Vancouver Overdose Prevention Society blames new drug for 16 overdoses in 2 days

Vancouver’s Overdose Prevention Society says there were 16 overdoses in the city over two days last week. Director Sarah Blyth says she’s noticed a recent spike in overdoses ever since benzodiazepines, a type of psychoactive drug also known as “benzos,” came on the Vancouver scene. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed by doctors […]

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Southern Sask. First Nations concerned about ‘increase’ in black bear sightings

Some First Nations around southern Saskatchewan are expressing their concerns about what they believe, is an “increase” in black bear traffic. A number of residents living on Cowessess, Kahkewistahaw and Ochapowace First Nations have reported multiple sightings. “Bear sightings and reports have been higher than normal this spring. We don’t have total data on how much bears are in our […]

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Nurse fired for using fentanyl should get second chance at reinstatement: Divisional Court

TORONTO – A registered nurse fired for stealing opiates and shooting up fentanyl in a hospital washroom should get another crack at showing why she should get her job back, Divisional Court has ruled. At issue, the court ruled, was whether the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ont., indirectly discriminated against the nurse – identified only as P.S. […]

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Two Meningitis B Vaccines Have Been Approved in the US. So Why Are Young People Still Dying From It?

When it came to her sons’ medical care, Aracelly Bibl did everything right. She prioritized the health of her three boys, knew their pediatrician's phone number by heart, and made sure they were up to date on their recommended vaccinations. But all of her diligence still didn't protect her oldest child, Joseph Clouse, from meningitis B, which killed him this past […]

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Spitting Image! Cardi B Gives a Rare Glimpse of Daughter Kulture’s Face

Twins! Cardi B keeps her 9-month-old daughter, Kulture, out of the public eye, but she showed the little one off on Thursday, April 11 — and she looks just like her mom. “Good morning, pretty girl,” the rapper, 26, said in a black-and-white video on her Instagram Story as her baby babbled. She captioned the rest of the footage, “She […]

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Reducing B cells with CAR T cells is effective treatment of experimental lupus

Depleting the number of harmful B cells with a novel immunotherapy that employs modified T cells may offer an effective strategy to treat lupus, according to a new study funded by the Lupus Research Alliance. These findings offer a renewed optimism for the elimination of B cells to provide a therapeutic option in lupus and pave the way for clinical […]

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Home births vs. hospital births: What you need to know about both

Unless you’ve gone through it yourself, most people have preconceived notions about what it means to give birth. A large population of women in Canada give birth at hospitals, but home births also make up a portion of deliveries in provinces like Ontario. Nicole Bennett with Ryerson University’s midwifery education program in Toronto said it’s hard to pinpoint whether home […]

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