Unraveling a rare mutation to support healthy growth and development

What would happen if you suddenly stopped growing at age 12 or 13? Solving genetic growth mysteries and scheduling regular appointments with pediatric endocrinologists is atypical for most parents and pediatricians. However, for children with growth disorders — a classification that typically describes children below the third or above the 97th percentile of growth charts for their age — receiving […]

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Manitoba government urges seniors to get high-dose vaccinations

With the cold weather approaching quickly, flu season is in full swing. The province is stressing the importance of seniors in long-term care facilities getting high-dosage flu shots. ” I encourage all Manitobans who are eligible to receive this vaccine to get it,” Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen said. Residents of long-term care facilities who are older […]

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Lethbridge’s first cannabis retail store to open Saturday

A little more than two weeks after marijuana became legal across Canada, Lethbridge is set to open its first retail cannabis store. NewLeaf Cannabis opens its doors Saturday, meaning cannabis consumers will no longer need to travel to Calgary or Medicine Hat, or purchase their product through the Alberta Cannabis website. NewLeaf founder Angus Taylor believes there is enough product […]

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FDA Approves Powerful New Opioid, Dsuvia (Sufentanil), Despite Criticisms

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 — Ruling against the recommendation of one of its chief experts, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an extremely potent new opioid painkiller, Dsuvia. The drug is a 30-microgram pill that packs the same punch as 5 milligrams of intravenous morphine, according to the Washington Post. The tiny pill comes packaged in a […]

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Researcher explains the psychology of successful aging

Successful aging can be the norm, says UCLA psychology professor Alan Castel in his new book, “Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging” (Oxford University Press). Castel sees many inspiring role models of aging. French Impressionist Claude Monet, he notes, began his beloved water lily paintings at age 73. Castel cites hundreds of research studies, including his own, combined […]

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Telemedicine reduces hospitalizations from 154 per six months to 85 at skilled nursing facility

Central Island Healthcare, a skilled nursing facility in Plainview, New York, wanted to provide a superior level of care for residents in its facility who were being sent to the emergency department with conditions it believed it might be able to treat in place. THE PROBLEM "All nursing homes are dealing with the challenge of trying to care for higher […]

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Age, Racial Disparities Seen in Hospitalization for Heart Failure

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 — For emergency department patients with heart failure, data reveal age and racial disparities in hospitalization rates, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Alexander X. Lo, M.D., Ph.D., from Northwestern University in Chicago, and colleagues analyzed data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medicare Care Survey on […]

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People with Internet addiction react the worst when WiFi fails: Do you get frustrated and angry when your WiFi connection stops working? It could be because of your personality

Do you get frustrated and angry when your WiFi connection stops working? It could be because of your personality. When digital technology stops working, people with a fear of missing out (FOMO) — the anxiety that you’re missing a social experience others might be having while you’re not online — or an internet addiction have more extreme reactions, according to […]

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Cancer drug insight tactic could spell double trouble for tumors

A new way of identifying potential cancer drugs could streamline the development of therapies, following a discovery by scientists. Researchers have devised a way to screen potential drug compounds to select those that interfere with tumour cells in two ways. Their study seeks to build on an existing approach of identifying drugs that target an essential protein in cancer cells, […]

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