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Doctor Charged in Patient's Death
This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on May 19, 1997. Partner content is not updated.Late last September, Paul Millss family was deeply distressed over his battle with throat cancer in a Moncton, N.B., hospital. In the hope that more advanced treatment might help, they transferred him to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
Quebec and the High Cost of Smoking
This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on October 25, 1999. Partner content is not updated.In the waning light of a brisk October evening in Quebec City, patrons flock to a bar in a yuppie neighbourhood near the Plains of Abraham. Inside, Sarah McLachlan's sensual voice spills out of the sound system.
Distinctive Brains of Psychopaths
This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on January 22, 1996. Partner content is not updated.In British author Philip Kerr's futuristic novel, A Philosophical Investigation, scientists can determine whether a man is prone to violent criminal behavior by administering a brain scan to detect an abnormality.
1890 Flu Pandemic in Canada
The 1889–90 flu, sometimes called the Russian or Asiatic flu, has been described as the first global influenza pandemic. It spread along modern transportation routes, especially railway networks. Canada experienced outbreaks across the country. While this pandemic was less deadly than the next major flu in 1918, its survivors may have been at greater risk than others during the 1918 pandemic.
This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on December 18, 1995. Partner content is not updated.That frustration is fuelled not only by melatonin's proven ability to counter insomnia and jet lag, but also by an array of experts touting it as a wonder drug that can extend life and help to combat a wide variety of illnesses, including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy.
Canada adopted quarantine legislation in 1872, five years after Confederation. It was replaced by the current Quarantine Act, which was passed by the Parliament of Canada and received royal assent in 2005. The act gives sweeping powers to the federal health minister to prevent the introduction and spread of communicable diseases. These powers can include health screenings, the creation of quarantine facilities and mandatory isolation orders. The Quarantine Act was introduced in the wake of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) crisis of 2003. It was invoked in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Viagra Hits Canada
This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on March 22, 1999. Partner content is not updated.Bill Smith, a 55-year-old heavy-machine operator from Fredericton, knows these are his salad days revisited. As one of 500 Canadian men participating in the clinical trials of the impotency drug Viagra, he has been getting samples for two years. "They're free, so why not use them?" he says.
This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on February 5, 1996. Partner content is not updated.Pass the potato chips. Olestra, a new synthetic food oil with zero calories, is promising to take the fat - and the guilt - out of greasy junk food. "This is something people really want," says Chris Hassall, a senior scientist with Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co.
SARS Victims Tell Their Stories
This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on May 5, 2003. Partner content is not updated.THE SARS OUTBREAK has swept many people into its vortex of tragedy, fear and confusion. The DISEASE suddenly changed their lives in ways they couldn't have imagined.
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In recent years genetic diseases have become better understood since they are dependent on a fault in the normal gene sequence that controls body activities.
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), frequently called "mad cow disease," is a progressive, fatal disease of the nervous system of cattle.
I think it is obvious that when you're spending $80 billion a year as Canadians do on health care, there's a need to know more about what we're getting for our money. - Health Minister Allan Rock, Feb.
Ebola Virus Strikes Again
The virus first makes its presence felt when the victim runs a high temperature, followed by vomiting, chest pains and skin rashes. Then hemorrhaging develops - from the eyes and ears, the stomach and the bowels.
Inspired by the realization that schizophrenia is a biochemical brain disorder - and not, as doctors once believed, the result of family influences during childhood - a growing number of scientists are studying the disease.