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Thousands die from medical errors yearly, notes advocacy group

In Canada, medical errors account for 28,000 deaths yearly, according to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute which campaigns to reduce that number. Errors are said to be the third leading cause of death in Canada after cancer and heart disease,» 


Canada approves two new drugs to fight opioid crisis

The Canadian government calls the opioid crisis one of the most serious public health issues in Canada’s recent history noting that 10,337 people died of opioid overdose between January 2016 and September 2018. It has announced approval of two new» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Millions die after surgery worldwide, say researchers

A new study suggests that 4.2 million people die each year in the 30 days after surgery making this the third leading cause of death around the world. Using available information, researchers found that this number of post-surgery deaths exceeds» 

International, Society

More journalists killed in 2018

The number of journalists killed for the work they do nearly doubled this year, according the the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. At least 53 journalists were killed somewhere in the world between January 1 and December 15, 2018.» 

Health, International

Tobacco plain packaging spreading worldwide

The Canadian Cancer Society is lauding what it calls tremendous momentum worldwide for plain packaging on tobacco products. An international report says there are now 25 countries and territories moving forward with plain packaging including Canada. Plain packaging was implemented» 


Hot humid weather claims lives in Quebec

An extended period of hot and humid weather is linked to the deaths of as many as 16 people in the province of Quebec and the heat wave is expected to last another two days. Some people have air conditioning» 

Health, Society

Drug checking finds most were not what Vancouver users expected

An overdose crisis in the western city of Vancouver prompted officials to ask for samples of street drugs to test their contents. Analysis of 1,714 substances found that more than 60 per cent contained none of the drug that clients» 

Health, Society

Opioid prescription drugs to carry mandatory warning labels

The Canadian government will require opioids dispensed at pharmacies or in doctors’ offices to carry a sticker warning the medication can cause dependence, addiction and overdose. This and other measures will take effect in October 2018 in answer to the» 


Record number of deaths in Canada in 2014

In 2014, Canada recorded the highest number of deaths since the government started collecting such statistics in 1921. This is partly because the overall population is growing and because a large proportion of the population is getting old, where mortality» 

Health, Society

Smoking kills 125 people a day, costs billions: study

The Conference of Board of Canada says smoking is responsible for a “devastating health burden” that highlights the need for the government to toughen its efforts to cut the use of tobacco. Using figures from 2012, the board’s study found»