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Health, International

Increased flu risk for those born during a pandemic: study

A new study suggests that people who were born at the time of an influenza pandemic have a higher risk of dying in a future pandemic. The elevated risk could be as much as 30 to 40 per cent. This» 

Health

Salt reduction was only modest with voluntary targets: Health Canada

The Canadian government’s health department has found that voluntary sodium reduction targets set in 2012 have had “modest” results in cutting the salt content of processed foods and that “additional measures are needed.” It had set reduction targets for 94» 

Health, Society

Beloved Montreal priest dies

Father Emmet Johns was a priest in Montreal, but one who’s “chapel” was mostly the downtown streets of the city. His death at age 89 was announced this past weekend. In 1988, after a lifetime as a parish priest, at» 

Health, Society

Montreal hospital investigates linguistic “incident”

No French? No treatment. Man claims he was insulted and belittled by Francophone doctor An incident at a hospital in the mainly French speaking province of Quebec is making news, but not in a good way. A Polish-Canadian resident in» 

Health, Society

Private weight loss surgery was expensive, caused complications

One in four Canadians are obese and many seek surgery to help them lose weight. Where health is an issue, bariatric surgery is offered through the publicly-funded health care system. But the waits used to be long so some people» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Smartphone producers need to do more to stop kids from getting addicted to devices

Apple and other smartphone producers need to do more to fight addiction to these ubiquitous devices among children, says a Canadian global affairs analyst and a former spokesperson for UNICEF. Michael Bociurkiw’s call comes as two major Apple investors –» 

Health, Society

Canadian researchers learn to reprogram cells to fight TB

A team of Canadian researchers may have discovered a new way to combat tuberculosis by learning to reprogram the body’s own immune cells to kill invading TB bacteria, according to a new study published online today in the journal Cell. According» 

Health, Society

Mystery donation is largest ever for mental health

Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital has just received a 100-million-dollar anonymous donation. This is the largest-ever Canadian donation for mental health and will be dedicated to finding the causes and cures for mental illness. Over six million» 

Health

Opioid-affected babies should be kept with moms, say doctors

The Canadian Paediatric Society has issued new guidelines for the health care of babies born suffering from exposure to their mothers’ use of opioid drugs during pregnancy. The number of children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome is going up in» 

Health, International, Society

Breastfeeding with a smartphone not smart

Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding an infant while on a smartphone can be bad for both mother and baby. This was one of several findings revealed in an article in last weekend’s Globe and Mail newspaper by Eric Andrew-Gee. Under the provocative»