Health

Admin October 27, 2016

At the height of the AIDS epidemic sweeping across North America, a 1987 New York Post headline screamed: “The Man Who Gave Us AIDS.” That man was Gaétan Dugas, a gay flight attendant from Quebec who had died of the disease three years earlier. He would be demonized as “patient zero,” the man whose  promiscuous ways […]

Admin October 26, 2016

Credit a modest 19th-century Parisian doctor for having invented the stethoscope. In 1816, while examining a female patient with heart disease, Dr. René Laennec faced a conundrum: He needed to hear what was ailing her but was reluctant to press his ear to the woman’s chest. So, the clever doctor improvised, rolling up a notebook into a tight cylinder. […]

Admin October 26, 2016

Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says she’s open to the idea of expanding cardiac services in Red Deer, but cautioned that it won’t happen any time soon. “This is something that’s still in the conversation phases and the research phases and AHS is working on a program for all Albertans throughout the province,” Hoffman told the Calgary Eyeopener on Tuesday. […]

Admin October 25, 2016

Parents of autistic children who were guided by therapists in how to communicate better with their children and practised the approach daily saw a reduction in the severity of autism symptoms, say U.K. researchers. In the parent-mediated social communication therapy or PACT trial, parents of children aged two to four at the severe end of […]

Admin October 25, 2016

Trans fats are fading from the Canadian food supply, but the unhealthy fat is still showing up on supermarket shelves in Nova Scotia. A CBC review of grocery stores around the Halifax region last month found a number of products that exceeded recommended trans fat levels. One of those products was a pound cake in a […]

Admin October 25, 2016

Fifty years after the worst of the arsenic emissions from Giant mine, lichen has yet to re-establish itself on the bald granite downwind of the mine. Research is showing that pollution from the mine is far more persistent than anyone suspected. (Richard Gleeson/CBC) Winter is returning to the subarctic city of Yellowknife, bringing its snow […]

Admin October 25, 2016

The federal government is overhauling Canada’s healthy eating guidelines with a sweeping strategy that will include new rules for marketing and labelling certain foods aimed at children. Health Minister Jane Philpott said the “iconic” Canada Food Guide has not kept up with the country’s changing demographics and lifestyles. “The classic one-size-fits-all guide no longer meets the needs of […]

Admin October 24, 2016

If you’re a regular blood donor in Canada, you might not be able to donate as often. Canadian Blood Services announced today it’s changing guidelines for donor iron levels. The agency said in a statement the change is needed to “further promote health and wellness among blood donors,” as well as to ensure that recipients […]

Admin October 24, 2016

Red Deer doctors are pleading for help, saying people in central Alberta are dying needlessly because they don’t have timely access to life-saving procedures. An Alberta Health Services (AHS) document written in December 2014 — and recently obtained by CBC News — examined the need for more cardiac services in central Alberta. It reveals people in that part of the […]