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British Columbia Premier Says Risk of Opioids Without a Prescription Is ‘Zero’

British Columbia Premier David Eby says there is a “zero percent chance” the province will implement the provincial health officer’s recommendations that alternatives to opioids and other street drugs be available without a prescription. Eby says he has “tremendous respect” for Dr. Bonnie Henry, who he credits with saving countless lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that it’s okay to …

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Frank Cameron’s wife shares his story in hopes it can improve health care for others

The call Chris Cameron received from the hospital on Jan. 16 said her husband, Frank, had fallen. He had only a small cut on his head, but he was crying and asking for her, she was told. She arrived at Victoria General Hospital a short time later to find him in a wheelchair, waiting for her at the nurses’ station. …

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His cancerous larynx has been removed. Now he can speak again.

As it happens7:22His cancerous larynx has been removed. Now he can speak again. Just a few months ago, Marty Kedian of Haverhill, Massachusetts, couldn’t speak a word. He didn’t know if he ever would again. But in February, Kedian underwent a total larynx replacement after being diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and undergoing years of surgery. “I had an 82-year-old mother …

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What is Listeriosis? The Disease Behind the Plant-Based Milk Recall

Reduce the font size of the article Increase the font size of the article Several people in Ontario have fallen ill with listeriosis in an outbreak that has prompted a nationwide recall of certain plant-based milks that may have been contaminated with Listeria. Listeria bacteria are found in soil, sewage, and untreated water. Also in foods such as meat, seafood, …

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Muskoka officials delay hospital plans after doctors’ outcry

After protests from doctors, a health care organization in the Muskoka region has indicated it will consult more with the community before submitting a final plan to the province for the redevelopment of its two hospital sites. Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, which operates hospitals in the cities of Huntsville and Bracebridge, is conducting what it calls a capital redevelopment of its …

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Can’t Make Head or Tail of Medical Scans? A Canadian Woman Found a Way – National

Kristy Dickinson of Burlington, Ontario, has a rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which can cause her to experience chronic pain throughout her body and frequent dislocations of joints. For years, she endured the pain without knowing she had the disease. It took seven years to get a diagnosis; while she waited to find out what was wrong, she spent …

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Nova Scotia wants to change the way it screens for cervical cancer

Nova Scotia plans to follow the lead of other provinces in how it screens for cervical cancer, but the transition from Pap smears to HPV testing will take at least two years, the legislature’s health committee heard Tuesday. Dr. Robert Grimshaw, medical director of Nova Scotia Health’s cervical cancer screening program, told the committee that the effectiveness of the human …

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Bird flu is on the move – these are the different strains worldwide – National

Avian influenza, or bird flu, has public health officials on edge after an unprecedented spread among dairy cows in the United States this year. Four dairy farmers have also tested positive in the country. A particularly severe variant of the H5N1 strain has been spreading around the world in animals since 2020, causing deadly outbreaks in commercial poultry and sporadic …

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Dispute with clinic leads to postponement of hundreds of cataract surgeries in Winnipeg

A dispute between the provincial government and a private clinic has led to hundreds of cataract surgeries being postponed, with at least one patient being told she will have to wait another six months. Ann Bowman, 72, had been anxiously awaiting the surgery for two years and noticed her vision slowly deteriorating. The surgery was scheduled to take place this …

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Recall of Silk and Great Value plant-based beverages linked to 9 cases of listeriosis in Ontario

Nine confirmed cases of listeriosis have been reported in Ontario as part of an ongoing investigation into recalled herbal refrigerated beverages, according to provincial health officials. On Monday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced a recall of certain Silk and Great Value refrigerated oat and almond beverages that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Ontario’s chief medical officer of …

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