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Raise age to buy cigarettes in Ontario to 21, tax them higher, report recommends

TORONTO — Ontario should raise taxes on cigarettes, ban anyone under 21 from buying them and impose a levy on tobacco companies, a government-commissioned report is recommending.

Calgary hospital postpones surgeries after finding equipment problems

CALGARY — More than 400 elective surgeries and exams are being cancelled at Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary because of the need for an urgent equipment repair and upgrade.
US regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer

US regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer

TRENTON, N.J. — U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved a second gene therapy for a blood cancer, a one-time, custom-made treatment for aggressive lymphoma in adults. The Food and Drug Administration allowed sales of the treatment from Kite Pharma.

Health ministers to talk cannabis, opioids during two-day meeting in Edmonton

EDMONTON — The health implications of legalized cannabis and ways to combat Canada's rising opioid problem are on the agenda when health ministers meet this week in the Alberta capital.

Alberta says Health Canada approves safe injection sites in Edmonton, Lethbridge

Edmonton and Lethbridge are the first cities in Alberta to get Health Canada approval to offer safe injection sites for opioid drugs.
Ultra-personal therapy: Gene tumour boards guide cancer care

Ultra-personal therapy: Gene tumour boards guide cancer care

SAN DIEGO — Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes' husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it, but the choice was no guesswork.

Nova Scotia trying new approach to get more doctors to work in the province

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is trying a new, two-pronged approach to attracting doctors, following up on a pledge from Premier Stephen McNeil after voters sent a clear message they were losing faith in the health-care system.

Janes brand breaded chicken products recalled due to possible salmonella

OTTAWA — Breaded chicken products sold under the Janes brand name are being recalled due to possible contamination from salmonella.
Kids not getting enough exercise, spend too much time with screens: new data

Kids not getting enough exercise, spend too much time with screens: new data

New data shows most Canadian children and youth are still not getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity. Two studies from Statistics Canada reveal they are also spending more time in front of digital screens than experts like.

Glioblastoma, brain tumour that took Gord Downie's life, tough to treat: doctors

TORONTO — The death of Canadian singer-songwriter Gord Downie from glioblastoma is a grim reminder of the daunting nature of the invasive brain tumour, which has one of the poorest survival rates of any cancer.