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Episode date 26 March 2013
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Caution urged on high-potency anti-cholesterol drugs
(Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)
Taking strong statins to lower your cholesterol? Maybe it's time to take a closer look at the risks and benefits.  New Canadian research shows that patients who started with high-strength statins were 34 per cent more likely to be hospitalized for acute kidney injury than those who started on low-strength versions of the drugs in the first 120 days of treatment.

The research was conducted by the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES) and published in the latest edition of the British Medical Journal. Researchers examined the health records of two million patients in Canada, the US and Britain.

Higher-dose statins, including Lipitor and Crestor, have become the world's most widely prescribed drugs with some researchers arguing anyone over 50 should be taking them.

Lead investigator Colin Dormuth, assistant professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology and therapeutics at the University of British Columbia, says the results of the study throw doubt the common practice of using higher doses of drugs to cut cholesterol levels lower and lower.

Surplus of dentists brings changes to the profession in Canada
(AFP/Didier Pallage)
A recent report on the practice of dentistry suggests that “the average dentist may be closer to the edge of a [cliff] than the average Canadian.”

According to the “doom and gloom” study done by consultants R.K. House and Associates for the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), a surplus of dentists combined with declining demand will make it harder for professionals to open and maintain their practices.
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Couple finds 3 bear cubs near Fredericton, New Brunswick
A New Brunswick couple was heading home to Springfield, outside Fredericton, last Thursady, when they found three bear cubs near the highway. Zen Fedory and his girlfriend Krissy Green said they noticed something moving in the snowbank. [...]
Scammers in B.C. try to sell gold claiming it belonged to Ossama bin Laden
Gold buyers beware! A group of scammers in Kamloops, British Columbia, is trying to sell fake gold chains, claiming they belonged to Osama bin Laden. Police in B.C.'[...]
Reaction mixed on South Korea trade deal
Finance Jim Flaherty says Ottawa is nearing a free-trade agreement with South Korea. He made the comment following a speech to the Asia Society in Hong Kong on Monday. Mr. Flaherty is currently on a tour of Asia, ostensibly drumming up business. [...]
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