Health

Canada’s first successful heart transplant was 50 years ago this week. Here’s how it happened

Canada's first successful heart transplant was 50 years ago this week. Here's how it happened

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In mid-November 1968, a team of cardiologists at St. Michael's Hospital received a call they had been waiting on for months. An 18-year-old man had been badly injured in an accident, they learned. He was ruled brain dead, but his heart was still beating. It was a tragedy that set into motion the first successful…
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Trying to bridge the ‘genomic divide’: Lack of Indigenous data a challenge for researchers

Trying to bridge the 'genomic divide': Lack of Indigenous data a challenge for researchers

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A prominent U.S. senator turned to genetic testing last month to try to prove her claim that she had Indigenous ancestry. But in assessing Elizabeth Warren's DNA, the geneticists were forced to use samples from Mexico, Peru and Colombia because there were no samples from American Indigenous peoples in the reference databases.  Because the data…
Canada falling short on flu vaccinations: internal report

Canada falling short on flu vaccinations: internal report

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Canada is failing to meet federal flu vaccination goals as Canadians continue to balk at rolling up their sleeves. Just 38 per cent of Canadians were vaccinated during last year's flu season, according to an internal Public Health Agency of Canada report obtained under Access to Information laws.  "Too few," noted the report's author. While the…
Paying plasma donors is not ‘un-Canadian’ — it’s practical and necessary

Paying plasma donors is not 'un-Canadian' — it's practical and necessary

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As Canadians, we are inclined to be skeptical whenever we see the word "profit" associated with any aspect of our health care system, so it's not surprising that the issue of paid plasma donation has sparked a national debate. Many worry that paid donation would threaten the principles underlying our public system. But this needn't…
Ottawa offers $5M to help Saskatchewan fight addictions

Ottawa offers $5M to help Saskatchewan fight addictions

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The federal government plans to give Saskatchewan more than $5 million over five years to help combat the addictions crisis plaguing the province. Provincial Health Minister Jim Reiter and federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale signed the funding agreement on Tuesday. The money is part of the federal emergency treatment plan which was established in the last federal…