Attacks on health workers in conflict zones reach highest level on record

I'm Amanda Lina Terrio with your top health headlines right now. A new report has found that last year, attacks on health workers in conflict zones reached the highest level on record. While the increase was heavily driven by new conflicts in Gaza and Sudan, ongoing conflicts in Myanmar and Ukraine saw attacks continue at a relentless pace. The Safeguarding Health and Conflict coalition recorded more than 2500 incidents in 2023. A 25% increase, the report highlighted more cases of children's hospitals and sites running immunization campaigns being targeted. However, it also warned of a new trend involving droves used to target health facilities. BC based retailer London Drug says it's unwilling and unable to pay a multi $1,000,000 ransom to the cyber criminals who claim to have stolen data in its recent hacking attack. The company called the situation deeply distressing, noting concerns about personal information of employees being leaked on the dark web. It says all employees have been notified and they will be provided with two years of credit monitoring services. London Drugs closed all of its 79 stores in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba on April 28th when it first became aware of the attacks. A new report has found that shelters in Canada may not be able to meet the health needs of a growing elderly homeless population. The report's lead author, Doctor Jillian Alston, says that shelters have not been designed to help the increasing amount of people who will potentially need services in the coming years. Researchers reviewed a number of clinical observations and several peer reviewed studies examining the problem, Alston added. People who experience homelessness tend to age faster than those who are housed due to factors such as stress. And improper management of chronic conditions. A new study from the Journal of Psychological Medicine now estimates that teens using cannabis are at 11 times higher risk of developing A psychotic disorder. This finding suggests the connection between cannabis and these types of disorders may be much stronger than previously thought. Researchers feel one of the primary reasons for this is the rise in the average THC potency of cannabis in Canada. The study found that of teens who are hospitalized or visited an emergency room for a psychotic disorder. Roughly 5 and six had previously reported cannabis use. Those are the top health stories right now. For more, you can head to globalnews.ca. I'm Amanda Lee Militario.

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