Health

Taking the money out of marijuana, and how to feel like you’ve won the lottery

This week, research shows a good night’s sleep can feel like hitting the jackpot, and a Canadian researcher may have found a new weapon in the fight against superbugs. But first, as the government gets set to legalize marijuana, one drug policy expert argues public health and profits don’t mix. Get the full newsletter in your inbox every Friday morning. Subscribe to Second Opinion. Taking ...

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‘So many barriers’: Support for teen dads lags behind help for young moms

Michael Moze was 18 when he learned that he was becoming a father. Five months into the pregnancy, the Edmonton teen decided to quit school, find a job and moved in with his girlfriend. “I got excited about becoming a dad,” Moze says, and he was determined to provide for the family. “I didn’t have custody for the first two ...

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Increase in yellow fever cases has Brazil on high alert

A small city in the state of Rio de Janeiro is on high alert after authorities confirmed the death of one man by yellow fever and said they were investigating several other possible cases. Health authorities this week confirmed that 38-year-old Watila Santos, a Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil, resident, died from the illness on March 11.  A neighbour of Santos, ...

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Bringing cryopreserved tissue back to life

more stories from this episode We hear about organ donation and successful transplants all the time. But estimates suggest that more than sixty per cent of the hearts and lungs donated for transplantation are thrown away in any given year.   Morever, if only half of unused organs were successfully transplanted, waiting lists might disappear within two years.  It’s because ...

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Opioid dependence can start in just days

Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three days or less may help patients avoid the dangers of dependence and addiction, a new study suggests. Among patients without cancer, a single day’s supply of a narcotic painkiller can result in 6 per cent of patients being on an opioid a year later, the researchers said. The odds ...

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Some emergency room doctors in Nova Scotia to see pay cut

Emergency room doctors working at the Northside General Hospital in North Sydney are among those facing a $14 per hour pay cut starting April 1. Pay rates are changing across the province for ER doctors and that’s raised concerns about doctor retention, recruitment and possible ER closures. Kevin Chapman is director of finance for Doctors Nova Scotia, an association representing 3,500 ...

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Drug overdoses claim 102 lives in B.C. in February, an average of 3.6 a day

New numbers from the BC Coroners Service show that 102 people in the province died of a suspected overdose in February. That’s an average of more than 3.6 overdoses every day, which is just below the average in January. In that month, 116 people died of overdoses, but the month is three days longer. Both numbers show a decline from December, ...

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For healthier arteries, do as Amazon rainforest inhabitants do

The Tsimane living in the Amazon have the lowest reported levels of age-related hardening of the arteries in the world, say researchers who encourage Westerners to learn from these Bolivian rainforest inhabitants.  Atherosclerosis was thought to be a natural part of aging. Even  Egyptian mummies have shown signs of plaque buildup in the arteries. For the study in Friday’s medical journal The Lancet, cardiologists focused their low-radiation ...

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An ‘essential medicines’ list could ensure all Canadians have access to the drugs they need

Surveys and polls regularly show how proud Canadians are of our universal health care system, particularly in light of what’s going on nowadays in the U.S. Indeed, unlike many of our southern neighbours, Canadians don’t have to worry about filing for bankruptcy to get proper care for themselves and their families. But when it comes to prescription medications, our health ...

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Naturopath who provided echinacea cleared of wrongdoing in Alberta boy’s meningitis death

The governing body for naturopaths in Alberta has dismissed a complaint against one of its members related to the death of Ezekiel Stephan, whose parents were convicted after treating his meningitis with natural remedies instead of seeking medical treatment. David and Collet Stephan were found guilty in Lethbridge, Alta., in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life in relation to the 19-month-old’s ...

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