Category: Health

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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Risk of seizures due to measles outweighs risk of vaccination side-effects: Report

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Risk of seizures due to measles outweighs risk of vaccination side-effects:  Report

Risk of seizures 60-70 per 10,000 kids with measles, three to four kids per 10,000 suffer seizures following combined vaccine A new study has found that children who get a combination vaccine have a slightly higher risk of having a fever-induced seizure than children who got two vaccinations to protect against the same diseases. The […]

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Canadian kids get D- for physical activity – report

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian kids get D- for physical activity – report

62% of Canadian kids driven to and from school A new report reveals that the overall physical activity levels of Canadian kids are lagging behind those of youngsters from other nations. For the first time, Active Healthy Kids Canada is using its annual Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth to see how […]

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Mammograms – Time to pull the plug?

| May 12, 2014 | 3 Comments
Mammograms – Time to pull the plug?

Researcher say mammograms don’t reduce deaths from breast cancer By Alan Cassels   I was about to call it a day when an email arrived with the following in the subject line: “The Best Health Advice You’ll Get Today.” That caught my attention. I was curious. And I’m a sucker for free health advice. I’ve […]

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