Flour, frozen fruit get increased subsidies in major Nutrition North update
Diapers, macaroni, spaghetti, dried beans and frozen french fries are among the new items now going to be subsidized under the Nutrition North program, the federal government announced in Iqaluit Monday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

'Unprecedented' drug shortages affecting many Canadians, new survey suggests
One in four people surveyed say they have either experienced a shortage of their medication, or know someone who has, as Canada grapples with a "dire" problem. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Advocates urge more support for Yazidi refugees suffering seizures from PTSD
Yazidi refugees are suffering from high rates of a rare condition brought on by psychological trauma known as pseudoseizures, advocates and doctors say. Now, they want the government to do more to reunite them with their families and improve access to mental health supports. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

'It never killed anybody': Is this drink really a new 'alcohol alternative'?
Pace is being sold to Canadians as having a buzz similar to alcohol, but without calories or a hangover. Health Canada says it's illegal. But the company disagrees. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Teen vaping in Canada has taken a 'worrisome' turn
University of Waterloo Prof. David Hammond's new statistics on teen vaping in Canada over the last six months were so troubling he presented his data to Health Canada instead of waiting to publish it in a scientific journal. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Ebola spreads to major Congo city
The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Federal health research agency racks up big expenses after scientists reject web meetings
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research wanted to save money by moving to web-based meetings in 2016. But it reverted to the old model of face-to-face meetings in response to critical blowback from medical researchers. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Federal agency racks up big expenses after scientists reject web meetings
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research wanted to save money by moving to web-based meetings in 2016. But it reverted to the old model of face-to-face meetings in response to critical blowback from medical researchers. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Why hazing continues despite physical and mental health consequences
A practice with deep historical roots, hazing has led to physical, sexual and emotional abuse — and even deaths — yet still continues in Canada and the U.S. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Former firefighter pushes for stronger carbon monoxide laws across Canada after multiple poisonings
A former firefighter who lost four family members to carbon monoxide poisoning is urging Canadians to be aware of the risks and take the necessary life-saving precautions this winter. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Couple charged in child's death want millions from Alberta government for their defence
The Alberta couple accused of causing their son's death by refusing to take the sick boy to a doctor wants their trial delayed until the provincial government pays them $1 million and puts $3 million in trust for defence fees at their upcoming trial. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Despite concerns, opioids remain legitimate pain medications, says Health Canada
In an email, Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette said opioids are legitimate medications that help alleviate pain, and a recall may not be needed. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

India's polluted air claimed 1.24 million lives last year, study says
India's toxic air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017, or 12.5 per cent of total deaths recorded that year, according to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health on Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Liberals drop contentious anti-abortion test for summer jobs funding
Contentious wording in Ottawa's summer jobs program that tied pro-choice beliefs on abortion to funding eligibility is being dropped after a backlash to what was styled last year as a values test. Instead, the federal Liberals have retooled the 2019 version of the Canada Summer Jobs program. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Alberta boy with thyroid cancer runs, plays after taking U.S.-approved drug
This winter, Kayley Leeds can watch her nine-year-old ski and run around with his siblings, but a year and a half ago, her little boy was more likely to be in bed. A new cancer drug, recently approved in the United States, has changed her family's life. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Talcum powder could pose danger to lungs and ovaries, Health Canada warns
Don't inhale talcum powder and keep it away from children's faces and female genitals, Canada's health and environment agencies advised on Wednesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Talcum powder may be associated with respiratory illness and possibly ovarian cancer, Health Canada warns
Don't inhale talcum powder and keep it away from children's faces and female genitals, Canada's health and environment agencies advised on Wednesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Cutting global air pollution could save a million lives a year by 2050, WHO says
Meeting climate targets set in Paris in 2015 would significantly reduce air pollution, a World Health Organization report released at the climate change summit in Poland says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

New report calls for 'urgent action' over mercury poisoning of Grassy Narrows youth, mothers
A new report shows mercury poisoning of the English-Wabigoon river system is having serious, detrimental effects on the health of youth and mothers in Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation). (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Thunder Bay Source Type: news

Healthy baby born to woman following uterus transplant from deceased donor
Brazilian doctors are reporting the world's first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Annual grocery bill for average Canadian family could rise $400 next year, study predicts
The price of food could increase by up to 3.5 per cent in 2019, an annual study of food prices predicts, but there’s good news for Canadian consumers buying meat and seafood, which are projected to become cheaper. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Your grocery bill could rise 3.5% in 2019 due to soaring vegetable prices, study predicts
The price of food could increase by up to 3.5 per cent in 2019, an annual study of food prices predicts, but there’s good news for Canadian consumers buying meat and seafood, which are projected to become cheaper. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Is Ontario's patient ombudsman next on the Ford government chopping block?
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott won't indicate whether her former job as the province's patient ombudsman is on the chopping block. The role has been vacant since she quit in February and there's no indication her government is searching for a replacement. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Don't use rapid tests to rule out strep throat, many pharmacists directed
In Nova Scotia — one of the three provinces where in-pharmacy strep tests are available — the College of Pharmacists says it agrees with infectious disease specialists that the rapid tests shouldn't be used to diagnose strep throat, especially in children. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Your meals are speeding up climate change, but there's a way to eat sustainably
Scientists say there are lots of simple things you can do to eat more sustainably — without going vegan, or even giving up the foods you enjoy. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Technology & Science Source Type: news

White House claim on fentanyl from China misses the mark
U.S. President Donald Trump is claiming victory in getting China to designate fentanyl a controlled substance, but China took that step against the deadly opioid years ago. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Rampant student vaping leads B.C. high school to lock up bathrooms
A North Vancouver high school is locking up almost all of its student bathrooms, blaming "a very serious issue" with vaping. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

