This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. “Shoppers Drug Mart presents: ‘Medical Cannabis: The Future is Now.’” That was the noticeRead More →

Canadian doctors specializing in pain management say a pill form of sufentanil — an opioid related to fentanyl but even more potent that was recently approved in the United States — could do more harm than good. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has drawn fire since it gave the go-ahead to Dsuvia — a pill containing sufentanil thatRead More →

A U.S. pediatricians’ group has strengthened its advice against spanking and other physical punishment because of the potential for long-term harm. In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics says those harms can include aggression, brain changes, substance abuse and suicidal behaviour in adulthood. The academy said research since its 1998 disciplineRead More →

People with Type 1 diabetes may be more likely to develop potentially fatal complications when they use cannabis, a study published on Monday suggests. Researchers surveyed 450 patients with Type 1 diabetes in Colorado, where cannabis is legal for medical and recreational use. Overall, 30 per cent of the participants usedRead More →