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By Camille Bains The Canadian Press

Data show alcohol the main cause of substance-related deaths in hospital

VANCOUVER — Heavy drinking landed Dawn Nickel in the emergency department four times twice for alcohol poisoning and two more times when she took pills with alcohol to try and kill herself.

“I had no recollection of either wanting to end my life or taking the pills to end my life,” the Victoria resident said nearly 32 years after she downed her last drink.

MS patients had higher incidence of certain conditions: study of 4 provinces

VANCOUVER — Conditions such as sleep problems, irritable bowel syndrome and depression are more common among multiple sclerosis patients five years before they develop medically recognized signs of the disease, a new study from the University of British Columbia suggests.