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Scientists have created mosquitoes with "malaria-blocking genes" which can be passed onto their offspring, the University of California announced on Monday.
Paramedics in Vancouver and Richmond, B.C., have joined colleagues in two Ontario locations to take part in a drug trial that could greatly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
Grant Hasse was born with two very rare conditions - one that's usually fatal, the other that should have left him unable to talk. But now he's a healthy bundle of energy after three dozen surgeries, including an innovative operation to create a new voice box.
Alberta Health Services is warning the public about a case of hepatitis A that has been confirmed in a patient who worked at a lounge at the Lake Louise Ski Resort.
Health authorities are reporting one confirmed Ebola case, a 10-year boy who is currently being attended to at the treatment center on the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital.
For patients with seasonal depression, or the 'winter blues,' light therapy has become an effective way of easing some of their symptoms. Now, a new study is showing how light therapy goes far beyond that, and could also be used to treat major depressive disorder.
A new report from Statistics Canada shows more than 40 per cent of Canadians may be at an elevated risk of coronary heart disease based on their low Omega-3 fatty acid levels.
The Indian government recently banned surrogate services for foreigners and ordered fertility clinics to stop the practice of hiring Indian women to bear children for them. Some who have worked as surrogates say the ban actually hurts them.
Researchers at the University of Victoria have developed a new type of blood test that only requires a single drop. The blood test, not yet available in Canada, is already being used at the Mayo Clinic in the United States to test for thyroid cancer.
Patients who have undergone mastectomies and breast reconstruction are having an easier time than ever recovering from their surgeries, all thanks to a new policy put in place in Calgary hospitals.
Canadian researchers have made a discovery about muscle stem cells that may lead to more effective treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that primarily affects boys.
Certain patients who undergo intensive treatment to get their blood pressure down to a safer range are at a much lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke, researchers report.
Many cancer treatments have a dark side -- they can damage the heart. New research suggests this risk might be lowered in women with breast tumors if they take a heart drug as a preventive measure during their cancer care.
Canadian scientists have made history with a world first, successfully using focused ultrasound to break through one of the human body's final frontiers -- the blood-brain barrier. The researchers have unlocked a non-invasive way to deliver medication deep into the brain.
One in 68 children live with the complex neurobiological condition that affects their ability to communicate and interact with others and often results in repetitive behaviour and attachment to routines or objects, said the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development.
German lawmakers passed a bill Friday allowing assisted suicide for "altruistic motives" but banning the practice in cases where it is being conducted on a "business" basis.
Doctors-in-training face long, stressful hours, sleepless nights and a high risk of depression and suicidal thoughts, but often are too stoic and time-starved to seek help. A study suggests online self-help behaviour therapy could be a solution.
A California man says he went to an emergency room with a terrible headache and nausea, slipped into a coma, and was told a tapeworm larva had been living in his brain when he woke up.
A new study out of the U.S. shows that interrupted sleep is less restorative and leads to a worse mood than a lack of sleep caused by going to bed late.
An estimated one in 13 Canadians have at least one food allergy, according to a new study expected to help researchers determine whether such allergies are on the rise.
Low-fat diets do not yield greater weight loss than other slimming regimes, said a study Friday, adding to the long-running debate on how best to shed extra pounds or kilos.
The director-general of the World Health Organization says the Ebola crisis in West Africa should serve as a "wake-up call" for member states to do more to prevent deadly disease outbreaks before they occur.
Cold and flu season are nearly upon us in Alberta, and health officials are encouraging everyone to get their shot to protect themselves and others from getting sick.
There have been more than 10,190 registered cases of dengue fever in New Delhi this year, including 32 deaths, marking the biggest outbreak in the city in almost 20 years. Experts blame the large number of cases on health officials for being slow on both prevention work and in starting a medical response.