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    Is psychedelic drug therapy on track to become as ubiquitous as meditation?

    Is psychedelic drug therapy on track to become as ubiquitous as meditation?


    Psychedelic drugs show promise as a treatment for severe mental illnesses and addiction, but some believe the drugs could also benefit people without a mental health...

    Psychedelic drugs show promise as a treatment for severe mental illnesses and addiction, but some believe the drugs could also benefit people without a mental health diagnosis.

    Sex and the senior: They're doing it, so get over it

    Sex and the senior: They're doing it, so get over it


    A British researcher says stereotypes persist when it comes to seniors having sex, and that’s affecting their health and...

    A British researcher says stereotypes persist when it comes to seniors having sex, and that’s affecting their health and well-being.

    Privacy experts say choosing life insurance tied to fitness tracking could have unintended consequences

    Privacy experts say choosing life insurance tied to fitness tracking could have unintended consequences


    Insurance giant John Hancock has announced a switch to 'interactive' life-insurance policies only, which offer incentives for things like wearing a fitness tracking device. Privacy experts worry these optional programs won't be optional don't the...

    Insurance giant John Hancock has announced a switch to 'interactive' life-insurance policies only, which offer incentives for things like wearing a fitness tracking device. Privacy experts worry these optional programs won't be optional don't the road.

    Alcohol abuse kills 3 million a year globally, most of them men: WHO

    Alcohol abuse kills 3 million a year globally, most of them men: WHO


    More than three million people died in 2016 due to drinking too much alcohol, meaning one in 20 deaths worldwide was linked to harmful drinking, the World Health Organization said on...

    More than three million people died in 2016 due to drinking too much alcohol, meaning one in 20 deaths worldwide was linked to harmful drinking, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

    Nursing students warn time lost to teacher work stoppage could hurt patients

    Nursing students warn time lost to teacher work stoppage could hurt patients


    York University nursing students are concerned they're being thrown into hospitals lacking crucial skills after losing up to 100 clinical hours due to the strike, and they're worried that will adversely affect the patients they'll care...

    York University nursing students are concerned they're being thrown into hospitals lacking crucial skills after losing up to 100 clinical hours due to the strike, and they're worried that will adversely affect the patients they'll care for.

    New Canadian Medical Association head calls for debate on decriminalizing opioids

    New Canadian Medical Association head calls for debate on decriminalizing opioids


    The new president of the Canadian Medical Association wants to see politicians debate the pros and cons of decriminalizing opioids, despite the federal government saying it is not interested in such a...

    The new president of the Canadian Medical Association wants to see politicians debate the pros and cons of decriminalizing opioids, despite the federal government saying it is not interested in such a move.

    Smoking linked to higher dementia risk

    Smoking linked to higher dementia risk


    Smoking is well known for its many negative health consequences, but its impact on the brain is relatively less...

    Smoking is well known for its many negative health consequences, but its impact on the brain is relatively less studied.

    Want life insurance? You may want to track your fitness, says John Hancock

    Want life insurance? You may want to track your fitness, says John Hancock


    John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that include optional fitness tracking through tools including wearable devices and...

    John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that include optional fitness tracking through tools including wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday.

    Passengers bleed from ears, noses after Indian flight loses cabin pressure

    Passengers bleed from ears, noses after Indian flight loses cabin pressure


    A Jet Airways flight has returned to Mumbai, India's financial capital, after dozens of passengers complained of ear pain and nose bleeding due to a loss in cabin...

    A Jet Airways flight has returned to Mumbai, India's financial capital, after dozens of passengers complained of ear pain and nose bleeding due to a loss in cabin pressure.

    What happens when your neighbours smoke up, and it could kill you?

    What happens when your neighbours smoke up, and it could kill you?


    A woman who has a life-threatening allergy to cannabis lives in a condo where owners voted down a proposal to ban weed smoking in the...

