TORONTO — Canada’s new assisted suicide law to be announced on Thursday will exclude non-Canadians, which means Americans won’t be able to travel to Canada to die.
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NEW YORK — Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and other severe brain defects.
VANCOUVER—Life-insurance providers have told the federal government its members are willing to lift the standard two-year exemption for suicides and pay out policies on people who end their lives through physician-assisted death, says the head of the industry’s professional association.
WASHINGTON — The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito control and development of vaccines and treatments.
Scientists increasingly believe the Zika virus sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean causes devastating defects in fetal brains if women become infected during pregnancy.
OTTAWA—The Liberal government won’t be taking a permissive approach to medically-assisted dying in long-awaited new legislation to be unveiled as early as next week, The Canadian Press has learned.
Sources, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the imminent bill, say it won’t adopt some of the most controversial recommendations from a special parliamentary committee.
NEW YORK—High school students who get too little sleep—or too much—also are more likely to drive drunk or take other risks, according to government researchers.
The scientists say they don’t know if sleep issues cause teens to take dangerous risks, or whether both are a reflection of depression or other problems.
NEW YORK — High school students who get too little sleep‚Äî or too much ‚Äî are also more likely to drive drunk or take other risks, according to government researchers.
TORONTO—Ontario children with autism aged five or older no longer qualify for government-funded intensive therapy—a move critics say is leaving many families in the lurch.
The Liberal government announced a new Ontario Autism Program with $333 million in funding, but changes include limiting Intensive Behavioural Intervention to children aged two-four.
CHICAGO — The first major research of its kind shows that cholesterol-lowering statins can prevent heart attacks and strokes in a globally diverse group of older people who don’t have heart disease.
The results bolster recommendations in recent guidelines on who should consider taking the drugs.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—A lawyer in Newfoundland and Labrador is looking for a second doctor to approve his client for the province’s first court approved assisted death.
Kyle Rees of St. John’s said his unnamed client is a man over the age of 65 who has been dying of prostate cancer for a number of years.