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Even one cigarette a day is deadly, finds new research

Even one cigarette a day is deadly, finds new research

There’s bad news for people who think it’s safe to smoke a few cigarettes a day or even a week: They face a substantially higher risk of earlier death compared with people who don’t smoke, according to a new study from researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). When researchers looked at specific causes of death among study participants, a ... Read More »

Odontoma in a 255-Million-Year-Old Mammalian predecessor, Says New Research

Odontoma in a 255-Million-Year-Old Mammalian predecessor, Says New Research

The scientists discovered the compound odontoma tumor in the fossilized jaw of a gorgonopsian, a precursor to mammals that lived 255 million years ago. The fossil was unearthed in Tanzania in 2007. Judy Skog, program director at the National Science Foundation’s Division of Earth Sciences, said in a statement that, until now, the earliest known evidence of compound odontoma was ... Read More »

Fentanyl crisis: Overdose prevention sites coming to three B.C. cities

Fentanyl crisis: Overdose prevention sites coming to three B.C. cities

The Province is opening new overdose “prevention sites” to respond to the opioid crisis.. Health Minister Terry Lake announced this week that two new overdose prevention sites had been set up in Vancouver and were up and running as of Thursday, with another two each in Victoria and Surrey that will follow later this month. Additional sites throughout Vancouver’s Downtown ... Read More »

Ceasarian Procedure Alters Human Evolution, says new research

Ceasarian Procedure Alters Human Evolution, says new research

Humans are rapidly evolving to have more difficult births because of the growing use of caesarean sections over the past half-century, researchers say. Scientists estimate that between 3% and 6% of births worldwide are obstructed because the mother’s pelvis is too small for the head or shoulders. Although the caesarean section is thought to date from ancient times, it is ... Read More »

Magnet Study: Stimulating the brain can bring back forgotten short-term memories

Magnet Study: Stimulating the brain can bring back forgotten short-term memories

New evidence gathered from a recent study overturns a theory that in order for a short-term memory to be maintained, the neurons that represent that memory must be continuously active. Researchers led by psychiatrist Nathan Rose from the University of Wisconsin in the US unearthed fresh evidence about how information is stored in the brain’s “working memory” – the part ... Read More »

Digestive Germs May Affect Parkinson’s Disease, Study Finds

Digestive Germs May Affect Parkinson’s Disease, Study Finds

The germs living inside a person’s digestive system may affect symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, researchers reported Thursday. In a new study out this week in the journal Cell, scientists at Caltech found that changes in the type and number of microbes in a person’s gut may help determine whether they will go on to develop Parkinson’s. This new understanding of ... Read More »

Magic mushroom drug helps people with cancer face death, says new research

Magic mushroom drug helps people with cancer face death, Says New Study

Magic mushrooms, once associated mostly with Phish concerts, may lead to better end-of-life care for cancer patients. One dose of the active ingredient, psilocybin, can help terminal cancer patients experience less depression and anxiety even six months later. Scientists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and NYU Langone Medical Centre in New York carried out trials on a total of ... Read More »

Health Canada Regulates Chemicals Used to Make Fentanyl “Report”

Health Canada Regulates Chemicals Used to Make Fentanyl, Report

Canada is experiencing a crisis of opioid-related overdoses and deaths across the country. Many of these deaths involve fentanyl, a highly potent and addictive synthetic opioid. The severity of this issue requires a comprehensive and collaborative response. As part of the federal government’s commitment to address the national opioid crisis, today, regulations were published controlling six chemicals used in the ... Read More »

BC paramedics get $5 million boost to fight fentanyl crisis

BC paramedics get $5 million boost to fight fentanyl crisis

Health Minister Terry Lake has announced a $5 million boost in funding for B.C. Emergency Health Services to respond to the opioid overdose crisis. Lake says B.C. had the highest number of overdose-related 911 calls ever recorded over the past week with a particularly big spike in Greater Vancouver, where paramedics responded to 494 suspected overdose or poisoning events. “Our ... Read More »

Lilly Alzheimer’s drug fails in final clinical trials

Lilly Alzheimer's drug fails in final clinical trials

Eli Lilly said its Alzheimer’s drug had failed in a large clinical trial. Shares of Lilly are down 14% to $65.14 in early trading on the solanezumab study failure, which is also a big setback for the entire field of Alzheimer’s drug research. Solanezumab is the latest in a long string of drugs that have proven too weak to stop ... Read More »

New lung transplant technique could save lives, finds new research

New lung transplant technique could save lives, finds new research

A new technique which doubles the usual time donor lungs can remain outside the body can benefit patients, staff and allow retrieval of donor lungs across greater geographical areas, says a study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. After retrieval, donor lungs are usually bathed in an organ-preserving solution, inflated with oxygen and kept on ice less than eight hours. ... Read More »