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In this issue:

Study: Drug-resistant typhoid fever bacterium spreading, becoming deadlier
Vaccines: Illnesses you should be immunized for as an adult
Fentanyl 'patch-for-patch' program growing in Ontario
Antidepressants and other mood-altering drugs dangerous with very little benefit, expert argues
Antibiotic use may make kids obese in adulthood
N.B. doctors sound alarm on overcrowding in hospitals
Repurposed anti-cholesterol drug could improve treatment-resistant anemias
Lyme awareness grows as Manitoba government warns of tick risks




Study: Drug-resistant typhoid fever bacterium spreading, becoming deadlier
Toronto Star
A "superbug" strain of the bacterium that causes typhoid fever has spread globally in just three decades and is currently seeding a silent epidemic in Africa, according to a study in the journal Nature Genetics. An international team of researchers reported that typhoid fever — a centuries-old disease that still afflicts millions of people in the developing world — has been quietly shape-shifting into a deadlier threat, thanks to the rapid emergence of a drug-resistant strain called H58.
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Vaccines: Illnesses you should be immunized for as an adult
CBC News
Even if you had all your shots as a kid, a Calgary doctor says you're likely going to need them again when you're an adult. "Our immune system's memory is not forever," said Calgary Eyeopener medical contributor Dr. Raj Bhardwaj. He says vaccines are like "wanted posters" for your immune system — they get your body to recognizes the "bad guys."
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Fentanyl 'patch-for-patch' program growing in Ontario
CBC News
Ontario communities are implementing new, tough measures to fight Fentanyl abuse. Fentanyl is a painkiller 100 times more potent than morphine. It is 40 times stronger than heroin. Chatham-Kent in southwestern Ontario is the latest municipality to pitch the "patch-for-patch" program. A community forum will be held at the hospital to promote the program.
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Antidepressants and other mood-altering drugs dangerous with very little benefit, expert argues
National Post
Antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs provide so little benefit that doctors could stop writing 98 per cent of all prescriptions without causing harm, a Danish expert argues in a leading medical journal piece that has renewed the debate around fast-growing prescriptions of mood-altering drugs. Dr. Peter Gotzsche argues in the British Medical Journal that flawed and biased industry-funded drug trials have overplayed the benefits and understated the deaths from antidepressants, tranquilizers and antipsychotics.
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Antibiotic use may make kids obese in adulthood
Vancouver Desi
The commonly prescribed antibiotics can lead to changes in the gut bacteria of kids and make them vulnerable to infectious diseases, allergies and other autoimmune disorders, and even obesity, later in life, warns a new study. "Over the past year we synthesized hundreds of studies and found evidence of strong correlations between antibiotic use, changes in gut bacteria, and disease in adulthood," said the study's senior author Dan Knights.
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N.B. doctors sound alarm on overcrowding in hospitals
CTV News
A group of New Brunswick doctors is sounding the alarm about overcrowding in the province's hospitals, saying the situation has evolved into a full-blown crisis. Dr. Pam Mansfield says that's the only word to describe what's happening at her hospital and others, especially given developments this past winter and spring. "I don't want to use the word crisis loosely," she said.
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Repurposed anti-cholesterol drug could improve treatment-resistant anemias
Pharmacy Practice News
Each year, between 25 and 35 children in the United States and Canada are diagnosed with an inherited bone marrow failure syndrome. The only treatment, other than blood transfusions, is glucocorticoids, which when used long term can lead to serious adverse events, including stunted growth, osteoporosis, cataracts and glaucoma. Researchers from the Whitehead Institute's Lodish Lab have identified a cell receptor that, when stimulated by fenofibrate, and used with low amounts of glucocorticoids, causes a three- to fivefold increase in red blood cell (RBC) production.
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Lyme awareness grows as Manitoba government warns of tick risks
Global News
Winnipeg City Hall will be lit in green to help raise awareness of Lyme disease among Manitobans. The symbolic gesture will come in the middle of Lyme Disease Awareness Month and a day after Manitoba Health issued a news release urging people in the province to protect themselves from ticks, the small, blood-sucking insects that carry and spread the sometimes fatal disease.
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