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From bionic arms to predicting patient surges in ER, AI is reshaping patient care

Chris Neilson is on his second prosthetic after losing his left arm above the elbow in a nasty work accident about six years ago.

Doctors report uptick in teens, young adults choosing to vaccinate against parents' wishes

Vancouver doctors are seeing an uptick in the number of unvaccinated teens and young adults seeking to be inoculated against measles in the wake of an outbreak of the disease at two schools in the city.

​IVF linked to slightly higher risk of maternal complications

Women who become pregnant using infertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization, have a slightly higher risk of a complication which can include bleeding, serious infections, and admission to the intensive care unit around the time of delivery, according to a new Canadian study .

Improve care and quality of life for dementia patients, expert panel urges

An expert panel has released a report outlining the best ways to tackle the growing incidence of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia among Canadians as a basis for a national strategy on the progressive brain diseases.

Why hazing continues despite physical and mental health consequences

A practice with deep historical roots, hazing has led to physical, sexual and emotional abuse — and even deaths — yet still continues in Canada and the U.S.

Talcum powder could pose danger to lungs and ovaries, Health Canada warns

Don't inhale talcum powder and keep it away from children's faces and female genitals, Canada's health and environment agencies advised on Wednesday.

Antibiotic resistance a serious health-care threat to Canadians, experts say

Drug-resistant infections are predicted to kill an estimated 2.4 million more people by 2050 in developed countries alone, including Canada.

Crucial for health system, many caregivers are struggling financially and emotionally, report says

More than one-third of caregivers surveyed in Ontario report feeling depressed and many have suffered financial consequences, including time off work or turning down career opportunities.

Familiar music could give Alzheimer's patients a cognitive boost, study suggests

It's long been known that Alzheimer's patients often retain musical memories, even when they can't remember names, faces or places. Canadian researchers say brain scans have helped them understand why.

Young people who give up pot see rapid improvement in memory, ability to learn

Adolescents and young adults who regularly use cannabis but stop for 30 days have better memory and an improved ability to learn, suggesting academic success might hang in the balance for young people who smoke regularly.

Canadian researchers take scalpel to opioid prescribing for surgical patients

When doctors in study reduced the amount of narcotics they prescribed after outpatient surgeries and used other options, they found patients didn't need more.

How long should police officers abstain from pot before going to work? Researchers weigh in

Health experts have differing opinions on whether there's scientific merit to banning cannabis use for weeks before people in safety-sensitive jobs report for duty.

Is your household cleaner making your child overweight? U of A study finds a link

Commonly used household disinfectants could increase the risk of young children becoming overweight by altering the makeup of their gut bacteria during the first few months of life, a study suggests.

Extra folic acid taken during pregnancy doesn't prevent pre-eclampsia, trial shows

For women who are at risk for pre-eclampsia, there is no benefit to being on a high dose of folic acid, a Canadian-led international study finds.

Many cannabis health claims aren't backed by science

Fervour over how cannabis could help patients suffering from various ailments has run wildly ahead of what scientific studies have proven it can do, experts say.