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at 01:39 on July 28, 2014, EDT.

Virus drugmaker fights back against pediatricians group's limits on medicine use for preemies

CHICAGO - A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the centre of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine.

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at 00:05 on July 28, 2014, EDT.

Rock beats paper: Study says fist bumps spread fewer bacteria than handshakes or high-fives

NEW YORK, N.Y. - When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

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at 16:25 on July 27, 2014, EDT.

Police, fire and ambulance personnel face high PTSD rates, seek new aid

WINNIPEG - Alex Forrest clearly remembers what happened to a fellow firefighter who was traumatized by the deaths of two captains in a house fire.

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at 04:00 on July 26, 2014, EDT.

Man who had stroke in his bathroom survived on toilet water for seven days

VANCOUVER - Water from a toilet bowl and thoughts of his family kept a 62-year-old Dawson Creek, B.C., man alive for a week when a stroke left him partially paralyzed on his bathroom floor.

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at 19:57 on July 25, 2014, EDT.

Saskatchewan Health annual report says 195 critical incidents a record high

REGINA - Saskatchewan Health's annual report says 195 critical incidents were reported over the past fiscal year.

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at 18:30 on July 25, 2014, EDT.

Survey: Teenagers experimenting with human growth hormones more than doubled in the past year

PHILADELPHIA - Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O'Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball.

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at 11:00 on July 25, 2014, EDT.

Ottawa calls for proposals to improve prescribing of opioids, other abused drugs

TORONTO - Ottawa has issued a national call for proposals to improve prescribing practices for opioids and other drugs that pose a high risk of abuse or addiction.

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at 18:31 on July 24, 2014, EDT.

Blood thinner ineffective in preventing pregnancy complications from clots: study

TORONTO - Pregnant women with clotting disorders are often prescribed a challenging and cringe-inducing treatment — daily doses of a blood-thinner injected into the abdomen — in a bid to prevent a miscarriage or other complications. But a long-term clinical trial has found that the widely used therapy is ineffective in most cases and puts women through unnecessary pain.

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at 19:35 on July 24, 2014, EDT.

Vancouver street youth face 'alarmingly' high risk of hepatitis C: study

VANCOUVER - Vancouver street youth face an alarmingly high risk of hepatitis C infection because of a high incidence of injection drug use, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

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at 18:56 on July 24, 2014, EDT.

Alberta health council board member resigns after CBC report about donations

CALGARY - The Health Quality Council of Alberta says a board member has resigned after a media report about his illegal donations to the provincial Conservative party.

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at 15:16 on July 24, 2014, EDT.

Coming to America, very quietly: A plan for universal health care

BURLINGTON, Vt. - An American state has quietly taken another step toward the type of universal health coverage Canadians might recognize, even as the rest of the United States bickers noisily over so-called Obamacare.

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at 14:13 on July 24, 2014, EDT.

1st US count of Lou Gehrig's disease cases confirms illness is rare; most common in white men

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The government has issued its first national estimate for Lou Gehrig's disease, confirming the devastating disease is rare.

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