9 gripe water brands recalled because of microbial contamination

Gripe water is marketed as a gentle antacid to relieve a baby’s minor stomach upsets. (Shutterstock) Various brands of gripe water used to treat stomach upset in babies are under recall because... Read more »

Diabetes drug victims demand justice in French trial

Mediator, prescribed to diabetic and overweight patients, is believed to be linked to 1,000 to 2,000 deaths, according to a 2010 study. (Charles Platiau/Reuters) Victims of a diabetes drug suspected in hundreds... Read more »

WHO says Tanzania not sharing details on Ebola-like cases

UNICEF carers look on at a daycare centre for children whose parents are being treated for Ebola in Mangina, in Congo’s North Kivu province on Sept. 1. (Kinsella Cunningham/EPA-EFE) The World Health... Read more »

Next frontier in medical fundraising? Toronto man turns to boot camp to help raise $3M for son’s rare disorder

Michael Pirovolakis has a rare disorder called SPG50, which will eventually rob him of all functions in his arms, legs and brain. Michael’s parents, Georgia and Terry, have given up their life... Read more »

What Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy filing means for Canada

Purdue Pharma’s decision to file for bankruptcy in the U.S. raises questions about Canadian lawsuits over the opioid crisis. (Douglas Healey/The Associated Press) This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly... Read more »

Eco-anxiety spurs youth to take action on climate change

Extinction Rebellion activists attend a climate change demonstration in Berlin, Germany on Friday. Young people’s concern for the environment is leading to a condition called eco-anxiety. While it’s not a diagnosis, some... Read more »

London, Ont. vaper didn’t use cannabis, medical officer says

Dr. Chris Mackie, Medical Officer and CEO of Health for the Middlesex-London Health Unit, announced the first known possible case in Canada of severe pulmonary illness linked to vaping. (Geoff Robins/Canadian Press)... Read more »

Cannabis product not the culprit in Ontario teen’s vaping-related illness, health official says

Dr. Chris Mackie, medical officer of health and CEO of Middlesex-London Health Unit, on Thursday announced the first known possible case in Canada of severe pulmonary illness linked to vaping. He told... Read more »

The science behind why vaping is becoming so popular in Canada

The chemistry behind e-cigarette devices like Juul has changed dramatically in the past two years, which experts say has led to a surge in popularity. (Ben Nelms/CBC) (Ben Nelms/CBC) Vaping is quickly becoming... Read more »

Act on Canada’s youth vaping crisis now, health groups urge federal parties

Various health groups in Canada want Ottawa to step in to address a vaping situation they are calling a crisis. (Craig Chivers/CBC) Representatives from eight health organizations in Canada are appealing for... Read more »