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UBC students learn to care for Indigenous people by understanding racist legacy

UBC students learn to care for Indigenous people by understanding racist legacy

VANCOUVER — The University of British Columbia is on mission to train future doctors, dentists and other health-care providers to treat Indigenous patients by learning about the pain inflicted by past Canadian policies.
Closing arguments set in deadly meningitis outbreak trial

Closing arguments set in deadly meningitis outbreak trial

BOSTON — Attorneys are preparing to make their closing arguments in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with second-degree murder in a deadly meningitis outbreak.
Health ministers looking at electronic database to fight opioid crisis

Health ministers looking at electronic database to fight opioid crisis

EDMONTON — Canada's health ministers are looking at ways of working together, including an electronic prescription database, to fight the growing crisis in opioid addictions.

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.