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Antibiotics continue to be inappropriately prescribed for colds and flus

Health Headlines Commentary for January 21, 2016

Source: Effort to curb overuse of antibiotics amid cold, flu seasons Reference: Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Acute Respiratory Tract Infection in Adults: Advice for High-Value Care From the American College of Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Two stories that underlie importance of risk and benefit of using medications

Health Headlines Commentary for January 20, 2016

Source: Eagles manager Irving Azoff: ‘Medications partly to blame for Glenn Frey’s death’ Anesthesiologists warn assisted death not simple: convulsions and ‘awakenings’ possible complications  

Living at top floors of tall condos and apartments may reduce survival from cardiac arrythmia and arrest

Health Headlines Commentary for January 19, 2016

Source: Living above the third-floor drastically reduces your chances of surviving cardiac arrest, study suggests Reference: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in high-rise buildings: delays to patient care and effect on survival

Health Canada to review changes to allow OTC access for naloxone to reverse effects of narcotic overdose

Health Headlines Commentary for January 18, 2016

Source: Health Canada plans changes to allow easier access to overdose drug  

A workplace nap does not necessarily improve productivity for all

Health Headlines Commentary for January 15, 2016

Source: Ditching the you-snooze-you-lose mentality: Schools, workplaces waking up to benefits of napping  

Helmetless football practice can improve skills to avoid in-game head injuries

Health Headlines Commentary for January 14, 2016

Source: How training without helmets could reduce brain injuries in football Reference: Early Results of a Helmetless-Tackling Intervention to Decrease Head Impacts in Football Players

THC activity on the developing adolescent brain may potentiate risk of schizophrenia in susceptible individuals

Health Headlines Commentary for January 12, 2016

Source: Marijuana could produce schizophrenia-like conditions in teenage brains, but not in adults: study Reference: Adolescent Cannabinoid Exposure Induces a Persistent Sub-Cortical Hyper-Dopaminergic State and Associated Molecular Adaptations in the Prefrontal Cortex

Newly discovered inflammation pathway may lead to new treatments for Alzheimer Disease

Health Headlines Commentary for January 11, 2016

Source: Blocking brain inflammation ‘halts Alzheimer’s disease’ Reference: Pharmacological targeting of CSF1R inhibits microglial proliferation and prevents the progression of Alzheimer’s-like pathology

Look in the mirror and at farming practices for the source of the MRC-1 gene superbug

Health Headlines Commentary for January 6, 2016

Source: MCR-1 gene that makes bacteria resistant to powerful antibiotics found in Canada Reference: Emergence of plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mechanism MCR-1 in animals and human beings in China: a microbiological and molecular biological study

Chicken pox vaccine a great success in Ottawa

Health Headlines Commentary for January 5, 2016

Source: Ottawa Public Health sees drastic drop in chicken pox cases  

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