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    What happened to triclosan? A lingering legacy of the hyper-hygiene era

    What happened to triclosan? A lingering legacy of the hyper-hygiene era


    A few years ago we were brushing our teeth with it, rinsing our mouths with it, sanitizing our hands with it. And now triclosan is almost vanished from the...

    A few years ago we were brushing our teeth with it, rinsing our mouths with it, sanitizing our hands with it. And now triclosan is almost vanished from the marketplace.

    Brain-injury device licensed by Health Canada was rejected by the FDA

    Brain-injury device licensed by Health Canada was rejected by the FDA


    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's refusal to license a therapeutic device intended to help brain-injured people is raising questions about the rigour of Health Canada's approval...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's refusal to license a therapeutic device intended to help brain-injured people is raising questions about the rigour of Health Canada's approval process.

    Ontario slashes Toronto Public Health funds by $1B over a decade, board chair says

    Ontario slashes Toronto Public Health funds by $1B over a decade, board chair says


    Premier Doug Ford's government is clawing back public health funding as part of a plan to consolidate the number of province-wide units from 35 to 10, according to Toronto's board of health...

    Premier Doug Ford's government is clawing back public health funding as part of a plan to consolidate the number of province-wide units from 35 to 10, according to Toronto's board of health chair.

    An end to #TAMPONGATE. Period.

    An end to #TAMPONGATE. Period.


    An outcry over the banning of feminine hygiene products created a hashtag of its own. #tampongate erupted on social media, after it was revealed that the Medical Council of Canada required medical trainees and residents to declare any menstrual hygiene...

    An outcry over the banning of feminine hygiene products created a hashtag of its own. #tampongate erupted on social media, after it was revealed that the Medical Council of Canada required medical trainees and residents to declare any menstrual hygiene products before going in for their exams.

    B.C.'s top doc Bonnie Henry reflects on 3-year anniversary of opioid emergency

    B.C.'s top doc Bonnie Henry reflects on 3-year anniversary of opioid emergency


    B.C.'s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, spoke with CBC's Mike Killeen at Victoria's The Harbour, an overdose prevention and supervised injection...

    B.C.'s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, spoke with CBC's Mike Killeen at Victoria's The Harbour, an overdose prevention and supervised injection site.

    Calgary groups look for solutions after Syrian girl, 9, dies by suicide

    Calgary groups look for solutions after Syrian girl, 9, dies by suicide


    The suicide of a nine-year-old Syrian girl last month has organizations in Calgary scrutinizing their many services for newcomers, in hopes of preventing...

    The suicide of a nine-year-old Syrian girl last month has organizations in Calgary scrutinizing their many services for newcomers, in hopes of preventing future tragedies.

    Medical malpractice suits are an uphill battle — here's why

    Medical malpractice suits are an uphill battle — here's why


    When patients try to sue their physician, a CBC investigation shows the rate of success is very low. CBC News obtained every annual report filed by the Canadian Medical Protective Association, which provides liability coverage and legal support to...

    When patients try to sue their physician, a CBC investigation shows the rate of success is very low. CBC News obtained every annual report filed by the Canadian Medical Protective Association, which provides liability coverage and legal support to physicians, dating back to 1901, and analyzed the last 40 years.

    Doctors use gene therapy to fix 'bubble boy' disease

    Doctors use gene therapy to fix 'bubble boy' disease


    Doctors at two medical centres say they have cured 10 infants of so-called bubble boy disease, a genetic defect that leaves children, typically boys, without an immune...

    Doctors at two medical centres say they have cured 10 infants of so-called bubble boy disease, a genetic defect that leaves children, typically boys, without an immune system.

    Some activity restored in brains of slaughtered pigs, study reports

    Some activity restored in brains of slaughtered pigs, study reports


    Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of...

    Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death.

    New Quebec rules for driving with children on board come into effect

    New Quebec rules for driving with children on board come into effect


    Children under the age of nine, or under four feet nine inches in height, are required by law to be in booster seats, as of Thursday, April...

    Children under the age of nine, or under four feet nine inches in height, are required by law to be in booster seats, as of Thursday, April 18.

    SickKids shuts down Motherisk helplines after grants, donations 'reduced to zero'

    SickKids shuts down Motherisk helplines after grants, donations 'reduced to zero'


    A statement posted late Tuesday afternoon on the Hospital for Sick Children's website says funding through grants and donations has dropped to zero over the last three years, forcing SickKids to shut down its Motherisk helplines for pregnant women and...

    A statement posted late Tuesday afternoon on the Hospital for Sick Children's website says funding through grants and donations has dropped to zero over the last three years, forcing SickKids to shut down its Motherisk helplines for pregnant women and new mothers.

    After a cancer diagnosis at 30 'shook her world' this P.E.I. woman wants to spread hope

    After a cancer diagnosis at 30 'shook her world' this P.E.I. woman wants to spread hope


    P.E.I. native Michelle Fuller was first diagnosed with cancer in 1999 at the age of 30, when she had surgery to remove her right eye, her cheekbone and part of the roof of her mouth. She's telling her story in a new book, A Fuller Life written by Sue...

    P.E.I. native Michelle Fuller was first diagnosed with cancer in 1999 at the age of 30, when she had surgery to remove her right eye, her cheekbone and part of the roof of her mouth. She's telling her story in a new book, A Fuller Life written by Sue Anne Linde.

    She changed a stranger's life in what's believed to be a North American first

    She changed a stranger's life in what's believed to be a North American first


    One of the recipients of what's believed to be North America's first paired living liver donation is calling the stranger who saved his life "an...

    One of the recipients of what's believed to be North America's first paired living liver donation is calling the stranger who saved his life "an angel."

    Stop selling transvaginal surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapse, U.S. FDA orders

    Stop selling transvaginal surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapse, U.S. FDA orders


    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered makers of transvaginal surgical mesh implants to immediately stop sale and distribution of the products in the United...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered makers of transvaginal surgical mesh implants to immediately stop sale and distribution of the products in the United States.

    After Moncton Hospital allegations, renewed calls for patient advocate

    After Moncton Hospital allegations, renewed calls for patient advocate


    There are renewed calls for an independent patient advocate in New Brunswick since a nurse was recently fired for allegedly inappropriately administering Oxytocin to pregnant...

    There are renewed calls for an independent patient advocate in New Brunswick since a nurse was recently fired for allegedly inappropriately administering Oxytocin to pregnant women.