Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-LifeWatch

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-LifeWatch

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(Flu-Season)

With a mixed bag of viruses already making the rounds throughout the country, infectious diseases experts are warning of the potential for a particularly nasty flu season in Canada.

That's coupled with concerns that this year's flu shot may not be all that effective in preventing the respiratory illness.

Doctor Danuta Skowronski of the B-C Centre for Disease Control says there's all kinds of speculation because of the situation in the Southern Hemisphere.

In Australia, a substantial epidemic due to H-3-N-2 could foreboding a severe season for Canada.

At the end of its flu season in mid-August, Australia had almost 2.5 times the number of infections and double the number of hospitalizations and deaths compared to the previous year. (The Canadian Press)

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Alcoholism-Drug-Cancer)

The drug known as Antabuse is a safe, old, generic medication traditionally used to manage alcoholism.

However, researchers now say there's evidence that it may be useful in the treatment of cancers.

Comparing Danish cancer patients with a history of alcoholism, a study published in the journal Nature found that those patients taking Antabuse were 34 per cent less likely to die from cancer.

While this is only an association, trials of the drug and one of its metabolites in mice showed significantly decreased sizes of human cancers compared to those receiving no treatment.

Though there has been limited study of this in humans, the results hint at a possible new cancer treatment approach by repurposing this safe and relatively cheap drug. (ABC)

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(Contraceptives-Breast-Cancer)

Women using hormonal birth control methods -- "the pill," NuvaRing, or implants -- appear to have a 20 per cent higher risk of breast cancer.

That's according to a new study of 1.8 million women in Denmark, which is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. …

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