OTTAWA—The escalating debate over doctor-assisted death could be the perfect chance for Canada to fix its broken system of palliative care—a “dark secret” that health advocates say has been quietly deteriorating in the shadows for decades.
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WASHINGTON Considering a cholesterol-lowering statin to prevent a heart attack? Deciding who’s a good candidate requires calculating more than a simple cholesterol level.
WASHINGTON Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden: New research suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse.
OTTAWA—The modest amount of tax money expected from legalized marijuana sales should go to addiction and support programs, the prime minister says.
There’s potential for “a bit of revenue” from a revamped pot regime, but the federal government isn’t looking for a financial windfall, Justin Trudeau said in a wide-ranging roundtable interview this week with The Canadian Press.
TORONTO—Ontario is considering major changes to its $50-billion health-care system, including monitoring the performance of doctors who already are fuming over fee cuts imposed by the Liberal government.
“This is about better co-ordinated care and a more seamless, positive experience by patients and caregivers,” said Health minister Eric Hoskins.
BOSTON In the trailer for the movie “Concussion,” star Will Smith says: “I found a disease that no one has ever seen.”
It’s a claim the real-life doctor portrayed by Smith, forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, has himself made for years, giving a detailed description about how he came to name that disease “chronic traumatic encephalopathy.”
TORONTO—Ontario parents who don’t want to have their children vaccinated will have to be educated themselves about the risks their kids will face before they can go to school.
CHICAGO Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the way home from the hospital. Dorothy Lipkin danced after getting a new hip at age 91. And at 94, William Gandin drives himself to the hospital for cancer treatments.
LONDON There’s good news for grumpy women: Being happy apparently has no effect on how long you might live.
NEW YORK Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday.
A child born last year can expect to make it to 78 years and 9 1/2 months ‚Äî the same prediction made for the previous two years.