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Deadly opioid Carfentanil identified in two recent Alberta deaths

Deadly opioid Carfentanil identified in two recent Alberta deaths

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has confirmed that two recent deaths in the province were the result of overdoses of carfentanil. Dr. Karen Grimsrud, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said Albertans need to know that this extremely dangerous and deadly opioid has made its way into the province. “The smallest trace of carfentanil can be lethal and Albertans should ... Read More »

Scientists find evidence of a limit to human lifespan

Scientists find evidence of a limit to human lifespan

The human lifespan has a natural limit and people are unlikely to live beyond about 115 years, new research suggests. The US study found that while life expectancies have risen dramatically in the last century, the increase has been only minimal for the very old. Jan Vijg at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and colleagues wanted ... Read More »

Lawson Study: “Early marijuana use may disrupt brain function, lower IQ”

Lawson Study: 'Early marijuana use may disrupt brain function, lower IQ'

A novel research proves that early usage of marijuana which is a soft intoxicant may result in lower IQ and abnormal brain function. “Many youth in our program use marijuana heavily and, despite past research, believe it improves their psychiatric conditions because it makes them feel better momentarily,” said Elizabeth Osuch from Lawson Health Research Institute, in Ontario, who is ... Read More »

Study revealed that sex before sport may boost performance

Study revealed that sex before sport may boost performance

Having sex the night before a sporting competition can boost performance but only if it’s done at least a few hours before the event. Over the course of the Rio Olympics, 450,000 condoms were distributed around the athlete’s village. This may be surprising considering the common view that abstinence from sexual activity can boost athletic performance. These long-standing views have ... Read More »

Birth Control Linked to Higher Risk of Depression; new study says

Birth Control Linked to Higher Risk of Depression, new study says

A new study of more than one million Danish women found a link between hormonal contraceptives and depression, particularly among adolescent users. More women using a daily pill, vaginal ring, patch, and the lately much-discussed intrauterine device began using antidepressants or were diagnosed with clinical depression compared to their counterparts not using hormonal contraceptives, University of Copenhagen researchers found by ... Read More »

Scientists find alternative way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Scientists find alternative way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Scientists at the University of British Columbia have discovered a peptide which can disrupt the way bacteria forming abscesses behave. Abscesses are bacterial-induced lesions that are responsible for 3.2 million emergency room visits every year in the United States. Because antibiotics seldom work on them, standard treatment for abscesses involves cutting out the infected tissue or draining it. Read More »

Caffeine may help in the fight against Parkinson’s, Says New Study

Caffeine may help in the fight against Parkinson's, Says New Study

U of S Scientists have found caffeine based compounds prevent the death of brain cells which produce dopamine. Parkinson’s disease attacks the nervous system, causing uncontrolled shakes, muscle stiffness, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly in middle-aged and elderly people. It is caused by the loss of brain cells (neurons) that produce dopamine, an essential neurotransmitter that allows neurons to “talk” ... Read More »

Six run to be next leader of World Health Organization

Six run to be next leader of World Health Organization

Six people from Europe, Africa, and Asia are in the running to become the next director-general of the World Health Organization, the Geneva-based agency announced on Friday. The current director-general, Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, will step down next June, after more than 10 years of service. The new director-general will start the position on Jul 1, 2017. The director-general is ... Read More »

Kid finds discarded needle in bushes, Guelph police

Kid finds discarded needle in bushes, Guelph police

The Guelph Police Service is warning the public to watch out for discarded needles and syringes after a child picked one up near a local playground. Police say the child was playing when he found the syringe in nearby bushes. Luckily, the parents were there and the child was not harmed during the incident. Read More »