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All of Boucherville, Que., under boil water advisory due to E. coli
BOUCHERVILLE, Que. - A boil water advisory has been issued for the entire city of Boucherville, Que., due to E. coli in the water supply.
The Montreal suburb just east of the city says the bacteria was discovered in laboratory testing of samples taken from the water system.

Ontario Medical Association and province agree to binding arbitration
TORONTO - Ontario's doctors, who have been without a contract for three years, have reached a tentative agreement with the government to secure binding arbitration — a sticking point in their long dispute with the province.
The Ontario Medical Association said Thursday that the tentative deal means the two sides will negotiate future physician services agreements and if they can't reach a deal they will go to mediation, then binding arbitration.

Ottawa doctor facing multiple sex charges; allegedly assaulted 3 female patients
OTTAWA - An Ottawa doctor is facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting three female patients.
Ottawa police say they started investigating last year and some of the alleged incidents date back to 2012.

Correction: US Births & Deaths story
NEW YORK, N.Y. - In a story May 17 about U.S. births and deaths, The Associated Press erroneously reported last year's birth rates. The rates were calculated per 1,000 women, not 100,000. The rate per 1,000: 103 for women in their early 30s, and 102 for late 20s. The rate for all women of child-bearing age was 62.
A corrected version of the story is below:

Energy drinks are shown in a store on Monday July 26, 2010 in Montreal. The sudden death of a 16-year-old South Carolina boy from a probable caffeine-induced heart arrhythmia has renewed concerns about the risks of children and youth consuming energy drink
U.S. teen's death after caffeine binge sparks concern over energy drinks
TORONTO - The death of a 16-year-old South Carolina boy from a probable caffeine-induced heart arrhythmia has renewed concerns about the risks of young people consuming energy drinks and other beverages containing high levels of the stimulant.
Davis Cripe died April 26 after drinking a large Mountain Dew, a latte from McDonald's and an energy drink over a two-hour period before collapsing in his classroom.

Pope Francis caresses a sick woman during an audience with Huntington's disease sufferers and their families, in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Thursday, May 18, 2017. Francis is trying to end the stigma of people afflicted with Huntington's Disease, an
Pope embraces Huntington's afflicted in bid to end stigma
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington's Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical and psychiatric effects that its sufferers are often shunned and abandoned.
One by one, Francis blessed and greeted each of the 150 people with Huntington's, as well as their family members and caregivers, who travelled from around the world for the hour-long audience in the Vatican audie

Tom Jackson, 65, of Houston, talks about contracting and surviving HPV-related tonsil cancer, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Jackson says he's fighting the stigma associated with that cancer he found four years ago. (AP Photo/John L. Mone)
Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men
The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new study finds.
These cancers are rising fast, especially in men, and research suggests that HPV, the human papillomavirus, is spreading through oral sex. The actor Michael Douglas brought attention to this risk several years ago when he blamed his cancer on it.

Health ads broke government ad ban during byelection: Manitoba NDP
WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Opposition New Democrats say the Progressive Conservatives broke a law that bans government advertising during byelections.
The NDP is upset over newspaper and television ads in recent days — taken out by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority — that promote plans to close emergency rooms at some hospitals in the city.

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, gym members use a treadmill to warm up for a morning exercise class in Addison, Texas. A study released on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 suggests that heavy seniors who want to lose pounds safely shouldn’t skip
'Fat and frail' seniors benefit from right exercise combo
CHICAGO - New research suggests older, obese people on diets shouldn't skip the weight machines or the treadmill.
A study published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine tried to determine the safest approach for seniors losing weight.

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip at a hospital in Durham, N.C. According to a study released on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, most doctors did not discuss the cost of cancer treatment
Few doctors discuss cancer costs with patients, study finds
Most doctors did not discuss the cost of cancer treatment with patients, spent less than two minutes on it when they did, and usually did so only after patients brought it up, a study that taped hundreds of visits at several large hospitals finds.
Cancer patients are three times more likely to declare bankruptcy than people without cancer are, but many doctors are not having the conversations that might help prevent this and sometimes don't know the cost themselves, the results suggest.

