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'It's a milestone, I'm thrilled': B.C. survivor of conversion therapy applauds federal commitment to ban it

A B.C. man who says he is still recovering from an attempt to change his sexual orientation through a practice known as conversion therapy is applauding a federal commitment to ban it in Canada.
CBC.ca - Published

Inmate's suicide shows need for reforms, advocates say

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The final two months of Cachin Anderson’s life in New York’s prison system were filled with warnings he was a man in crisis. He climbed on a sink and dove headfirst at the..
SeattlePI.com - Published

Canine Companions training dogs to help veterans cope with their disabilities

Canine Companions for Independence in Medford provides trained dogs free of charge.
Newsday - Published

38 opioid-related deaths in Windsor-Essex in first 6 months of 2019

More than 150 people have visited Windsor emergency rooms due to opioid poisoning in the first six months of the year. 
CBC.ca - Published

Napping has been redeemed by health experts, but don't overdo it

Margaret Thatcher, Leonardo da Vinci, even Winston Churchill indulged in napping. It's good for the ticker, and for the mind. Now napping is becoming a popular feature in universities and businesses,..
CBC.ca - Published

Malaysia to work with UNICEF on polio vaccination in Sabah state

Malaysia's health authorities on Sunday said they are working with UNICEF to bring polio vaccines to the state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, where the country's first polio case in nearly three decades..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

Measles outbreak in Samoa kills 72, most of them children

72 measles-related deaths have been recorded since the outbreak started.
CBS News - Published

Cannabis Company Launches Its Own Credit Card For Dispensary Customers

Most credit card networks won't allow their cards to be used in stores that sell marijuana because it's illegal under federal law.
CBS 2 - Published

Some Dinosaurs Had Lice

Researchers have determined that some dinosaurs had lice. NPR's Scott Simon talks with paleontologist Chung Kun Shih about this exciting yet revolting discovery.
NPR - Published

Holiday Parties Make You Squirm? Here's How To Conquer Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder fear their "fatal flaws" will be exposed by a wayward comment or other social misstep. If holiday parties send you spiraling, try these tips.
NPR - Published

Bristol-Myers wins $752 million in U.S. patent case against Gilead

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co on Friday said it won a $752 million jury verdict against Gilead Sciences Inc in a U.S. patent dispute relating to technology for treating cancer.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

Health Canada says it hasn't tested health effects of cannabis vaping but will release new products anyway

The federal government will allow the sale of cannabis vaping products starting next week despite not having tested the health effects of inhaling substances emitted from such devices.
CBC.ca - Published

Careful, Canada: What Ireland has learned about two-tier health care

While Canada seems on cusp of embracing two-tier health care, Ireland is struggling to limit it, writes Steve Thomas.
CBC.ca - Published

Samoa extends measles state of emergency, NZ to fund Pacific vaccination campaign

The South Pacific island nation of Samoa on Saturday extended a state of emergency due to a measles outbreak which has killed 72 people, mostly infants, as New Zealand announced NZ$1 million ($640,700)..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

New York Family Uses Christmas Light Display To Raise Money For NYPD Officer’s Daughter Facing Heart Condition

The organization Angel Flight coordinated with Jet Blue to provide free flights back and forth to California for the family for Teagan's treatment.
CBS 2 - Published

Here Are The Tips You Need To Keep Your Heart Healthy During The Busy Holiday Season

CBS2's Dr. Max Gomez has the tips you need to know to keep your heart healthy during all your holiday festivities.
CBS 2 - Published

Can kitchen gardens combat climate change?

