‘I had a hard time breathing’: Changes urged over airplane cabin fumigation

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5083764.1554840554!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/rania-khunaysir-and-randy-beharry.jpg Rania Khunaysir didn’t see it coming when she booked a last-minute Caribbean vacation for her young family. The Toronto parent had no idea the airplane cabin would be fumigated with them on board when they landed in Jamaica, despite guidelines that say Read more …

Madagascar measles epidemic kills more than 1,200 despite desire for vaccinations

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5097625.1555250018!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/madagascar-measles-epidemic.jpg Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children. They fear a measles epidemic that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor. As Madagascar Read more …

Time out for time outs: Why pediatricians now promote ‘positive parenting’

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5090817.1555036495!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/1310131321.jpg The latest parenting advice from Canada’s pediatricians is to shift away from shaming, blaming and any other types of negative discipline to what they call positive parenting. Positive parenting is a set of principles to correct children’s misbehaviour with Read more …

How B.C.’s system for regulating health-care workers is failing patients

https://i.cbc.ca/1.4850690.1538676070!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/liver-and-kidney-transplant-surgery.jpg When Harry Cayton started looking into the dysfunction at the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C., he discovered something alarming, and the problem persisted even after a major shift in leadership. “A concern for the well-being of dentists rather Read more …

‘Help!’ Health Canada asks Canadians for advice on problem of youth vaping

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5002591.1549070214!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/no-vaping-sign.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. What would you do to Read more …

Boston oncologist urges embassy to grant visa to mother of sick child

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5068069.1553277566!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/elias-and-sajia.jpg A high-ranking doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital has written a letter to the American embassy in Halifax, urging an expedited visa for an Afghan woman whose son needs cancer treatment in Boston. Sajia Yaqobi is facing the grim prospect of saying Read more …

2 life-saving transplant recipients, 2 views on presumed consent for organ donation

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5090809.1555105001!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/organ-transplant-recipients-kristen-wheaton-clayton-and-donnie-ritchie.jpg Two New Brunswickers who received life-saving transplants are sharing their views on Nova Scotia’s plan to adopt presumed consent for organ donation. Under the proposed system, any adult who does not opt out of donating their organs will be considered Read more …

Mysterious drug mix causing harder-to-revive overdoses, sparking new panic on DTES

https://i.cbc.ca/1.4438408.1534429275!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/opioid-overdose.jpg A new kind of overdose is showing up among Vancouver drug users and it’s challenging front-line overdose prevention workers trying to save lives. Toxicology reports are revealing a different drug being mixed with fentanyl and other street drugs, which are Read more …