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Quebec MDs to get euthanasia guide to prepare for legalized assisted death

TORONTO — The college that regulates Quebec doctors will soon provide practitioners with detailed guidelines — including what drugs to use — for euthanizing terminally ill patients who seek help to end their lives.

But it’s unclear whether other provinces and territories will adopt a similar practice when doctor-assisted death becomes legal across the country early next year.

Continuing education on opioid prescribing should be mandatory, doctors told

Canadian physicians should be subject to mandatory continuing medical education in the appropriate prescribing of opioids — medications whose use has now become almost routine for treating chronic pain, the Canadian Medical Association’s annual meeting in Halifax was told Monday.

Handbook tells parents and kids how to recognize concussion, how to recover

TORONTO — At the tender age of 17, Warren McNeil considers himself a concussion veteran. He’s sustained six of the brain injuries playing hockey and lacrosse, one of which knocked him out cold.

For five of those concussions, the Toronto teen was able to return to school and sports after a week or two of resting in a dark room to avoid overtaxing his healing brain.

FDA approves drug to boost female libido, a long-sought milestone fraught with controversy

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.

CMA report on MDs’ concerns about assisted death to inform debate at annual meeting

TORONTO — The Canadian Medical Association has released results of a major consultation with members about the best framework for providing physician-assisted death, an issue that continues to divide the country’s doctors.

The organization representing Canada’s almost 80,000 physicians released its report from the June 8-July 20 online consultation on Monday.

Rising diabetes, obesity rates putting ethnic groups at risk

TORONTO—Steadily rising rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure over the last decade have dramatically increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes among some groups of ethnic Canadians, researchers say.

An Ontario study determined that from 2001 to 2012, diabetes rates more than doubled among South Asian men and almost doubled among black women.