News/Health

Don’t give opioid-based cough, cold medication to children, Health Canada warns

February 18, 2019

Young children and adolescents should not be given cough and cold products containing opioids, such as codeine, after a safety review found early opioid use “may be a factor in problematic substance use later in life,” Health Canada says. In an advisory issued Monday, the federal agency said “as a precautionary measure,” those under 18 […]

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An often-overlooked risk, the science of slips and falls can be life-saving

February 17, 2019

“All right,” instructs the teacher. “Standing nice and tall. Use your chair for support please. With your right leg, we’re going to lift it up to the side: one, two, three, four five. And again.” Erin Harris goes through the movements: The 74-year-old stands behind a chair and slowly stretches her left leg, before repeating the movement with the right. […]

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Preventing the next fall: Slips, stumbles and spills dangerous for seniors

February 17, 2019

“All right,” instructs the teacher. “Standing nice and tall. Use your chair for support please. With your right leg, we’re going to lift it up to the side: one, two, three, four five. And again.” Erin Harris goes through the movements: The 74-year-old stands behind a chair and slowly stretches her left leg, before repeating the movement with the right. […]

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You and your poo: Why fecal medicine could be the next big buzz

February 16, 2019

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. At a downtown Toronto hospital researchers are testing a remarkable hypothesis — that transplanting poop from a healthy person could treat bipolar […]

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‘Double-edged sword:’ Teens’ long-term cannabis use tied to higher depression risk

February 13, 2019

Young people who use cannabis face a greater long-term risk of developing depression and thinking of suicide, a McGill University-led review of published studies suggests. Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, a psychiatry professor at McGill, and her team in Montreal and London, U.K., analyzed international studies on more than 23,000 people under the age of 18 who […]

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Safety review of breast implants re-opened after Implant Files stories

February 12, 2019

Health Canada is re-opening its safety review of breast implants after more Canadian women were identified with symptoms of a rare cancer. The department said that, as of Jan. 1, 2019, it had received reports of 22 confirmed cases and another 22 suspected cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma or  BIA-ALCL — not a breast […]

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Youth smoking decline stalls in U.S. — and vaping may be to blame

February 11, 2019

Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has flattened, according to new numbers released Monday. There may be several reasons, […]

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U.S. PhRMA’s fight to prevent lower Canadian drug prices

February 9, 2019

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Offers of voluntary price freezes, backroom meetings with the powerful U.S. drug lobby, and rising industry rhetoric — those are some […]

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‘We ran out’: Flu shot cupboards fall bare at some pediatricians’ offices

February 8, 2019

Parents of young children in Ontario and Nova Scotia are having trouble accessing flu vaccines, which health authorities say aren’t simple to move around. Pediatrician Jacob Rosenberg in Toronto is one of the doctors telling families his shelves are bare after uptake of the vaccine was strong. “So far, the flu vaccine has been shown […]

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Bias against funding Canada’s female scientists revealed in study

February 7, 2019

A new Canadian analysis in The Lancet validates complaints that the awarding of research grants is biased against female scientists. The analysis found women are less likely to receive valuable research dollars if their grant applications are reviewed based on who the lead scientist is, rather that what the proposed project is. The study, titled […]

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