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Canadian ex-nurse gets life in prison for killing eight elderly patients

Canadian ex-nurse gets life in prison for killing eight elderly patients

World
June 27 (UPI) -- A former nurse in Canada has been sentenced to life without parole for murdering eight seniors by injecting them with insulin for no medical purpose."I caused tremendous pain and suffering and death.... Sorry is much too small a word. I am extremely sorry," said Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 50, to an Ontario court.Wettlaufer pled guilty to eight first-degree murder charges, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.Wettlaufer began her violent crime spree in 2007, when she injected two seniors, one 87 and the other 91, with insulin injections. Those first attempts did not kill the victims, but accounted for her two aggravated assault charges.Later that year, she got her first kill via lethal insulin injection, taking the life of 84-year-old James (Jim) ...
Back pain patients with depression often prescribed opioids

Back pain patients with depression often prescribed opioids

Health
WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 -- Patients with low back pain who are depressed are more likely to be prescribed opioids, and to be prescribed higher doses, a new study finds.Low back pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States and the most common reason for opioid prescriptions, the researchers said."There is strong evidence that depressed patients are at greater risk for misuse and overdose of opioids," said study senior author Dr. John Markman. He directs the University of Rochester Medical Center's Translational Pain Research Program, in New York.The analysis of nationwide data on nearly 5,400 people from 2004 to 2009 found that patients with back pain who screened positive for depression were more than twice as likely to be prescribed an opioid painkiller. Over a year's time,...
Age, cost of treatment among top reasons patients leave hospital early

Age, cost of treatment among top reasons patients leave hospital early

Health
MONDAY, June 19, 2017 -- It's a not uncommon occurrence: Patients discharge themselves from the hospital against their doctor's best advice.Now, new research on over 29 million hospital stays sheds light on which types of patients are most prone to this behavior -- and why.Using 2013 U.S. hospital data, researchers found that younger patients are much more likely than older patients to leave the hospital against the advice of their doctor.In fact, patients aged 65 and older were four times less likely to leave the hospital against medical advice than were adults under 65, according to a team led by Dr. Jashvant Poeran, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.Other factors played a role as well. Regardless of their age, men were more likely to leave the hospital agai...
Living drugs new frontier for cancer patients out of options

Living drugs new frontier for cancer patients out of options

Technology
Ken Shefveland's body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins and unleashed them into his bloodstream. Immune therapy is the hottest trend in cancer care and this is its next frontier — creating "living drugs" that grow inside the body into an army that seeks and destroys tumors. Looking in the mirror, Shefveland saw "the cancer was just melting away." A month later doctors at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center couldn't find any signs of lymphoma in the Vancouver, Washington, man's body. "Today I find out I'm in full remission — how wonderful is that?" said Shefveland with a wide grin, giving his physician a quick embrace. This experimental t