Will price be a barrier to new cancer immunotherapy?
A revolutionary new cancer treatment is on the market and available for Canadians, but provinces have been advised not to cover it unless the price come down. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

North American glaciers melting much faster than 10 years ago – study
Satellite images show glaciers in US and Canada, excluding Alaska, are shrinking four times faster then in previous decadeGlaciers in western North America, excluding Alaska, are melting four times faster than in the previous decade, with changes in the jet stream exacerbating the longer-term effects of climate change, according to a new study.The retreat hasn ’t been equalin the US and Canada. The famous alpine ice masses in the Cascade Mountains in the north-west US have largely been spared from the trend.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 19, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Emily Holden in Washington Tags: Glaciers Environment US news Climate change Americas Science Source Type: news

Gaps in cancer screening and diagnosis exist for immigrant women across Canada, study suggests
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - January 18, 2019 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Alberta judge says no money for couple charged in son's meningitis death
An Alberta couple facing a retrial in the meningitis death of their son will not get $4 million they wanted the government to give them for past and future legal fees, a judge said Friday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Mother of 3-year-old killed by flu shares story, advocates for vaccine
Caylee Donovan's three-year-old daughter died as a result of the flu. Now, she's sharing her daughter's story with others to help them make the right choices for their families. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Debate brews over ruling that sends Kitchener, Ont. nurse back to work after stealing drugs
A Kitchener, Ont. nurse who was fired in 2016 after admitting to stealing and using opioids from the care home where she worked will get her job back. She'll also be compensated for injury to 'dignity, feelings and self respect.' But the ruling by an arbitrator concerns one labour lawyer. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Kitchener-Waterloo Source Type: news

Frail older people are at greater risk of getting dementia, even when their brains are healthy
Experts from Dalhousie University in Canada now believe frailty could reduce people's tolerance to brain changes, so that they are more likely to become forgetful. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Family blames understaffing at care home for elderly woman's broken hip
Violet Holwell, 84, broke her hip when she fell out a bed at the long-term care home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Her family believes it's due to understaffing at the facility. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

20-year-old paralyzed by falling tree during B.C. storm 'can't wait to get home'
A snapped tree fell on Alex Higden's flatbed truck during the severe storm in B.C. on Dec. 20. It broke part of his back, but Higden's father said he's already set his sights on going home. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Naturopaths still making 'unacceptable' number of dubious claims face minimum $500 fines
B.C.'s naturopathic college is promising immediate action against practitioners who make false claims and spread anti-vaccination disinformation after finding an "unacceptable" number of violations of its policies. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Yellow carbon monoxide monitors 'worth their weight in gold' to B.C. paramedics
Two years ago, it became mandatory for paramedics in B.C. to wear the monitors while on shift. The devices are credited with potentially saving at least three lives at a family home in Vancouver on Tuesday night — and, experts say, likely many more lives in recent years. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

'I feel normal': health officials eye injectable opioid addiction treatment
Sublocade, an injectable alternative to Suboxone, has been approved by Health Canada after a successful run in the U.S. The treatment is administered once a month and is highly touted by many American physicians. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Health officials eye injectable addiction treatment that could 'turn the tide of the opioid epidemic'
Sublocade, an injectable alternative to Suboxone, has been approved by Health Canada after a successful run in the U.S. The treatment is administered once a month and is highly touted by many American physicians. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

U.S. doctors have a new opioid addiction treatment in their arsenal — it could be here next
Sublocade, a monthly injectable alternative to the widely used opioid treatment Suboxone, has been approved by Health Canada after a small but so far successful run in the U.S. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Low chance but high risk — Zika virus still a threat to travellers
The Zika virus should remain a concern for some Canadians planning winter vacations in sunny climes, doctors say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Next on Ford's chopping block: regional health care agencies called LHINs
In what would be its first major move to restructure Ontario's health system, the Doug Ford government is considering a sharp cut to the bureaucracies that are supposed to co-ordinate health care services at the local level. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Rethinking the maps: a case study of knowledge incorporation in Canadian wildfire risk management and planning - Sherry J, Neale T, McGee TK, Sharpe M.
As the natural fire regimes of Canada's Boreal forests have been transformed by dynamic social, economic, ecological and political drivers, wildfires have become a locus of increasingly complex land management decisions. But while, in Canada and elsewhere,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

