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Calgary hospital researching heart rates and predicting oncoming illness

CALGARY — Researchers at Calgary’s Rockyview General Hospital believe the human heart provides valuable data when it comes to predicting oncoming illness and the information could help reduce the frequency of post-surgery complications.

Dr. David Liepert, the hospital’s director of perioperative medicine, says a lack of variability in a heart rate is an indicator of medical stress.

Suicide crisis declared

CROSS LAKE, Man.—A remote Manitoba First Nation declared a state of emergency yesterday after six suicides in the last two months and 140 attempts in the last two weeks alone.

Officials from the Pimicikamak Cree Nation, known as Cross Lake, say health workers on the northern reserve no longer can cope.

Pre-selecting baby’s sex sparks debate

TORONTO—American model and TV host Chrissy Teigen has faced criticism after disclosing her personal decision to hand-pick a female embryo during in-vitro fertilization.

The wife of singer-songwriter John Legend told People Magazine she was excited at the thought of seeing her husband with a little girl, adding that he “deserves that bond” and that “a boy will come along.”