‘You disappointed us’: Why is Canada opposing more transparency in drug prices?

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5149651.1558737975!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/world-health-assembly-delegates-meeting-for-wha72.JPG This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Behind closed Read more …

U.N. names emergency coordinator to boost fight against Ebola in Congo

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5148805.1558718989!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/health-ebola-congo.jpg The United Nations named an Emergency Ebola Response co-ordinator, a new position to boost efforts to contain a 10-month epidemic in Congo that has killed 1,241 people to date and still spreading. The drive to rein in the deadly virus has been Read more …

Once a child cancer patient, now Dr. Rivière

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5146244.1558616251!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/medical-school-graduation-child-cancer-survivor.jpg Raphaël Nahar Rivière was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of bone and skin cancer, at age seven. He endured an 18-hour bone transplant surgery and rounds of chemotherapy, treatment that lasted months. It was a dark time for the little boy Read more …

‘Smart’ hearing aids filter out chatter in crowded room

https://i.cbc.ca/1.4524680.1518038546!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/hearing-aid.jpg People wearing hearing aids often struggle to differentiate between speakers in a crowded environment, but a small experiment suggests that brain-controlled assistive hearing devices would be able to detect which voice the user is paying attention to, and enhance Read more …

10 ex-Ontario health ministers issue joint letter decrying ‘attack on public health’

https://i.cbc.ca/1.4917048.1542921325!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/mba-mandatory-vaccinations-20180314.jpg Ten former Ontario health ministers from across the political spectrum are taking the rare step of sending a joint letter to the government, imploring it to reverse millions of dollars in public health cuts they say put the province “at Read more …

Toronto plastic surgeon told to remove security cameras from consult rooms

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5137112.1557940260!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/dr-martin-jugenburg-during-a-consultation.jpg The regulatory body for doctors in Ontario has made a formal allegation of professional misconduct against a Toronto plastic surgeon who had security cameras in his consultation rooms. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has scheduled a Read more …

Change opioid prescribing guidance, U.S. lawmakers ask WHO

https://i.cbc.ca/1.4984153.1547838036!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/opioid-crisis-lawsuits.jpg Two U.S. lawmakers are calling on the World Health Organization to withdraw pain care guidelines that include what they say are false claims about the safety of prescription opioids. They say the guidelines could lead other countries toward the Read more …