    A woman who has a life-threatening allergy to cannabis lives in a condo where owners voted down a proposal to ban weed smoking in the units.

    Nova Scotia to allow 'X' as sex option on birth certificates

    Nova Scotia to allow 'X' as sex option on birth certificates


    Nova Scotians who don't exclusively identify as male or female will have the option of choosing "X" on their birth certificates under changes proposed by the...

    Nova Scotians who don't exclusively identify as male or female will have the option of choosing "X" on their birth certificates under changes proposed by the province.

    Low-carb diet better when it includes more vegetables, nuts

    Low-carb diet better when it includes more vegetables, nuts


    People who cut back on carbohydrates may end up increasing their risk of premature death if they load their plates with meat and cheese instead of vegetables and nuts, a U.S. study...

    People who cut back on carbohydrates may end up increasing their risk of premature death if they load their plates with meat and cheese instead of vegetables and nuts, a U.S. study suggests.

    Belleisle Farms brand coleslaw recalled due to Listeria

    Belleisle Farms brand coleslaw recalled due to Listeria


    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled Belleisle Farms Ltd. brand coleslaw due to Listeria monocytogenes...

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled Belleisle Farms Ltd. brand coleslaw due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

    Your used smartphone could be helpful for blind people

    Your used smartphone could be helpful for blind people


    The Canadian National Institute for the Blind will accept donations of old smartphones, which will be scrubbed of previous data, loaded with accessible apps and delivered to people with sight loss who need...

    The Canadian National Institute for the Blind will accept donations of old smartphones, which will be scrubbed of previous data, loaded with accessible apps and delivered to people with sight loss who need them.

    N.S. woman choosing to die earlier than she wants due to 'extreme' assisted-dying law

    N.S. woman choosing to die earlier than she wants due to 'extreme' assisted-dying law


    A Nova Scotia woman who is choosing a medically assisted death says she will end her life earlier than she really wants because she's worried doctors will deny her the procedure if she loses her mental capacity to consent before that time...

    A Nova Scotia woman who is choosing a medically assisted death says she will end her life earlier than she really wants because she's worried doctors will deny her the procedure if she loses her mental capacity to consent before that time arrives.

    California sues maker of Humira for alleged kickbacks to doctors

    California sues maker of Humira for alleged kickbacks to doctors


    California filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing pharmaceutical giant AbbVie of illegally plying doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe Humira despite its potentially deadly...

    California filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing pharmaceutical giant AbbVie of illegally plying doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe Humira despite its potentially deadly complications.

    More than 8,000 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada since 2016

    More than 8,000 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada since 2016


    At least 1,036 Canadians died in the first three months of this year due to apparent opioid overdoses, raising the opioid epidemic's death toll to more than 8,000 people since January 2016, according to newly released government...

    At least 1,036 Canadians died in the first three months of this year due to apparent opioid overdoses, raising the opioid epidemic's death toll to more than 8,000 people since January 2016, according to newly released government figures.

    A child dies every 5 seconds, and most are preventable deaths: UN

    A child dies every 5 seconds, and most are preventable deaths: UN


    An estimated 6.3 million children died before their 15th birthdays in 2017, or one every five seconds, mostly due to a lack of water, sanitation, nutrition and basic health care, according to report by United Nations agencies on...

    An estimated 6.3 million children died before their 15th birthdays in 2017, or one every five seconds, mostly due to a lack of water, sanitation, nutrition and basic health care, according to report by United Nations agencies on Tuesday.

    Mom and daughter share 4-year nursing program together, still not sick of each other

    Mom and daughter share 4-year nursing program together, still not sick of each other


    Jordan Erickson and her mother Jody Prince will soon share an experience few mothers and daughters share. Both will graduate from the same four-year bachelor of science in nursing program next...

    Jordan Erickson and her mother Jody Prince will soon share an experience few mothers and daughters share. Both will graduate from the same four-year bachelor of science in nursing program next spring.