Ensuring quality of living at end of life 'pretty intense,' son says

Pat Mackey said she felt joy in living her final months. (North York General Hospital) There's no guidebook to navigate the highs and lows of looking after a...

Wii offers no benefits over playing cards in stroke recovery trial

Simple recreational activities such as playing cards or repeatedly tossing a foam ball into a wastepaper basket are as effective as playing virtual reality games like Wii in...

Lead levels significantly higher in Flint kids after water switch: report

Children under the age of six in Flint, Mich., had significantly higher blood-lead levels after the city switched its water source in 2014 to save money, according to...

Congo almost runs out of yellow fever vaccine amid epidemic

Almost 18 million doses of yellow fever vaccine have been distributed for emergency vaccination campaigns so far in three African countries. (Olivier Asselin/Associated Press) Congo has almost run...

Zika virus damage 'not fully understood by the world,' UN adviser says

Mosquito control measures are proving inadequate to control a Zika virus outbreak that's affected 60 countries on four continents. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press) Even though the explosive spread of...

'I'm not a disease. I'm just a person,' says trans man on health-care discrimination

It's estimated there are now 25 million transgender people around the world, and in a groundbreaking series published in the medical journal The Lancet, the authors say many are routinely denied basic...

Really hot coffee, tea and other liquids may boost cancer risk

"There's no particular reason for concern at this stage," Dana Loomis, deputy head of the IARC program that classifies carcinogens, said in an interview. "We can't say that...

Experts unveil new sleep guidelines for children

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, with the help of a panel of experts, has released its first ever official recommendations for how much shut-eye children need. UBC sleep specialist and nursing...

Experts question Health Canada claims over W-18 drug, call for more research

Experts are questioning widely circulated Health Canada claims that the drug W-18 is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, or that the new arrival to the illicit-drug scene...

Assisted dying legal gap leaves pharmacists, nurses in limbo

As the Senate wrestles with new legislation around medically assisted death, physicians are protected against criminal prosecution, but the situation is less clear for the pharmacists and nurses they...