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2012-09-28 06:23:42

WINNIPEG, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory will hold a media briefing via teleconference to discuss the deployment of Agency scientists to the Democratic Republic of Congo to assist in the response to an outbreak of Ebola virus. Dr. Frank Plummer and Dr. Gary Kobinger will be available to answer questions from the media following their remarks. Date Friday, September 28, 2012Time 11:00 AM CDTLocation Media are invited to...

2012-09-27 10:22:06

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the release of Health Canada's Updated Assessment of Bisphenol A (BPA) Exposure from Food Sources, which found that that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has issued the following statement: "Health Canada's announcement today once again confirms that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials," said Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of ACC's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group. "This...

2012-09-26 02:26:50

OTTAWA, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, accompanied by Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais, announced today that the Harper Government has delivered on its promise to make MDPV, a drug commonly found in "bath salts",  illegal to possess, traffic, import or export, unless authorized by regulation. "Our Government is committed to protecting hardworking Canadian families and keeping our streets and communities safe," said Minister Aglukkaq. "That's...

2012-09-18 10:25:12

OTTAWA, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The issue: "Zhuifeng Tougu Wan", an unauthorized natural health product, is being voluntarily recalled after testing identified levels of mercury that are far beyond the allowable limit set by Health Canada. In addition, the product also contains lead at more than four times higher than the allowable limit and arsenic at nearly twice the amount of the allowable limit. The amount of mercury in "Zhuifeng Tougu Wan" may present a significant health...

2012-09-17 10:23:49

OTTAWA, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, will participate in a press conference with Jordan Banks, Managing Director for Facebook Canada and Hélène Campbell, double-lung  transplant recipient to launch a new Facebook organ donation initiative in Canada. Minister Aglukkaq, Mr. Banks and Ms. Campbell will be available to answer questions from the media following the launch. Teleconference Dial-in: 613-960-7520 /...

2012-09-14 06:26:27

OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - As a follow-up to our July 11, 2012 communication on the cancer bladder treatment ImmuCyst, Health Canada has cleared for release one lot of the product that was being held due to problems in the facility where it was produced. The lot contains 1,500 doses for Canadian patients across Canada. Health Canada has authorized the release of lot #C4040AA after Departmental experts' thorough review determined that there is no direct evidence of microbial...

2012-09-10 06:30:06

OTTAWA, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ -The issue: CuraHerbDistributor (curaherbdistributor.com) is attempting to sell online unlicensed home-use HIV test kits for use with urine, saliva and blood samples. It is important to note that there are currently no HIV test kits authorized for home use in Canada. CuraHerbDistributor's kits carry the "Home Aware" brand and have not been evaluated by Health Canada for safety and effectiveness. Accordingly, these kits may provide Canadians with false...

2012-08-29 06:25:09

OTTAWA, Aug. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - As children head back to the classroom, Health Canada is reminding parents of the importance of allergy awareness when packing lunches for their children. Severe allergic reactions can occur quickly and without warning, and some foods can be life-threatening to allergic children. It is estimated that as many as 1.2 million Canadians may be affected by allergies. Some studies indicate that these numbers are increasing, especially among children. Peanuts,...

2012-08-15 06:29:06

OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Demonstrating international leadership on an issue that affects millions of people around the globe, Mental Health Commission of Canada President and CEO Louise Bradley will share details of the launch of the country's first-ever mental health strategy for Canada during a visit to Australia and New Zealand from August 15-31, 2012. The visit, sponsored by the National Mental Health Commission of Australia, will enable Bradley to provide a perspective on...

2012-08-14 06:28:14

OTTAWA, Aug. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The issue: Small powerful magnetic beads sold as novelty products for adults, and small toys containing powerful magnets, pose a recognized health hazard to children of all ages.  There have been many cases of children requiring emergency surgical treatment to remove swallowed magnets and/or magnetic toy pieces from their intestines.  If a child swallows more than one powerful magnet over a short period of time, the magnets can attract one...