WASHINGTON From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child’s brain than an adult’s, and new research shows it can hinder how youngsters learn.
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WASHINGTON Whether it’s a jungle hut or a high-rise apartment, your home is covered in bacteria, and new research from the Amazon suggests city dwellers might want to open a window.
NEW YORK U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant women.
TORONTO—The agency responsible for most of Canada’s blood supply says people who have travelled outside of Canada, the continental U.S., and Europe will be ineligible to give blood for 21 days after their return.
Canadian Blood Services said it is implementing the waiting period to mitigate the risk of the Zika virus entering the Canadian blood supply.
NEW YORK A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness.
Experts still stress that mosquitoes are the main culprit in the Zika epidemic menacing Latin America and looming over the United States.
CHICAGO Surgery patients fared just as well when junior doctors worked longer than mandated hours in the first major rigorous test of regulations many physicians say hurt medical education.
VANCOUVER—Firefighters in Vancouver and Surrey, B.C. have been moved to the frontlines in the battle against the soaring number of overdoses and drug deaths.
Health minister Terry Lake said certain specially-licensed firefighters will be allowed to administer naloxone—a drug that reverses opioid overdoses, such as those caused by fentanyl.
TORONTO—Ontario doctors will be permitted to provide assistance in dying to eligible patients within Canada who qualify for publicly-funded health care as the federal government works to legislate doctor-assisted suicide.
OTTAWA—Parliament needs to craft a stand-alone law on doctor-assisted death, a prominent Canadian constitutional scholar warned a Commons-Senate committee yesterday.
In a testimony to senators and MPs, Peter Hogg stressed the need to develop safeguards at the federal level that can be applied even where provinces have not pursued a legislative path.
VANCOUVER—The federal government wants to join the provinces and territories to cut the cost of prescription drugs but stopped short yesterday of announcing a concrete plan.