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How the town of Inuvik, N.W.T. went from 1 doctor to 11, in just 6 years

Across the country, a national doctor shortage has made headlines for years, especially in rural areas. But there’s at least one region where the health authority says it’s “ideally staffed” in terms of physicians: the Northwest Territories’ Beaufort Delta. This 6,673-person cluster of communities near the Arctic Ocean is home to Canada’s northernmost hospital, in the […]

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1 in 7 children of Zika-infected moms in U.S. suffer birth defects or other health problems

One out of every seven babies born to U.S. mothers who were infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy developed some kind of health problem, according to the first long-term look at those children. Tuesday’s study focused on the children of women in Puerto Rico and other territories, where most of the U.S. cases were […]

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Ottawa researchers find survivors often opt not to give rape kits to police

Only two-thirds of eligible sexual assault survivors choose to undergo a “rape kit” and less than one-third subsequently hand over the forensic evidence to police, say researchers at an Ontario hospital. “We see a significant volume of patients within our program and there’s great attrition in the rates of people who are going to pursue […]

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‘It’s human life’: Woman with schizophrenia deteriorated after bed-bug infestation

A Moncton man is speaking out after his schizophrenic sister was left in her apartment for days without her caregivers and deteriorated so much that she’s now hospitalized in a catatonic state. Paul Ouellet said his sister Lorette Ouellet, 62, has acute chronic schizophrenia. She spent more than a week in the apartment without care after a social worker told caregivers to stay […]

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Inuk woman ‘begging and pleading’ for help fighting tuberculosis in Nunavut

Bernice Clarke’s mother died in 2015. She was sick with tuberculosis and succumbed to complications resulting from treatment. Now, three years later, Clarke says nothing has changed and she doesn’t feel safe. “I’m scared to be sick in Nunavut,” said Clarke. “My mother’s death should have been the last, but it won’t be.” Nunavut is […]

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Life on streets ‘a killer’: New hospice offers end-of-life care to the homeless

Pandora was raped at 15 and, ashamed to face her father, never went home again. Living on the streets, she struggled with mental health and addiction issues — and a medical condition that has been slowly killing her. Pandora was dying, homeless and alone. Then Dr. Naheed Dosani and a team setting up the new Journey […]

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How much online porn do children see unintentionally? Less of it than 5 years ago

You might think that with all the time spent online and swiping at smartphones, young people would be exposed to more unwanted explicit material than ever. But, it turns out, that’s not the case. A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Calgary and published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, examined two […]

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Twitter comedian Jonny Sun found his voice on the internet. Now he’s using it to talk about mental health

When Jonny Sun entered his first year at the University of Toronto, he found it hard to cope with the demands of engineering school. “For the first year I was just deeply anxious and depressed with this program and feeling like this wasn’t the place for me,” said the Chinese-Canadian writer, artist, playwright and full-time PhD student […]

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E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce tied to tainted Arizona irrigation canal

Tainted irrigation water appears to be the source of a national food poisoning outbreak in the U.S. linked to romaine lettuce, health officials say. About 200 people in the U.S. were sickened in the E. coli outbreak and five people died. The outbreak, which started in the spring, is now over, the U.S. Centers for […]

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When prescription opioids run out, users look for the supply on the streets

Dana MacInnis, pictured outside Vancouver’s Overdose Prevention Society, was first prescribed opioids 30 years ago, when he was injured while playing soccer. (Craig Chivers/CBC News) For Dana MacInnis, the pain started three decades ago, when he shredded a ligament in his leg playing soccer. There was surgery, there was infection. And then there was Demerol. It […]