Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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Medical cannabis users in Alberta can now get their therapeutic pot from Shoppers Drug Mart, with the retail giant opening its second online platform today in the western province as it pursues the growing market.

The launch follows the January debut of Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Drug Mart in Ontario, where the company says uptake has been strong.

As in Ontario, the Alberta platform touts "expert advice and counsel from trusted health-care professionals,'' including tips on the purported health properties of various strains, proper dosages and titration techniques.

Pharmacists and experts can also help patients process their medical documents, discuss contraindications and help with online registration and strain selection. (The Canadian Press)



Outbreaks in New York state continue to drive up the number of U-S measles cases, which are approaching levels not seen in 25 years.

Health officials say 71 more cases were reported last week, with 68 of them from New York, bringing this year's total to 626.

Twenty-two states have reported cases, but the vast majority have been in New York -- mainly in and around New York City.

Most of the New York cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities. (The Associated Press)



Fourteen per cent of sudden infant death cases are due to suffocation, and 82 per cent of these were due to unsafe sleep practices in infant or parent beds.

In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers from Maryland looked at data on sudden infant deaths between 2011 and 2014 and found that 250 of the 1,812 cases of sudden deaths in children less than one year old were due to suffocation.

Sixty-nine per cent of all suffocation deaths were due to soft bedding either in an adult bed or in a crib, and 20 per cent were due to rolling over onto the infant in an adult bed. …

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