Health

A transplanted pig’s heart lives for months in a baboon — is a human trial next?

A transplanted pig's heart lives for months in a baboon — is a human trial next?

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Xenotransplantation — the use of organs from other animals for human transplantation — may be closer after European researchers showed they were able to transplant a pig's heart into a baboon, and keep it alive for more than six months. "This is huge," said Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, the surgeon-in-chief at Toronto's University Health Network, director of…
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E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm
Microbes that live at the gym are pumped up on antibiotic resistance
‘I had no self-worth’: The language around addiction can make it harder for people to recover

'I had no self-worth': The language around addiction can make it harder for people to recover

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Amanda Dick, who's being treated for drug use, says she might have sought help sooner if not for the stigma of being labelled an "addict." "It makes you feel like a stereotype … stealing, crime, lying — all sorts of things," said Dick, 36, of Brampton, Ont. Many medical professionals agree that the language around…
‘We have a really dysfunctional system’: advocate calls for improved services for children with special needs

'We have a really dysfunctional system': advocate calls for improved services for children with special needs

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B.C. child welfare advocates are calling for funding reforms to a "dysfunctional" child welfare system and argue fundamental changes are needed to improve access for children with special needs. A scathing report highlighting how the system failed a boy given the pseudonym "Charlie" was released earlier this week by B.C.'s representative for children and youth.…
Certain devices can mitigate the risks of Type 1 diabetes — but only for those who can afford them

Certain devices can mitigate the risks of Type 1 diabetes — but only for those who can afford them

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Last month, as part of its "Implant Files" package, CBC News documented reports of injury and death due to insulin pumps. Millions of people with Type 1 diabetes around the world use the pumps to help manage their blood sugar levels as an alternative to multiple daily injections. The investigation concluded that "for some people…
Safer opioids needed to stem overdose epidemic, Canada’s top doctor says

Safer opioids needed to stem overdose epidemic, Canada's top doctor says

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The need to increase access to a safer supply of opioids is being actively reviewed with provinces and territories, Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Wednesday as the Public Health Agency released data showing opioid drugs were factors in more than 2,000 deaths in the first half of the year. A toxic drug…