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CALGARY – Researchers at the University of Calgary say they have developed a portable brain-imaging system that would literally shed light on concussions.
INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL Players Association has created a medical guide for players, a 107-page reference book written by scientific professionals with extensive material on concussion detection, treatment and the league's game-day protocol for head injuries.
VICTORIA – A premium long viewed as a financial irritant in British Columbia that is paid by individuals and families for health care will be eliminated on Jan. 1, 2020.
TORONTO – Sun Life Financial Inc. is adding medical marijuana coverage as an option for its group benefits plans, signalling an insurance industry shift and growing acceptance of the drug that bodes well for Canada's burgeoning cannabis sector.
OTTAWA – The federal government is blaming an increase in the number of military personnel struggling with PTSD and other psychological trauma for a multimillion-dollar shortfall in a government-backed insurance program.
EDMONTON – A new medical guideline suggests family doctors should think twice before prescribing medical marijuana to their patients.
The federal government has announced more than a million dollars for research projects on the effects of legalizing recreational marijuana.
VANCOUVER – Terry Lake, the former British Columbia health minister who oversaw the declaration of a public-health emergency amid the deadly fentanyl crisis, is urging more research on the effects of marijuana on opioid addictions.
VANCOUVER – Making a safe opioid available in vending machines may be the next harm reduction tool to fight the deadly overdose epidemic, says the executive medical director of the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
OTTAWA – Health Canada is warning that test strips to detect the illicit opioid fentanyl in street drugs may not produce accurate results.
Smoking may increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries among people in the military, a new study has concluded.
EDMONTON – It's cannabis day today at the meeting of federal, provincial and territorial health ministers in Edmonton.
HALIFAX – Canadians appear to have an appetite for marijuana-infused munchies, according to a new survey that found a healthy majority both supported the legalization of recreational pot use but had clear concerns about children's access to edible products containing cannabis.
OTTAWA – The Canadian Institutes for Health Research has concluded new national guidelines for prescribing opioids were based on sound scientific evidence, despite a conflict of interest between one of the doctors who created them and pharmaceutical companies that make the addictive drugs.
VANCOUVER – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has closed the door on decriminalizing illicit drugs to combat a national overdose crisis but British Columbia's addictions minister says unprecedented deaths are a "wake-up call" to reconsider that stance.
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