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HIV vaccine trial fails in US

Nor did the shots reduce the amount of the AIDS virus in the blood when people who’d been vaccinated later became infected, the U.S. National Institutes of Health said. While disappointing, the failed HIV vaccine trial does offer researchers...

 

Paying for blood plasma raises new questions

It was an ‘invitation only’ meeting at a downtown Toronto hotel. The media were banished to the hallway. Inside, a handpicked group of people gathered, with no one sure who else was around the table. There was no official agenda,...

 

Liberal and NDP leaders focus on health-care commitments

Both the B.C. NDP and Liberal leaders are talking health care this morning, the most important issue for voters in the B.C. election, according to CBC’s Vote Compass. NDP Leader Adrian Dix promised to put $ 105 million into seniors’...

 

Hamilton board of health could push for universal dental care

“There should be a standard of care that is universal and that is built into provincial legislation and paid for out of general revenues,” said Merulla, who is drafting the motion with Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Hamilton’s medical officer...

 

Organ transplant program expected to boost success rate

Organ transplant rates in Canada will improve thanks to a new national research program based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, says the lead scientist. “There are 4,500 Canadians waiting for transplants right now … and they...

 

Antibiotic progress on superbugs called ‘alarmingly slow’

New antibiotics for superbugs are critically needed to save lives, Canadian and U.S. infectious disease experts warn. When the Infectious Diseases Society of America reviewed progress on development of new drugs this week, it found only two...

 

Boston Marathon attack creates massive health costs

Miller has become well-known in the U.S. media after he used a complex system to harmonize large national datasets of health-care costs to figure out how expensive gun crimes, such as the Arizona shooting of former U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle...

 

5 sources of objective drug information suggested

“Physicians were rarely informed about serious adverse events, raising questions about whether current approaches to regulation of sales representatives adequately protect patient health,” Dr. Joel Lexchin of York University in...

 

China’s bird flu investigation calls in world scientists

International flu experts will head to China in the next few days to help investigate the outbreak of H7N9 bird flu, the World Health Organization says. Another eight people are infected with the virus, which is tied to 14 deaths in 71 confirmed...

 

Another packed house pans health care changes

Monday’s meeting was in Ellerslie where 400 residents packed into a school to meet with Health Minister Doug Currie. Under the changes announced by Currie, the local hospital, Stewart Memorial, will become a long term care facility....

 

Digital hospitals put control in patients’ hands

From the moment patients enter the new Humber River Hospital, slated to open in Toronto in 2015, they will have the power to change the room temperature, control the lighting, video chat with their nurse and read their medical charts on a bedside...

 

High-tech solutions not the answer to ER wait times, experts say

Checking a mobile app for the latest emergency room wait times before you rush out the door might seem convenient, but the high-tech tool may leave some patients feeling misled. Alberta Health Services posts real-time wait times on its app for...

 

Vaccine development for H7N9 flu problematic

Vaccine development for H7N9 flu problematic

Influenza experts say making a vaccine to protect against the new H7N9 flu virus that has emerged in eastern China could prove to be problematic. Vaccines developed so far for the H7 family of viruses have not been especially effective… Read...

 

Premier not swayed by protesting pharmacists (Alberta)

Alberta’s premier says her government is committed to its plan to lower drug costs for Albertans, despite protests by pharmacists. “Change is difficult, but I think we’re going to work through it and the partnership will be...

 

Quebec’s public health directors decry welfare cuts

Quebec’s regional directors of public health have joined the chorus of voices protesting against provincial welfare cuts, contending the proposed reforms would have negative health effects on adults and children in 25,000 Quebec households...