Opioids are poisoning prisons, prompting fears of 'weaponization,' study suggests
The prevalence of deadly opioids in western Canadian prisons has inmates and the officers who guard them increasingly fearful the drugs may be weaponized, a new University of Alberta study suggests. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

Brain differences may be tied to obesity, kids' study says
Could obesity be linked to changes in brain structure? (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Yorkton family worries after city left without pediatrician
Rachel Gregoire's daughter, Alice, has esophageal atresia, which means she regularly needs to see a pediatrician. But since Yorkton lost its only pediatrician in September, the Gregoire family now needs to drive to Regina every two weeks for appointments. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

Alternate payment model is saving province millions at two Alberta clinics
A new report by the Health Quality Council of Alberta reveals two Alberta primary care clinics — using an alternative funding model for doctors — are saving the health-care system millions of dollars a year. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

This new shelter hopes to give addicts with no home and no support a fighting chance
London's largest shelter is reallocating 22 of its private shelter rooms in order to help people who are recovering from addictions and mental health issues (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/London Source Type: news

Neurology patient desperate for medical records 1 year after doctor loses licence
A London doctor stripped of his medical licence in January says he will release the medical records of a former patient who's suffering from Huntington's disease, only after CBC called with questions. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/London Source Type: news

How Canada's broken disability support system is needlessly costing millions, harming mental health
Canada's support system for people with disabilities is flawed, and it's causing people harm as well as needlessly costing millions in tax dollars, writes Dr. Pamela Valentine. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Opinion Source Type: news

Female doctors fill Toronto church with song in honour of Dr. Elana Fric
People packed a church in Toronto on Monday evening to hear a group of female physicians sing in honour of a doctor murdered by her husband three years ago. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

'It's a constant battle': 20% of Canadians say they experience racism, survey reveals
An Environics survey on race relations in Canada has found that 20 per cent of those surveyed said they have experienced some form of racial discrimination. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

'It's a constant battle': Nearly 40% of Canadians experience racism in the workplace, survey reveals
An Environics survey on race relations In Canada has found nearly 40 per cent of those surveyed said they have experienced racial discrimination in the workplace. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

U.S. territory of American Samoa to begin mass measles vaccination this week
Health officials in the U.S. territory of American Samoa say they will begin mass measles vaccinations beginning Friday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Pete Frates, ALS patient who helped create ice bucket challenge, dead at 34
Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose determined battle with Lou Gehrig's disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide, died Monday. He was 34. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Rural doctors worry proposed changes could lead to 'brain drain'
The southeast Saskatchewan town of Wawota, known for its colourful collection of fire hydrants painted to resemble cartoon characters like Garfield, is home to about 550 residents. But one of the struggles of rural life — in this, and in multiple other communities across the prairies — is limited access to health care. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit recalled due to E. coli
A recall has been issued for Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kits due to possible E. coli contamination. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/PEI Source Type: news

'It's just like a chess game': Glut of patients awaiting more appropriate care costs Ottawa hospitals millions
On a typical day, Ottawa hospitals spend more than a quarter of a million dollars caring for patients who are occupying beds they don't really need.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Brain injury from domestic abuse a 'public health crisis,' says B.C. researcher
A British Columbia mother in her late 30s says there was "no support in sight" after she suffered two serious blows to the head at the hands of different partners more than a decade ago. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

'A really positive thing': Wider prescription range for pharmacists applauded
Sexual health experts are calling changes to pharmacists' scope of practice in Nova Scotia a step in the right direction, but say they'd like to know more about what's involved. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Phone line created for patients to report sexual complaints against doctors
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has set up a confidential phone line for patients to report sexual misconduct allegations against doctors. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Singh calls for funding to maintain N.B.'s only privately funded abortion clinic
Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the New Brunswick and federal governments to fund the province's only privately funded abortion clinic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Singh calls for government funding to maintain N.B.'s only abortion clinic
Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the New Brunswick and federal governments to fund the province's only abortion clinic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Ottawa Health Team model will improve patient care, minister pledges
A new health care system unveiled in Ottawa Friday will help free up hospital beds and improve care for patients, including those who need home care and long-term care, the Ontario government says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Dogs may be smarter than we think — and can benefit our health in ways we don't realize
New research suggests dogs may actually be smarter than we give them credit for and they can also have profoundly positive effects on our health.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

How students are making hospital intensive care units less intense for patients and their families
ICUs can be terrifying places, where patients are desperately ill, the medical staff is under pressure and families feel overwhelmed. In Montreal, a group of university students won an award for a new initiative that is designed to help. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radio/The Sunday Edition Source Type: news

