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Doctors vote to reject fee deal

TORONTO—Doctors in Ontario have rejected a tentative four-year fee agreement reached with the province’s Liberal government.

The Ontario Medical Association said yesterday that 63 percent of its members who cast ballots Sunday voted against the deal, which would have raised Ontario’s $11.5-billion physician services budget by 2.5 percent in each of the four years.

Get up, stand up: pilot project suggests civil servants love ‘sit-stand’ desks

OTTAWA — It seems some federal workers don’t want to be caught sitting down on the job.

A pilot project in one government department has found that public servants really like their sit-stand desks — so much so, some reported anxiety about being moved to a new position or assignment that would make them give up the chance to spend some or all of the day on their feet.

Severe birth defects not as lethal as docs once said: Study

CHICAGO — Parents of newborns with rare genetic conditions used to hear the grim words that the severe birth defects were “incompatible with life.” Support groups and social media showing the exceptions have changed the landscape. So has mounting research suggesting that not all such babies are doomed to die.