It said it treated seven patients in the last three months for e-scooter-related injuries. read more

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Travelling to the U.S. with your dog? Here's what you need to know about the new rules

News/Canada | Wed, 17 Jul 2024 15:24:20 EDT

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Montreal HIV research network to tackle 'explosion' in STIs in new trials

News/Canada/Montreal | Wed, 17 Jul 2024 18:18:23 EDT

A Montreal-based HIV/AIDS research network is expanding its scope in response to a dramatic rise in rates of some sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis and other bacterial infections. read more

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Think your grocery bill is high? Try eating gluten-free

News/Canada/Nova Scotia | Wed, 17 Jul 2024 05:00:00 EDT

Families living with celiac disease struggle to pay for gluten-free food, which is up to five times more expensive than food with gluten. read more

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B.C. doctor calls on the province to cover obesity medications

News/Canada/British Columbia | Wed, 17 Jul 2024 09:00:00 EDT

Dr. Ali Zentner has started a petition to demand the inclusion of medications like semaglutide and liraglutide in B.C. PharmaCare. The two are anti-diabetic and anti-obesity drugs that cost patients up to $450 per month out of pocket. read more

A white bottle of Oxycocet sits beside a pill counting device and clear bottle of pills in a pharmacy.

Prescribed opioids in the ER? You may be getting too many pills, study suggests

News/Health | Mon, 15 Jul 2024 04:00:00 EDT

Researchers are trying to find the sweet spot between minimizing unused opioid prescriptions — to drive down misuse — while still taking care of patients' short-term pain. read more

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This woman needs a new liver. She's beaten the odds for 27 years — but time is now running out

News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador | Tue, 16 Jul 2024 04:30:00 EDT

Janet Hong of Maddox Cove, N.L., has an autoimmune disease of the liver. She was diagnosed 27 years ago — but beat her doctor's projection by a quarter-century. But now her disease has progressed, and she's looking for a new lease on life. read more

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Nova Scotia mother told to stop breastfeeding baby at pool on military base

News/Canada/Nova Scotia | Tue, 16 Jul 2024 08:37:44 EDT

A nursing mother says she was left feeling embarrassed and overwhelmed after being told she wasn't allowed to breastfeed her baby in or on the deck of a pool at a Nova Scotia military base. read more

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100-year-old veteran parachutes out of a plane, raising over $100K for SickKids hospital

News/Canada/Hamilton | Tue, 16 Jul 2024 04:00:00 EDT

Ed Marshall last jumped nearly 80 years ago while training as a paratrooper. On July 12, the 100-year-old leapt from a plane from an altitude of about 3,810 metres over Cayuga, Ont., for a good cause. read more

A child reacts before receiving a vaccine injection at a kids clinic in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2019.

Nearly 3 in 4 infants live where low vaccine coverage drives measles outbreaks: UN

News/Health | Mon, 15 Jul 2024 12:02:38 EDT

About 14.5 million children failed to get vaccinated in 2023 amid a rise in global conflicts that hindered supplies, according to UN estimates. read more

MaryAnn Harris in hospital on a ventilator.

She died from a tick-spread illness most Canadians have never heard of. Why more people could be at risk

News/Health | Sat, 13 Jul 2024 04:00:00 EDT

For years, medical experts have warned a rising number of Canadians are being exposed to ticks carrying an array of dangerous pathogens. Lyme disease is the most familiar, but concerns about anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus are also growing. Are surveillance and awareness efforts keeping pace? read more

2 teens swim in a river near a bridge.

Week-long heat warning issued for Alberta

News/Canada/Calgary | Mon, 15 Jul 2024 21:46:52 EDT

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for much of Alberta ahead of a week of hot weather that it says could see record temperatures for this time of year. The warning was issued on Monday at approximately 3:45 p.m. MT. A meteorologist with the weather agency says hot weather will begin on Tuesday.  read more

CrowdStrike outage hits Canadian hospitals and clinics. Here’s where

CrowdStrike outage hits Canadian hospitals and clinics. Here’s where

Canada/Health/CrowdStrike | Fri, 19 Jul 2024 14:45:37 +0000

A widespread tech outage reportedly, triggered by a software update from cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, disrupted operations at airports, airlines, banks and hospitals. read more

Alberta family warns about dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning on boats

Alberta family warns about dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning on boats

Canada/Health/Lifestyle | Thu, 18 Jul 2024 23:55:16 +0000

A Spruce Grove family has a reminder about boating safety after their six-year-old girl ended up in the emergency room with carbon monoxide poisoning. read more

Rabies in Canada: A look at the disease risk amidst new U.S. dog regulation

Rabies in Canada: A look at the disease risk amidst new U.S. dog regulation

Canada/Health/canine rabies | Thu, 18 Jul 2024 20:21:16 +0000

Recent U.S. regulations on dog entry due to rabies concerns highlight the ongoing threat of the disease, which remains a serious issue in Canada despite a decline in cases. read more

Plant-based milk recall: 2 dead in ‘unusual’ Listeria outbreak

Plant-based milk recall: 2 dead in ‘unusual’ Listeria outbreak

Canada/Health/Listeria contamination | Thu, 18 Jul 2024 12:12:25 +0000

Two people have died in Canada due to Listeria infections in an outbreak that led to a nationwide recall of several plant-based milks last week. read more

Joe Biden gets COVID for 3rd time, has ‘mild symptoms’

Joe Biden gets COVID for 3rd time, has ‘mild symptoms’

Health/Politics/U.S. News | Thu, 18 Jul 2024 12:09:39 +0000

The U.S. president last tested positive for COVID-19 twice in the summer of 2022, when he had a primary case and a rebound case of the virus. read more

Vancouver team caring for 2nd orphan sea otter pup found near Tofino

Vancouver team caring for 2nd orphan sea otter pup found near Tofino

Environment/Health/Marine Mammal Rescue Centre | Wed, 17 Jul 2024 20:44:42 +0000

There's been a ruckus at the Vancouver Aquarium's animal hospital these days as two orphaned sea otter pups call out from opposite ends of the room. read more

Canada ‘blindsided’ by new U.S. border rules on dogs, Holland says

Canada ‘blindsided’ by new U.S. border rules on dogs, Holland says

Canada/Health/Canada-US Border | Wed, 17 Jul 2024 14:41:51 +0000

As Canadians prepare for new strict border rules for dogs coming into effect on Aug. 1, Holland slammed the regulations stating that the rules are "poorly through out." read more

Psychotherapy, counselling services are now tax exempt in Canada

Psychotherapy, counselling services are now tax exempt in Canada

Canada/Consumer/Health | Tue, 16 Jul 2024 14:28:15 +0000

The tax exemption, which was proposed by the federal government in the fall economic statement, went into effect on June 20, the CRA said. read more

Alberta woman who was born despite IUD suffering from rare diseases

Alberta woman who was born despite IUD suffering from rare diseases

Canada/Health/intrauterine device | Sun, 14 Jul 2024 11:00:07 +0000

An intrauterine device is one of most effective forms of contraception, with less than one per cent chance of getting pregnant, experts say. read more

B.C. premier says ‘zero’ chance of no-prescription opioids

B.C. premier says ‘zero’ chance of no-prescription opioids

Health/Justice/Opioids | Fri, 12 Jul 2024 19:46:23 +0000

Premier David Eby says there's a "zero per cent chance" B.C. will implement recommendations by the provincial health officer for no-prescription "safer supply." read more

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