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    Pharmacare may appeal to premiers seeking consensus this week in N.B.

    Pharmacare may appeal to premiers seeking consensus this week in N.B.


    Canada's premiers have been calling for a national pharmacare program since 2004. But they may never have been as close to getting one as they are this year — if they can put differences aside and agree on how to do...

    Canada's premiers have been calling for a national pharmacare program since 2004. But they may never have been as close to getting one as they are this year — if they can put differences aside and agree on how to do it.

    CRISPR gene editing can cause serious DNA damage, U.K. research finds

    CRISPR gene editing can cause serious DNA damage, U.K. research finds


    Scientists studying the effects of the potentially game-changing gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 have found it can cause unexpected genetic damage that could lead to dangerous changes in some...

    Scientists studying the effects of the potentially game-changing gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 have found it can cause unexpected genetic damage that could lead to dangerous changes in some cells.

    Canadian video debunking fake online health claims becomes viral hit

    Canadian video debunking fake online health claims becomes viral hit


    A Canadian science communicator wanted to show how people's emotions and desire for easy answers can be manipulated when it comes to science and health information. His fake video with a very real message now has millions of...

    A Canadian science communicator wanted to show how people's emotions and desire for easy answers can be manipulated when it comes to science and health information. His fake video with a very real message now has millions of views.

    Flesh-eating disease leaves Langley, B.C., man fighting for life

    Flesh-eating disease leaves Langley, B.C., man fighting for life


    In the beginning, the only sign that something was seriously wrong with Rob Erke was the pain and a small bump on his left shoulder — there was no wound, no scratch, no insect...

    In the beginning, the only sign that something was seriously wrong with Rob Erke was the pain and a small bump on his left shoulder — there was no wound, no scratch, no insect bite.

    Website promotes tackling insomnia without use of medication

    Website promotes tackling insomnia without use of medication


    A website created by a Nova Scotia pharmacist aims to help Canadians wean themselves off sleeping pills by teaching them how to treat insomnia without...

    A website created by a Nova Scotia pharmacist aims to help Canadians wean themselves off sleeping pills by teaching them how to treat insomnia without drugs.

    Supreme Court rules B.C. doesn't have to disclose health records to cigarette maker

    Supreme Court rules B.C. doesn't have to disclose health records to cigarette maker


    British Columbia does not have to hand over the detailed health care records of millions of people to tobacco company Philip Morris International, says Canada's top court. Friday morning's unanimous Supreme Court decision clears a hurdle in the...

    British Columbia does not have to hand over the detailed health care records of millions of people to tobacco company Philip Morris International, says Canada's top court. Friday morning's unanimous Supreme Court decision clears a hurdle in the province's quest to sue cigarette companies for billions in health-care costs.

    Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay nearly $4.7B in ovarian cancer case

    Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay nearly $4.7B in ovarian cancer case


    A jury in St. Louis, Mo., has awarded nearly $4.7 billion US in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer, in the first case against the company that...

    A jury in St. Louis, Mo., has awarded nearly $4.7 billion US in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer, in the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder.

    Health Canada ordered to release confidential drug company data on HPV vaccines

    Health Canada ordered to release confidential drug company data on HPV vaccines


    A Federal Court judge has ordered Health Canada to release to an American researcher reams of clinical trial data on five medications, undercutting the federal government’s attempts to keep the information...

    A Federal Court judge has ordered Health Canada to release to an American researcher reams of clinical trial data on five medications, undercutting the federal government’s attempts to keep the information confidential.

    Pediatricians need more information on medical marijuana for kids, study says

    Pediatricians need more information on medical marijuana for kids, study says


    About half of Canadian pediatricians surveyed say they've had a young patient who has used cannabis for medical reasons, but most are unwilling to prescribe it due to a lack of evidence about its effectiveness or safety for children and...

    About half of Canadian pediatricians surveyed say they've had a young patient who has used cannabis for medical reasons, but most are unwilling to prescribe it due to a lack of evidence about its effectiveness or safety for children and adolescents.

    Tiny balloon catheter used by military stops bleeding in trauma patients

    Tiny balloon catheter used by military stops bleeding in trauma patients


    A balloon catheter that is inflated inside the aorta to stop severe bleeding was approved by Health Canada in late 2017 and the McGill University Health Centre is now believed to be the only institution in the country employing the life-saving...

    A balloon catheter that is inflated inside the aorta to stop severe bleeding was approved by Health Canada in late 2017 and the McGill University Health Centre is now believed to be the only institution in the country employing the life-saving device.

    Mom takes aim at pharmacy over daughter's close call with nut allergy

    Mom takes aim at pharmacy over daughter's close call with nut allergy


    A mother in Delta, B.C., has filed a complaint with the province's College of Pharmacists over what she calls "horrifying and heartbreaking" treatment her daughter received last week when she had a severe allergic reaction at a London Drugs...

    A mother in Delta, B.C., has filed a complaint with the province's College of Pharmacists over what she calls "horrifying and heartbreaking" treatment her daughter received last week when she had a severe allergic reaction at a London Drugs pharmacy.

    Ontario going back to old sex-ed curriculum in fall, PCs say

    Ontario going back to old sex-ed curriculum in fall, PCs say


    Ontario's education minister says the sex-ed curriculum taught to children in the coming school year will be an older version, not the controversial updated program brought in by the previous...

    Ontario's education minister says the sex-ed curriculum taught to children in the coming school year will be an older version, not the controversial updated program brought in by the previous government.

    The poisonous secret hidden in some souvenirs arriving at Halifax airport

    The poisonous secret hidden in some souvenirs arriving at Halifax airport


    When the snow starts to fly, border services officer Christopher McIntosh has a good idea what he'll find in the luggage of Halifax vacationers returning from down south, and they often don't know about a potential...

    When the snow starts to fly, border services officer Christopher McIntosh has a good idea what he'll find in the luggage of Halifax vacationers returning from down south, and they often don't know about a potential danger.

    Boys recovering in hospital after Thai cave rescue doing well, health officials say

    Boys recovering in hospital after Thai cave rescue doing well, health officials say


    As ecstatic relatives watched and waved from behind a glass barrier, the 12 boys and their coach rescued from deep within a flooded cave in Thailand made the V-for-Victory sign from their beds in a hospital isolation ward where they are recovering from...

    As ecstatic relatives watched and waved from behind a glass barrier, the 12 boys and their coach rescued from deep within a flooded cave in Thailand made the V-for-Victory sign from their beds in a hospital isolation ward where they are recovering from the 18-day ordeal.

    Trump says the U.S. is not against breastfeeding, calls New York Times story 'fake news'

    Trump says the U.S. is not against breastfeeding, calls New York Times story 'fake news'


    President Donald Trump says the U.S. opposed a World Health Assembly breastfeeding resolution because it called for limits on the promotion of infant formula, not because of objections to...

    President Donald Trump says the U.S. opposed a World Health Assembly breastfeeding resolution because it called for limits on the promotion of infant formula, not because of objections to breastfeeding.