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A norovirus outbreak linked to B.C. oysters is now under federal investigation with PHAC taking the leadership role prompted by cases being reported in Ontario and Alberta, as well as B.C.

School Board in Windsor cancels field trips to the United States

The Greater Essex County District School Board in Windsor, Ontario, Canada has decided to cancel all student trips to the United States for the rest of February.

Op-Ed: 'Veggie Queen' urges people to live healthy as well as long Special

The importance of eating healthy is more than just a passion for 'Veggie Queen' Jill Nussinow, it is her life's work. Getting the word out is more about getting vegetables in peoples' mouths to taste them and to experience that they are good.

New microsite for cancer research breakthroughs

The Canadian Cancer Society has developed a new microsite to allow for the reporting of cancer and associated health topics. One aim of the site is to assist journalists covering cancer research topics.

Bare cheek as Japan men strip off for naked festival

With only a skimpy loincloth to protect their modesty, thousands of men brave freezing temperatures to fight for lucky charms thrown by a priest at Japan's annual Naked Man Festival.

Yeast found in guts of babies increases asthma risk

A study performed in Ecuador has shown a yeast in the gut of new babies to be a strong predictor that the babies will go on to develop asthma.

Interview: Shari Bitterman discusses new book 'Simon the Snail' Special

Children's book author, Ms. Shari Bitterman, sat down and chatted with Digital Journal about her new book, "Simon the Snail."

Great-grandson to reinvent iconic three-star French restaurant

The Troisgros restaurant, a veritable shrine to France's haute cuisine, is pulling out of the town it put on the map thanks to the three Michelin stars it has boasted since 1968.

Struggle against evil sparks China ritual

Villagers in eastern China have a unique way of washing away the taint of evil spirits -- by bathing in a shower of scorching sparks.

Top 10 trends on the New York catwalk

New York fashion week wrapped with designers unable to agree on the season, the future of the runway in jeopardy and anti-Donald Trump political outrage palpable.

China bans deadly drug responsible for deaths in U.S. and Canada

The US Drug Enforcement Agency is applauding the new Chinese regulation going into effect on March 1, 2017, that outlaws carfentanil along with three other powerful synthetic opioids.

Italy goes bananas over tropical trees next to Milan Duomo

The sudden appearance of a cluster of palm trees next to Milan's famous cathedral has sparked a row over the use of non-native plants beside an iconic Italian landmark.

Ralph Lauren wows, Kanye grows up, Kors goes plus-size

Fashion royalty Ralph Lauren decorated in wall-to-wall orchids, Kanye West bounced back from a breakdown to put a hijab on the runway and Michael Kors hired his first plus-sized model.Here are the highlights from day seven of New York fashion week.

DC restaurants to close in immigrant solidarity show

Some of the US capital's finest restaurants are putting their money where their mouths are: shutting down for a day to protest President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies.

More dog food recalled because of phenobarbital contamination

We have a second dog food recall, this time by Against the Grain Pet Food Inc. because of the finding of phenobarbital. This comes in the wake of an initial recall by Evanger's dog food. It seems that members of the same family own both companies.

Hole is where the heart is for Chinese cave dwellers

High in the misty hills of southwestern China, an hour's hike from any road, the lowing of livestock echoes through Zhongdong village, where a group of 18 families live inside an enormous natural cave.

What would Toronto's CN Tower look like with condos stuck on it?

Toronto's CN Tower has become a major tourist attraction since it was completed in 1976 as a giant TV broadcasting antenna. But one design firm thinks the aging tower could be repurposed by "reinvigorating the tower with desirable market condominiums."

Oklahoma advances bill requiring male permission for abortions

The Oklahoma state legislature has advanced a bill — authored by a Republican man who believes women's bodies are mere "hosts" for fetuses — that would require women seeking abortions to get written permission from the men who impregnate them.

String of cheese recalls growing nationwide over Listeria fears

After routine testing of Colby cheese revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes January 30, a variety of Sargento, Meijer, and Amish Classics cheese products were recalled. The recall list has now expanded to include additional brands.

Melinda Gates says Trump abortion order 'could affect millions'

US President Donald Trump's block on US funds going to organisations involved in abortion care overseas could impact millions of women, Bill and Melinda Gates have warned, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.

