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  • Almost 2 million Ontarians given opioids despite calls to curtail prescribing

    May 17, 2017 2:10 PM 22

    TORONTO - Almost two million Ontarians - or 14 per cent of the province's population - filled prescriptions for opioids in fiscal year 2015-2016, says a new report, suggesting that patients continued to be given the potent narcotics despite efforts to curtail what's been called a national epidemic of overuse. The report by Health Quality Ontario, released

  • Opioid prescriptions in Ontario have jumped by 5% since 2013, study finds

    May 17, 2017 12:36 PM 18

    The number of opioid prescriptions filled in Ontario has jumped by five per cent in two years — up to 9.2 million prescriptions in 2015-2016, according to data released by the province's health advisory arm Wednesday. Health Quality Ontario's report raises questions not only about the increasing reliance on opioids in pain management, but also noted

  • Coroner says South Carolina teenager died after drinking several high-caffeine drinks

    May 16, 2017 1:36 PM 23

    'Energy drink was basically chugged,' coroner says of death of Davis Allen Cripe Davis Allen Cripe, 16, drank a latte from McDonald's, a large Mountain Dew soda, and a highly caffeinated energy drink in just under two hours, said Gary Watts, the coroner of Richland County, South Carolina. Watts told Reuters by phone that physicians on his staff determined

  • Healthy teen died of heart problems after drinking too much caffeine, coroner says

    May 16, 2017 10:49 AM 17

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A coroner says a healthy 16-year-old South Carolina high school student died from heart problems after drinking too much caffeine. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Monday that Davis Cripe had no pre-existing heart condition that might have caused him to collapse and die in a classroom last month. Watts says Cripe drank a large

  • Lung disease not stopping N.B. man from fundraising walk

    May 15, 2017 12:25 PM 20

    A Fredericton, N.B. man is out to prove to others that it’s possible to live a full life with the lung disease COPD and to even set new fitness goals. Wendall Betts was diagnosed in 2012, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a group of progressive lung diseases that include emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and other conditions. At the time, he had just 23 per cent lung capacity

  • Pregnant Women Living in Hot Weather May Fall Prey to Gestational Diabetes

    May 15, 2017 11:01 AM 26

    "Many would think that in warmer temperatures, women are outside and more active, which would help limit the weight gain in pregnancy that predisposes a woman to gestational diabetes," said lead author Gillian Booth, a researcher at St Michael Hospital in Ontario, Canada. Some of the previously conducted studies have linked colder climates with enhanced

  • Britain worked through night to counter cyber attack on health service -minister

    May 15, 2017 7:45 AM 26

    LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) - British technology experts worked through the night to patch the computer systems of the health service after the ransomware worm forced dozens of hospitals to cancel some operations and appointments, Security Minister Ben Wallace said on Monday. Capitalising on spying tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National

  • NHS was 'repeatedly warned' of cyber-attack, says Fallon

    May 14, 2017 11:27 AM 27

    Hospital trusts were repeatedly warned about cyber threats before the attack on computer systems on Friday, defence secretary Michael Fallon has said. He told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show the NHS was given "a large chunk" of money to improve its security. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday that an annual £5.5m deal with Microsoft to protect NHS devices

  • UN agency announces 2 more suspected Ebola cases in Congo

    May 13, 2017 10:20 PM 23

    KINSHASA, Congo — The World Health Organization has identified two more suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus a day after declaring an outbreak in Congo. The U.N. agency said Saturday there are now 11 suspected cases, including three reported deaths, in Likati in Congo's northern Bas-Uele Province. WHO said one death has tested positive for an Ebola

  • Unprecedented global 'ransomware' attack seeks cash for data

    May 13, 2017 6:41 PM 29

    By: Sylvia Hui, Allen Breed And Jim Heintz, The Associated Press LONDON - A global "ransomware" attack, unprecedented in scale, had technicians scrambling to restore Britain's crippled hospital network Saturday and secure the computers that run factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems in many other nations. The worldwide cyberextortion