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The number of new cases of cancer diagnosed in Canada is expected to rise by about 40 per cent in the next 15 years, in large part because Canadians are simply growing older, says a new report by the Canadian Cancer Society.
Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.
Alberta Health Services is taking part in a national registry to help patients who are difficult to match gain access to a donor kidney.
Sweden said Thursday it wants to give single women access to assisted reproductive technologies, following in the footsteps of several other Western nations.
When we choose to wolf down a bag of tortilla chips instead of an apple, it’s probably not because we don’t know the apple would have been the healthier choice. The chips were easier to grab and we didn’t give it a whole lot of thought. So if we want to start eating better, the healthy choices have to be just as mindlessly easy to grab.
Scientists at the University of Alberta have collected saliva samples to create the world’s largest DNA repository of people who stutter in hopes of finding a cause and a cure for the disorder.
Researchers in Calgary and Edmonton are launching a 12-week online forum to study the effectiveness of support groups in helping woman who are recovering from gynecological cancers.
Scientists in Italy said Thursday they had devised a prototype arm inspired by the octopus that may one day lead to minimally-invasive robotic surgery.
Health Canada has barred the sale of liquid nicotine, but it’s being openly sold in the unregulated market of e-cigarettes, a CTV News investigation has found.
A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care.
A new study shows a growing number of Canadian children and youth are seeking help for mental health disorders at hospital emergency rooms and more are being admitted for in-patient treatment.
Scientists in British Columbia say they have created an enzyme that could one day transform any human blood into a type that could safely be transfused into any patient.
Big companies in the U.S. are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve their health before serious conditions like diabetes or heart disease develop.
Remember how your stomach flipped when you got your first big kiss? The surge of exhilaration when you scored that game-winning goal? The chest-burst of joy the first time your firstborn gripped your finger? These types of memories are branded on most brains.
But not all brains, scientists in Toronto and elsewhere are discovering.
Researchers have identified one of the genes linked to hereditary breast cancer, in a Canadian-led study that could open the door to future gene therapies for women susceptible to the disease.
An Airdrie man is the first in the province to undergo a surgical procedure to insert a pacing device in his diaphragm that will allow him to breathe without the help of a ventilator.
Prerecorded messages from family members are part of an apparently unique pilot program at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale aimed at helping victims of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia break through the morning fog of forgetfulness that can often cause them agitation and fear.
The work suggests if all the 12-year-old boys in Canada had been vaccinated in 2012, between $8 million and $28 million might have been saved because of oropharyngeal cancers averted in that group.
The recall earlier this week of a batch of Alesse birth control pills sold past their expiry date has raised questions about whether it's safe to take over-the-counter and prescription medications beyond their best-before marker -- and just how long past?
There are many things we can do to keep our memories sharp as we get older, including getting a good regular night’s sleep, staying physically active to maintain brain health, and making use of lists and apps to keep our busy lives organized. But recent science has found a few other tricks that can give our brains a boost, helping us better retain and recall what we learn.
A new study out of the University of Calgary suggests that fibre supplements can control weight gain.
A nasty stomach bug that sickens thousands of people in Canada each year is growing resistant to most of the medicines used to kill it and could begin to pose serious threat in this country, says a Canadian microbiologist.
Researchers are warning that, while rare, it is possible for children who receive blood transfusions to develop new, potentially deadly food allergies.
A blood test for pregnant mothers that detects an unborn child's DNA is better than standard tests at detecting Down syndrome, and returns fewer false positives, US researchers said Wednesday.