Free hairdos boost displaced Iraqi women

Twice a month, beautician Chnoor Khezri takes her equipment to a camp near Mosul and gives displaced Iraqi women who have lost everything a proper pampering and some fresh confidence.

'The Blue Danube' keeps waltzing at 150

Born out of defeat, initially not that popular and dedicated to a river that's more greeny-grey, the beginnings of "The Blue Danube" 150 years ago this week were inauspicious.

Thais in the mood for love as Valentine fever sweeps nation

Babies dressed as cupids, underwater weddings and a government vitamin giveaway to encourage procreation were all part of Thailand's imaginative and bizarre events Tuesday to mark Valentine's Day.

NASA scientist born in US has to turn over phone at US border

Sidd Bikkannavar a natural-born American citizen claims he was detained on January 30 at Houston International Airport. This was just days after new president Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven countries.

Baby’s sex affects a woman’s immunity while pregnant

There has been anecdotal evidence for several years: that whether a woman is carrying a boy or a girl her health differs. Now medical evidence indicates that the sex of the baby affects the immunity of the expectant woman.

Spike in overdose cases in Kentucky city — 52 calls in 32 hours

Hardly a week goes by that someplace in the U.S. records an unusual spike in drug overdoses, and last week was no exception. In a 32-hour period, Louisville, Kentucky saw 52 cases of drug overdoses.

Can Botox reduce social anxiety?

The cosmetic wrinkle reducer, Botox, is being examined in the context of treating various medical conditions. In one example, George Washington University is recruiting volunteers for a new study testing Botox to treat social anxiety.

Which U.S. states are the worst for STDs?

In time for Valentine's Day, new information collated reveals the U.S. states with the highest levels of sexually transmitted diseases, using some common pathogens as measures.

Pepper spray 'prankster' may have sparked Germany airport alarm

German emergency services temporarily evacuated Hamburg airport Sunday and treated almost 70 people after an irritant gas was released in the building -- probably by a "prankster" using pepper spray, firefighters said.

Sargento, Meijer and other cheeses recalled due to Listeria

Routine testing by Tennessee food inspectors has discovered Listeria monocytogenes in Colby cheese, triggering recalls of a variety of Sargento, Meijer, and Amish Classics cheese products.

FDA approves $89,000 drug to treat Duchenne's Muscular dystrophy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday gave approval to a drug manufactured by Marathon Pharmaceuticals to treat Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (DMD), a devastating muscle disease that usually affects boys.

'World's heaviest woman' to fly to India for surgery

An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman will fly to India for weight reduction surgery Saturday after intervention from the country's foreign minister ensured her a visa.

Political power dressing at New York Fashion Week

The catwalk throbbed with politics in New York as designers threw their weight behind a campaign to promote tolerance and La Perla gave women's freedom a boost with a ready-to-wear debut.

Pompeii unveils Roman kiss for Valentine's day

The lava may have cooled 2,000 years ago but Pompeii is a hot destination this Valentine's day with a special opening of the exceptionally preserved House of the Chaste Lovers.

'Our food, our stories': bringing west African cuisine to the world

It took a move to the United States from Ghana to convince food entrepreneur Essie Bartels that the world deserved to know more about west African cuisine. "You would always end up having to put on tons of stuff -- hot sauce, lots of salt, pepper.

Why offering positive support can have negative consequences

It may initially seem counterintuitive but psychologists have run studies that show offering positive support to your spouse can have negative consequences in certain circumstances.

Warning that concussion affects driving months later

After a person experiences mild concussion the effects slowly ebb away and the affected person returns to their normal routine. Things may not completely go back to normal, however, and medics have issues a new warning about driving.

Brazil yellow fever outbreak 'worst on record'

Sixty-five people are confirmed so far to have died in Brazil over the last two months in the country's worst yellow fever outbreak on record, the government said.

Mexico's 'Corruptour' visits nation's dark underbelly

Packed with sightseers eagerly snapping pictures on their cameras and cell phones, this looks like any other tour bus in the world -- or almost.

AI algorithm helps identify skin cancer

The use of artificial intelligence and deep learning computer systems to assist with medical diagnosis has advanced a step further with the announcement that a new platform has identified skin cancer as well as professional dermatologists.

Flu spreads across 40 states with some states hit especially hard

Forty states and Puerto Rico are reporting flu cases as the seasonal virus continues its march across the United States this winter, prompting health officials to remind people that it's not too late to get their flu shots.
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