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‘Weak’ doctors blamed for flood of prescription painkillers behind epidemic of drug-related deaths

HALIFAX — The leaders of Canada’s medical establishment were told by one of their own Monday that “weak” doctors are bowing to demands from patients and over-prescribing opioids blamed for an epidemic of drug-related deaths. 785 more words

News

FDA Approves OxyContin for Children as Young as 11

The Food and Drug Administration has approved limited use of the powerful and frequently abused painkiller OxyContin for children as young as 11 years old, the agency announced Thursday. 56 more words

Healthcare

Engineered yeast turns sugar into painkiller

Scientists have reprogrammed the genetic machinery of baker’s yeast so that the fast-growing cells can convert sugar into hydrocodone in just three to five days.

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Science News

Sleep that isn't quite sleep - or is it?

If it was up to me it would be all about sleep. Not so much getting large amounts of luxurious, holiday-advert sleep. I have no expertise in that. 975 more words

Anaesthesia

'Fentanyl is here and it’s killing Albertans’: warn health officials amid Calgary arrest

WATCH ABOVE: 27-year-old Kasmir Tyabji has been charged with importing fentanyl from China to Canada. Global’s Doug Vaessen reports.

CALGARY – Police have laid drug charges against a 27-year-old man allegedly caught trying to smuggle fentanyl into Canada last month. 636 more words

Health

Pain, Music & Workouts

“…what gives music its power to induce euphoria? The brain’s natural opioids could be key.”

Research by Robin Dunbar, University of Oxford, suggests that actively engaging with music (e.g. 130 more words

Anatomy & Physiology

Just 'one bad pill' with fentanyl killed 32-year-old Danielle Radtke

WATCH ABOVE: Recent stories on the damaging and potentially deadly drug fentanyl have hit home with many Canadian families who have lost loved ones. Reid Fiest spoke to an Alberta nurse dealing with her own daughter’s death. 642 more words

Canada