WASHINGTON - The government's top doctor is taking aim at the bestselling electronic cigarette brand in the U.S., urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers.
NEW YORK - Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use.
TORONTO - The organization that regulates midwives in Ontario says the provincial government has axed its funding, forcing it to consider cost-cutting measures of its own.
TORONTO - Lori Dreher said doctors had tried "everything" to control her daughter Andi's severe epilepsy — a laundry list of medications, a special diet and a couple of attempted surgical interventions. But none halted the seizures that have left the nine-year-old unable to walk unaided and …
MIAMI - American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday.
Hollie Gazzard was 20 years old when she was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend at the hair salon where she worked in Gloucester, England.
KEZMAROK, Slovakia - Monika Krcova did not want to follow the official guidelines and remain in the hospital in Slovakia for four days after her third baby's birth. And so she escaped.
TORONTO - New guidelines for breast-cancer screening are intended to give women more of a voice in their health-care decisions, taking into account their personal values and preferences rather than age and risk factor alone.
TRENTON, N.J. - In a story Dec. 6 about a new alternative to EpiPen, The Associated Press reported erroneously that emergency allergy injector Auvi-Q was among products that had shortages because of an EpiPen shortage. Auvi-Q did not have shortages.
OTTAWA - The Liberal government does not plan to change the Criminal Code to explicitly outlaw coerced sterilization — rejecting a resolution passed by First Nations chiefs on Thursday.
NEW YORK - More work by a prominent food researcher is being retracted because of problems with the data, including a study that took aim at the "Joy of Cooking."
Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles — even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity.
HONG KONG - Early last year, a little-known Chinese researcher turned up at an elite meeting in Berkeley, California, where scientists and ethicists were discussing a technology that had shaken the field to its core — an emerging tool for "editing" genes, the strings of DNA that form the blu…
MONTREAL - A group of Montreal researchers has developed a smartphone and tablet app that they say could help people to detect HIV through self-testing — if such tests are approved in Canada.
OTTAWA - The commissioner of the RCMP is offering the department's "deepest sympathies" to the family of a former spokesman who an inquest heard experienced a deterioration of his mental health before he died by suicide in 2013.
LONDON - The World Health Organization says the ongoing attempt to eradicate polio remains a global emergency amid an increase in cases for the first time in years and a worrying number of outbreaks sparked by the vaccine.
WASHINGTON - Scientists working on the frontiers of medicine fear the uproar over the reported births of gene-edited babies in China could jeopardize promising research into how to alter heredity to fend off a variety of disorders.
TORONTO - A new report says that for the first time in at least five years, pneumonia was among the top-10 reported reasons that Canadians went to the emergency department last year.
TORONTO - Randy Davis remembers attending a social function not long after he'd been diagnosed with HIV and watching as the hostess greeted a succession of guests, giving each a warm hug. But when his turn came, the woman's hand went up and she suggested he not get too close because she had a cold.
NEW YORK - Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.
The youngest children in kindergarten are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in early grades, a study shows, an intriguing finding for parents on the fence about when to start their child in school.
SHENZHEN, China - The Chinese scientist who says he helped make the world's first gene-edited babies veered off a traditional career path, keeping much of his research secret in pursuit of a larger goal — making history.
LONDON - Belgian officials are investigating whether doctors improperly euthanized a woman with autism, the first criminal investigation in a euthanasia case since the practice was legalized in 2002.
HONG KONG - Scientists and bioethics experts reacted with shock, anger and alarm Monday to a Chinese researcher's claim that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies.
Designer babies might be here sooner than anyone reckoned. A Chinese researcher who says he created gene-edited babies crossed what most scientists consider a forbidden line.
TORONTO - A Health Canada review of sunscreens has found no new safety concerns, although the federal department found mild to moderate skin reactions can occur in people sensitive to the products' ingredients on rare occasions.
FREDERICTON - Yang Qu hopes to lead the way in unlocking the full potential of cannabis — both commercially and medicinally — just as he did as one of Canada's foremost anti-cancer drug researchers.
DAKAR, Senegal - Congo has begun the first-ever trial to test the effectiveness and safety of four experimental Ebola drugs, the first time scientists have directly compared such treatments, the World Health Organization said Monday.
HONG KONG - A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.
TORONTO - It should have been a relatively uncomplicated surgery — removing a cataract in Alvin Hallett's right eye. But somehow the surgeon accidentally struck his cornea, rendering him blind in that eye.
LONDON - The World Health Organization says a worrying number of the newest Ebola cases amid Congo's ongoing outbreak are in patients not usually known to catch the disease: babies.
VANCOUVER - Gwen Haworth says she always knew her gender identity, even when she was very young, but coming out about 18 years ago was a hard choice made even harder by a lack of services in her home province.
NEW YORK - Jennie-O Turkey recalled ground turkey in a salmonella outbreak, and regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues.
OTTAWA - Investigations into whether gun licences should be revoked due to violent incidents or mental illness have faced "significant delays" that could endanger public safety, says an internal RCMP review.
TORONTO - A national doctors' group is raising concerns about the Ontario government's move to allow employers to require workers to provide a doctor's note to explain even minor illnesses, such as the common cold.
OAKVILLE, Ont. - Just minutes after Carrie Lemay met her new dog, Freckles, she says the black lab starting frantically pawing and jumping up on her.
NEW YORK - In a major new effort to curb smoking, a top U.S. health official pledged Thursday to try to ban menthol from regular cigarettes, outlaw flavours in all cigars and tighten rules governing the sale of most flavoured versions of electronic cigarettes.