Health

‘It never really leaves you.’ Opioids haunt users’ recovery

NASHVILLE— It’s hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father’s cancer pain medicine. For straight-talking ex-trucker Jeff McCoy, it was when he grabbed a gun and …

Grassy Narrows seeks treatment centre so residents don’t die away from reserve

OTTAWA— Chief Simon Fobister doesn’t have to imagine the grief and anguish and pain that decades of slow-motion mercury poisoning have wrought on the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation. After all, he’s one of them. Fobister and a number of his family members are among the vast majority of Grassy Narrows First Nation residents …

Disabled groups fight immigration law they say is ‘demeaning’

TORONTO— A national advocacy group is pushing for the government to repeal immigration criteria that it calls discriminatory toward people with disabilities. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities is calling for the repeal of a provision that bars immigrants with disabilities from settling in Canada on grounds that they could place too much demand on …

Mixed signals sent on fate of tax bill’s health provision

WASHINGTON— Two of President Donald Trump’s leading economic advisers sent mixed signals Sunday on the fate of a health care provision in the Senate version of a $1.5 trillion measure to overhaul business and personal income taxes that is expected to be voted on after Thanksgiving. The provision to repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. …

CBCP wants realignment of contraceptives budget

MANILA — An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Public Affairs Committee (CBCP-PAC) said that the funds intended for buying pills and condoms should be aligned in helping poor Filipinos to have access to hospitals and other benefits. CBCP-PAC executive secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano was reacting on the impending implementation of Reproductive Health …

Duque plans to meet with Sotto on RH Law

MANILA – Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III said Thursday he would like to discuss the implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law with Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, a staunch critic of the law. “I will get in touch with him (Sotto). We have to make our communication open so that we understand exactly …

Family planning products to be sent to RHUs soon: DOH

MANILA — Essential family planning commodities will be made available in rural health units (RHUs) across the country in the coming weeks, Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III said Thursday. “The Department of Health (DOH) intends to cascade all the family planning commodities to civil society organizations (CSOs) and local government units,” Duque told reporters during …

FDA OKs new therapy for some hemophilia patients

TRENTON, N.J. — U.S. regulators have approved the first new treatment in nearly two decades to prevent internal bleeding in certain patients with hemophilia. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Hemlibra, a weekly self-injection for hemophilia A patients who have developed resistance to standard medicines for preventing bleeding episodes. The list price will …

Quebec felt heavy public pressure to table strict marijuana law: stakeholders

MONTREAL — Public pressure on the Quebec government was so strong it had little choice but to table a strict bill on marijuana legalization that will give the province full control over the industry, stakeholders and business officials said Thursday. Bill 157 aims to push out the private sector and create a zero-tolerance policy for …

ASEAN adopts declaration to combat anti-microbial resistance

MANILA — Leaders of ASEAN member states have adopted the Declaration on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) as an outcome of the 31st ASEAN Summit, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Wednesday. “With the political commitment to combat AMR gathered from the Heads of the ASEAN member states, the Declaration was finally adopted on 13 November 2017 in …

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