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Nearly 20 years in prison for surgeon and his 'butchery'
DETROIT - A doctor who performed unnecessary spinal surgeries in California before moving to Michigan to commit the same scheme was sentenced Monday to nearly 20 years in prison after former patients tearfully described how their lives have been ravaged by pain and ceaseless complications.
Some ex-patients wore braces or leaned on canes as they spoke to the judge. One woman was in a wheelchair. All had a common story: They sought relief from Dr. Aria Sabit but instead got a permanent dose of suffering.



Biden outlines steps to pursue post-Obama 'cancer moonshot'
WASHINGTON - Vice-President Joe Biden is outlining how he intends to pursue his "cancer moonshot" agenda after the end of the Obama administration.
Biden says in a San Francisco speech that he will be starting an organization that may be called the Biden Cancer Initiative to make progress in changing the way the nation conducts cancer research and development and providing care to those with the disease.



Esteban Santiago is taken from the Broward County main jail as he is transported to the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Santiago is accused of fatally shooting several people at a crowded Florida airport baggage claim
Shooting suspect's mental issues may explain little
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Esteban Santiago, the 26-year-old man held in the fatal shootings last week at Fort Lauderdale's airport, reportedly has a history of mental difficulties and it's tempting to assume they explain the crime. Experts say: Don't.
"There is no one explanation that will fit this case or any case," says criminologist James Alan Fox of Northeastern University, an expert on violence.



Fentanyl pills are shown in an undated police handout photo. Politicians and public health officials say increasing access to overdose-fighting medication is key to tackling the fentanyl-fuelled opioid crisis that is moving across the country. THE CANADIAN
Officials meet in Toronto to tackle fentanyl issues
TORONTO - Politicians and public health officials say increasing access to overdose-fighting medication is key to tackling the fentanyl-fuelled opioid crisis that is moving across the country.
Toronto Mayor John Tory says expanding the availability of the drug naloxone in drugstores and among first responders was raised Monday during the first gathering of the Toronto Overdose Early Warning and Alert Partnership, which hopes to provide a better understanding of drug overdoses and related trends in the



A injection kit is seen in Vancouver, Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Ontario is committing to fund three supervised injection sites in Toronto at an estimated annual cost of $1.6 million and about $400,000 to create the spaces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Ontario agrees to fund Toronto and Ottawa safe injection sites amid opioid crisis
TORONTO - Ontario is committing to fund three supervised injection sites in Toronto and one in Ottawa, as the province tries to combat rising numbers of overdose deaths amid a broader opioid crisis.
Toronto city council approved the supervised injection sites at existing downtown health-care facilities during the summer, and six months later the province has confirmed its support for the plan, with an estimated annual cost of $1.6 million and about $400,000 to create the spaces, though Ontario has not



Busiest time of year for Regina hospitals; region says it's ready
REGINA - Hospitals in Regina say they're prepared for their busiest time of the year to begin this month.
The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region says in a news release that Pasqua and Regina General Hospitals often see a significant increase in patient volumes during the first three months of the year.



FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 file photo, a runner is silhouetted against the sunrise on his early morning workout near Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., across the Potomac River from the nation's capital. Research released on Monday,
It's all good: Any exercise cuts risk of death, study finds
Weekend warriors, take a victory lap. People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often, new research suggests.
Even people who get less exercise than recommended have less risk than folks who don't break a sweat at all.



Winnipeg family distraught after parents killed during Cuban vacation
WINNIPEG - The three children of a Winnipeg couple who were killed in an ambulance collision while vacationing in Cuba are fundraising to help bring the bodies of their parents home and cover their funeral expenses.
Veronika Mayer says her parents, János and Rósza Boda, were at a resort in Cayo Coco last Thursday when her mother had chest pains and needed medical treatment.



Senators seeking review on train conductor sleep apnea tests
ALBANY, N.Y. - Five U.S. senators have called on the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct a comprehensive review of all passenger railroads' implementation of sleep apnea testing for engineers and inward-facing cameras on trains.
A letter, sent Sunday to NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart, was signed Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, of New Jersey, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, and Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut.



