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  • The Nobel Prize in Medicine to be awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi, for his work on how the body recycles its components. It is a bit of a humble subject, but has implications for many major diseases. Dr. Ohsumi, explaining why he chose to focus his research on an unpopular subject, remarked: “I don’t feel comfortable competing with many people, and instead I find it more enjoyable doing something nobody else is doing. In a way, that’s what science is all about, and the joy of finding something inspires me.”
  • Health Canada has finally approved the nasal spray form of naloxone for official sale in Canada. Despite what films like Pulp Fiction may show, naloxone (and not adrenaline) is the drug usually used to treat opioid overdoses. Currently in Canada its injectable form is officially approved, but the nasal form is obviously much easier to use. However, this is not quite as big of a deal as it might first sound, since as the article says, Canadians have been allowed since July to import nasal spray naloxone from the United States. Furthermore, the approval from Health Canada still needs to be followed up by the manufacturer completing the required steps to have the nasal spray form sold in Canada (e.g., manufacturing approval, drug quality and efficacy testing, et cetera). However, once that is complete, this will make the nasal form much more readily available, which will very likely save lives.

 

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