Health Canada

It Isn't Health Canada's Job To Put A Positive Spin On GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

GMOs have the potential to irreversibly alter the genetic core of the food supply. It is very worrying that Health Canada seems more concerned about jumping on the industry bandwagon by trying to convince the unwilling public about the perceived benefits of GMOs than actually carrying out its own safety studies.

Feds Knew Of Suicide Pact But Didn't Help: First Nation

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.19.2017 | Canada Politics

The community of Wapekeka First Nation detailed challenges with mental health in July 2016.

'Proteobiotics' May Keep Your Dog Healthy

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Research into the gastrointestinal health of dogs has revealed their microbial populations are quite different from ours. However, being mammals, their microbial populations develop in the same way as us. This also means they can benefit from a selection of bacterial species known to convey a health benefit otherwise known as probiotics.

Canada May Face Marijuana Shortage When It's Legalized: Analysts

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Business

As a law-abiding news organization, we can't advise you to stock up on illegal weed before it goes legal.

Let's Find Some Better Words For Weed

Carol Levine | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Carol Levine

Pot. Dope. Weed. 420. Bud. Doobie. Toke. Even 15 years after marijuana was approved for legal medical use in Canada, the language describing it obscures, conceals and hides. Can cannabis shed its dubious and illicit past so that this compound can be looked at within a medical framework first, and a recreational one second?

Badass Female Fighters Want Trudeau To Step Into The Ring

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada

“We know that you fight against injustice. So do we.”

An Inside Look At One Of Canada's New Licensed Cannabis Producers

Madaline Zannes | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Living
Madaline Zannes

The 23,500 square foot production facility in Paris, Ontario started off early in cultivation. As soon as their license to grow was granted, work began straight away. As part of a fully integrated medical marijuana and health care company, high standards must be held to carry on business under the regulations.

Are We At The Beginning Of The End For This Antibacterial?

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Over the last few years, triclosan has been the subject of much debate. Those in favour of these products hail their ability to keep bacteria at bay. Those against suggest there is no real benefit in everyday consumer home use whereas the risks -- both to humans and the environment -- are too great.

Zi-Ann Lum

First Nations Get Just Days Notice Of Nursing Station Closures | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Politics

"This has caused unnecessary chaos and confusion."

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Is More Than A Breath Of Fresh Air

Dr. Anton Marinov MD FRCPC | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Anton Marinov MD FRCPC

Canadians rarely want to consider amputation as the best solution to treat a condition, but for Canadians living with diabetes, this can be a reality. In some cases, even severe ones, the amputation can be prevented, shielding the patient from a long and painful recovery period.

Health Canada Approves 'Cure' For Hepatitis C

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Living

Hepatitis C can lead to severe liver damage and liver cancer if left untreated.

Canada's Shortened Ban On Gay Blood Donors Still Fails LGBTQ

Ida Mahmoudi | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Ida Mahmoudi

Antiquated policies like the ban against men who have sex with men (MSM) bring into question just how progressive health and social policies are. The MSM policy mandates that even if MSM are healthy, they must abstain from intimacy for a pre-determined period in order to donate their blood to those who need it.

Attawapiskat Donates $5,000 To Fort McMurray Fire Victims

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Alberta

Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh presented a $5,000 donation to the Alberta fire relief.

Attawapiskat Allotted New Mental Health Workers Amid Suicide Crisis

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Politics

Health Canada has yet to indicate when the workers will be on the ground.

Surge In Storefront Pot Dispensaries Prompts Calls For Regulation

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.24.2016 | Canada Business

Opponents say the storefront dispensaries are technically illegal and should be closed immediately.

Limited Programs For Aboriginals, Mentally Ill In Justice System: Study

CP Politics | Jim Bronskill | Posted 04.10.2016 | Canada

A federal study found aboriginals and the mentally ill entangled with the justice system often ran into similar difficulties.

Cold-FX Case 'Manufactured,' Valeant Lawyer Says

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business

"These cases are meant for real complainants and real grievances. There are none in this case."

Safety Checklist For Feeding Your Baby

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents

Health Canada has a number of guidelines when it comes to feeding your baby. Here we break it all down for you.

Cold-fX Lawsuit Launches, Alleging Drug Doesn't Work

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Business

No better than a placebo, lawsuit alleges.

Worker Charged $20K In Personal Items To Government Credit Cards

CBC | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Politics

Auditors concluded the worker should not have been given the credit cards in the first place, partly because there was evidence of personal financial stress.

Canadian Grocers Totally Confident About Selling GMO Foods

CP | Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Business

And no, they won't label the products to let you know.

What Can The New Minister Of Health Do About Drug Shortages?

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Marvin Ross

It's difficult for those with chronic medical conditions to be dependent on prescription drugs but that becomes unbearable when they also have to worry about their drug supplies running out. There is a world wide shortage of many drugs which governments are seemingly doing little to alleviate. The current Canadian crisis is impacting those with epilepsy and many with bipolar disorder. Health Canada's response appears to be callous disregard.

Pot Legalization: Health Canada Flags 9 Considerations For Feds

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.05.2016 | Canada Politics

A document offers insight into how the new government will navigate the issue.

Canada Must Close The Gaps Governing Human Participation In Scientific Research

Gordon DuVal | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Politics
Gordon DuVal

The history of research, including research in Canada, shows that very serious harms may be suffered by persons taking part in research. The rules are not perfect, and they continue to be refined when tragedies do occur, but prior review and oversight has proved a powerful corrective to make research safer for human subjects. The problem is that these research protections don't apply to everyone doing research on people in Canada -- and they should.

It's Time For Big Pharma To Open Up About Drug Safety And Effectiveness

Matthew Herder | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Politics
Matthew Herder

If Canada is to implement national pharmacare, surely we want to know more about the drugs we'll be paying for. To this end, we must tackle a pre-existing challenge: we must open up the evidence our drug regulator houses concerning drug safety and effectiveness. For decades Health Canada has kept that information confidential at the behest of drug manufacturers. This practice limits the ongoing evaluation of a drug's safety and effectiveness and, in turn, provincial and territorial governments' decision-making about which drugs to pay for, not to mention physicians and patients who make decisions about which drugs to prescribe and take.