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at 20:55 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

Study sees drop in rates of most common major diabetes complications - heart attack and stroke

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.


at 18:58 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

Design for Saskatchewan kids hospital on pause because it may be too small

REGINA - Health Minister Dustin Duncan says the design of the new Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan is on "pause" because it might be too small.


at 17:33 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

Report: Ebola virus in Guinea is a new strain, not imported from other African countries

The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain — evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report.


at 16:52 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

Out-of-pocket health costs rising; low-income homes face biggest pinch

TORONTO - Out-of-pocket health expenses rose sharply from 1997 to 2009, with low-income households taking the hardest hit, a new study from Statistics Canada reveals.


at 13:28 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

People with chronic conditions want to use e-tools to manage their care: study

TORONTO - A new study suggests Canadians are interested in using electronic communications to help manage their health care, though few are currently using these tools.


at 12:47 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

Nova Scotia lacks ability to quickly track vaccination records: health official

HALIFAX - Although Nova Scotia can quickly respond to disease outbreaks, the province can't quickly track vaccination records because it doesn't have a centralized electronic system, the deputy chief medical officer of health said Wednesday.


at 11:38 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

Provinces join forces to measure distress of cancer patients, improve treatment

HALIFAX - Three provinces in Atlantic Canada are joining forces to measure the distress of cancer patients.


at 18:11 on April 15, 2014, EDT.

Manitoba set to prohibit flavoured tobacco in effort to stop youth smoking

WINNIPEG - Manitoba is set to join the list of provinces that restrict the sale of flavoured tobacco products.


at 18:03 on April 15, 2014, EDT.

Alberta ignored rules to hand out contracts on everything from yoga to Coca-Cola

EDMONTON - The Opposition Wildrose party says new documents reveal Alberta Health Services ran roughshod over its own policy to hand out almost a billion dollars in sole-sourced contracts.


at 17:05 on April 15, 2014, EDT.

Study suggests casual marijuana users may get brain changes that foreshadow later trouble

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.


at 17:03 on April 15, 2014, EDT.

Women's groups warn FDA that approving genetic test could displace tried and true Pap smear

WASHINGTON - A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.


at 17:02 on April 15, 2014, EDT.

Teens who suffer concussion more likely to attempt suicide, be bullied: study

TORONTO - Teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion have a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide, being bullied and seeking help for mental health issues from crisis help lines, a study has found.


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