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Alberta joining class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

CALGARY — The Alberta government is joining a class−action lawsuit to recoup health−care costs related to the opioid crisis, the province’s health minister said Tuesday. Tyler Shandro said there were almost 800 fatal overdoses and 4,200 emergency calls related to opioids in the province last year alone. “Albertans have paid a high price for the irresponsible...

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PHL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (DOH) OFFICIALS LEAD ‘SEARCH AND DESTROY’ VS. DENGUE

MANILA — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other officials of the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday led the “search and destroy” activity inside its headquarters as part of its anti-dengue campaign. During the activity, Duque inspected the different areas inside the DOH compound which could be possible breeding places of mosquitoes. He reiterated that...

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Antibiotics abuse: Saving money at the expense of one’s health

MANILA — Many cash-strapped Filipinos tend not to finish their dosage of antibiotics in order to save money. Little did they know that this practice will cost them bigger expenses later when their disease or infection becomes resistant to antibiotics. “Sasabihin ng doktor one week ang antibiotic pero hindi ko na kinukumpleto dahil mahal. Minsan, five days lang, kasi iniisip ko branded, hindi...

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What we know — and what we don’t — about a vaping-related illness

Health officials in London, Ont., say they’ve diagnosed the first−known Canadian case of a vaping−related illness. Their counterparts in the United States have reported hundreds of confirmed and probable cases, including at least six deaths. A look at what we know so far about the phenomenon as the investigation continues: WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? Health Canada says the symptoms include...

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New Brunswick education minister warns against anti-vaccination message

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s education minister says people spreading misinformation about the effectiveness of vaccines are from the “far, far fringe.” A committee of the New Brunswick legislature is hearing today from supporters and opponents of more stringent vaccine requirements for New Brunswick children. The province’s Tory government wants to pass legislation making vaccinations mandatory...

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Better mental health through responsible use of tech, soc-med

MANILA — Responsible use of social media and technology could help Filipinos achieve better mental health status, a mental health expert said Saturday. “Ang technology ay nandiyan na, wala na tayong magagawa diyan (The technology is already there and there’s nothing we can do about it). What we need to practice now is responsible use of...

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Prevention key focus of dementia strategy released by federal government

OTTAWA — The cornerstone philosophy behind the federal government’s long-awaited strategy for confronting dementia is a simple one: prevent Canadians from developing the condition in the first place. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who unveiled the strategy Monday at an event in Toronto, said she has an intimate understanding of the difficulty that comes with dealing with a family member who’s...

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Calgary woman convicted in son’s strep death seeking full parole

CALGARY — A woman convicted in her son’s death after she failed to take him to the doctor for a strep infection is to appear before a hearing in Calgary today to seek full parole. Tamara Lovett, who is 50, was found guilty in 2017 of criminal negligence causing death and was sentenced to three years in prison. She was granted...