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    Want to lose weight? More sleep could help, doctors say

    Want to lose weight? More sleep could help, doctors say


    When Ian Patton started his PhD, sleepless nights became typical — and he started craving junk food. Research suggests it's not uncommon for those who sleep less to gain weight, simply because there's more time in the day to...

    When Ian Patton started his PhD, sleepless nights became typical — and he started craving junk food. Research suggests it's not uncommon for those who sleep less to gain weight, simply because there's more time in the day to snack.

    A daily dose (or 2): Curious minds turn to CBD to treat range of ailments

    A daily dose (or 2): Curious minds turn to CBD to treat range of ailments


    With cannabis now legal in Canada, curious minds are seeking out marijuana-based treatments, like CBD — a compound of cannabis — for treating on-going medical conditions, some even using it to wean themselves off prescription...

    With cannabis now legal in Canada, curious minds are seeking out marijuana-based treatments, like CBD — a compound of cannabis — for treating on-going medical conditions, some even using it to wean themselves off prescription medications

    Will price be a barrier to new cancer immunotherapy?

    Will price be a barrier to new cancer immunotherapy?


    A revolutionary new cancer treatment is on the market and available for Canadians, but provinces have been advised not to cover it unless the price comes...

    A revolutionary new cancer treatment is on the market and available for Canadians, but provinces have been advised not to cover it unless the price comes down.

    Feeling lonely? You're not alone - and it could be affecting your physical health

    Feeling lonely? You're not alone - and it could be affecting your physical health


    With researchers sounding the alarm that loneliness can cause serious physical as well as mental harm, and statistics indicating rates are on the rise, here are coping strategies people are using to deal with their feelings of being...

    With researchers sounding the alarm that loneliness can cause serious physical as well as mental harm, and statistics indicating rates are on the rise, here are coping strategies people are using to deal with their feelings of being disconnected.

    Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

    Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company


    More than 1,000 government entities have sued Purdue, along with other drugmakers and distributors, claiming they are partly culpable for a drug overdose crisis that resulted in a record 72,000 deaths in the U.S....

    More than 1,000 government entities have sued Purdue, along with other drugmakers and distributors, claiming they are partly culpable for a drug overdose crisis that resulted in a record 72,000 deaths in the U.S. 2017.

    Alberta judge says no money for couple charged in son's meningitis death

    Alberta judge says no money for couple charged in son's meningitis death


    An Alberta couple facing a retrial in the meningitis death of their son will not get $4 million they wanted the government to give them for past and future legal fees, a judge said...

    An Alberta couple facing a retrial in the meningitis death of their son will not get $4 million they wanted the government to give them for past and future legal fees, a judge said Friday.

    Mother of 3-year-old killed by flu shares story, advocates for vaccine

    Mother of 3-year-old killed by flu shares story, advocates for vaccine


    Caylee Donovan's three-year-old daughter died as a result of the flu. Now, she's sharing her daughter's story with others to help them make the right choices for their...

    Caylee Donovan's three-year-old daughter died as a result of the flu. Now, she's sharing her daughter's story with others to help them make the right choices for their families.

    Debate brews over ruling that sends Kitchener, Ont. nurse back to work after stealing drugs

    Debate brews over ruling that sends Kitchener, Ont. nurse back to work after stealing drugs


    A Kitchener, Ont. nurse who was fired in 2016 after admitting to stealing and using opioids from the care home where she worked will get her job back. She'll also be compensated for injury to 'dignity, feelings and self respect.' But the ruling by an...

    A Kitchener, Ont. nurse who was fired in 2016 after admitting to stealing and using opioids from the care home where she worked will get her job back. She'll also be compensated for injury to 'dignity, feelings and self respect.' But the ruling by an arbitrator concerns one labour lawyer.

    Family blames understaffing at care home for elderly woman's broken hip

    Family blames understaffing at care home for elderly woman's broken hip


    Violet Holwell, 84, broke her hip when she fell out a bed at the long-term care home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Her family believes it's due to understaffing at the...

    Violet Holwell, 84, broke her hip when she fell out a bed at the long-term care home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Her family believes it's due to understaffing at the facility.

    20-year-old paralyzed by falling tree during B.C. storm 'can't wait to get home'

    20-year-old paralyzed by falling tree during B.C. storm 'can't wait to get home'


    A snapped tree fell on Alex Higden's flatbed truck during the severe storm in B.C. on Dec. 20. It broke part of his back, but Higden's father said he's already set his sights on going...

    A snapped tree fell on Alex Higden's flatbed truck during the severe storm in B.C. on Dec. 20. It broke part of his back, but Higden's father said he's already set his sights on going home.

    Naturopaths still making 'unacceptable' number of dubious claims face minimum $500 fines

    Naturopaths still making 'unacceptable' number of dubious claims face minimum $500 fines


    B.C.'s naturopathic college is promising immediate action against practitioners who make false claims and spread anti-vaccination disinformation after finding an "unacceptable" number of violations of its...

    B.C.'s naturopathic college is promising immediate action against practitioners who make false claims and spread anti-vaccination disinformation after finding an "unacceptable" number of violations of its policies.

    UN health chief orders probe into misconduct

    UN health chief orders probe into misconduct


    The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal probe into allegations that the agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top...

    The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal probe into allegations that the agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top managers.

    Yellow carbon monoxide monitors 'worth their weight in gold' to B.C. paramedics

    Yellow carbon monoxide monitors 'worth their weight in gold' to B.C. paramedics


    Two years ago, it became mandatory for paramedics in B.C. to wear the monitors while on shift. The devices are credited with potentially saving at least three lives at a family home in Vancouver on Tuesday night — and, experts say, likely many more...

    Two years ago, it became mandatory for paramedics in B.C. to wear the monitors while on shift. The devices are credited with potentially saving at least three lives at a family home in Vancouver on Tuesday night — and, experts say, likely many more lives in recent years.

    Next on Ford's chopping block: regional health care agencies called LHINs

    Next on Ford's chopping block: regional health care agencies called LHINs


    In what would be its first major move to restructure Ontario's health system, the Doug Ford government is considering a sharp cut to the bureaucracies that are supposed to co-ordinate health care services at the local...

    In what would be its first major move to restructure Ontario's health system, the Doug Ford government is considering a sharp cut to the bureaucracies that are supposed to co-ordinate health care services at the local level.

    Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet

    Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet


    Scientists in nutrition, health and sustainability compile what a healthy diet looks like — and also how to provide that food for a world population growing to 10...

    Scientists in nutrition, health and sustainability compile what a healthy diet looks like — and also how to provide that food for a world population growing to 10 billion.

    'They'll talk to my wife. But I'm right there,' says man living with dementia

    'They'll talk to my wife. But I'm right there,' says man living with dementia


    An expert panel has released a report outlining the best ways to tackle the growing incidence of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia among Canadians as a basis for a national strategy on the progressive brain...

    An expert panel has released a report outlining the best ways to tackle the growing incidence of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia among Canadians as a basis for a national strategy on the progressive brain diseases.

    Immunizations still urged as Alberta heads into second half of flu season

    Immunizations still urged as Alberta heads into second half of flu season


    Halfway through the influenza season, it appears Albertans aren’t being hit as hard as they were last year. But a provincial health official says we’re not out of the woods...

    Halfway through the influenza season, it appears Albertans aren’t being hit as hard as they were last year. But a provincial health official says we’re not out of the woods yet.