Doctors say health region consolidation mammoth task, but could improve care
SASKATOON - Saskatchewan doctors say there will be bumps in the road as the province consolidates 12 health regions into one health authority, but they welcome changes that could improve care.
"We realize that this is a mammoth task and it will take some time to carefully plan and implement the move to a single, provincial health authority," said Dr. Intheran Pillay, president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association.



Patients being treated in hallways at overwhelmed hospital in Kelowna, B.C.
KELOWNA, B.C. - Patients at a Kelowna, B.C., hospital may be finding themselves treated outside rooms as the facility grapples with a surge in numbers.
Kelowna General Hospital is in the midst of one of its busiest times of year, currently operating around 30 per cent over capacity.



Veterans Affairs standing by level of support it provides former soldiers
OTTAWA - Canada's Veterans Affairs Department is standing by the support and assistance it provides to former soldiers in distress — a subject of controversy in the wake of a murder-suicide involving a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.
RCMP confirmed Friday that Lionel Desmond shot his wife, their 10-year-old daughter and his mother before turning the gun on himself in Upper Big Tracadie, N.S. The four bodies were discovered Tuesday.



Saskatchewan doctors get alert about sexually transmitted infection rates
REGINA - Saskatchewan doctors have received an alert from the Ministry of Health about the high rate of sexually transmitted infections in the province.
The alert is in a news email sent out by the Saskatchewan Medical Association with information from Dr. Denise Werker, the province's deputy chief medical health officer.



First Nations want own health system as Saskatchewan restructures regions
SASKATOON - The organization that represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan says it is time indigenous people develop a health system for themselves.
The call by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations comes after the provincial government announced plans this week to consolidate 12 health regions into one health authority.



Winnipeg health clinic to close at end of month doe to staff shortage: WRHA
WINNIPEG - One of Winnipeg's six QuickCare health clinics will be closing at the end of the month.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says the lease at the clinic on St. Mary's Road will not be renewed.



Yukon premier says federal government must not act alone on Northern issues
WHITEHORSE - Yukon Premier Sandy Silver is advising the federal government not to make unilateral decisions about issues affecting Canada's North.
Silver's comments come as the provinces and territories look for a new deal on health-care funding.



Dying UK man to challenge British law on assisted suicide
LONDON - A British man with a terminal disease is attempting to overturn the country's laws on assisted suicide.
The charity Dignity in Dying said in a statement Friday that 67-year-old Noel Conway has motor neurone disease, a degenerative muscle-wasting disease. He is not expected to survive another year.



Members of the University of British Columbia women's hockey team pose with goaltender Laura Taylor's jersey and photo at Thunderbird Arena in Vancouver on Thursday, Jan.5, 2017. On Friday, UBC will honour former women's hockey goalie Taylor by retiring he
UBC looks to raise mental illness awareness by retiring jersey of goalie who committed suicide
VANCOUVER - Sitting a few metres from the rink where she and the rest of the UBC Thunderbirds women's hockey team celebrated last season's league title, Mikayla Ogrodniczuk's brave front shows a tiny crack.
The defenceman is sharing stories about goalie Laura Taylor, a friend and confidante who always had a smile on her face and knew how to make others laugh.



This undated photo provided by Kristin Beamon shows Massy Arias. (Sara Orbanic/Kristin Beamon via AP)
You can use your treadmill for more than a boring walk
MIAMI - Just because it's too cold for your normal three-mile outdoor run doesn't mean the treadmill has to be a monotonous exercise in staring at a blank wall.
Los Angeles-based trainers Jeanette Jenkins and Massy Arias offer the following tips for getting out of the treadmill rut. Vary the speed and incline, add arm weights and use the treadmill when it's not running for circuit training moves.



Jionni Conforti poses for The Associated Press in his home, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Totowa, N.J. The transgender man has sued St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., after he says it cited religion in refusing to allow his surgeon to per
Transgender man: Catholic hospital denied my hysterectomy
TRENTON, N.J. - A transgender man sued a Roman Catholic hospital on Thursday, saying it cited religion in refusing to allow his surgeon to perform a hysterectomy as part of his sex transition.
Jionni Conforti's sex and gender discrimination lawsuit comes as new regulations hailed as groundbreaking anti-discrimination protections for transgender people are under legal attack from religious groups.