Conservatives merge old, new tactics to pressure Liberals over autism funding
OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives will seek today to find out why a request for $3.8 million a year to help families with autism is being ignored by the Liberals.
The Tories are set to use time set aside for opposition motions to call on the government to come through with money for the Canadian Autism Partnership.

FDA, CDC warn certain lead tests may produce too-low results
U.S. health agencies on Wednesday warned that certain blood tests for lead poisoning may give results lower than the actual level of lead.
As a result, some children under 6, along with pregnant and nursing women, may need retesting, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Residents downstream of Shuswap River fuel spill advised to watch water quality
VANCOUVER - Tap water in the North Okanagan city of Enderby, B.C., has been switched to a ground water system as officials take no chances following a fuel spill about 15 kilometres to the east.
A tanker truck spilled just over 4,000 litres of gasoline and 12,500 litres of diesel on Tuesday in a crash near Ashton Creek, beside the Shuswap River.

Christine Lalonde is shown in a handout photo. Almost two million Ontarians -- or 14 per cent of the province's population -- filled prescriptions for opioids in fiscal year 2015-2016, says a new report, suggesting that patients continued to be given the p
Almost 2 million Ontarians given opioids, despite calls to rein in prescribing: report
TORONTO - Almost two million Ontarians — or 14 per cent of the province's population — filled prescriptions for opioids in fiscal year 2015-2016, says a new report, suggesting that patients continued to be given the potent narcotics despite efforts to curtail what's been called a national epidemic of overuse.
The report by Health Quality Ontario, released Wednesday, found that more than nine million prescriptions for the powerful painkillers were filled between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, the mo

Manitoba looks at protections for medical workers in assisted dying cases
WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is proposing legislation to ensure doctors and nurses aren’t punished if they choose not to participate in an assisted dying case because of their personal convictions.
Bill 34 would prohibit disciplinary or employment sanctions against someone for refusing to help someone die.

Nicholas Sand, creator of famous Orange Sunshine LSD, dies
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann may have invented LSD and Timothy Leary was clearly its most prominent frontman.
But it was a self-taught chemist and obscure-by-choice figure named Nicholas Sand who was the true wizard behind the curtain, the man who launched tens of millions of acid trips across generations by producing the best, most pure, highest-quality acid ever consumed across generations.

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2010 file photo shows bottles of the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 in Des Moines, Iowa. A new study published Tuesday, May 16, 2017 shows medical abortions done at home with online help and pills sent by mail appear to be just as safe
Study: Taking abortion pill at home as safe as in a clinic
LONDON - Medical abortions done at home with online help and pills sent in the mail appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic, according to a new study.
The research tracked the outcomes of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who used a website run by a group called Women on Web to get abortion pills. The Netherlands-based non-profit provides advice and pills to women seeking an early abortion in more than 140 countries where access to abortion is restricted. Ireland and Northern Ire

Party chairman to meet anti-abortion Democratic group
DES MOINES, Iowa - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez plans to meet with an anti-abortion Democratic group amid divisions within the party over whether to back candidates opposed to abortion.
Democrats for Life Executive Director Kristen Day said Tuesday that the DNC and her group were in talks about scheduling a meeting with Perez, who proclaimed last month it is "not negotiable" that "every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman's right to make her own choices about her b

Health Minister Jane Philpott dicusses the high cost of pharmaceuticals during a speech to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Federal health minister vows to bring down 'unacceptably high' drug costs
OTTAWA - Health Minister Jane Philpott pledged action Tuesday to bring down "unacceptably high drug costs" as she announced consultations on a suite of proposed regulatory changes related to a drug prices board designed to protect consumers.
The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board — first created 30 years ago to ensure companies do not use monopolies to charge excessive costs — is now limited in its ability to protect consumers from high drug prices, Philpott said during lunchtime remarks hosted by t

Mounties missing mark on mental health programs, auditor general says
OTTAWA - The RCMP is failing to meet the mental health needs of its members due to a lack of resources, poor monitoring and meagre support from supervisors, says the federal spending watchdog.
While the Mounties were among the first federal organizations to introduce a mental health strategy, they did not make its full implementation a priority, auditor general Michael Ferguson says in a report tabled Tuesday.