News/Health

Brain-injury device licensed by Health Canada was rejected by the FDA

April 19, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s refusal to license a therapeutic device intended to help brain-injured people is raising questions about the rigour of Health Canada’s approval process. The FDA spent seven months reviewing the application, along with clinical evidence, before rejecting the licensing application for the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS), while Health Canada licensed […]

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Medical malpractice suits are an uphill battle — here’s why

April 18, 2019

In the fall of 2016, Jim Wiseman was in the hospital to have his bladder removed as part of his cancer treatment. “I know that I had no choice; if I didn’t have it removed, I’d die of cancer,” recalled Jim Wiseman, 78, at his home in Innisfil, Ont. Everything, he was told, went according […]

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‘I had a hard time breathing’: Changes urged over airplane cabin fumigation

April 15, 2019

Rania Khunaysir didn’t see it coming when she booked a last-minute Caribbean vacation for her young family. The Toronto parent had no idea the airplane cabin would be fumigated with them on board just before they landed in Jamaica, despite guidelines that say passengers should be clearly and repeatedly informed of the requirement before they fly.  “Suddenly there was […]

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Pesticide on planes: Parents call for changes after cabin fumigated with passengers on board

April 15, 2019

Rania Khunaysir didn’t see it coming when she booked a last-minute Caribbean vacation for her young family. The Toronto parent had no idea the airplane cabin would be fumigated with them on board just before they landed in Jamaica, despite guidelines that say passengers should be clearly and repeatedly informed of the requirement before they fly.  “Suddenly there was […]

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Madagascar measles epidemic kills more than 1,200 despite desire for vaccinations

April 14, 2019

Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children. They fear a measles epidemic that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor. As Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history and cases soar well beyond 115,000, there is poor […]

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Time out for time outs: Why pediatricians now promote ‘positive parenting’

April 14, 2019

The latest parenting advice from Canada’s pediatricians is to shift away from shaming, blaming and any other types of negative discipline to what they call positive parenting. Positive parenting is a set of principles to correct children’s misbehaviour with greater empathy and communication and less punishment — and sticking with it at the times when it’s […]

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Why 2nd-worst Ebola outbreak is growing concern

April 13, 2019

The World Health Organization has decided that the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo is not yet a global health emergency, causing frustration among some health experts. With multiple rebel groups active in the region, wary communities sometimes resisting health workers and a heavily travelled border nearby, the risk of regional spread […]

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‘Help!’ Health Canada asks Canadians for advice on problem of youth vaping

April 13, 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. What would you do to keep teens from vaping? Health Canada wants to know. On Thursday, the federal agency issued a […]

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Fisher-Price recalls Rock ‘n Play sleepers in U.S. after more than 30 babies die

April 13, 2019

Fisher-Price has recalled nearly five million infant sleepers in the United States after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone who bought a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. The sleepers, which […]

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‘Immunity can wear off over time’: doctors highlight undervaccination in adults

April 12, 2019

Vaccinations are commonly considered a childhood health issue, but if adults think they’re protected, doctors say that’s not always the case. Some adults may need a vaccination booster for highly contagious infectious diseases like measles. Amid travel-related measles cases in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, New York City, New Jersey, California, Michigan, Washington state as well […]

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