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at 17:32 on August 29, 2016, EDT.

Folic acid fortified foods linked to drop in heart defects in newborns: study

TORONTO — It's been known for years that taking folic acid before and during pregnancy can prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida in newborns. But research suggests the B vitamin also appears to lower the risk of some potentially fatal congenital heart defects in children.


at 15:36 on August 29, 2016, EDT.

Orlando theme parks give free bug spray to ease Zika worries

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando's major theme parks are now offering free bug repellent to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount in Florida.


at 13:27 on August 29, 2016, EDT.

Online feedback opens on Saskatchewan review to reduce health regions

REGINA — Saskatchewan residents and organizations can now provide feedback to the government's plan to reduce the number of regional health authorities in the province.


at 11:56 on August 29, 2016, EDT.

New Fraser Health poster campaign raises awareness of opioid overdoses

SURREY, B.C. — Fraser Health has launched a poster ad campaign bolstering its ongoing drive to raise awareness of what it says is the overdose crisis in British Columbia.


at 09:00 on August 28, 2016, EDT.

Time to bolster Canada's chronically under funded mental health system:advocates

HALIFAX — Canada trails the pack when it comes to mental health funding levels among comparable industrially developed nations - but advocates say a promise from the federal government to improve services means the time is ripe to push for change.


at 13:44 on August 27, 2016, EDT.

Does China still harvest organs of executed? Doctors divided

BEIJING — A Canadian patient's receipt of a kidney transplant after waiting just three days during a recent visit to China raised an immediate red flag among surgeons at the Montreal-based Transplantation Society: A turnaround that quick indicates the organ likely came from the body of an executed prisoner.


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