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

TORONTO — 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

Two cabinet ministers decline comment on government approval of abortion pill

Two Conservative cabinet ministers are leery about answering questions about Health Canada’s decision to approve the abortion drug known as RU-486. READ

Health Canada considers lowering daily maximum acetaminophen dose

Health Canada says it may change its guidelines for acetaminophen, based on concerns about the drug’s capacity to cause severe liver injury. READ

Cannabis oil, fresh marijuana now available in wake of top court decision

Medical marijuana users can legally consume other forms of the drug beyond the traditional dried version under new Health Canada rules that follow a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada. 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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