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Defibrillators coming to all OCDSB schools

Automated external defibrillator

Senior staff with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board decided Tuesday to have defibrillators installed by September 2018 in all of the board's schools, a week after a CBC story revealed 78 of the board's 119 elementary schools did not have the potentially life-saving devices.

  •  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:13:12 EDT

'There was a screw-up': UBC researchers pull paper linking vaccine component to autism

chris shaw

Researchers from the University of British Columbia are retracting their scientific paper linking aluminum in vaccines to autism in mice, because one of the co-authors claims figures published in the study were deliberately altered before publication — an issue he says he realized after allegations of data manipulation surfaced online.

  •  Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:00:00 EDT

Missouri appeals court tosses $72M US award in talcum powder case

Johnson and Johnson talc powder cancer

A Missouri appeals court that vacated a $72 million US award to an Alabama woman who claimed her use of Johnson & Johnson products that contained talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer has thrown the fate of awards in similar cases into doubt.

  •  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:30:33 EDT

Cannabis research booms with backing of commercial growers

Alaska Marijuana

The budding marijuana industry is spurring new research around cannabis that will have long-term effects on a variety of fields, from farming to new medicine, as companies look for solid scientific data on the substance.

  •  Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:24:59 EDT

Plague cases double in Madagascar in a week

Madagascar Plague

With dozens dead from a plague outbreak in Madagascar, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday it is deploying its first-ever plague treatment centre to the island nation.

  •  Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:33:46 EDT

Healing invisible wounds with the Art Cart

Delroy Flowers

The Gifts of Light non-profit group in Toronto supplies patients at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health with free hygiene products, clothing - and now art classes.

  •  Sat, 14 Oct 2017 05:00:00 EDT

Marijuana is not an all-purpose medical cure

Medical marijuana

As a medical doctor, my concern is that as marijuana becomes more easily available, Canadians may become more inclined to self-medicate with this so-called "miracle drug."

  •  Sat, 14 Oct 2017 05:00:00 EDT

Ottawa pays back $10M withheld from Quebec over patient user fees

Federal Cabinet Retreat 20170913

Ottawa has quietly given Quebec back almost $10 million it withheld from the province two years ago as punishment for charging patients fees to access health services. But the move has not softened Quebec’s position or compelled the province to admit it did anything wrong.

  •  Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:00:00 EDT