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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spreading the love: Deer Lake to change its name to Islaview for a day

For May 26, the Town of Deer Lake will be called "Islaview" to support Isla Short, a three-year-old girl battling severe cancer.

Pressure on Hamilton paramedics rising as city's senior population grows

Hamilton’s population is older than the rest of the province — and it’s starting to take a toll on paramedics in the city.

Space-preserved sperm: It's a thing, scientists say, after successful experiment with mice

The freeze-dried sperm samples were launched in 2013 to the International Space Station and returned to Earth in 2014.

Ebola death toll in remote Congo likely has risen to 4, WHO says

A fourth person has likely died from Ebola in remote northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Via Rail changes policy on wheelchairs, mobility aids on trains

Via Rail has changed its policy on wheelchairs and other mobility aids to comply with a federal order demanding it make its trains more accessible to those who use the devices.

Health minister sees 'clean heroin' as potential saviour for some opioid addicts

Giving people with severe addictions prescription heroin could save lives as Canada continues to struggle with a opioid overdose epidemic, says Health Minister Jane Philpott.

Pool parasite: Swimmers urged to take simple steps to avoid Cryptosporidium

Before dipping into a swimming pool or lake this long weekend, take precautions against stomach-turning parasites that may lurk in the water, public health officials say.

SECOND OPINION | Are animals born with the ability to count?

In this week's roundup of interesting and eclectic news in health and medical science, we look at Canadian drug prices, Ontarians on opioids and how to slow down sperm.

'I went into distress': patient wakes up during surgery

Patients waking up during surgery reportedly happens during one out of every 1,000 surgeries.

Doctors warn General Hospital cancer plot may be a sneaky pharmaceutical ad campaign

Doctors are sounding the alarm about a cancer plot line in the soap opera General Hospital, calling it a sneaky way of skirting pharmaceutical advertising laws.


Zack Snyder Exits 'Justice League' After Daughter's Death

 The recent death of director Zack Snyder's daughter has driven the prominent filmmaker to step away from finishing the ensemble superhero movie "Justice League."