First lab-confirmed case of flu confirmed in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland region

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit has its first lab-confirmed case of influenza this season. The health unit says a person living in its jurisdiction (City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County and Haliburton County) tested positive for influenza — not a surprise to health officials, who note influenza activity is increasing across Canada. “Typically, we see flu […]

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Throne speech highlights drunk driving rules, gambling strategy, no mention of meth crisis

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government is temporarily halting any expansion of gambling in the province, and will also look at new rules against impaired driving. However, in the Throne Speech laid out Tuesday is no mention of the province’s worsening meth crisis or a strategy to deal with it. The government’s agenda for the coming year also includes plans to move […]

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Molecular mechanisms of an African folk medicine: Analysis of leaf extract reveals novel chemistry for therapeutic ion channel activation

Researchers in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine have discovered the molecular basis for therapeutic actions of an African folk medicine used to treat a variety of illnesses and disorders including diabetes, pain, headaches, paralysis and epilepsy. The herbal medicine, a leaf extract from the shrub Mallotus oppositifolius, has been used […]

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Depressed people at higher risk of strokes and premature death

Depressed people are at higher risk of fatal strokes and premature death caused by irregular heartbeats Patients taking antidepressants had a 3.18-fold higher risk of atrial fibrillation However, they had an even higher risk in the weeks before taking medication  Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark studied 785,254 participants  Atrial fibrillation, or arrhythmia, is the UK’s most common heart rhythm […]

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Stage 4 pancreatic cancer: Symptoms, treatment, and survival rates

According to research from 2015, about 53 percent of people with pancreatic cancer receive a diagnosis when the cancer is in stage 4. Treatment aims to prolong life and manage pain and other symptoms. In this article, we describe the symptoms of pancreatic cancer and outline the treatment options when the cancer is in stage 4. What is stage 4 […]

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Swine flu is this year's big threat to vulnerable

Young people and pregnant women could be among the worst hit by this year’s flu season as swine flu is likely to be a dominant strain. The forecast warning of swine flu, the AH1N1 virus, was made at the recent meeting of the emergency department task force. HSE public health specialist Dr Kevin Kelleher said if the pattern is the […]

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