This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. For Canadians who remember the face masks, quarantines and airport screenings of the SARS epidemic, a mysteriousRead More →

A week after a malicious virus infected its network, the London-based foreign currency exchange company Travelex had yet to restore digital sales and was reported infected with ransomware by hackers threatening to release personal data unless it pays a $3 million ransom. The U.K.-based security website BleepingComputer said hackers claimedRead More →

U.S. congresswoman Pramila Jayapal says she’s confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is investigating reports of Iranian-Americans being stopped and questioned last weekend at the border between Washington state and B.C. Jayapal’s spokesperson, Subhan Cheema, confirmed on Wednesday that the civil-rights office verbally confirmedRead More →

Canadian social conservatives who say they’re tired of being written off and ignored by Conservative Party politicians are searching for a leadership candidate they can get behind. “We have people that we’re talking to. Nobody has come out to say, ‘Yes. I’m going to [run],’” said Jeff Gunnarson, national president of CampaignRead More →

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin is out indefinitely after having surgery on his left knee. The Pistons announced Tuesday that Griffin will have an extended rehabilitation period with no timetable for his return. Pistons coach Dwane Casey said before Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers that he hasn’t beenRead More →

The U.S. Federal Reserve Board’s policy-making committee saw much less risk of recession at its most recent meeting in December, when it kept interest rates steady after three straight cuts and signalled that it expected to keep low rates unchanged through this year. Minutes of the December meeting, released Friday,Read More →