B.C. health official questions value of handing out free naloxone nasal spray
A pharmaceutical company was handing out free samples of their naloxone nasal spray at a Surrey, B.C., SkyTrain station on Wednesday — but health officials are skeptical about the approach. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Fishhook injury in Eastern Newfoundland: retrospective review - Patey C, Heeley T, Aubrey-Bassler K.
INTRODUCTION: The Canadian island of Newfoundland has a long history of fishing; however, no study to date has developed a regional profile of fishhook injuries on its east coast. METHODS: To this end, we conducted a retrospective review of fishhoo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Fatal mitragynine-associated toxicity in Canada: a case report and review of the literature - Wang C, Walker AE.
Mitragynine is amongst the more than 40 natural indole alkaloids derived from the Mitragyna speciosa, or kratom tree, also referred to as ketum. The compound is unique in that it exhibits dose-dependent clinical outcomes with stimulant effects at lower dos... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

'They'll talk to my wife. But I'm right there,' says man living with dementia
An expert panel has released a report outlining the best ways to tackle the growing incidence of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia among Canadians as a basis for a national strategy on the progressive brain diseases. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Calgary anesthesiologist suspended until drugging and rape allegations dealt with in court
A Calgary anesthesiologist who continued to work after he was accused of drugging and raping a woman has been ordered to surrender his practising permit, after CBC News contacted the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA). (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Toronto Public Health issues alert about bad drugs sold as fentanyl or heroin
Toronto Public Health has issued a warning about illicit drugs being sold in the city as either fentanyl or heroin causing what the agency calls "concerning" symptoms. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Immunizations still urged as Alberta heads into second half of flu season
Halfway through the influenza season, it appears Albertans aren’t being hit as hard as they were last year. But a provincial health official says we’re not out of the woods yet. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

Surgery wait lists in B.C. grow larger than population of some cities, report says
Wait times for surgery in B.C. have tripled since 2002, say the province's anesthesiologists, who are urging more collaboration between the government, political parties and health authorities to solve the issue. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

'My child's health is paramount': Gabrielle Daleman's mother on her daughter's mental health battle
Canadian figure skater Gabrielle Daleman put her career on hold so she could concentrate on her mental health. Her mother Rhonda has agonized over her daughter’s pain, and reveals the anguish of watching her child go through gripping anxiety and depression. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Sports/Olympics/Winter Sports/Figure Skating Source Type: news

Combating human trafficking at the local level: better informing (inter)national action plans - Winterdyk J.
Despite increasing awareness of human trafficking in Canada (and internationally), there is limited knowledge about how local communities are responding to the experiences of trafficked persons. By focusing on the case of counter-trafficking responses in a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Quebec school board to inspect all schools following carbon monoxide leak
The head of the Marguerite Bourgeoys school board in Montreal says all of the board's schools will be inspected as soon as possible, after 43 students and staff were treated in hospital for carbon monoxide exposure on Monday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Quebec school board to inspect all schools following carbon monoxide leak
The head of Montreal's Marguerite Bourgeoys school board says all of the board's schools will be inspected as soon as possible, after around 50 students and staff were treated in hospital for carbon monoxide exposure Monday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Expert panel warns of crisis in long-term care home staffing
A report on Nova Scotia's long-term care system says staffing levels need to be increased to deal with increasingly complex needs of people with high rates of chronic disease and dementia. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

EU and Canada award € 8.65 million to project to ease genomic and health data sharing
(Bar-Ilan University) The European Union (EU) and the Canadian government have awarded the international iReceptor Plus consortium € 8.65 million to promote human immunological data storage, integration and controlled sharing for a wide range of clinical and scientific purposes. The four-year project aims to develop an innovative platform to integrate distributed repositories of Adaptive Immune Receptor Repertoire sequencing (AIRR-seq) data for enabling improved personalized medicine and immunotherapy in cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, allergies and infectious diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 15, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Heart Failure Patients Need Sooner Follow-Up Care Heart Failure Patients Need Sooner Follow-Up Care
More than half of heart failure patients who visit the emergency department don't receive prompt follow-up care, and a Canadian study suggests the delay is associated with more complications and lower survival.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Bioness launches peripheral nerve stim registry
Bioness today launched a patient registry for people using its StimRouter neuromodulation system for peripheral nerve stimulation. Starting in the first quarter of 2019, patients will be able to opt into the StimRouter Registry, according to the Valencia, Calif.-based company. Bioness’ StimRouter was launched in 2016 and the company touts it as the first neuromodulation product specifically designed to treat chronic peripheral nerve pain. The device has been implanted in more than 1,000 chronic pain patients across the U.S., according to Bioness. “The StimRouter Registry is part of a comprehensive initiative to...
Source: Mass Device - January 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Featured Implants Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Pain Management Bioness Source Type: news

Social Support Key to Good Mental Health After Stroke: Study
MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 -- Two-thirds of stroke survivors who live at home have good mental health, and social support plays an important role, researchers say. The new study included 300 stroke survivors, aged 50 and older, in Canada. Survivors... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 14, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Code orange: 'Human tragedy' of fatal bus crash tests staff at Ottawa Hospital
It didn't take long for staff at the Ottawa Hospital to learn something terrible had happened at Westboro station late Friday afternoon, and to prepare for the incoming wounded. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

