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Health

Pregnant women should get vaccinated, say doctors

In the past, pregnant women were warned to not get vaccinations but now new guidelines are recommending some to protect both her and the coming baby. Pregnant women are at increased risk of flu-related hospitalization, complications and even death, warns» 

Health, Society

Online health care offered by insurance is controversial

Sun Life Assurance Company is offering packages which would give clients access to the services of medical professionals through live video, telephone or text, but medical services offered by private clinics for a fee are controversial. The insurance company is» 

Health

Marijuana should be labelled by officials, say doctors

Canadians must be protected from misleading claims on marijuana products, says the Canadian Medical Association. The organization representing the majority of Canada’s doctors wants government officials and health professionals to design he packaging rather than cannabis producers or distributors. This» 

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, Society

Over half of doctors have symptoms of burn-out: survey

A recent survey suggests that 54 per cent of Canadian doctors have symptoms of burn-out and it’s a problem that physicians themselves don’t like to talk about. This was a topic much discussed at the annual meeting of the Canadian» 

Health, Politics

Marijuana warning issued by New Brunswick doctors

“The legalization of marijuana doesn’t make it safe,” reads a statement by the New Brunswick Medical Society. As the representative of that province’s 1,600 doctors, the organization has launched a public education campaign to highlight the health risks that come» 

Health, Society

Campaign seeks to force drug makers to reveal benefits to doctors

Canada’s opiate crisis has given new impetus to efforts to oblige pharmaceutical companies to report all benefits they confer on doctors. “There’s been some influence from drug industries to potentially prescribe drugs that may not be so clearly beneficial for» 

Health, Society

Medical journal says pot law will harm youth

“The bill as it is written should not pass,” says Dr. Diane Kelsall, editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. She has authored an editorial expressing her concern that the proposed new law would “increase harm to young people.” The» 

Society

Patients need warning about declining fertility, say doctors

So many Canadian couples are delaying child bearing that they need reminding that fertility declines with age, according to the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. The specialists are urging doctors to start talking to women as early as» 

Environment, Health, Society

Tool kit helps Canadian doctors promote active travel

Doctors should encourage their patients to use active modes of transportation and an advocacy group has made that easier. The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment has provided a tool kit for health professionals with advice on how to»