Friday, November 16, 2018

Awareness overload? We’ve had 13 different World ‘something’ Days in just 1 week

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning.  If you haven't...

Mom fears losing access to experimental drug that helped daughter after study ends

Arzu Ozkose is caught in a dilemma she says no mother should have to face. Her 10-year-old daughter, Alara, suffered debilitating seizures caused by Dravet...

Liberal MPs, advocates want to legalize fees for surrogate moms and sperm donors

A Liberal MP, backed by his party's women's caucus, is pushing for a legal change to allow surrogate mothers and sperm donors to be...

Revamp national cancer, mental health groups, panel tells minister

Two policy experts have recommended to Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor that she wind down the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Mental Health Commission of...

Fentanyl fuelled increase in accidental opioid deaths, Public Health Agency of Canada says

At least 2,923 people died from apparent opioid-related overdoses in the first nine months of 2017, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada says.  The data...

E-cigarette users may struggle to quit smoking

Smokers who say they want to kick the habit might have an easier time if they don't use e-cigarettes, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers tested two smoking...

Dentist group pushes for curb on opioid painkillers

The American Dental Association wants dentists to drastically cut back on prescribing opioid painkillers. The association announced a new policy Monday that "essentially says eliminate...

Number of people using catastrophic drug coverage has tripled, Ontario study finds

Use of a catastrophic drug program, a last line of defence to protect people from drug expenses that can easily reach more than $10,000...

South Africa shocked by deaths of 144 psychiatric patients

During a regular visit, Sophie Mangena was shocked to find that her mother with dementia had been transferred from the psychiatric facility without so...

Your next gynecologist will probably be a woman

Women looking for a new obstetrician and gynecologist lately might have noticed a certain lack of men. Just under 60 per cent of Canada's ob-gyns...