Health

Some facts and figures on medical marijuana, subject to new rules Tuesday

OTTAWA – Facts and figures on medical marijuana in Canada, which is subject to new rules on Tuesday that require patients to acquire their pot from government-approved producers rather than home-grown supplies. (A temporary Federal Court injunction has delayed full implementation of the new regime until a legal hearing.) Number of authorizations to possess under …

Critics vow to keep fighting after US appeals court upholds Texas’ abortion restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas—A federal appeals court has upheld Texas’ tough new restrictions on abortion, meaning Dr. Lester Minto’s clinic near the Mexican border will stay closed. But Minto, who has been providing abortions for three decades, insists he’ll keep helping women who call his shuttered clinic. His is among at least 19 clinics that have closed …

Flu vaccine production issue may be behind last year’s modest protection: study

TORONTO – The 2012-13 influenza season was a harsh one, and one in which flu vaccine offered disappointingly modest protection against the main circulating strain, H3N2. The limited protection — around 41 per cent for healthy adults and a mere nine per cent for seniors — was surprising, given that the H3N2 viruses causing illness …

CHDS holds dental mission in tragedy-stricken Visayan provinces

Manitoba health officials warn that man with measles was at sports tournaments

Wikipedia photo WINNIPEG–Manitoba health officials are warning that a case of measles has been detected in the province and that the man with the highly contagious disease attended several public places. The patient, a man in his 40s, lives in the Interlake area and is currently in hospital. He attended a badminton tournament in Winkler, …

Shredded cheese products sold in western Canada recalled due to Listeria fear

Wikipedia photo OTTAWA–Castle Cheese Inc. is recalling Okanagan’s Choice Cheese brand shredded cheese products due to possible Listeria contamination. The cheese is sold in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba. Four products are involved Nacho Blend – Cheddar, Mozzarella Shredded Cheese, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Shredded Mozzarella Cheese and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency …

Dole’s Italian Blend salad being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination

Photo: Facebook Page of Dole OTTAWA – Dole brand Italian Blend salad is being pulled from store shelves because of possible Listeria contamination. The salad, made by Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., is sold in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick but may have also been sold in other provinces. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the …

Experts call for additions to strengthen act amending drug legislation

Photo: Facebook Page of Canadian Medical Association Journal TORONTO – Several experts say the federal government’s attempt to strengthen the powers of the Food and Drug Act haven’t gone far enough. They applaud some of the provisions in Bill C-17, but say additional powers are needed to protect the public. They make their argument in …

WHO urging people to limit sugar calories to below 10%, below 5% if possible

Photo: Facebook Page of World Health Organization TORONTO–The World Health Organization is again urging people to lower the amount of sugar they eat, suggesting there are health benefits to restricting so-called free sugars to less than five per cent of one’s dietary intake. For the average adult, that would be about six teaspoons (30 millilitres) …

Rare skin infection traced to raw seafood from fish markets in NYC Chinatowns

Photo: Facebook Page of Fish Market NEW YORK–A rare skin infection has been traced to raw seafood purchased at fish markets in New York City’s three large Chinese neighbourhoods, city health officials said Wednesday. There have been 30 reported cases of infection caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium marinum, according to the city Health Department. …

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