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Jukasa News Update Monday June 11, 2018


A new study suggests that the incidence of epilepsy among Indigenous Canadians is twice that of non-Indigenous people.
Research from the University of Saskatchewan showed a national rate annually of 62 new cases per 100,000 people. But for self-identified First Nations patients, that rate doubles to 122 per 100,000.
Lead researcher Jose Tellez-Zenteno, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, said he couldn’t point to the exact reason for the difference, but it could be connected to higher rates of traumatic brain injury in Indigenous populations.

Ontario’s incoming premier says his caucus will have its first meeting in just over a week’s time.
Speaking on Sunday ahead of a meeting with his transition team, Doug Ford said the 76 Progressive Conservatives elected to the legislature will meet on June 19.
The Tories won a majority government in Thursday’s election.
His transition team includes former Conservative MP John Baird, a past chief of staff in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government, and an executive at the Ford family business.
Ford has said he expects the transition to power to take three weeks.

Experts say there aren’t enough bees in our ecosystem — so the city of Hamilton is working with local beekeeper to install a bee yard on the city’s waterfront.
Twelve boxes will be installed on the land, separated into three miniature hives that will each carry about 500 bees.
The project’s goal is to provide food and shelter for pollinator bees in the area.
Major losses in the bee population are largely due to chronic exposure to insecticide.
He says pollination by honeybees is a crucial part of food production

There’s little evidence that legalized marijuana poses a threat to public health and safety, and there may be benefits, says a new study from Canadian doctors and researchers.
The report, submitted to the Senate this week, outlines the positive and negative impacts legalization has had in other jurisdictions.
B.C. Centre on Substance Use worked on the study and said researchers did not find significant declines in road safety in American states where marijuana had been legalized, but they did find a drop in alcohol sales.
They also found that rates of fatal opioid overdoses went down in some places.

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