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Children with ADHD have some smaller brain regions, study shows

People with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have distinct differences in their brain structure, a new study finds, suggesting the disorder should be considered a neurological condition and not simply a behavioural problem. The research — published in Wednesday in Lancet Psychiatry — was described by its authors as the largest-ever review of ADHD patient brain scans. The scientists evaluated MRI scans ...

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At least 79 died from bird flu in 1st month of year in China

An outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in China killed 79 people in January, the most in a single month in at least three years, the country’s national health authority said. More than 250 cases of H7N9 have been reported to the National Health and Family Planning Commission from 16 provinces and regions. State media said Thursday that most of the ...

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PharmaNet breach compromises personal information of 7,500 B.C. residents, says province

The personal information of approximately 7,500 British Columbians may have been compromised through the provincial government’s PharmaNet system, according to the Ministry of Health. A letter from the ministry was sent last week to B.C residents affected by the breach. The letter says an “unknown/unauthorized person obtained and used a physician’s login to access PharmaNet.” PharmaNet is the province-wide network that links all B.C. pharmacies ...

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China to regulate carfentanil, seen as ‘substantial step’ in curbing opioid exports

China is adding carfentanil and three related synthetic opioids to its list of controlled substances effective March 1, China’s National Narcotics Control Commission said Thursday. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration called the move a potential “game-changer” that is likely to reduce supply of key chemicals driving a surge of overdoses and deaths among unsuspecting drug users in North America. After ...

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Surgeons rude to patients may pose problems, U.S. study finds

There were almost 11 complications per surgeon on average in the U.S. study. (Shutterstock) Surgeons who are rude to patients and others may pose a problem in the operating room, according to a study linking unprofessional doctor behaviour with infections and other surgery complications. The researchers say their results show why it’s important to speak up when doctors behave badly. ...

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Harvard, MIT research team keeps gene-editing patent rights

New Patent ruling for gene editing tool that allows scientists to edit DNA with unparalleled ease and precision Thomson Reuters Posted: Feb 15, 2017 1:17 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017 1:30 PM ET Related Stories A team of researchers affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University will keep valuable patents on a revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, ...

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Stop saying Trump has narcissistic personality disorder, says psychiatrist who defined it

Wednesday February 15, 2017 more stories from this episode Allen Frances says he’s tired of “amateur diagnosticians” insisting that U.S. President Donald Trump has narcissistic personality disorder.  And he should know. As the chair of the task force that wrote the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV, Frances literally helped write the definition of NPD. In a letter to the New York ...

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Yellow fever outbreak in Congo declared over

The World Health Organization has declared an end to the yellow fever outbreak that killed about 400 people in Congo and Angola, calling it “one of the largest and most challenging” in recent years. The outbreak, first detected in Angola in late 2015, caused 965 confirmed cases and thousands of suspected cases in both countries, the WHO said in a ...

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Soccer players’ brains show damage ‘probably related’ to frequent heading, neurologists say

British researchers studying the brains of retired soccer players have discovered signs of degenerative disorders associated with repeated blows to the head. The scientists studied 14 retired soccer players, also called footballers, with dementia and performed post-mortems on six of them after next-of-kin consented. In a study published this week in the journal Acta Neuropathologica, the researchers say all six had signs of Alzheimer’s ...

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‘I have a couple of good years’: Charlottetown man adjusts to life with ALS

It started with mysterious voice problems. One day, Danny Connolly would have trouble speaking, his speech slurring and becoming difficult to understand. But then it would all go away, he said, “and I thought that was weird.” “Next were spasms in the arms, and a weakness in this hand and swallowing issues.” Connolly said he’s not at the point yet ...

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