Boys and young men more likely to die than girls and young women, study finds

A new Canadian study shows boys and young men are more likely to die than girls and young women, and they have a greater chance of dying due to injury, particularly from age 14 onwards. The study, published this month in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, looked at 3.1 million children born in…

Why flu season could make it harder for doctors to diagnose vaping-related illness

A 20-year-old man shows up in a U.S. emergency room with flu-like symptoms.  He's hospitalized for four days before leaving, against medical advice, only to return to the ER with chest pain, fever and shortness of breath. By this point he's lost almost 20 pounds. Doctors are stumped. They test him for strep throat, hepatitis, HIV,…

U.S. to screen passengers for new China coronavirus at 3 airports

The United States will begin screening at three major airports people coming from central Chinese city of Wuhan for the newly-identified coronavirus that has killed two people and infected at least 40 more in China, public health officials said on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the screening for direct…

Vancouver's drug-dispensing machine: Why it exists and how it works

Health advocates say a safe supply of opioids is critical to help prevent people from overdosing on tainted street drugs.  Now, a pilot project in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside provides some high-risk users with access to an automated machine that dispenses opioids prescribed by a doctor.CBC takes a look at how it works. How does the machine…

Paediatric cardiac care in Bangladesh: what you need to know

Like other developing countries, Bangladesh is facing a multitude of health problems. Paediatric heart problem is one of them. Heart diseases in children are of two types, one is congenital, and another is acquired. Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a defect in the structure of the heart or great vessels that is present at birth.…