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How a national drug plan can boost the Canadian economy

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
How a national drug plan can boost the Canadian economy

National drug plan could mean savings of $11.4 billion per year According to the recently released study, A Roadmap to a Rational Pharmacare Policy in Canada, commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) there are two main reasons why prescription drug costs are so expensive in Canada. First, we have a fragmented system […]

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Canadian prescription drug crisis: opioid use per capita second to US

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian prescription drug crisis: opioid use per capita second to US

Canadian prescription drug crisis fed by lack of alternatives for dealing with pain Prescription opioids are powerful drugs frequently used to manage pain. However these drugs can lead to physical and psychological dependence and addiction, especially when used over a long term to address chronic pain. Beginning in the late 1990s, the number of opioid prescriptions increased very significantly in Canada, and this […]

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Fruit and vegetables: How many servings per day?

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fruit and vegetables: How many servings per day?

No measurable mortality benefits after 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day Many organizations cook up recommendations for the number of fruit and vegetables servings you should eat every day. Well known examples include Canada’s Food Guide which says you need roughly seven to 10 servings, the American Heart Association which recommends eight to […]

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MyMedRec: Smartphone app helps patients manage meds

| August 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
MyMedRec: Smartphone app helps patients manage meds

MyMedRec is a smartphone app that patients can customize to suit their medications Maureen Smith lives with a rare disorder known as Congenital Panhypopituitarism and thanks to new smartphone app MyMedRec has a new lease on life. Affecting one in every 200,000 people, Congenital Panhypopituitarism is a condition where the pituitary gland fails to produce growth […]

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Bare Your Belly rally in Edmonton gets international attention

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bare Your Belly rally in Edmonton gets international attention

Bare Your Belly campaign attracted photos from women across the world An Edmonton mother has become an unlikely international symbol for body shaming by organizing the first Bare Your Belly rally. After having five kids, Tanis Jex-Blake bravely decided it was time to head to the beach in a bikini. It had been 13 years since […]

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Canadian healthcare system ranks second last – study

| July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
Canadian healthcare system ranks second last – study

Canadian healthcare already more private than most other developed countries The latest Commonwealth Study ranked the Canadian healthcare system a dismal second to last in a list of 11 major industrialized countries – beating out only the Americans. This latest poor result is already being used by those bent on further privatizing healthcare. They argue […]

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WestJet to offer weekly non-stop flights from YYC to Loreto, Mexico

| July 21, 2014 | 4 Comments
WestJet to offer weekly non-stop flights from YYC to Loreto, Mexico

Westjet announced a number of new destinations and increased frequency on some routes On Monday, Westjet announced its 2014-2015 winter schedule will feature two new fun-in-the-sun destinations, one new route and more flights on 19 other routes. Beginning on April 15, 2015, WestJet will offer weekly non-stop service from Calgary International Airport to Loreto, Mexico, […]

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House flipping tips from Scott McGillivray of “Flipping the Block”

| July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
House flipping tips from Scott McGillivray of “Flipping the Block”

Scott McGillivray offers five tips to would-be house flippers Canadian real estate investor/contractor Scott McGillivray judges four teams as they compete to turn around the most profitable home renovation on the new series “Flipping the Block.” Premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada, the series sees the teams using the same budgets to fix […]

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Hospital elevator buttons crawling with bacteria – study

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Hospital elevator buttons crawling with bacteria – study

Hospital elevator buttons, neckties worn by male doctors, lab coats, stethoscopes among common contaminated surfaces You might want to use an elbow or a pen to push hospital elevator buttons next time you’re visiting a loved one or in for a surgical procedure. A new study suggests that hospital elevator buttons have more bacteria on […]

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Pope Francis asks sex abuse victims for forgiveness, vows bishops will be held accountable for abuse

| July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment
Pope Francis asks sex abuse victims for forgiveness, vows bishops will be held accountable for abuse

Pope Francis met privately with abuse victims Pope Francis promised to hold bishops accountable for the protection of minors and begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors. The pope celebrated a Mass with six survivors at his Vatican hotel Monday, but in his homily he […]

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