Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Health & Wellness

Virus spike ‘normal’

EDMONTON—Alberta’s medical officer of health says a recent spike in the number of children with respiratory illness is pretty normal for this time of year.
Dr. James Talbot said Alberta tested 100 samples from children under 18 who were admitted to hospitals across the province in the first 10 days of September.

Canada to send gear to help in Ebola outbreak

TORONTO—Canada is donating $2.5 million worth of the specialized medical gear used to protect health-care workers who are treating Ebola patients in West Africa, the federal government announced late yesterday.
Health minister Rona Ambrose said the equipment—known as personal protective equipment, or PPE—will be given to the World Health Organization to help with the Ebola response.

Obama administration to assign 3,000 US military personnel to combat Ebola in West Africa

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

Canada to send personal protective equipment to help West African Ebola outbreak

TORONTO — Canada is donating $2.5 million worth of the specialized medical gear used to protect health-care workers who are treating Ebola patients in West Africa, the federal government announced late Monday.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the equipment — known as personal protective equipment or PPE — will be given to the World Health Organization to help with the Ebola response.

Prescriptions for high-dose opioids on rise in Canada, study finds

TORONTO — Prescriptions for high-dose formulations of opioids like oxycodone and morphine jumped significantly in Canada between 2006 and 2011, despite guidelines advising doctors against giving such elevated doses to most patients, a study has found.

U.S. government, WHO seek ways to expand production of Ebola drugs, vaccines

TORONTO — High level efforts are underway to find ways to substantially ramp up production of experimental Ebola vaccines and drugs, officials at the World Health Organization and within the U.S. government say.
The talks involve trying to find more production capacity for the therapeutics, which before this outbreak had never been tested in people.

Report: Nearly 3 in 10 NFL retirees will face neurocognitive problems, from moderate to fatal

PHILADELPHIA — Nearly three in 10 former NFL players will develop at least moderate neurocognitive problems and qualify for payments under the proposed $765 million concussion settlement, according to data prepared for ex-players’ lawyers and made public Friday.

Where is the Ebola outbreak going? Nowhere good, experts increasingly warn

TORONTO — The unprecedented spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa may be pushing the world towards a viral disaster, a commentary published in Friday’s New York Times suggests.

Cancer that claimed Terry Fox now highly curable, other sarcomas still challenging

TORONTO — At the time Terry Fox was treated for the bone cancer that claimed his leg and eventually led to his death in 1981, few patients survived that kind of malignancy, known as an osteosarcoma.

Lessons from the past: First Ebola outbreak may offer containment clues

TORONTO — The struggle to control the world’s first recorded Ebola outbreak may hold clues as to how the raging epidemic of the disease in West Africa can be contained, say two men who led that 1976 effort.

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