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|Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs|
Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ibuprofen.
The reason may be the yellowish goo smeared on her 18-inch wound as she lay on the operating table. The Houston woman was helping test a novel medicine aimed at avoiding opioids, potent pain relievers fueling an epidemic of overuse and addiction.
|HIV/AIDS researcher Mark Wainberg saved millions of lives, funeral hears |
MONTREAL - Dr Mark Wainberg was remembered during his funeral on Friday as a trailblazing HIV researcher and patient advocate who was equally dedicated to his family, his Montreal community, and friends.
Wainberg's plain wooden coffin sat at the front of the Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Congregation, the synagogue he attended for many years.
|Hyland's teething tablets recalled over levels of toxic herb|
The maker of Hyland's teething tablets has issued a recall for any remaining packages at the urging of U.S. regulators, who say the medicine has inconsistent levels of a herb that can be poisonous.
Standard Homeopathic Co. of Los Angeles, stopped making and shipping the tablets last October. It said it's notifying distributors and stores to return any leftover products, while consumers should throw them out.
|Lilly's rheumatoid arthritis pill rejected by regulators|
Eli Lilly said U.S. regulators have rejected its much-anticipated pill for the immune disorder rheumatoid arthritis, the drugmaker's second drug development setback since November.
The Food and Drug Administration said in a letter to the company that it needed more information about the drug's safety and the best doses, Lilly said Friday in a statement.
Doctor MLA says more action needed to close health gap faced by First Nations
SASKATOON - A Saskatchewan MLA who is also a doctor says more needs to be done to close the health gap between First Nations and non-indigenous people.
New Democrat Ryan Meili says he sees First Nations patients who have been dealing with poverty and generations of struggle for so long and medication can't help fix their ills.
North Battleford tainted water victims get settlement in class-action lawsuit
NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. - People who were children and got sick from a parasite in a Saskatchewan city's drinking water 16 years ago are getting compensation.
A law firm says Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench has approved a $3.3-million settlement for anyone who was younger than 18 during the tainted water scandal in North Battleford.
|Family doctors key to screening for addiction in B.C. fight against opioids|
VANCOUVER - A tag hanging from a dead man's left toe says the cause of death was an overdose of fentanyl, "unknowingly taken with other drugs."
The cadaver draped in a white sheet is displayed in transit ads funded by the Vancouver Police Foundation and represents 922 people who died in British Columbia from drug overdoses last year alone.
Class-action suit seeks damages for people who got sick from Robin Hood flour
EDMONTON - A pair of Alberta-based law firms say they've filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of people who bought or consumed a popular brand of flour that's been linked to illnesses from E. coli.
James H. Brown and Associates and Higgerty Law say they're seeking damages from Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. following a national recall of 10-kilogram bags of Robin Hood Original All Purpose Flour.
Federal agency expands national flour recall to include additional products
OTTAWA - A national recall of flour due to E. coli contamination, which was first announced last month and is the subject of a class-action lawsuit, is being expanded to cover additional products.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's recall on March 28 affected Robin Hood flour sold in four provinces in Western Canada and was later expanded across the country.
Attorney: 4 inmate deaths show need for better mental care
COLUMBIA, S.C. - An attorney for the family of one of four convicts strangled in a prison cell says the killings cast a "bright light on just how bad it is to be a mentally ill inmate" in South Carolina.
The killings last Friday represent a "tremendous step back" after the state's prison agency agreed last year to improve treatment of mentally ill inmates, Carter Elliott told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Saskatchewan says public safety needs protecting ahead of feds pot legislation
REGINA - Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gord Wyant says he supports decriminalization of marijuana, but says public safety needs to be protected, too.
Wyant says Saskatchewan is concerned about traffic safety because there's no way to monitor people who are driving on the roads while impaired by marijuana.
|Drug crisis: Calgary police chief lobbying for safe consumption sites|
CALGARY - The police chief in Alberta's most populous city has painted a bleak picture of efforts to fight opioid use and is pushing for safe consumption sites where drug users could get help.
Calgary police Chief Roger Chaffin told justice studies students at Bow Valley College that fentanyl seizures in the city last year were up 675 per cent over the five-year average and methamphetamine use was up 273 per cent.
|Witness gasps at number of pills in drug-trafficking trial of Nova Scotia doctor|
BRIDGEWATER, N.S. - A witness testifying at a Nova Scotia doctor's drug-trafficking trial gasped Wednesday after hearing that thousands of oxycodone pills were prescribed by Dr. Sarah Dawn Jones to her former roommate in a single month.
Norma Wentzell testified that Jones would bring Merle Chase roughly 30 oxycodone pills a month. She appeared shocked when Crown lawyer Josh Bryson read from a patient expense report that showed 2,000 OxyNeo pills were prescribed to Chase in one month, during the 18-mont
|Running behind: Marathons may delay medical care for others|
Marathons can be risky for hearts, but not necessarily those of the runners. It takes longer for nearby residents to get to a hospital for emergency heart care on the day of a race and they're less likely to survive, a U.S. study finds.
Any event that draws a crowd and causes traffic detours — parades, ball games, concerts, fairs — may cause similar problems, researchers warn.
|Hiding in plain sight: legal pot bill could require logo, brand-free packaging |
OTTAWA - Growers on the cusp of Canada's nascent marijuana industry are bracing for Thursday's long-awaited Liberal legislation on legal pot, which sources say is expected to require the newly unshackled drug to be sold only in plain, brand-free packaging.
The prospect of plain packaging, which tobacco manufacturers are also opposing, has pot producers warning the federal government that they won't be able to compete with the black market without some form of branding.
Manitoba appoints Daphne Penrose as new children's advocate for 3-year term
WINNIPEG - A longtime public servant has been appointed Manitoba's children's advocate.
Daphne Penrose has 28 years of public service experience, 10 of which have been at the executive management level within the child and family services system.
|Trans fats ban linked with fewer NY heart attacks & strokes|
CHICAGO - Local bans on artery-clogging trans fats in restaurant foods led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in several New York counties, a new study suggests.
The study hints at the potential for widespread health benefits from an upcoming nationwide ban, the authors and other experts say. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015 gave the food industry until next year to eliminate artificial trans fats from American products.
Ontario overhauling the way it collects data on opioid deaths, overdoses
TORONTO - Ontario is moving to overhaul the way it collects and analyzes data on opioid overdoses and deaths in an effort to get a better understanding of the extent of the problem in the province, officials said Tuesday.
"We are making significant efforts to completely turn our investigative process for opioid and other drug-related deaths on its head," said Chief Coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer.
Pricey specialty drugs increasingly dominate Canadian landscape: report
OTTAWA - New findings suggest high-priced specialty drugs are increasingly dominating the new drug landscape in Canada.
The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board — an independent quasi-judicial body that monitors drug costs in Canada — says the drugs that account for the vast majority of new sales internationally are available in Canada.
Holocaust comparison in pro-life video upsets Alberta school division
RED DEER, Alta. - A central Alberta school division says it was unacceptable for a video shown to a high school class by a pro-life group to compare abortion to the Holocaust of the Second World War.
The video was presented last month by Red Deer and Area Pro-Life to Grade 10 students at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School in the city's Catholic school system.