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A new review of patients in the Netherlands is shedding light on the controversial practice of euthanasia or assisted suicide among patients with psychiatric disorders, as the practice is increasing in certain jurisdictions. The review comes at a time when the Canadian government is crafting new legislation to address euthanasia in this country.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer has released guidelines suggesting all pregnant women who have travelled to countries affected by the Zika virus be tested due to the possible link to birth defects.
Canadian companies are tweaking their health plans in order to appeal to a new generation of employees in the coming years. PwC predicts that millennials - who it defined as people born between 1980 and 2000 - will comprise 50 per cent of the global workforce by 2020.
Brazilian officials say they're sending a set of samples related to the Zika outbreak to the United States, a move which follows complaints that the country was hoarding disease data and biological material.
Provincial health experts say about 45 percent of cancer cases in Alberta can be connected to lifestyle choices and that modifying those behaviors can greatly reduce the risk.
In a study published this week in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, a research team found that among Ontario children and youth aged 10 to 24 with mental health issues, there was a 33 per cent jump in the number of emergency department visits between 2006 and 2011.
In its brief lifespan, the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is caught in a race: Will it pass the disease to humans before it dies? Weather might make the difference. Scientists say the hotter it gets, the more likely the insect can spread disease.
A new report says more needs to be done to help a growing number of Canadians who are living with damaged hearts. About 600,000 people are living with heart failure, says the Heart and Stroke Foundation study.
Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur said Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over its explosive spread across the Americas.
Britain's fertility regulator has approved a scientist's request to edit the human genetic code in an effort to better understand how embryos develop -- but critics fear the new technique crosses too many ethical boundaries.
While Zika's exact link to the rare birth defect known as microcephaly is still unclear, warnings from El Salvador, at least six other countries and health officials across the Americas are raising anxiety for millions of would-be and could-be mothers in affected areas.
Canadian Blood Services isn't ruling out changes to its blood-donation policy amid a report that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will temporarily stop accepting blood from people who have recently travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus.
Canadians shared their stories and opened a discussion surrounding mental health and the stigma associated with it on Wednesday, during the sixth Bell Let's Talk Day.
A Danish tourist has been infected by the Zika virus after visiting southern and central America, Danish hospital officials say, but authorities said Wednesday it was not the first case in Europe.
Childhood obesity has reached alarming rates globally and become an 'exploding nightmare' in the developing world, including Africa where the number of obese and overweight children under five has nearly doubled since 1990, a WHO commission said Monday.
The numbers of cases and deaths from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused primarily by workplace asbestos exposure, have continued to rise and show no signs of abating, recently updated figures from Statistics Canada show.
The longstanding practice of employers asking employees for a doctor’s note to verify absences could come to an end if the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) has its way.
The global vaccine alliance GAVI says it will donate $5 million toward developing the leading Ebola vaccine, hoping that it will be approved by a regulator by the end of 2017.
Women who carry an inherited fault in the BRIP1 gene are three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer than those without it, researchers said Tuesday.
A Canmore firefighter has created a safe haven to help veterans and first responders to reconnect and recover from the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Health Canada has announced plans to fast-track the process to change the prescription status of a drug that can reverse drug overdoses.
Alberta Health Services says there has been a significant increase in the number of people hospitalized with influenza and officials are urging Albertans to get immunized.
The government will be investing $20 million in regenerative medicine and stem cell research, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday morning.
Federal and provincial governments need to guarantee access to palliative care in legislation, the Canadian Cancer Society said Tuesday as it released a report on the state of care across the country.