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Palliative Care Is About Comfort Not Death

The hospice in Owen Sound is like most others in Canada appear to be they don’t perform assisted deaths, the president of the provincial association representing the hospice palliative care sector said Thursday. The issue was raised by Owen Sound resident Bob Hope. He questioned why the hospice in Owen Sound doesn’t allow assisted deaths there.

Alex Hector is a former board member and now executive director of Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce Inc., which runs Chapman House hospice in Owen Sound. He and a board member, Dr. Hazel Lynn, said in interviews Thursday the board’s decision in 2016 and now not to allow assisted deaths but to facilitate them elsewhere when requested is philosophical.

NLRP12 Protein Promotes Healthy Gut Bacteria to Curb Obesity

Scientists from the UNC School of Medicine discovered that the anti-inflammatory protein NLRP12 normally helps protect mice against obesity and insulin resistance when they are fed a high-fat diet.

The researchers also reported that the NLRP12 gene is underactive in people who are obese, making it a potential therapeutic target for treating obesity and diabetes, both of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other serious conditions.

Role of Locus Coeruleus in Anesthesia Highlighted

By using a larval zebrafish model, Dr. Du Jiulin's lab at the the Institute of Neuroscience and Zunyi Medical College revealed that two commonly used intravenous anesthetic drugs, propofol and etomidate, suppress the excitability of locus coeruleus neurons via synergic mechanisms thus inhibiting presynaptic excitatory inputs and inducing membrane hyperpolarization of these cells.