Newspaper article The Canadian Press

PREP-Lifewatch

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

PREP-Lifewatch

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(Hepatitis-C-Lung-Transplants)

Toronto doctors have successfully transplanted lungs from dead donors with hepatitis C into patients in need of the life-saving organs.

The operation is then followed by treatment to prevent the patients from becoming infected with the potentially liver-destroying virus.

Since October, surgeons at Toronto General Hospital have performed the transplants in 11 patients as part of a pilot study to evaluate the safety of using lungs from hep-C-infected donors.

That's because antiviral drugs can now cure the disease in 98 per cent of people.

So far, eight transplant patients have finished treatment for hepatitis C and are now virus-free.

Two are still being given the drugs, and one is yet to receive the medication. (The Canadian Press)

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(Youth-Opioids-Guidelines)

New guidelines aimed at improving treatment for opioid-addicted young people have been released by the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use.

The centre says a lack of youth-focused treatment programs has created challenges in the province with the highest number of fatal overdoses.

Dr. Sharon Vipler, who helped developed the guidelines, says they call on doctors to prescribe treatment drugs such as suboxone before methadone is tried, as well as counselling to support youth dealing with addiction.

Doctors are also encouraged to screen all youth for substance use disorders and mental health disorders and to refer patients to physicians with experience treating youth with opioid use disorder. (The Canadian Press)

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(Preterm Births)

The United States preterm birth rate rose slightly from 2014 to 2016.

The increase is largely among births occurring between 34-to-36 weeks, and particularly at 36 weeks.

The preterm birth rates rose 0.3 per cent among single deliveries and one per cent among multiple deliveries.

The research is by the Center for Disease Control. …

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