Category: Health

Private MRI clinics do not shorten wait times in public health system

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Private MRI clinics do not shorten wait times in public health system

Look to Alberta today, not 20 years ago, for guidance before introducing private MRI clinics Troy Media by Ryan Meili This past week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took to twitter to ask the question “Is it time to allow people to pay for their own private MRIs in Saskatchewan like they can do in Alberta?” […]

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More ER visits for youth mental health issues following teen suicide reports

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
More ER visits for youth mental health issues following teen suicide reports

Higher awareness of youth mental health issues following media reports By Stephanie Leon and Dr. Mario Cappelli for Troy Media Two high profile youth suicides in the Ottawa region in the last few years garnered tremendous media attention and, as a new study suggests, resulted in increased emergency room visits by youth for mental health distress.  […]

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Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage recalled in Alberta

| October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage recalled in Alberta

Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage products may contain E-coli E-coli concerns have lead to a food recall in Alberta after four people became ill after eating products made by Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Calgary-based Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage is recalling frozen, raw, ground chicken products. They’re recalling the Garlic, Garlic […]

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Health Canada banning some drugs from India

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Health Canada banning some drugs from India

Health Canada move follows U.S. Food and Drug Administration banning imports from Apotex factory in Bangalore Health Canada says it is banning imports of some medications and drug ingredients produced in India due to concerns about quality. The agency took the action against Apotex Pharmachem India, Apotex Research Private Ltd. and IPCA Laboratories. It says it […]

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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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