Growing your own fruit and veg is already eco-friendly, but it could also help fight climate change.
BBC News - Published

Canadian skin banks ready to help New Zealand treat volcanic eruption victims

International tissue banks have mobilized to help New Zealand meet its need for an estimated 1.2 million square centimetres of skin to be grafted onto victims of Monday's eruption on White Island,..
CBC.ca - Published

Boy, 5, given prosthetic arm that lets him hug brother

Five-year-old Jacob Scrimshaw was born eight weeks early with most of his left arm missing.
BBC News - Published

Audit: Medical system board was 'deeply compromised'

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland Medical System paid $500,000 to buy the self-published books of Baltimore's now disgraced ex-mayor, but there's no evidence any system executives ever..
SeattlePI.com - Published

US approves fish oil-based drug for cutting heart risks

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in high-risk patients already taking cholesterol-lowering..
SeattlePI.com - Published

Large hospital system says it was hit by ransomware attack

EDISON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s largest hospital system said Friday that a ransomware attack last week disrupted its computer network and that it paid a ransom to stop it. Hackensack Meridian..
SeattlePI.com - Published

Flu activity recorded across Canada for 1st time this season: PHAC

The Public Health Agency of Canada said in its weekly influenza report, published Friday, there is flu activity across the country for the first time this season. 
CBC.ca - Published

Social media use linked to teen disordered eating behaviors

(Reuters Health) - Adolescents who are active on social media may be more likely to exercise excessively, skip meals or develop other forms of disordered eating, a U.S. study suggests.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

FDA says Amarin can market fish-oil derived therapy for reducing heart attack risk

U.S. health regulators on Friday approved expanding the heart benefit claims Amarin Corp can make in promoting its drug Vascepa to include reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes in high-risk..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

Paul Hudson seeks to write new prescription for Sanofi

French drugmaker has diagnosed oncology and rare diseases as potential areas of growth
FT.com - Published

Man’s Desire To Donate Organ Winds Up Saving His Life; Organ Donor Still Needed

Donating an organ takes lots of time and vigorous medical testing, but should you be a match, the end result is beautiful.
CBS 2 - Published

Cigna to use AI to track patients' medication intake

More than a third of patients with diabetes don't take their drugs as prescribed, sometimes because of cost concerns.
CBS News - Published

In surprise decision, US approves muscular dystrophy drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators approved a second drug for a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy, a surprise decision after the medication was rejected for safety concerns just four..
SeattlePI.com - Published Also reported by •Newsmax

Why People With Climate Change Concerns Don't Always Do What's Best For The Environment

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Ashley Whillans, behavioral scientist at Harvard Business School, about why many people care deeply about climate change, but slow to adopt climate-friendly behaviors.
NPR - Published

8 cases of whooping cough confirmed in N.W.T.'s Tlicho region

The N.W.T. Department of Health is issuing a public health advisory after 8 lab confirmed cases of whooping cough in the Tlicho region.
CBC.ca - Published

Santa Anita introduces new technology to aid horses

Santa Anita Park, where 35 horses have died as the result of injuries in the past year, said on Friday it was introducing new technology for diagnosing pre-existing conditions in racehorses.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

FDA panel votes unanimously in favor of Horizon's thyroid eye disease drug

Independent advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted unanimously in favor of Horizon Therapeutics Plc's experimental treatment for thyroid eye disease (TED), taking the drug a..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

Two-century trend of Army suicide decrease during war reversed in past two decades

(Reuters Health) - While army suicides have historically decreased during wartime, that trend appears to have reversed in recent decades, a new study of U.S. records finds.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

Sarepta shares surge after surprise approval of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy drug

Shares of Sarepta Therapeutics Inc soared 36% on Friday after U.S. regulators shocked Wall Street by approving the company's treatment for a muscle-wasting disorder less than four months after..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

End of life planning tied to longer survival with terminal illness

(Reuters Health) - (Reuters Health) - Terminally-ill patients who discussed their options for end-of-life care tended to survive longer than those who had not, a small clinical trial in Denmark found.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

Peter Frates, known for ice bucket challenge, laid to rest


SeattlePI.com - Published

U.S. FDA approves Sarepta's newest DMD treatment (Dec. 12)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Sarepta Therapeutics Inc's second treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

U.S. FDA approves Tandem's predictive insulin pump software

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted approval for Tandem Diabetes Care's software program that uses readings from a continuous glucose monitor to predict and deliver corrective doses..
Reuters - Published

US/UK trade: fear farmers, not pharma

Britons have more to fear from the powerful US farm lobby than drugs companies
FT.com - Published

NHS misses targets for A&E waiting times in November

Risk of worst ever winter as emergency departments struggle to treat patients within 4 hours
FT.com - Published

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