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Quebec prescription drug plan no cure-all for the rest of Canada

June 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Quebec prescription drug plan no cure-all for the rest of Canada

Quebec prescription drug plan no longer works for Quebec By Marc-André Gagnon for Troy Media OTTAWA, ON – Eight provincial health ministers recently organized a roundtable with healthcare professionals and academic experts to discuss how we should transform drug coverage in Canada, with several of them calling for a national pharmacare program. But the question is, […]

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Health system designed for the convenience of practitioners, not patients

June 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Health system designed for the convenience of practitioners, not patients

‘We have built a sickness care system rather than a health system’ The following speech was delivered to graduating MDs at the University of Manitoba By André Picard for Troy Media Mr. Chancellor, Mr. President, distinguished guests, soon-to-be MDs and their deeply indebted family members. I’m touched and humbled to receive an honorary degree from […]

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Home-brewed opiates serious public health concern

May 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Home-brewed opiates serious public health concern

Researchers call for regulation on home-brewed opiates By Katie Willis for the University of Alberta News For centuries, alcohol fermentation using sugar and yeast has been commonplace throughout the globe. Synthetic biologists have now gone much further. They have completed the key steps to turn yeast cells into microbial factories that can convert sugar into […]

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How to make the social determinants of health matter

April 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
How to make the social determinants of health matter

‘Social determinants of health’ movement gathering momentum globally By Ryan Meili for Troy Media Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Global Symposium on the Role of Physicians and National Medical Associations in Addressing Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health held in London, England. The meeting was organized by the Canadian, British and […]

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Alberta healthcare levy no cure for health system

April 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alberta healthcare levy no cure for health system

New Alberta healthcare tax needs to be tied to health spending By Herb Emery for Troy Media On the surface, the Alberta government’s decision to restore healthcare taxes so that Albertans can directly contribute to the healthcare system sounds reasonable. Each person earning over $50,000 dollars per year will now pay up to $1,000 in […]

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Nanobiotechnology reshaping the future

April 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Nanobiotechnology reshaping the future

With nanobiotechnology we will be able to reshape nature By Carlo Montemagno for Troy Media For more than two million years, mankind has shaped its world through the creative manipulation of a small number of fundamental machines. Throughout the agricultural and mechanical ages, from the printing press to the first airplanes, all were crafted from […]

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The relationship between poverty and health in Canada

April 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
The relationship between poverty and health in Canada

Poverty limits an individual’s opportunity to achieve full health potential By Carolyn Shimmin for Troy Media With a federal election on the horizon, certain high level policy topics are bound to make the headlines beyond the personalities of the political leaders: the economy, energy prices, jobs prospects, even climate change. But what seems surprisingly absent from […]

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Pharmacare is good for Canadian business

April 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Pharmacare is good for Canadian business

Pharmacare would help Canadian businesses struggling with high costs of drug benefits By Steve Morgan and Danielle Martin  The lack of public coverage of prescription drugs is bad for Canadian businesses, large and small. Here’s why: With the growing use and cost of prescription drugs, managing drug benefits has become much more complex and difficult for […]

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Time is right for a national drug plan in Canada

April 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Time is right for a national drug plan in Canada

Any perceived barriers to national drug plan appear unjustified By Livio Di Matteo for Troy Media A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal with health economist Steve Morgan as lead author argues a national universal care drug program would not result in substantial tax increases. Indeed, such a plan reduces public and private […]

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The truth about antioxidants in foods

March 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
The truth about antioxidants in foods

Eating food containing antioxidants has little effect on health outcomes By Dr. John Sloan for Troy Media We are told to eat plenty of blueberries, pomegranates, nuts, and dark green vegetables because they are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals which are supposed to roam around the body soaking up free radicals, which we are […]

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