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Ontario cabinet minister temporarily steps aside as he deals with depression
TORONTO - Ontario's minister of northern development and mines is temporarily stepping aside as he deals with depression.
Michael Gravelle said his doctor diagnosed him last year.

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas talk to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans love cutting taxes, especially if they were authored by a president named Barack Obama. But as they push their wo
GOP dilemma on health law taxes: To repeal or not to repeal?
WASHINGTON - Republicans love cutting taxes, especially if they were authored by a president named Barack Obama. But as they push their wobbly effort to erase his health care overhaul, they're divided over whether to repeal the levies the law imposed to finance its expanded coverage for millions of Americans.
It's a trillion-dollar dilemma — actually closer to $1.1 trillion. That's the 10-year price tag the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office puts on revenue the government would lose if the law's t

A look at taxes imposed by Obama's health care law
A look at the $1.1 trillion in taxes over 10 years imposed by former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The revenue helped pay for the law's expansion of coverage to millions of Americans.
The revenue estimates are by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation. They could differ significantly from whatever Republicans propose in their effort to erase the law and replace it:

Addiction, Arctic and aerospace:how federal politics touched Canadians this week
OTTAWA - Well, it's been three weeks since Donald Trump was sworn in as U.S. president, and so far, nothing terrible has happened to Canada.
That's the nature of the strained attempt at optimism coursing through the national capital these days as policy makers muddle through the Trump-inspired confusion that is spilling around the world. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to have his first tete-a-tete with the president on Monday, political Ottawa has been working at full tilt all week to make sure

A mother and her son from northern B.C., who can't be identified, pose for a photograph after being reunited in Vancouver, B.C., on December 6, 2016. A British Columbia boy who was seized twice by the Children's Ministry due to his mysterious broken bones
Boy with mystery broken bones has gene abnormality linked to pain insensitivity
VANCOUVER - A British Columbia boy who was seized twice by the Children's Ministry due to his mysterious broken bones has been found to have a rare gene abnormality linked to a condition that blocks all feelings of pain.
The five-year-old boy was returned to his parents last fall after doctors determined his unexplained fractures were not caused by abuse. Now, geneticists have found a variant in a gene linked to congenital insensitivity to pain, a disorder that can cause repeated broken bones.

Sugary drink consumption predicted to harm Canadians' health, cost economy: study
TORONTO - Canadians — especially young people — are consuming excessive amounts of sugary drinks, a trend that could have future consequences for their health and the overall health-care system, new research suggests.
The University of Waterloo study projects that sugary drink consumption will result in more than 63,000 deaths over the next 25 years and cost the health-care system more than $50 billion.

Canada has long prided itself on being a multicultural nation that values inclusion, opening its borders to refugees and immigrants, no matter their ethnicity or religion. But one hate crime specialist says the flurry of anti-Muslim postings on social medi
Trump's anti-immigrant stance may be fuelling rise in racism in Canada: experts
TORONTO - Canada has long prided itself on being a multicultural nation that values inclusion, opening its borders to refugees and immigrants, no matter their ethnicity or religion.
But has U.S. President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban, his promise to build a wall on the Mexican border and months of pre-election anti-immigrant rhetoric led to a rise in racial intolerance in this country?

A flu shot is administered in Barre, Vt., Nov.18, 2004. This season's influenza vaccine has been found to be more than 40 per cent effective in preventing the respiratory illness in Canadians who got the shot. While that figure may seem less than optimal,
This season's flu vaccine effectiveness 'decent' at 42 per cent: researchers
TORONTO - This season's influenza vaccine is estimated to have been more than 40 per cent effective in preventing illness with the dominant H3N2 viral strain in Canadians who got their shots, a national network of infectious diseases experts says.
The Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network determines vaccine effectiveness by analyzing how many inoculated people tested positive for the flu virus compared to those who were unvaccinated.

Tuberculosis tests to be done on children at Winnipeg daycare after exposure
WINNIPEG - Dozens of children at a Winnipeg daycare may have been exposed to tuberculosis.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority sent a letter Feb. 8 to parents of children attending the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg St. James Child Care Centre.

