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Medical Watch Stories
A Calgary company has developed what they claim is a simple, but effective, way to reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections by reducing the likelihood bacteria and germs can access and grow inside mattresses.
The spread of Ebola remains "intense" in most of Sierra Leone even as things have improved somewhat in the two other countries hardest hit, the World Health Organization says.
A mother's soothing presence not only helps relieve her baby's pain, but it could also alter gene activity in the region of the brain involved in emotions, according to a new study of rats.
A study underway at the Foothills Medical Centre appears to be making a difference for some patients who suffer from depression by decreasing the severity.
Recovery of feeling can gradually improve for years after a hand transplant, suggests a small study that points to changes in the brain, not just the new hand, as a reason.
Canadian researchers have developed a new genetic test to identify prostate cancer patients who are at highest risk of recurrence after surgery or radiotherapy.
The Canadian Sports Concussion Project will study the brain of former Stampeder and Calgary businessman John Forzani to help better understand the changes in the brain that may occur due to multiple concussions.
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health says the risk of Ebola in Alberta is low but that the province is prepared should a case be confirmed here.
EMS and the stroke team at the Foothills Hospital are trying to find a way to get stroke patients treated quicker. Every minute lost can result in irreparable brain damage.
The first thing to do when you suspect you might be having a heart attack is to call 911. The next thing might be to take a couple of low-dose Aspirin.
Children who drink non-dairy milk products such as rice, almond or soy milk may have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow's milk, a study suggests.
An online educational program that gives teachers the tools to better understand and manage mental health issues in the classroom received a big boost from Canadian Oil Sands on Wednesday.
Researchers at the University of Calgary may have found a way to prolong the life of people living with an aggressive type of brain cancer.
The Calgary Fire Department is calling on other emergency service providers in the province to take part in a massive study aimed at preventing cancer and other diseases in future generations.
Those who have reported out-of-body experiences after their hearts stopped have long been dismissed by skeptics. But a new study suggests there may be something to those reports.
One of four children with partial paralysis linked to enterovirus D68 goes home from the Alberta Children's Hospital.
Six Canadian airports now have Quarantine officials in place to screen travellers coming from countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.
A group of Alberta doctors is trying to convince their colleagues to get a flu shot this year.
Hair loss from an illness can be as devastating as the disease for many so one woman made it her personal mission to provide locks to those who have lost them.
Canada's biggest company has made a big contribution to help combat mental health issues in Alberta.
A Calgary researcher is helping pregnant women get a good night's sleep. She believes adequate sleep can reduce the risk of postpartum depression and a long labour.
A former employee at Alberta Children's Hospital inappropriately accessed the personal health information of 247 patients and officials are in the process of notifying the families of those affected.
We follow Calgary mother Katie Flury as she tries to lower her chance of breast cancer.
An attorney for the family of a California teenager who was declared brain-dead says doctors have found signs of brain functions and is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive.