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Alberta accepts call from experts to bolster programs to reduce opioid deaths

Opioid experts are recommending Alberta bolster programs that aim to reduce the growing number of people who are dying from drug overdoses. Alberta's Opioid Emergency Response Commission says the government should expand the distribution of naloxone kits, a medication that can quickly reverse the effects of an overdose from opioids.

NDP announces task force to end B.C.'s medical services plan premiums

British Columbia's government has announced an expert task force to advise the province on how to eliminate medical premiums within four years. The task force will be chaired by a University of Victoria professor who is an expert in applied economic research and policy analysis.

Paralyzed patient regains motor function years after injury: study

A research participant at the University of Louisville with a complete spinal cord injury, who had lost motor function below the level of the injury, has regained the ability to move his legs voluntarily and stand six years after his injury. A study published Oct. 26 in Scientific Reports describes the recovery of motor function in a research participant who previously had received long-term activity-based training along with spinal cord epidural stimulation.
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Despite fanfare, medical benefits of marijuana remain experimental for many conditions

Many Canadians can hardly wait for the day that the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal. As a medical doctor, I'm far less enthusiastic. I worry about two things: the experimental nature of marijuana in medical practice and the public health consequences of legalized marijuana. Let's first look at the research on the medical use of marijuana. » Read more...