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EpiPens don’t work in space? NASA didn’t know — but Canadian students did

EpiPens don’t work in space.“It was pretty cool,” said student Hannah Thomson. “NASA didn’t know.”Hannah is one of several students in grades four to six at St.

Brother Andre Elementary School in Ottawa who are part of a NASA initiative called “Cubes in Space.”The program helps children and teenagers around the world launch experiments aboard NASA rockets.For their experiment, the students between the ages of nine and 11 focused on the EpiPen, a common medical tool found in classrooms across the country. The injection device is used to reverse the effects of life-threatening allergies.The kids had a cosmic question: would an EpiPen still work in space?“I thought it was brilliant,” said University of Ottawa chemist Paul Mayer, who helped analyze the group’s findings.“The first part of doing science is asking the right questions and they asked a fantastic question.” Read more: Reality check: Is it safe to use an expired EpiPen in the event of anaphylaxis? The students took samples of epinephrine, the active ingredient in EpiPens, and put them in tiny cubes, which were sent on board a NASA rocket and balloon.Once the cubes returned to Earth, their contents were brought to a lab at the University of Ottawa.There, Mayer and his team made a remarkable discovery: the epinephrine no longer worked, stunning the career chemists.“There is an interaction with the cosmic radiation that comes when you leave the atmosphere,” he explained.In fact, part of the sample became toxic in space.“The epinephrine came back only 87 per cent epinephrine,” explained student Isaiah Falconer.


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Alberta will have $13.8M deducted from health transfers because patients paid for services: feds
Canada Health Transfers from provinces, including Alberta, over “patient charges levied during 2020-2021, for medically necessary services that should be accessible to patients at no cost.”A summary posted online by the government of Canada shows Alberta’s deductions will be $13.8 million.Federal health minister Jean-Yves Duclos sent letters to all provinces and territories, expressing concerns about a recent increase in reports of patient charges for medically necessary services, including telemedicine and some private services.“There has been evidence of residents paying out of pocket to access diagnostic services such as ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans — services that should be accessible at no cost,” Duclos said in a statement.“This is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”“It is critical that access to medically necessary services, whether provided in-person or virtually, remains based on medical need and free of charge.” Read more: Ottawa warns provinces not to charge fees for medically necessary services When asked about this Friday, Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping said he hadn’t seen the letter, hasn’t been fully briefed and didn’t know the amount Alberta would lose.However, he said there has been an “ongoing dispute” about how the transfer system works — what’s allowed and not allowed.“I understand there’s been ongoing conversations about the interpretation of ‘medically necessary’ and payment for medically necessary and how that works in the regulations,” Copping said Friday.He said other provinces are having the same types of discussions with the federal government.“I’m looking forward to actually reviewing the letter … and then discussing it directly with Minister Duclos.”Copping acknowledged there
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Alberta’s Kenney urges Poilievre not to focus on ‘fringe issues’
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says federal Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre needs to steer away from “fringe issues” if he aims to lead not only the party but the country.“He understands that to become prime minister, he needs to speak to the aspirations of regular Canadians, not to fringe issues.” Alberta’s premier-designate wants ‘greater’ provincial autonomy, but is it her 1st priority? Kenney also believes that Poilievre is “wise beyond his years.”“He’s a brilliant young man,” he said.According to a recent poll from the end of last month, Poilievre overtook Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the best leader for the country.“Since the moment he was elected leader, he’s demonstrated great discipline in focusing on the kitchen-table issues that matter to ordinary Canadian families,” said Kenney.However, Poilievre has had a number of interactions with fringe movements in Canada.Most recently, a Global News analysis of 50 of Polievre’s official YouTube videos showed that they included a hidden tag appealing to a misogynistic online movement that Canada’s intelligence agencies view as a danger.The tag, #mgtow, is an acronym for “Men Going Their Own Way” — a mostly-online movement consisting of anti-feminists who cut women completely out of their lives.The Conservative leader has also drawn criticism for his support of the convoy protest that paralyzed downtown Ottawa and blockaded border crossings in February.Poilievre chose to walk with James Topp, an activist with connections to convoy figures who have marched across the nation to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates.After posing for a photograph with Jeremy Mackenzie — the de-facto leader of a far-right group called Diagalon who was arrested on a Canada-wide warrant for