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Canadian children’s health rankings poor

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Canadian children’s health rankings poor

Canadian children’s health ranking 17th out of 28 countries By Nicole Letourneau for Troy Media Something is amiss in Canada. A 2014 UNICEF report compared the health and development of children in Canada with 28 other wealthy nations. In spite of being a G8 country, Canada’s children rank number 17th, a status that has not budged […]

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Pharmaceutical advertising: Health Canada fails to enforce own rules

| January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Pharmaceutical advertising: Health Canada fails to enforce own rules

New study shows repeated infractions in pharmaceutical advertising By Barbara Mintzes and Joel Lexchin for Troy Media A handsome man struts over to the office water cooler with a smirk on his face. When his colleagues ask about his weekend, he replies enthusiastically, with audio muted. A large blue pill appears with the tagline, “Viagra, Ask Your […]

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Antibiotics: When the bad outweighs the good

| January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
Antibiotics: When the bad outweighs the good

As with most medications, there are risks associated with taking antibiotics By Rachel Matthews, Troy Media Antibiotics are important medications; without them, diseases like strep, pneumonia and syphilis can be fatal. However, when antibiotics are overused or not taken exactly as prescribed, serious complications can occur. What’s more, even when used properly, some antibiotics are associated with […]

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The secret to achieving New Year’s resolutions

| January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
The secret to achieving New Year’s resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are your destination: Systems are the grit that get you there Barry Wilson for Troy Media It’s here again . . . a fresh start, a clean slate – the world is your oyster, 2015 is going to be 365 days of amazing! Starting to have a déjà vu? Been here done this – […]

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Canadian flu season expected to be worse than last year

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Canadian flu season expected to be worse than last year

Flu vaccine for this Canadian flu season expected to be less effective It’s official – the Canadian flu season is in full swing in many parts of the country. What is the flu and should you and your family get a flu shot? Health authorities were warning all fall that this could be a bad Canadian flu […]

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Rethinking type 2 diabetes

| January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Rethinking type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes: Stop blaming people for poor eating choices, move toward community action By Jan Hux for Troy Media Journalist H.L. Mencken wrote that “for every complex problem there is a solution that is clear, simple and wrong.” That observation aptly describes a prevailing attitude toward type 2 diabetes, which characterizes diabetes as a problem that […]

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NORAD tracks Santa via heat signature from Rudolph’s nose

| December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
NORAD tracks Santa via heat signature from Rudolph’s nose

NORAD tradition of tracking Santa on Christmas Eve began in 1955 as a mistake Volunteers at the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defence) Command are monitoring Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph’s nose to track him over Japan and later spotted […]

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New hospital funding model a leap of faith

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
New hospital funding model a leap of faith

Activity-based hospital funding may discharge patients from hospital ‘quicker but sicker’ By Karen Palmer and Gordon Guyatt for Troy Media Most Canadians probably don’t realize that healthcare in Canada is quietly undergoing a major transformation in funding that could significantly impact patients. Three provinces – Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia – are implementing a new funding […]

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Why Canadian hospitals outperform US hospitals

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Why Canadian hospitals outperform US hospitals

If US hospitals ran as efficiently as Canada hospitals, the average family of four would save $2,000 annually on healthcare By Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein for Troy Media In many countries, bereaved families get condolence cards and flowers. In the U.S., the survivors are also deluged with hospital bills and insurance paperwork. That paperwork isn’t merely an insult. It costs […]

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Food prices on the rise

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Food prices on the rise

Rising food prices spells trouble for the financially vulnerable By Sylvain Charlebois for Troy Media In food retailing, 2014 was clearly the year of the animal protein. Meat prices increased dramatically this year, by more than 15 per cent on average. The good news for 2015 is that Canadian consumers are not likely to experience […]

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