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In this issue:

Expert: Too soon to hail experimental Ebola drug as a 'magic bullet'
Review: Statins' benefits far outweigh side effects
Nursing, pharmacy jobs plentiful, but engineers earn more
What you need to know about prescription painkillers
Researchers say Vitamin D deficiency raises Alzheimer's risk
ER staff worry about care at 2 rural Manitoba hospitals
Medical tourism makes Ontario vulnerable to legal challenge, says nursing leader
Ottawa man hopeful as hospital looks into use of 'black boxes'
More hospitals welcoming family during patient resuscitation; seen as beneficial
B.C. methadone treatment for drug addicts found to be saving lives
Dimethyl fumarate for MS: Added benefit is not proven
Depression medicines may affect weight gain
Immune Tx beats extreme insulin resistance




Expert: Too soon to hail experimental Ebola drug as a 'magic bullet'
CTV News
Two U.S. aid workers who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa have been treated with an experimental drug, but it's too early to tell if the treatment is the "magic bullet" to cure them, warns one infectious disease specialist. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol consented to be treated with the unlicenced drug ZMapp after contracting Ebola in Liberia, even though the drug's safety has never been tested on humans.
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Review: Statins' benefits far outweigh side effects
Web MD
The benefits of long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs greatly outweigh the risks, according to a review of research published over 20 years. Some experts fear that statins may be over-used, but these new findings could offer reassurance to the more than 200 million people worldwide who take the drugs, the review authors said. Common statin medications include Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor.
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Nursing, pharmacy jobs plentiful, but engineers earn more
CBC News
If you want to improve your odds of getting a high-paying job after finishing your education, forget that English degree. A new report by Workopolis suggests that nursing and pharmacy students are most likely to land employment in their field after graduation.
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What you need to know about prescription painkillers
Global News
The number of people dying from prescription painkillers has increased dramatically in the past two decades. Data obtained by Global News shows 582 Ontarians died as a result of opioid use in 2012. Deaths as a result of Opioid use has risen dramatically in the past 20 years from 127 in 1991 to 550 in 2010 — an increase of 242 per cent — according to a study out of Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital.
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Researchers say Vitamin D deficiency raises Alzheimer's risk
Washington Post
People with moderate-to-severe vitamin D deficiencies are significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia than those who have an adequate supply of the vitamin in their body, a new study has found.
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ER staff worry about care at 2 rural Manitoba hospitals
CBC News
Staff are worried about the care being given in two rural Manitoba emergency rooms, according to a new review of ERs in The Pas and Flin Flon. Emergency department staff are concerned about "the quality of medical care... and the potential for poor patient outcomes," according to the 40-page report released to CBC News recently.
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Medical tourism makes Ontario vulnerable to legal challenge, says nursing leader
Metro News
If the province doesn't order hospitals to stop practising medical tourism, it risks a court challenge over the right to pay out-of-pocket for health care, the head of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario warns. "If you seek out people from other countries to pay for health care here, you are inviting a lawsuit from someone in Canada who wants to pay," Doris Grinspun suggested.
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Ottawa man hopeful as hospital looks into use of 'black boxes'
Ottawa Sun
As he sank sobbing into his wife's lifeless chest, grasping her hands, cold and numb, Ed Mendoza blurted out "What happened?" to a stone-faced silent hospital room. Hours earlier, before hanging up the phone with the love of her life, Madeleine Mendoza managed in a faint whisper, "Love you, too."
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More hospitals welcoming family during patient resuscitation; seen as beneficial
Calgary Herald
When a code blue is announced in hospital and a resuscitation team rushes to a patient's side, tradition has dictated that family members get out of the way, both to protect their sensibilities and to give doctors and nurses the room and concentration needed to perform life-saving care. But that notion of separating patient and loved ones is slowly being replaced by a new model of care, in which family members are given the option — and sometimes even encouragement — to remain near the bedside, where their presence is viewed as beneficial.
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Expert: Too soon to hail experimental Ebola drug as a 'magic bullet'
CTV News
Two U.S. aid workers who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa have been treated with an experimental drug, but it's too early to tell if the treatment is the "magic bullet" to cure them, warns one infectious disease specialist. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol consented to be treated with the unlicenced drug ZMapp after contracting Ebola in Liberia, even though the drug's safety has never been tested on humans.

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10 reasons I'm still proud to be a pharmacist
Drug Topics
I'm rapidly approaching my 10th year as a licensed pharmacist, and while it certainly hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows, I still find deep-seated satisfaction in my chosen profession. I hold my head up high when I proudly tell people I'm a pharmacist.

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Weaning dementia patients off inappropriate antipsychotic drugs
The Vancouver Sun
A team at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group is one of 15 across Canada that will participate in a project aimed at sharply reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs by patients with dementia.

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Dimethyl fumarate for MS: Added benefit is not proven
Medical Xpress
Dimethyl fumarate has been approved since January 2014 for adults with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. In an early benefit assessment pursuant to the Act on the Reform of the Market for Medicinal Products, the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care has examined whether this new drug for MS offers an added benefit over the appropriate comparator therapy specified by the Federal Joint Committee.
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B.C. methadone treatment for drug addicts found to be saving lives
Times Colonist
A program that treats illicit drug users by giving them methadone or another substitute is saving lives and money, the provincial health officer said recently. Dr. Perry Kendall released a report showing that increased numbers of B.C. patients take methadone or suboxone to treat an addiction to heroin, morphine or oxycontin.
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Depression medicines may affect weight gain
Daily Rx
Antidepressants affect the moods of countless people with depression around the world. But they may also affect their waistlines. With an eye on previous research linking antidepressants with weight gain, new research examined a dozen common prescription meds and how they contributed to weight gain.
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Immune Tx beats extreme insulin resistance
MedPage Today
The combination of a monoclonal antibody and an immunosuppressant may send an extreme form of insulin resistance into remission, researchers reported here. In a small NIH trial, all 12 patients with type B insulin resistance were able to come off insulin after treatment with rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, according to Elaine Cochran, CRNP, of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, MD.
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