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Canadian mental healthcare system failing patients

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Canadian mental healthcare system failing patients

Canadian mental healthcare system needs improvements By Paul Kurdyak and Sanjeev Sockalingam In any developed country, politicians and clinicians are struggling to improve quality of care while reducing costs of healthcare systems. To remedy this, groups of doctors across North America – Including here in Canada – have banded together to create lists of medical procedures […]

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Pharmaceutical advertising: Health Canada fails to enforce own rules

January 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
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 | By | Reply More
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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Canadian flu season expected to be worse than last year

January 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
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 | By | Reply More
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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New hospital funding model a leap of faith

December 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
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 | By | Reply More
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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Report warns more homeless seniors a real possibility

December 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Report warns more homeless seniors a real possibility

Number of homeless seniors could rise if we don’t address older adults living with mental illness By Pat Cashion and Lee Tunstall for Troy Media Older adults living with mental illness often face a double stigma in our society – both from aging and from mental illness. They are some of the most invisible and most vulnerable […]

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Canadian food safety highly ranked, room for improvement

November 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Canadian food safety highly ranked, room for improvement

Canadian food safety ranked high by study, consumers By Sylvain Charlebois for Troy Media According to the latest global report on food safety published by the Conference Board of Canada, in partnership with the University of Guelph’s Food Institute, Canada, along with the United States, is a top-tiered country in terms of the performance of […]

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Lack of midwives costing Canadian healthcare system

November 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lack of midwives costing Canadian healthcare system

Midwives could save $800 per midwifery-attended hospital birth and $1,800 per home birth By Ivy Lynn Bourgeault for Troy Media It is perplexing why we have so few midwifery births in Canada. At last count, there were roughly a little over 1,300 midwives attending less than 10 per cent of births in Canada. This figure stands […]

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