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Crucial for health system, many caregivers are struggling financially and emotionally, report says

Crucial for health system, many caregivers are struggling financially and emotionally, report says

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They come from all walks of life, young and old: millions of Canadians who are unpaid caregivers for aging parents, children with a disability or a sibling with a chronic illness. Yet a new survey reveals many are struggling, often in isolation, trying to fulfil a critical role with not enough support from the health-care system.…
London hospital staff call on labour minister to step in on purple armband issue
Early data suggest no spike in pot-impaired driving after legalization, police say
Pediatricians call for ban on flavoured vaping products — but Health Canada isn’t going there
Antidepressant shortage alarms Saskatchewan patients with mental illnesses
Antibiotic resistance a serious health-care threat to Canadians, experts say

Antibiotic resistance a serious health-care threat to Canadians, experts say

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With cold and flu season upon us, some patients will undoubtedly go to their doctors seeking a prescription for antibiotics, even though the drugs are useless against such viral infections. It is such misuse and overuse that has helped a growing number of bacteria become resistant to most or all antibiotics — a phenomenon doctors…
Veterans Affairs reverses decision, opens beds for Allied war vets

Veterans Affairs reverses decision, opens beds for Allied war vets

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Veterans Affairs Canada says it will expand access to Halifax's Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital by making more than two dozen beds available for Allied and modern-day veterans. The decision comes in the wake of widespread outrage over news that a veteran was denied access because his wartime service wasn't with the Canadian military. Gordon Smith's family said Veterans Affairs…
Hospitals profiting from private cord blood bank didn’t disclose financial ties to patients

Hospitals profiting from private cord blood bank didn't disclose financial ties to patients

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Two Toronto hospitals that have a financial relationship with a private company that banks blood from babies' umbilical cords say they need to be more upfront about their affiliation after an investigation by CBC's The Fifth Estate raised questions about their practices. Mount Sinai Hospital and the Scarborough Hospital have arrangements with Insception Lifebank, Canada's…
Substance use costs $1,000 to $2,600 per person in Canada each year, study says

Substance use costs $1,000 to $2,600 per person in Canada each year, study says

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Canada's territories are spending the most per capita on costs related to substance use, according to a report released Thursday. In 2014, Nunavut spent about $96 million related to substance use; in the Northwest Territories that number was $102 million, and in the Yukon, it was $71 million. The study, a collaboration between the University…