These THC vape brands were most commonly linked to hospitalizations, CDC says
U.S. health officials list most commonly used THC products among patients who developed a serious lung illness associated with vaping. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Regulators in Canada, Europe and U.S. probe diabetes drug metformin for carcinogen NDMA
Health Canada and FDA aware some metformin diabetes medicines in other countries were reported to have low levels of NDMA, a cancer-causing chemical that prompted a recall of a commonly used heartburn medication this year. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Measha Brueggergosman returns to the stage with 'so much to live for' after heart surgery
Five months after emergency heart surgery, the opera star who lives in Nova Scotia is returning to the stage for holiday concerts in Toronto next week. She’s also urging women to advocate for their own health as the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s new ambassador. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Newcomers say they're left in limbo by 'unfair' changes to Manitoba health card requirements
Patients afraid to see a doctor. Children unable to get vaccinated. Families not allowed to apply for food hampers as they struggle to put meals on the table. Newcomers say these are just a few ripple effects of new requirements to apply for a Manitoba health card. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Vaping-related illnesses rise in Canada and U.S.
A total of 13 vaping-associated lung illness have been reported in Canada, health officials say, and every U.S. state has now reported cases. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Violence against health workers complicating measles outbreak in Ebola-ravaged Congo
Violence against health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is complicating the response to a massive measles outbreak and accelerating the spread of the disease, which has claimed twice as many lives than an ongoing Ebola epidemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Drug deaths are down, but thousands are still overdosing in B.C, coroner says
The number of illicit drug overdose deaths has dropped in British Columbia, but the coroners service says users need to remain cautious about an unpredictable and toxic drug supply. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Hospital in Spain saves British hiker after 6-hour cardiac arrest
A 34-year-old British woman has been revived by Spanish doctors after enduring a six-hour cardiac arrest brought on by severe hypothermia. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Tufts University cuts ties with Purdue Pharma's Sackler family over opioid crisis
Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

'We're backsliding': Surge in measles cases reported globally
Global data suggests 140,000 people died from measles last year, and health officials say they're alarmed by the rapid growth of the easily preventable disease. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Nova Scotia to become first province to ban sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices
As of April 1, it will be illegal to sell flavoured e-cigarettes and juices in Nova Scotia, making it the first province to announce a full flavour ban. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Health risk warnings ignored as B.C. moves to permanent daylight time, researchers say
If B.C. goes ahead with the switch to permanent daylight time, the sun won’t rise until after 9 a.m. for a full month in Vancouver during the winter. Some parts of the province won’t see the sun until 10 a.m. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Canadian stats on impaired driving deaths incomplete, years out of date
National reports on impaired and distracted driving fatalities, as well as drowning deaths, are delayed and compromised by missing data from British Columbia, a CBC News investigation has found. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

'It is not harmless:' Dentists voice concern over vaping
As concerns about vaping continue to grow, dentists are worried that many people don't know the harm it can do to your teeth. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Organ transplants increase in Canada as wait lists grow longer, report shows
More than 200 people died in Canada last year while waiting for an organ transplant, according to a new report, despite improvements in organ donation practices.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Injured B.C. woman told to call 911 to get from hospital parking lot to emergency door
When Britany Spavin hurt her foot after falling down a flight of stairs, she drove to a nearby hospital to get help. That was the easy part. It was getting from the hospital parking lot to the emergency room that was hard.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

'We have hope': Ottawa pledges to support First Nations suicide prevention strategies
Canada's Indigenous Services Minister has pledged to financially support suicide prevention strategies for First Nations communities. The Assembly of First Nations plans to draft a national strategy, while First Nations in Saskatchewan say they're ready to roll out an existing strategy once they get money. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

Former SickKids Motherisk website now directs to cannabis blog
Toronto's Hospital For Sick Children is warning the public that a website it once ran to help pregnant women and new mothers has fallen into the hands of a third party that runs a cannabis blog. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Former SickKids Motherisk website now directs to cannabis blog, hospital says
Toronto's Hospital For Sick Children is warning the public that a website it once ran to help pregnant women and new mothers has fallen into the hands of a third party that runs a cannabis blog. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Nearly 70,000 patients harmed in Ontario's hospitals each year: Auditor
Nearly 70,000 patients are injured while receiving care in Ontario's hospitals each year, the province's auditor general said Wednesday, calling for immediate government action to help reduce that number. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

No cannabis vaping products, bigger cut of sales for retailers: N.L. government
The provincial government is boosting the commission percentages for licensed cannabis retailers and banning cannabis vape products in Newfoundland and Labrador for now. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

President's Choice brand coleslaw recalled due to possible salmonella
President's Choice brand coleslaw has been recalled by Loblaws due to possible salmonella contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Half of homeless people have experienced traumatic brain injuries, new UBC study suggests
The new study, using data from six countries and dozens of other studies, was prompted by significant evidence of trauma on brain scans from people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Cuts to Alberta health-care system trigger privatization, safety fears
A patient advocacy group is worried potential cuts to front-line health-care workers could jeopardize patient safety, while others fear they could lead to calls for privitization. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Moving Benadryl behind counter won't resolve safety concerns: pharmacists
Pharmacists say moving older antihistamines containing diphenhydramine, such as Benadryl, to behind drugstore counters won't resolve safety concerns and may not be practical given the number of products containing it. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Kitchener-Waterloo Source Type: news

Meet 3 British Columbians shattering stereotypes about their disabilities
A blind artist, a motivational speaker who can’t speak and a young mom with arthritis: these are just three of the British Columbians shattering the stereotypes by simply living their lives. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Adults in the N.W.T. can soon get diagnosed at a new FASD clinic
The N.W.T’s Health and Social Services Authority is launching the Adult Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnostic Clinic, which is expected to open in February 2020. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news