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Allow advance requests for assisted-death, forget June 6 deadline: senators

OTTAWA — Senators say there's no way they'll pass the federal government's medically assisted dying bill by the court-imposed deadline of June 6 — and they may not pass it at all if it isn't amended to allow advance requests from those diagnosed with competence-eroding conditions like dementia.

That double-barrelled warning Tuesday was the clearest sign yet that the controversial legislation is in for a rocky ride when it gets to the upper house. READ

Lyme disease cases rising in Canada, climate change cited as a probable factor

An Ottawa conference on Lyme disease has been told the tick-borne illness is on the rise in Canada and global warming is likely partly responsible. READ

Ottawa announces almost $5 million in funding towards global Zika fight

The federal government is contributing almost $5 million to the global fight against the Zika virus. READ

Senators told they're last hope for suffering Canadians who aren't near death

Senators heard an emotional appeal Wednesday to reject the federal government's restrictive approach to medical assistance in dying from the wife of an acclaimed doctor who starved himself to death to end his suffering from brain cancer. READ

Dogs, cats may show way to better treatments for human cancers

Cujo romps around the room, seemingly unaware he is missing a front leg, before snuggling in for a caress and reaching up to bestow a canine kiss on his owner Valeria Martinez. READ

Rio Olympics should be postponed or moved due to Zika: public health professor

A Canadian professor of law and public health says the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved to other venues because of the threat posed by the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil. READ

Study: 'Biggest Loser' contestants have slower metabolisms

A new study has found that many competitors on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it more difficult to keep off the pounds. READ

Urgent remedy sought for pediatrician shortage

The departure of two local pediatricians has seen Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre calling in pediatricians more often from Calgary and Edmonton to cover on-call duties at the hospital. READ

Social media blamed for spike in sexually-transmitted infections

Gonorrhea and syphilis rates dramatically spiked across Alberta last year mostly due to the use of social media, according to health officials. READ

Worker says making cancer-related terms understood in Inuit a challenge

For Annie Buchan, educating Canada’s Inuit about the dangers caused by cancer has been challenging. READ

A cold remedy that uses ingredients grown in Alberta gardens

This past couple of weeks, I have been making a traditional cold remedy called fire cider with people who are looking for alternatives to over-the-counter cold medicine. Fire cider is a remedy one makes in the fall, during harvest. All the ingredients but two (and if need be, these can be eliminated from the remedy) are grown in Alberta gardens. READ

What it takes to stay committed to your health

Real commitment doesn’t always have to be about sacrifice — or does it? When it comes to your health, where do we draw the line between having our cake and eating it, too, to avoid the self-defeating behaviour of not allowing ourselves certain indulgences? And when should we hold true to a commitment to our health and our well-being and ensure our bodies are getting the best treatment possible — no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods? READ

Stories to help deal with the season of sickness

This week I launch my book, The Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and The Human Being. Because it is the season of coughs, sore throats and colds, I thought three plant stories from the book might be of interest. READ

Probiotics can change your life

It may not be what’s trending on Twitter right now, but it is certainly coming to the forefront of more people’s nutritional conversations, as it should. READ

The future of our health — well-being for kids

After presenting to a group of middle school students on the topic of nutrition recently, I got a taste of what it would be like to be a parent — tough. READ

Give body the help it needs

By the time we’re 30 years old and beyond, our lives have undergone a great deal of change. Often we are on our second career, we’re starting a family — whatever it is, it’s safe to say life has really changed. For most of us through our mid-20s to our mid-60s, much of our time is spent on our working life. READ

Woman loses over half of her body weight

Alicia Snell stepped on her new scale and stared at the number. 28 pounds. READ

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