N.L. seniors restrained in long-term care twice the national average: Report
A report published last week found that 12.1 per cent of seniors in long-term care homes in Newfoundland and Labrador are kept in daily physical restraints, second only to Yukon, at 14 per cent — both more than twice the national average. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

NL seniors restrained in long-term care twice the national average: Report
A report published last week found that 12.1 per cent of seniors in long-term care homes in Newfoundland and Labrador are kept in daily physical restraints, second only to Yukon, at 14 per cent — both more than twice the national average. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

Measles threat looms in Philippines as trust in vaccines declines
Just seven per cent of eligible children in conflict areas in the southern Philippines were immunized against measles this year, WHO says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

How Ice, Ice, Baby helped one P.E.I. couple 'savour each and every moment'
Sheldon O’Meara has lived with cystic fibrosis for as long as he can remember and has recently been relegated to a hospital bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/PEI Source Type: news

How a Vanilla Ice song helped one P.E.I. couple 'savour each and every moment'
Sheldon O’Meara has lived with cystic fibrosis for as long as he can remember and has recently been relegated to a hospital bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/PEI Source Type: news

Software glitch may have delayed medical results for hundreds of patients
In total, up to 615 patients could have been affected by the notification delay, between November 2017 and November 2018. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

From at-home orthodontics to coconut-flavoured floss: Meet the startups disrupting the dental industry
A host of companies are disrupting the dental industry with everything from at-home orthodontic impressions to coconut-flavoured dental floss in Instagram-worthy packaging to a $290 toothbrush alternative that promises to clean your teeth in six seconds. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Feeling 'sliced up inside': Birth control implant Essure led to pain, serious problems for some women
A lack of detailed information about Essure, a permanent birth control implant, and the adverse reactions women were having to it, put some women's health in jeopardy, a CBC News/Fifth Estate investigation found. The investigation also found that Health Canada, which is responsible for regulating medical devices, hasn’t been transparent about Essure's licencing or reporting problems with it. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Is there a way to keep E. coli out of romaine lettuce?
So far 24 Canadians have been infected during an outbreak of dangerous E. coli infection linked to romaine lettuce from California, an incident that is eerily similar to another outbreak a year ago. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

CBC News's joint investigation into the sometimes murky world of medical devices
They can give someone a new lease on life — and even save a life. Millions of Canadians currently have medical devices implanted somewhere in their body. But they can also malfunction, causing injury or death. Catch up on this week's coverage. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

'It was made to seem like getting a haircut': Patient says breast implant sales pitch glossed over risks
Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the world, with 10 million women opting for breast implants during the past decade. We took hidden cameras into the offices of three Toronto plastic surgeons to review how they explain and sell the procedure. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

'We can get you to the beach the next day': Breast implant marketing plays on insecurities, minimizes risks
Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the world, with 10 million women opting for breast implants during the past decade. We took hidden cameras into the offices of three Toronto plastic surgeons to review how they explain and sell the procedure. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Scientists fear backlash from gene-edited babies claim could jeopardize research
Researchers say the shock created by Chinese scientist He Jiankui's claim that he helped make the world's first gene-edited babies could set back responsible studies into preventing genetic disorders. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

U.S. help urged near Ebola outbreak epicentre but security questions remain
Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow U.S. government disease specialists — "some of the world's most experienced" — to return to northeastern Congo to help fight the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now 2nd largest in history
The World Health Organization says Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Health minister vows to strengthen oversight of medical devices after investigation reveals problems
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says she is "deeply concerned" by problems with implanted medical devices that have been been revealed by investigative journalists and has pledged to make changes. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Rare cancer linked to breast implants, but Health Canada says no safety advisory is needed
At least 25 Canadian women have developed a rare cancer linked to breast implants — and almost all of them had the same type of textured implant, according to researchers. But Health Canada has no plans to remove this implant from the market or to directly alert Canadian women who have the implants, an investigation by Enquête and Radio-Canada has shown. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Research links rare cancer to breast implants, but Health Canada says no safety advisory is needed
At least 25 Canadian women have developed a rare cancer linked to breast implants — and almost all of them had the same type of textured implant, according to researchers. But Health Canada has no plans to remove this implant from the market or to directly alert Canadian women who have the implants, an investigation by Enquête and Radio-Canada has shown. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

China halts research team's work on gene-edited babies
China's government orders a halt to work by a medical team that claims it helped make the world's first gene-edited babies, as a group of leading scientists declared it's still too soon to try to make permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by future generations. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

B.C. man first person convicted for sale of so-called miracle tonic
Health Canada has been warning about MMS for years, the so-called Miracle Mineral Solution, a bleach-like product that can cause serious illnesses. Now, a B.C. man has been convicted of packaging, advertising and selling the solution. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Lack of progress on climate change is putting Canadians' health at risk, doctors say
The Canadian Medical Association says it agrees with the findings of a report published by the Lancet journal documenting the health toll of pollution, heat waves, forest fires and infectious disease spread. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Chinese scientist reports 3rd pregnancy in baby-gene editing experiment
As American researchers say they tried to discourage He Jiankui from pursuing what he claims are the world's first genetically edited babies, the Chinese scientist insists he is proud of his work and revealed that another volunteer is pregnant. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Chinese scientist reports another pregnancy in baby-gene editing experiment
A Chinese scientist at the centre of an ethical storm over what he claims are the world's first genetically edited babies said on Wednesday he is proud of his work and revealed that another volunteer is pregnant as part of the research. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news