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Homeopathic teething products pulled in U.S. still sold in Canada

Homeopathic teething products recently pulled from the market in the United States over potential health risks are still for sale in Canada, but the company that makes the products insists that they are safe.

“Hyland’s baby teething medicines remain in distribution in Canada,” company spokeswoman Mary Borneman said Friday in an e-mail.

“We have chosen to discontinue the product line in the U.S. because of the [U.S.] Food & Drug Administration’s general warning against the use of these medicines,” she wrote, adding, “We are confident the product is safe so we can continue to distribute in areas that do not have a similar warning.”

On Sept. 30, the U.S. FDA warned against the use of homeopathic teething gels and tablets distributed by Hyland’s, pharmacy chain CVS and “possibly others,” saying the products could pose a risk to infants and children.

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Therapists will counsel youth in aboriginal communities rocked by youth suicides

Health Canada promises mental-health therapists will make weekly visits to northern Saskatchewan in an effort to prevent further deaths.

Aboriginal leaders and the prime minister say a crisis is unfolding in northern Saskatchewan, after three young girls took their own lives and there are fears more young people are at risk.

After two girls from Stanley Mission committed suicide last week and a third girl from La Ronge, who had been in hospital after an attempt to kill herself, died in recent days, Health Canada is committing to send three mental-health therapists weekly to assist the northern communities.

All of the girls were between the ages of 12 and 14.

The department will help fund therapy and travel costs for three therapists to provide counselling to at-risk youth on Fridays and Saturdays, until the end of December, Health Canada said.

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Public Health denies project funds to historically-funded HIV organizations

Several HIV/AIDS networks whose projects were funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada have had their new applications rejected.

In a bid for new ways to address HIV/AIDS across the country, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has denied or cut back project funding requests of several HIV/AIDS organizations historically supported by the federal government, leaving some worrying where they’ll find financial resources to keep operating.

Among those facing cuts is the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), which chief executive officer Ken Clement said had its $750,000 proposal cut down to $250,000 — a two-thirds reduction.

“We may have to close our doors. That is, I think, one of the realities right now,” Clement said on the phone from CAAN headquarters in Vancouver. “We’ve been given notice of a 70 per cent cut, so we don’t know what we’ll be able to do.”

CAAN is a not-for-profit coalition representing 26 member and associate member organizations that provides “leadership, support and advocacy” specifically tailored for indigenous Canadians with HIV/AIDS.

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Number of Canadians seeking health care abroad in 2015 drops over previous year

1% of patients receiving specialist treatment went abroad, report says.

During Sunday's U.S. presidential debate, Republican candidate Donald Trump said Canada's "catastrophic" health-care system is prompting Canadians to head south for treatment — but a new report says the number of health tourists has fallen year over year.

The Fraser Institute report estimates that about one per cent of Canadian patients who received treatment from a specialist in 2015 got that treatment outside of Canada.

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