Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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An opioid withdrawal drug seems to help mice -- and a Calgary researcher hopes it can soon give relief to human drug addicts so that they do not have to endure the pain of kicking things like fentanyl or morphine.

Scientists at the University of Calgary have published research in the journal Nature Medicine, showing that the medication probenecid is effective at reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms in mice.

Lead researcher Tuan Trang at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the university's school of veterinary medicine says the findings could eventually help people, and the good news is the drug is already approved by Health Canada.

The research focused on microglia, a type of immune cell located in the brain and spinal cord that was found to be associated with withdrawal. (The Canadian Press)



The Boy Scouts of America says it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enrol in its boys only programs.

The organization says it had made the decision to base enrolment in boys only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a scout.

The organization had previously held a policy that relied on the gender listed on a child's birth certificate.

A transgender child in Secaucus, New Jersey, was asked late last year to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender. (The Associated Press)


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A study on bullying suggests what psychologists had always felt -- it can have lasting effects beyond childhood.

Researchers at Arizona State University studied a group of 383 kindergarteners from public schools in Illinois through the 12th grade.

They found that children who suffered chronic and moderate increasing levels of bullying during their school years had lower academic achievement, a greater dislike of school, more school avoidance and less confidence. …

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