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Coronavirus patients hold hands during a visit at the hospital in Cambridge

Coronavirus patients George Gilbert, 85 and his wife Domneva Gilbert 84, hold hands during a short visit as they are being treated in different areas, both part of the TACTIC-R trial, at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge, Britain May 21, 2020. Picture taken May 21, 2020. The new trial known as TACTIC-R is testing whether existing drugs will help prevent the body’s immune system from overreacting, which scientists hope could prevent organ failure and death in COVID-19 patients. Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool via REUTERS »


A Palestinian boy is kissed by his mother upon their reunion

Palestinian boy Hamza Ali Mohammed, 2, who was treated for a congenital heart disease in a hospital in Israel and separated from his family for two months due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, is kissed by his mother upon their reunion at a checkpoint near Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank May 7, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman »

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CBD: cannabidiol for pain and health issues: so far ‘maybe’

Many see this extract of cannabis to be a magic bullet for a wide variety of health issues. Unlike THC which is another cannabis extract, cannabidiol (CBD) is non-psychoactive and anecdotally has been reported to have beneficial effects for pain, »


More children poisoned by cannabis, warns hospital

The Montreal Children’s Hospital is warning people to use extreme caution when storing cannabis and to realize it is dangerous for children. Where it used to be rare for children to come to the hospital for cannabis use or intoxication »


Don’t eat laundry pods, warn officials

As stupid as it sounds, Canadian health officials are having to warn people to stop eating laundry pods and to stop challenging each other to do so. Since 2013, Health Canada issued warnings aimed at preventing very young children from »

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Fighting HIV: novel approach shows great promise

Using viruses to kill viruses It is a perfect example of research in one area leading to developments in another. Researchers in Ottawa, internationally recognised for innovative cancer research, were working with a virus which targets cancer cells. Fellow researchers »

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A faster emergency room analysis that could save lives around the world

It’s called “The Ottawa Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Rule” and it was years in development. To most people it sounds incomprehensible, but it will save some people with a brain aneurysm from a debilitating injury, or even death. Dr Jeffrey Perry (MD »


Jimmy Carter taken to Canadian hospital

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was taken to hospital in the western Canadian city of Winnipeg suffering from dehydration. The 92-year old was in the city and in Edmonton earlier this week volunteering with a charity he favours called Habitat »

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Extending hours for hospital visits shows positive benefits

Generally in Canadian hospitals there are specific and limited times for families and friends to visit patients in hospital.  That is changing. From the couple of hours at a time during specified periods in the day, the new thinking is »

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Remembrance Week: Frontline war surgeon

Andrew Beckett, joined the military as a high school dropout, He has since gone on to become a trauma surgeon and authority on trauma techniques. His skills and lessons learned at front line battlefield hospitals are helping to improve emergency »