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Babies’ whooping cough source likely siblings; vaccinating moms while pregnant can help

CHICAGO Infants are more likely to catch whooping cough from their siblings than their moms, says a study with implications for how to protect them.

Previously, moms were considered the more common source of infection. The change is probably due in part to an increased frequency of whooping cough among school-aged children, the study of government data suggests.

Quebec MDs to get euthanasia guide to prepare for legalized assisted death

TORONTO — The college that regulates Quebec doctors will soon provide practitioners with detailed guidelines — including what drugs to use — for euthanizing terminally ill patients who seek help to end their lives.

But it’s unclear whether other provinces and territories will adopt a similar practice when doctor-assisted death becomes legal across the country early next year.

Continuing education on opioid prescribing should be mandatory, doctors told

Canadian physicians should be subject to mandatory continuing medical education in the appropriate prescribing of opioids — medications whose use has now become almost routine for treating chronic pain, the Canadian Medical Association’s annual meeting in Halifax was told Monday.

Handbook tells parents and kids how to recognize concussion, how to recover

TORONTO — At the tender age of 17, Warren McNeil considers himself a concussion veteran. He’s sustained six of the brain injuries playing hockey and lacrosse, one of which knocked him out cold.

For five of those concussions, the Toronto teen was able to return to school and sports after a week or two of resting in a dark room to avoid overtaxing his healing brain.

FDA approves drug to boost female libido, a long-sought milestone fraught with controversy

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.