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Life on streets ‘a killer’: New hospice offers end-of-life care to the homeless

Pandora was raped at 15 and, ashamed to face her father, never went home again. Living on the streets, she struggled with mental health and addiction issues — and a medical condition that has been slowly killing her. Pandora was dying, homeless and alone. Then Dr. Naheed Dosani and a team setting up the new Journey […]

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How much online porn do children see unintentionally? Less of it than 5 years ago

You might think that with all the time spent online and swiping at smartphones, young people would be exposed to more unwanted explicit material than ever. But, it turns out, that’s not the case. A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Calgary and published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, examined two […]

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Twitter comedian Jonny Sun found his voice on the internet. Now he’s using it to talk about mental health

When Jonny Sun entered his first year at the University of Toronto, he found it hard to cope with the demands of engineering school. “For the first year I was just deeply anxious and depressed with this program and feeling like this wasn’t the place for me,” said the Chinese-Canadian writer, artist, playwright and full-time PhD student […]

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E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce tied to tainted Arizona irrigation canal

Tainted irrigation water appears to be the source of a national food poisoning outbreak in the U.S. linked to romaine lettuce, health officials say. About 200 people in the U.S. were sickened in the E. coli outbreak and five people died. The outbreak, which started in the spring, is now over, the U.S. Centers for […]

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When prescription opioids run out, users look for the supply on the streets

Dana MacInnis, pictured outside Vancouver’s Overdose Prevention Society, was first prescribed opioids 30 years ago, when he was injured while playing soccer. (Craig Chivers/CBC News) For Dana MacInnis, the pain started three decades ago, when he shredded a ligament in his leg playing soccer. There was surgery, there was infection. And then there was Demerol. It […]

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Eye surgery attempts to reverse years of blindness for Syrian refugee

Cutting an incision into a human eyeball isn’t for the faint of heart. But it’s part of the daily routine in the eye surgery ward at Vancouver’s Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. On a recent weekday, waiting for a sedative to kick in, Anas Schichmouse lay flat on a hospital bed just outside the operating room. One […]

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Time’s up for sexual harassment in medicine, says Lancet editorial

Second Opinion! Good morning! Here’s this week’s round-up of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. This week’s edition has been guest curated by Kas Roussy. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. A career in medicine can be gruelling, and harassment is making the job even tougher for women, says […]

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Men make up the majority of N.L. opioid deaths — and one expert isn’t surprised

Newfoundland and Labrador, along with the rest of Canada, is grappling with an overwhelming gender imbalance in its opioid-related deaths, and one expert at Memorial University says it’s a complicated issue, with a complicated explanation. A new report from Statistics Canada highlights that 70 per cent of accidental apparent opioid-related deaths in the province in 2017 were men, a figure in line with […]

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Life insurance companies no longer treating marijuana use as high risk as tobacco

Some of Canada’s biggest insurance companies have updated their policies on marijuana use, and the changes are having a major impact on regular users’ premiums. With recreational use of the drug set to become legal on Oct. 17, marijuana is moving toward mainstream acceptance, and the slow-moving and stodgy world of life insurance is no exception. One by one, the […]

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HPV test should replace Pap test for cervical cancer screening, study suggests

The Pap test that has been used for decades as the standard in cervical cancer screening for Canadian women should be replaced by a test that detects high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study says.  The virus is associated with the vast majority of cervical cancers.  Whether they receive a Pap test or HPV test, the […]