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Eye surgery attempts to reverse years of blindness for Syrian refugee

Cutting an incision into a human eyeball isn’t for the faint of heart. But it’s part of the daily routine in the eye surgery ward at Vancouver’s Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. On a recent weekday, waiting for a sedative to kick in, Anas Schichmouse lay flat on a hospital bed just outside the operating room. One […]

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Time’s up for sexual harassment in medicine, says Lancet editorial

Second Opinion! Good morning! Here’s this week’s round-up of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. This week’s edition has been guest curated by Kas Roussy. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. A career in medicine can be gruelling, and harassment is making the job even tougher for women, says […]

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Men make up the majority of N.L. opioid deaths — and one expert isn’t surprised

Newfoundland and Labrador, along with the rest of Canada, is grappling with an overwhelming gender imbalance in its opioid-related deaths, and one expert at Memorial University says it’s a complicated issue, with a complicated explanation. A new report from Statistics Canada highlights that 70 per cent of accidental apparent opioid-related deaths in the province in 2017 were men, a figure in line with […]

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Life insurance companies no longer treating marijuana use as high risk as tobacco

Some of Canada’s biggest insurance companies have updated their policies on marijuana use, and the changes are having a major impact on regular users’ premiums. With recreational use of the drug set to become legal on Oct. 17, marijuana is moving toward mainstream acceptance, and the slow-moving and stodgy world of life insurance is no exception. One by one, the […]

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U.K. health-care worker arrested on suspicion of murdering 8 babies

British police arrested a female health-care worker Tuesday on suspicion of murdering eight babies and trying to kill six others at a hospital neonatal unit in northwestern England. Detectives began investigating the deaths of babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester more than a year ago on the unit that cares for premature […]