Commentary

Misleading headlines about recent study falsely claim the cannabis compound can replace proven treatments for opioid addiction, argue experts.

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July
2019

Hyperbole can be rampant in health news, particularly with respect to cannabis. One recent headline declared, "CBD is effective in treating heroin addiction." Another proclaimed, "New study finds CBD could curb heroin addiction.”

These stories were referring to a recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry that found a short-term course of cannabidiol (CBD) reduced cue-induced cravings and anxiety in drug-abstinent individuals who were recovering from opioid use disorder, specifically heroin addiction.

This study is undoubtedly exciting and a welcome contribution to the scientific literature demonstrating the potentially helpful role of cannabinoids in the treatment of opioid use disorder.

That said, there is a mismatch between these headlines and the accurate interpretation of the findings from the study. And this mism...

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July
2019
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COMMENTARY || Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

It is a controversial and very personal choice but researchers have found that just as in pregnancy, there is no known safe consumption level while breastfeeding

Is it safe to drink alcohol and breastfeed? As physicians, we have always cautioned patients not to. As mothers, we look forward to the occasional glass of wine. We also know that drinking while
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July
2019
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COMMENTARY || Unproven stem-cell treatments can be dangerous. The hype needs to stop

Stronger regulations, enforcement needed to counter rapid growth of clinics offering experimental treatments, argues U of A health trend skeptic Timothy Caulfield.

For the past two decades, stem-cell research has received almost nonstop attention from the media. It has consistently been framed as a paradigm-shifting revolution that will transform medicine
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July
2019
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Cancelling superlab undermines foundation of patient care

Lab physicians may work behind the scenes, but equipping them properly to provide fast and accurate test results is vital to health care, argues U of A physician.

You don’t know me, but I’m your doctor. I am one of hundreds of physicians trained in laboratory medicine who work to provide you with accurate and timely test results that help your “real” doctor
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July
2019
| 20:22 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Half a million American minors now live in Mexico

Economic crisis, immigration enforcement drove migration of U.S.-born minors to Mexico between 2000 and 2015, researchers find.

While much of the current news has been focused on Central American migrants making their way through Mexico to the U.S., little attention has been paid to a different migration story: the number of
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June
2019
| 13:45 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Here are the best parents to have around, according to youth sport coaches

Some parenting styles are better than others at helping young athletes succeed in sports, says U of A expert.

Youth sport is part of the fabric of family life for many families. Parents are more intensely involved in contemporary youth sport than ever before. And while youth sport can provide a context
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June
2019
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COMMENTARY || What it will take for the Oilers (or any other Canadian team) to win the Stanley Cup

Follow the data, which from 1993 to 2019, indicate focusing on above-average goaltending, team defence, strong penalty killing and two-way play as the keys to get ahead, according to academics.

What’s going on? Canadian teams have won 43 Stanley Cups to date, and Canadian men, women, junior and world teams almost always medal. Something’s amiss. And it’s systematic. By chance alone,
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May
2019
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COMMENTARY || What we need to do to curb increasingly popular teen vaping

The popularity of vaping and the missed opportunity to regulate it are threatening progress on reducing tobacco use in Canada, U of A expert warns.

The rates of tobacco use among adults and youth in Canada have been declining steadily for the past several decades. In fact, the latest Canadian Community Health Survey conducted in 2017 revealed
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May
2019
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Vaccination: In Canada, many teenagers don’t need parental consent

Educating teens about immunity and the value of vaccines should be a public health priority, argues health law expert Timothy Caulfield.

A few months ago in the United States, Ohio teenager Ethan Lindenberger made headlines by going against his parent’s anti-vaccination views. He got immunized. At a time of rising vaccine
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May
2019
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COMMENTARY || Breastfeeding struggles linked to postpartum depression in mothers

Pressure on new moms can cause stress and guilt, so it's important to let them know they have safe and healthy options, says U of A physician.

As a doctor, I encourage mothers to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is affordable, helps with bonding and has health benefits for both the infant and mother. In my medical practice, many new moms come
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May
2019
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COMMENTARY || UCP promises would imperil academic free speech

Policy proposals to guarantee free speech at universities and pin government funding to economic performance would undermine academic freedom, argues political science researcher.

Now that the UCP is in power, there’s been a broader outline of some policy initiatives on the horizon. Although details are still slim, the UCP has said that they’ll be pitching legislation that
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May
2019
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COMMENTARY || The deadly consequences of proposed Canadian asylum restrictions

Tightening refugee law won't stop migrants from trying to come to Canada—it will only make the journey more perilous, argues U of A historian.

Seidu Mohammed lost all 10 of his fingers to frostbite in December 2016, exposed to the harsh cold of a Manitoba winter when he avoided official border crossings on his trek from the United States