Health News

Infected swine flu inspector boarded plane to Winnipeg Jul 21, 2009 - 2:54 pm PST
One of two federal inspectors who contracted swine flu while investigating an outbreak on an Alberta pig farm flew on a commercial flight to Winnipeg shortly after being infected, CBC News has learned. CBC

Cellphone accessory helps diagnose diseases Jul 21, 2009 - 1:01 pm PST
A low cost microscope-cellphone combo could diagnose and track diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria in the developing world, its U.S. inventors say. CBC

Canadian defends anti-medicare ad Jul 21, 2009 - 11:08 am PST
An Ontario woman featured in a new U.S. ad warning Americans about embracing Canadian-style health care said she believes it's important to speak out against the problems in the system. CBC

World H1N1 death toll rises above 700 Jul 21, 2009 - 11:03 am PST
The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the number of deaths globally from the H1N1 virus has doubled in the past three weeks, rising to over 700 from about 330 at the start of July. CBC

Placebo effect linked to genes Jul 21, 2009 - 9:52 am PST
Your genes may determine how you react to a placebo, a new study has found. CBC

Quebec man caught drug-resistant swine flu Jul 21, 2009 - 9:22 am PST
A 60-year-old Quebec man is one of a handful of people around the world to develop a strain of swine flu that is resistant to drugs. CBC

New weight gain advice for women pregnant with twins Jul 21, 2009 - 9:16 am PST
New U.S. guidelines concerning weight gain have been released for women pregnant with twins. CBC

N.B. scores early legal victory against Big Tobacco Jul 21, 2009 - 9:06 am PST
The New Brunswick government has won a preliminary battle in its lawsuit against several big tobacco companies, which were fighting to block a team of outside lawyers from working on the court case. CBC

Listeriosis probe calls for better equipment Jul 21, 2009 - 8:57 am PST
A report on Canada's deadly listeriosis outbreak makes 57 recommendations, including calling for better designed meat-processing equipment and more inspections at plants. CBC

U.S. agency hid cellphone driving risk data: N.Y. Times Jul 21, 2009 - 8:09 am PST
A U.S. federal safety agency is under fire for allegedly suppressing information on the hazards of using cellphones while driving. CBC

Lupus drug shows promise in trials Jul 21, 2009 - 7:54 am PST
An experimental lupus drug has shown promise in late-stage clinical trials, drugmakers are reporting. CBC

Kids' asthma linked to family stress, pollution Jul 21, 2009 - 7:12 am PST
Household stress combined with exposure to pollution - either through traffic fumes or maternal smoking during pregnancy - raise a child's risk of developing asthma, according to a new study. CBC

River blindness could be wiped out by drug: study Jul 21, 2009 - 4:12 am PST
The worldwide eradication of onchocerciasis, or river blindness, is feasible with treatment involving an anti-parasite drug now being used to control the disease, according to a new UN study. CBC

Swine-flu inspectors in improper gear got virus Jul 20, 2009 - 1:45 pm PST
Federal government inspectors did not take proper precautions when investigating a swine-flu outbreak on a central Alberta pig farm, says a report obtained by CBC News. CBC

Heart disease risk factors on rise in Canada: study Jul 20, 2009 - 5:05 am PST
The prevalence of heart disease and its attendant risk factors - hypertension, diabetes, and obesity - are increasing in all age groups and most income groups in Canada, according to a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. CBC