New 211 information website launched in Manitoba, phone line to follow
WINNIPEG - There’s a new number to remember in Manitoba if you need help with everything from health problems to parenting.
The www.mb.211.ca service is an online database set up to connect people with services they need in their area.

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 3, 2009 file photo, adult mosquitoes are seen through a fluorescence microscope at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute's Insect Transformation Facility in Rockville, Md.. Scientists may have figured out one rea
Malaria parasite may trigger human odour to lure mosquitoes
LONDON - Scientists may have figured out part of the reason why mosquitoes are drawn to people infected with malaria.
Mosquitoes prefer biting people already sickened by malaria, apparently attracted by some kind of odour. Now, Swedish researchers say they've identified a substance pumped out by malaria parasites that triggers that smell, noticeable only to mosquitoes.

China's former vice minister of health Dr. Huang Jiefu talks during a press conference on 'Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism', at the Chinese embassy in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. China is stepping up its efforts to convince the international me
UN: China moves to stop taking organs from prisoners
ROME - The World Health Organization says China has taken steps to end its once-widespread practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners but that it's impossible to know what is happening across the entire country.
At a Vatican conference on organ trafficking this week, a former top Chinese official said the country had stopped its unethical program, but critics remain unconvinced.

Peter Mansfield, Nobel winner for work on MRI, dies at 83
LONDON - Physicist Peter Mansfield, who won the Nobel Prize for helping to invent MRI scanners, has died at the age of 83.
The University of Nottingham released a statement from Mansfield's family on Thursday confirming his death a day earlier.

Regina fire trucks to carry fentanyl antidote; chief says it will save lives
REGINA - Firefighters in Saskatchewan's capital city will now carry an antidote to help reduce fentanyl and opioid overdoses.
Regina fire chief Ernie Polsom says naloxone will be added to fire trucks, and all Regina firefighters are trained to administer the drug.

Manitoba Tory government cuts funding promised by NDP to six health projects
WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government has cut funding to a number of health-care projects, including a $300 million expansion to CancerCare Manitoba.
The project was originally announced by former NDP premier Greg Selinger in January 2016 and supposed to help thousands of cancer patients in the province.

Deadly opioid carfentanil found in drugs in Nanaimo, B.C.
NANAIMO, B.C. - Police say the deadly synthetic opioid carfentanil has been found in Nanaimo, B.C.
RCMP say a white powder was recently seized when officers executed a search warrant, and tests done by Health Canada confirm the presence of carfentanil.

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, oysters are unloaded on Deal Island, Md. Researchers outlined in a report published in February 2017, that a new strain of disease-causing bacteria has been found thriving along the Atlantic Coast which can contamin
Study finds new bacterial strain can contaminate shellfish
CONCORD, N.H. - Scientists studying oysters along the Atlantic Coast have discovered a critical clue to understanding why more seafood lovers are getting sick from eating shellfish.
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found a new strain of the bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus, the world's leading culprit of contamination in shellfish that, when eaten, causes diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare cases, people have died from contracting lethal septicemia.

Alberta hiring more medical examiners, completes renovation of autopsy office
EDMONTON - Alberta is hiring two more medical examiners for a total of 10 to reduce caseloads and deal with emerging issues such as fentanyl overdoses.
Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Wednesday it's part of a $1-million investment in the office.

More operating rooms, other upgrades for Vancouver General Hospital
VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government and Vancouver Coastal Health have announced a $102-million upgrade for Vancouver General Hospital.
The health authority says the funds will allow construction of 16 operating rooms and a 40-bed unit for pre- and post-surgical patients.

Potential health jobs cuts a bad pill for care in Saskatchewan: union
SASKATOON - A Saskatchewan union says staffing levels are already so low that health care is being cut close to the bone.
SEIU-West says that's why it has serious concerns about Premier Brad Wall's musing that 4,900 health jobs could be cut to help balance the budget.