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25 years after CF gene isolated, researchers still building on its discovery

TORONTO - Twenty-five years ago this month, the medical world was turned on its ear with the isolation of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, a devastating inherited disease that usually killed children by their late teens....

posted: September 16,2014





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Hitchcock suspense movie helps detect awareness in patient in vegetative state

A group of Canadian neuroscientists say they have successfully used a suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock movie to record the conscious experiences of a patient who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years....


Study: Kids' emergency hospitalizations tied to anti-addiction drug; packaging change may help

CHICAGO - An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died....


Light exposure, adjusting to local time among ways to help stave off jet lag

TORONTO - After succumbing to afternoon sleepiness during a visit to Paris, Colleen Friesen was determined not to let jet lag extinguish her energy on a return trip to the City of Light....


HEALTHBEAT: Obama to visit CDC to discuss Ebola amid questions of whether US is doing enough

WASHINGTON - The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal is to speed up...


Soldiers on Viagra part of a list of secrets held by Harper government

OTTAWA - Sexual dysfunction in the Canadian military is such a sensitive topic for the Harper government that federal officials have stamped all information related to it as a cabinet secret, something not to be revealed to the public....


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...






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