Category: Health

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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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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5 Health hazards you never considered before, but should

| July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment
5 Health hazards you never considered before, but should

Health hazards can include microwaved eggs, roller coasters and toothbrushes ‘It’s summertime and the living is easy” is a favourite expression at this time of year. But health hazards don’t care what month it is. You can stub your toe at any time. And, for instance, how many parents worry that their children face a […]

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Flu vaccine plant must fix problems – Health Canada

| July 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Flu vaccine plant must fix problems – Health Canada

Flu vaccine production issue pose no threat to public health, according to regulator Health Canada has advised pharmaceutical giant GSK it wants to see an action plan for fixing problems at the country’s only flu vaccine production facility. GSK was given 30 days in which to lay out a proposal and timeline for resolving the […]

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Skin cancer – Check your moles, preferably with a dog

| June 19, 2014 | 1 Comment
Skin cancer – Check your moles, preferably with a dog

If you have a mole and know a dog trained in skin cancer detection, forget the dermatologist By W. Gifford-Jones, M.D   Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of malignancy. But according to The Cancer Society, it is also one of the fastest increasing malignancies. For instance, the incidence of new cases is now […]

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Palliative care for dying Canadians debate needed – CMA

| June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Palliative care for dying Canadians debate needed – CMA

Palliative care topic of study by Canadian doctors association The organization representing most of the country’s doctors says Canadians need to have a national dialogue about end-of-life palliative care, including their opinions about euthanasia and physician-assisted death. The Canadian Medical Association also says Canada needs a national strategy that would provide palliative care to dying […]

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