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Military's sexual misconduct call centre to go 24/7 despite staffing struggles
OTTAWA - The military's sexual misconduct response centre is poised to make the long-awaited jump to round-the-clock service, despite what its new director admits have been struggles finding and keeping enough staff.
The call centre was opened in September 2015 upon the recommendation of former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps after she uncovered a highly "sexualized culture" in the Forces.

Health Canada issues warning about Fluffy Unicorn workout supplement
OTTAWA - Health Canada says Fluffy Unicorn — an unauthorized natural health product promoted as a workout supplement — may pose serious health risks.
Health Canada says laboratory testing on product seized from a shop in Laval, Que., found that it contains undeclared synephrine and higher levels of caffeine than declared on the label.

Hepatitis A warning issued to attendees of graduation banquet in Alberta town
TABER, Alta. - Alberta Health Services is warning that people who attended a graduation banquet at the community centre in Taber, Alta., may have been exposed to hepatitis A.
AHS says a person serving food and drinks at the St. Mary Catholic school banquet on June 30 turns out to have had the disease.

This June 22, 2017 photo provided by Maria de Los Angeles-Baida shows Emily France with her 4-month-old son Owen in Denver. France who says the infant overheated on a delayed United Airlines flight at Denver's airport, has hired an attorney and hopes the F
How hot is too hot aboard an airliner? The law doesn't say
DENVER - Every day, tens of thousands of U.S. airline passengers settle into their seats, lower the window shades and reach up to twist the air vents without the benefit of something that might do even more to keep them cool: a rule setting temperature limits inside the cabin.
Airlines have their own guidelines — some allowing the mercury to hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) — and federal regulations cover air flow and, more generally, passenger safety and comfort.

Vancouver overdose deaths reach 25 in June, while crews attended 579 OD calls
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Police Department reports 25 people died of suspected overdoses last month and first responders were called to 579 overdose calls in the city in June.
The City of Vancouver released statistics that say the fire and rescue calls to respond to an overdose last month increased by 91 per cent from June last year.

2 pastors file suit against Coca-Cola over soda health risks
WASHINGTON - Two prominent African-American pastors have filed suit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming soda manufacturers knowingly deceived customers about the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages. They say soda marketing has made it more difficult to protect the health of their largely black, D.C.-based parishioners.
The Washington Post reports the complaint was filed Thursday in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of Praxis Project, a public health group, and the pastor

FDA OKs new Johnson & Johnson treatment for psoriasis
TRENTON, N.J. - U.S. regulators approved a new psoriasis drug from Johnson & Johnson Thursday, giving people with the itchy and painful condition another treatment option.
Johnson & Johnson said that in one patient study, about seven in 10 patients getting the drug, Tremfya, had clear or nearly clear skin after 24 weeks of treatment. That compares with about four in 10 patients receiving rival AbbVie's Humira, which treats several immune disorders and is the world's top selling drug.

Cellphone, confusing crossing signals caused train to hit B.C. ambulance: TSB
VANCOUVER - Cellphone distraction and confusion over a complex railway crossing caused a Canadian National train to hit an ambulance in Langley, B.C., the Transportation Safety Board says.
Helena Van Gool, 87, was a patient being taken to hospital from a long-term care facility when the crash occurred on Sept. 11, 2015. Van Gool was airlifted to hospital, where she later died.

Recall for glass mugs sold Canada-wide at HomeSense
OTTAWA - Health Canada says certain glass beer mugs sold at HomeSense locations across the country are being recalled.
The agency says the glass mugs can break if used for hot liquids and can cause burns or lacerations.

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows hydrocodone-acetaminophen pills, also known as Vicodin, arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. On Thursday, July 13, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a rep
Panel calls on FDA to review safety of opioid painkillers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, not only on patients, but also on families, crime and the demand for heroin.
That's the conclusion of a sweeping report Thursday from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. It urges the FDA to bolster a public health approach that already has resulted in one painkiller being pulled from the market. Last week, the maker

Shown are altar bread also known as communion wafers Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at the Monastery of Saint Clare in Langhorne, Pa. When Andrea Adam's Catholic priest told her she was coming between her daughter and God, she knew it wasn't because of her lack o
Vatican ruling against gluten-free hosts troubles celiac community
TORONTO - When Andrea Adam's Catholic priest told her she was coming between her daughter and God, she knew it wasn't because of her lack of faith.
It was because of gluten.

Nurses trying to return to work after strike are locked out
BOSTON - A nurses' strike at a Boston hospital has turned into a lockout.
The 24-hour strike by about 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center ended at 7 a.m. Thursday.

From left, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, leave a news conference about opioid addiction, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jac
US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion
WASHINGTON - More than 400 people have been charged with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totalled $1.3 billion in false billing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday.
Sessions called the collective action the "largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history" and said it indicates that some doctors, nurses and pharmacists "have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients."

Alberta ambulances to be equipped with power lifts to reduce paramedic injuries
CALGARY - More than 350 ground ambulances in Alberta are to be equipped with power lifts on stretchers in an attempt to reduce injuries to paramedics.
The stretchers use battery-powered hydraulics to lift up to 317 kilograms safely and without physical strain.

Manitoba college concerned with some physiotherapy going to private clinics
WINNIPEG - Manitoba's College of Physiotherapists says new rules will mean patients will have to pay out of pocket for some services.
As of mid-October, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will move adult outpatient physiotherapy and occupational therapy clinics out of hospital to private practice providers.

In this July 9, 2015, photo, provided by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., human T cells belonging to cancer patients arrive at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.'s Morris Plains, N.J., facility. This laboratory is where the T cells of cancer patients are proces
Novel leukemia treatment could be 1st US gene therapy
A treatment for a common childhood blood cancer could become the first gene therapy available in the U.S.
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 10-0 on Wednesday in favour of the leukemia treatment developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Novartis Corp. The FDA usually follows recommendations from its expert panels, but isn't obligated to do so.

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2009 file photo, a surgeon performs robotic prostate surgery on a patient in Chicago. According to a report released on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, long-term results comparing different approaches for men with cancers confined to the
Science Says: Not all cancers need treatment right away
The biopsy shows cancer, so you have to act fast, right? Not necessarily, if it's a prostate tumour.
Men increasingly have choices if their cancer is found at an early stage, as most cases in the U.S. are. They can treat it right away or monitor with periodic tests and treat later if it worsens or causes symptoms.

Author Roxane Gay is pictured in Coleman hall on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, in a January 31, 2014, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-HarperCollins Canada, Jay Grabiec, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Roxane Gay shares intimate struggles of life in a larger body in memoir 'Hunger'
TORONTO - As Roxane Gay pondered a new non-fiction project, the bestselling author knew the story she felt compelled to share would also be the toughest: her deeply personal struggles of life in a larger body.
"The book that I wanted to do least was to write a book about fatness — and that's when I knew that it was probably the book I needed to write the most," the celebrated cultural critic and professor said during a recent interview in Toronto.

The Latest: FDA panel endorses potential 1st US gene therapy
SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Latest on a Food and Drug Administration panel's review of a gene therapy treatment (all times local):
3:30 p.m.

Wildfires smoke blankets much of British Columbia, part of Alberta
VANCOUVER - Wildfires in British Columbia's Interior mean only coastal and extreme northern and northeastern corners of the province have escaped a pall of smoke blanketing regions that include the United States border.
The Environment Ministry, in collaboration with local health authorities, has issued a smoky skies bulletin as 198 wildfires chew through just under 400 square kilometres of trees, bush and grasslands.