Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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A Canadian study suggests people with multiple sclerosis show higher rates of certain auto immune or inflammatory conditions five years before they're diagnosed with M-S.

Senior study author Professor Helen Tremlett in the division of neurology at the University of British Columbia says during the five years before people develop M-S symptoms, they are up to four times more likely to be treated for other problems.

They include sleep problems, higher rates of irritable bowel syndrome, depression and fibromyalgia.

She says the research could give doctors and patients an earlier diagnosis for M-S.

Tremlett says much more research is needed to expand on the study published today in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.

It was based on 30 years of health records from 14-thousand multiple sclerosis patients in B-C, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia, along with 67-thousand people without the disease. (The Canadian Press)



Most children prescribed opioids are being treated for short term problems.

Researchers from Tennessee looked at 15 years of data in children ages two to 17 and found one-million outpatient opioid prescriptions were written to children and teens.

Ninety per cent were for short term problems like dental or outpatient surgeries, trauma, and infections. Researchers also looked at opioid-related adverse events and children aged 12-to-17 had the highest rates for those.

Most commonly they were substance use disorder or attempted self-harm.

The research is in Pediatrics. (ABC)



A review of antibiotic prescriptions in the U-S for respiratory illnesses showed they are often prescribed in urgent cares, retail clinics, emergency rooms, and outpatient medical offices, even when they weren't appropriate.

Over-prescribing antibiotics can lead to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as the potentially fatal bacteria Clostridium difficile, also known as C. …

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