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After election, Danny Williams suffers from dysphonia

Re-elected Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams had to cancel media interviews yesterday because he's developed a medical condition called dysphonia, .

That is, he's lost his voice.

But the sore throat didn't last long, it seems. Today, Mr Williams (pictured right) was , taking swipes at Primer Minister Stephen Harper, which likely means the transient dysphonia was brought on by "excessive use of the voice (as in shouting or singing)," . If the loss of voice were to persist, however, Mr Williams would be well advised to see a physician: chronic dysphonia can be caused by some nasty things, like cancer, a foreign body in the esophagus or trachea, mononucleosis or other things.

In the province's election, on Tuesday, the Williams-led Progressive Conservatives won a lopsided victory, grabbing 43 of 47 seats in the legislature.

Photo: The Independent (Newfoundland and Labrador)

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The best way to die

Canadian science writer Anna Gosline considers in the latest issue of The New Scientist, which includes a special section on death.

  • Drowning. After panic, water inhalation and laryngospasm, "a feeling of calmness and tranquility" sets in, according to reports from survivors.
  • Heart attack. At the outset, it feels like an elephant sitting on one's chest. A heart attack can lead to a long, slow death.
  • Blood loss. Exsanguination, in medical terminology. Death could come nearly instantly if the aorta is cut, but if the damage is in a smaller vein the patient would gradually go into haemorrhagic shock. Depending on the speed of blood loss, one might feel calm... or terrified.
  • Fire. Most deaths by fire aren't actually caused by burning, reports Ms Gosline. "The most common cause of death is inhaling toxic gases - carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and even hydrogen cyanide - together with the suffocating lack of oxygen."
  • Decapitation. Perhaps the optimal way to go. Seven seconds and it's all over.
  • Electrocution. In most cases, electrocution deaths are a result of arrhythmia, which cuts off oxygen supply to the brain in seconds. In rare cases, some experts say, electrocution could paralyze the breathing muscles or fry the brain, either of which could make death take much longer.
  • Falling from a height. A big fall causes just about every kind of organ failure you can think of. Messy, yes -- but another fast way to expire.
  • Hanging. Two methods exist: the short drop and the long drop. A short drop causes strangulation; a long one, spinal trauma ("the classic 'hangman's fracture' between the second and third cervical vertebrae") or, in some cases, decapitation.
  • Lethal injection. Three drugs are used in most lethal injections: the anaesthetic thiopental, then the paralytic pancuronium, then potassium chloride is used to stop the heart pumping. The thiopental is supposed to eliminate any pain, but a current case in front of the US Supreme Court claims it is often used in insufficient dosages and patients die of painful burning caused by the potassium chloride.
  • Explosive decompression. There's not much data to study for this one: only a few incidents have ever occurred. In 1971, Russia's Soyuz-11 developed a leak during re-entry and all three passengers died of asphyxiation. In another case, a NASA researcher depressurized his flight suit in a vacuum chamber by mistake before being rescued. Animal experiments have found that unconsciousness comes within 10-15 seconds, but repressurizing the subjects within 90 seconds generally saves them. After that, as the body swells due to the pressure difference between one's body and the vacuum, water vapour bubbles form in the blood and blood flow ceases.

Any readers considering suicide are urged to call 911 or a suicide prevention hotline to get help. In Canada, a listing of suicide prevention hotlines is . In the United States, you can call 1-800-SUICIDE.

(Why is this note here? Read this post for details.)

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More Canadian moms sent to US for deliveries

Remember Karen Jepp, the Calgary mother of quadruplets who was airlifted to Great Falls, Montana to give birth because no Alberta hospital had the room or the staff to handle her case? (Read Canadian Medicine's coverage from August and September.)

Well, Fox News is that at least 40 British Columbian mothers of premature infants have been flown to hospitals in Seattle, Everett and Spokane in the neighbouring state of Washington. And, strangely, some of those mothers have been sent by plane to Alberta.

Here's an excerpt of what Fox had to say:

Canada's socialized health care system, hailed as a model by Michael Moore in his documentary, "Sicko," is hurting, government officials admit, citing not enough money for more equipment and staff to handle high risk births.

Sarah Plank, a spokeswoman for the British Columbia Ministry of Health, said a spike in high risk and premature births coupled with the lack of trained nurses prompted the surge in mothers heading across the border for better care.

"The number of transfers in previous years has been quite low," Plank told "Before this recent spike we went for more than a year with no transfers to the U.S., so this is something that is happening in other provinces as well."

Critics say these border crossings highlight the dangers of a government-run health care system.

"The Canadian healthcare system has used the United States as a safety net for years," said Michael Turner of the Cato Institute. "In fact, overall about one out of every seven Canadian physicians sends someone to the United States every year for treatment."
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What's in the news

Here are some of the most interesting things NRM wasn't able to include in our latest print edition (October 15 - Vol 4, No 17). Some of these stories are a couple of weeks old, but many of them didn't get the attention they deserved from the media:

  • Microwave-emitting bra can ?
  • between Huntington's disease and children's health
  • Probiotics
  • UK NHS wants drunk patients to
  • Pine bark extract -- a ?
  • Amino acid supplement
  • New thimerosal study . But controversy ensues, nevertheless (see , and ). Also in the news: Congressional investigation into alleged CDC coverup of thimerosal research .
  • Warfarin genetic test
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