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Alberta backs off from forcing epileptic girl to stop cannabis-derived treatment

LEDUC — Alberta appears to have stepped back from a fight to stop a four-year-old girl from receiving a marijuana-derived treatment for her seizures.

Brian Fish, lawyer for the girl’s mother, says the Crown has withdrawn a request for an order that would have forced his client to stop giving her daughter cannabidiol and submit her to conventional treatment. READ

Canada’s doctors want parents to give schools proof of child’s immunization

Canada’s doctors stopped short of advocating for mandatory vaccinations for children Wednesday, calling instead for parents to provide proof to school officials that their children have been vaccinated. READ

Alberta issues air quality advisory from U.S. to Edmonton due to wildfire smoke

Alberta Health Services has issued air quality advisories for areas from the U.S. border north to the Edmonton region because of smoke from wildfires in Washington state. READ

Men more likely to die from high-dose opioid use for chronic pain, study finds

A study suggests men taking opioids for chronic pain are twice as likely as women to escalate to a high dose and die from drug-related causes. READ

WHO appoints Canadian MD to help guide women’s cancer care in developing nations

A Canadian oncologist has been appointed by the World Health Organization to help create guidelines and programs to provide earlier diagnosis and treatment of cancers that are killing more women in developing countries each year. READ

Two police forces, Alberta Health Services work together to fight fentanyl

Another fentanyl arrest has two police forces and Alberta’s health agency working together to raise awareness about the dangerous drug. READ

Face-to-face AA meetings trump online sobriety support groups - for now: study

Face-to-face meetings are more effective than online groups for those trying to curb alcohol abuse, but use of web-based sobriety support sites is steadily growing, an international survey has found. READ

Halifax woman who led class action in blood transfusion case dies

A Halifax woman who led a $1.18 billion class-action settlement for those infected with hepatitis C has died. READ

WHO-led study shows Canadian-made Ebola vaccine protects against dreaded disease

It appears the world finally has an effective Ebola vaccine. A new study reported Friday that a vaccine designed by scientists working at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg induces a quick and highly effective response, protecting 100 per cent of the people who got it against the virus. 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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