Category: Health

Ebola lab and story of world-class science in Winnipeg

| September 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ebola lab and story of world-class science in Winnipeg

Canada at the forefront of Ebola research at national laboratory in Winnipeg When Dr. Frank Plummer talks about the first experimental Ebola drug used in an outbreak, he pronounces it “Zed Map.” “I do it consciously,” says Plummer, who retired this year after serving for nearly 14 years as the head of Canada’s National Microbiology […]

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Mental health – 77% of Canadians feeling good, flourishing

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mental health – 77% of Canadians feeling good, flourishing

Religious or spiritual beliefs were important to Canadian mental health Canadians appear to be a pretty well adjusted bunch, according to a new report on Canadian mental health, which found that 77 per cent of people aged 15 or older are considered to be psychologically flourishing - feeling good about life and functioning well. The Statistics Canada […]

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Canadian healthcare challenged in BC Supreme Court

| September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian healthcare challenged in BC Supreme Court

If Dr. Brian Day wins, Canadian healthcare could be fundamentally changed A recent court challenge before the British Columbia Supreme Court had threatened to change the rules of the game for the Canadian healthcare system, should the challenge make its way to the Supreme Court of Canada and be successful. Dr. Brian Day of The […]

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Canadian doctors prescribing more high-dose opioids

| September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian doctors prescribing more high-dose opioids

Canadian doctors ignoring new guidelines? A new study shows prescriptions for high-dose formulations of opioids like oxycodone and morphine jumped by 23 per cent in between 2006 and 2011, despite guidelines advising Canadian doctors against giving most patients such elevated doses. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences […]

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Alberta E.coli outbreak from raw pork sickens 100

| September 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta E.coli outbreak from raw pork sickens 100

Alberta E.coli outbreak biggest in 15 years Alberta’s chief medical officer says the Alberta E.coli outbreak linked to raw pork products has affected 100 people, including 19 who have been hospitalized. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has ordered a recall of pork products from V and T Meat and Food in Calgary and Hiep Thanh […]

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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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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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