Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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(Leftover-Opioids)

The majority of opioids prescribed as a result of surgery are either unfilled or filled and ultimately not used by patients after orthopedic, urologic, general, dental surgery or cesarean delivery.

In a new study out of Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, researchers compiled data from six studies to include a total of 800 subjects and found that greater than 60 per cent of total participants reported unused opioid prescription pills.

They also evaluated whether individuals adhered to proper medication disposal techniques as mandated by the F-D-A, and most did not.

Only nine per cent of subjects safely stored their medications in locked containers or disposed of them at designated pharmacies or programs.

The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (ABC)

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(Gene-Tweaked-Human-Embryos)

For the first time in the U-S, scientists had used a new gene-editing procedure to correct a potentially fatal gene mutation in human embryos in a lab dish -- embryos that were never allowed to develop into fetuses.

Now, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University are publishing the results of the study, which offers proof in principle of the ability to use gene alteration technology for custom, high-fidelity editing of the human genome.

The study, published in the journal Nature, focused on correcting a gene responsible for a potentially fatal inherited disease, hereditary cardiomyopathy.

The success rate in the embryos was 72 per cent, and researchers reported no significant errors that would have led to catastrophic problems for these embryos.

The technology is still in its infancy. (ABC)

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(Statins-Stroke)

Discontinuing a statin medication just three months after an initial stroke dramatically increases the chances of another stroke within one year.

Researchers reported this finding in a new study of the Taiwan National Health Insurance Program, which covers 99 per cent of the country's population.

The researchers looked at 45-thousand stroke patients who were hospitalized for a first-time stroke and were prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin within 90 days of their hospital stay. …

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