After the Fort McMurray wildfire there are significant increases in mental health symptoms in grade 7-12 students compared to controls - Brown MRG, Agyapong V, Greenshaw AJ, Cribben I, Brett-MacLean P, Drolet J, McDonald-Harker C, Omeje J, Mankowsi M, Noble S, Kitching D, Silverstone PH.
BACKGROUND: In order to examine the impact of disasters on adolescent mental health, this study compared population mental health survey data from two communities in Alberta, Canada: Fort McMurray, which experienced a major natural disaster, and Red Deer, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Development and characteristics of the Provincial Overdose Cohort in British Columbia, Canada - MacDougall L, Smolina K, Otterstatter M, Zhao B, Chong M, Godfrey D, Mussavi-Rizi A, Sutherland J, Kuo M, Kendall P.
We describe the development of an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Mesh implants: women who need corrective surgery have higher risk of depression and self harm, finds study - Mayor S.
Women requiring a surgical intervention for complications following a midurethral mesh sling procedure have significantly increased risk of new onset depression and self harm compared with those not needing corrective procedures, a Canadian population b... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Recent Canadian efforts to develop population-level pregnancy intervention studies to mitigate effects of natural disasters and other tragedies - Olson DM, Br émault-Phillips S, King S, Metz GAS, Montesanti S, Olson JK, Hyde A, Pike A, Hoover T, Linder R, Joggerst B, Watts R.
The preconception, pregnancy and immediate postpartum and newborn periods are times for mothers and their offspring when they are especially vulnerable to major stressors - those that are sudden and unexpected and those that are chronic. Their adverse effe... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Municipal transportation policy as a population health intervention: estimating the impact of the City of Ottawa Transportation Master Plan on diabetes incidence - Arnason T, Tanuseputro P, Tuna M, Manuel D.
INTERVENTION: Physical inactivity is an important behavioral risk factor for chronic disease in Canada. Individual-level strategies are used in clinical medicine to target individuals for preventive intervention based on one or more risk factors. In contra... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Rat infestations plague Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and even Haida Gwaii
Mike Kowbel and other exterminators are on the front line tackling a massive rodent problem in Vancouver and surrounding area. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Researchers develop a smart T-shirt that monitors your breathing in real time
(Natural News) A study published in Sensors showed that a recently developed smart T-shirt, designed to provide real-time readings of the wearer’s breathing rate, may have potential implications in diagnosing respiratory conditions. The smart T-shirt was created by researchers at Université Laval’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and its Center for Optics, Photonics, and Lasers in Quebec, Canada. According... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Invest in a single national electronic health record for primary care to benefit Canadians
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Canada should invest in a single national electronic health record for primary care to improve the health of Canadians, argues an editorial in CMAJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fort McMurray homes have normal levels of indoor toxins, U of T Engineering study reveals
(University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science& Engineering) U of T Engineering researchers have examined dust from homes in Fort McMurray, Alta., for evidence of harmful toxins left in the aftermath of the devastating 2016 wildfire. Their study reveals normal levels of contaminants that are comparable to homes across Canada, and so far, no evidence of long-term health risks from fire-ash exposure in residents' homes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 14, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

A new study shows that wine experts differ by geographic region
(Concordia University) Canadian vintners, sommeliers, journalists and other wine experts judge and rate wines differently depending on where in the country they are located. The two regions studied, British Columbia and Quebec, both come from different wine-tasting traditions and this is reflected in how they appraise wine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Midwives group applies for regulation under new provincial act
The P.E.I. Midwives Association has taken the first step in a process that would allow midwives to practise on P.E.I. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/PEI Source Type: news

Midwives group applies for regulation under new act on P.E.I.
The P.E.I. Midwives Association has taken the first step in a process that would allow midwives to practise on P.E.I. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/PEI Source Type: news

Baby nearly dies in Sherbrooke hospital due to accidental fentanyl overdose
Zabryna Delaney says her two-month-old daughter was given three times the necessary dose of a powerful painkiller at a hospital in Sherbrooke. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Three Dead, 23 Injured in Ottawa Bus Crash
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A double-deck city bus smashed into a transit shelter during Friday's rush hour, and Ottawa authorities said three people were killed and 23 injured. Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested after the crash, but he declined to provide details on why she was detained. He said police were still investigating the cause of the crash. "Something led us to having to arrest the individual and take them to the station," Bordeleau said. EMS Today 2019: MCI Managment FDIC 2019: First-Due Engine at Multiple-Casualty Incidents The crash took place west of downtown at 3:50 p...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Orange juice may get squeezed out of Canada's revised food guide
Health Canada says it will recommend 'plain water' over juice in the updated 2019 food guide in order to reduce sugar intake. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news