Selumetinib granted US Breakthrough Therapy Designation in neurofibromatosis type 1
AstraZeneca and MSD, Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, US (MSD: known as Merck & Co., Inc. inside the US and Canada) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) for the MEK 1/2 inhibitor and potential new medicine selumetinib. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - April 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured AstraZeneca Business and Industry Source Type: news

Canada is warming at twice the global rate, report says
Canada is warming up faster than the rest of the world, according to a report commissioned by the Canadian Environment and Climate Change Department. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Group calls for national autism program
April is Autism month in Canada and Sen. Jim Munson has joined the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance to release a blueprint of a national autism spectrum disorders strategy that calls for the federal government to take a leading role in autism care. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Can guidelines reduce unneeded CT for dental infections?
Emergency physicians overuse conventional CT scans to rule out dangerous dental...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CT dose tracking highlights differences among kids in ER Canadian head CT rule reduces unnecessary exams Take 2: Techs opt to repeat more head scans than radiologists ED physicians vary widely in use of head CT MDCT advances oral and maxillofacial surgery practice (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 2, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Two Harvard Medical School scientists receive prestigious Canada Gairdner Awards
(Harvard Medical School) Two Harvard Medical School researchers have been named recipients of the prestigious Canada Gairdner Awards for transformational work in the fields of biomedicine and global health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NFCR Fellow Susan Band Horwitz receives Canada Gairdner Award
(National Foundation for Cancer Research) National Foundation for Cancer Research Fellow Susan Band Horwitz, Ph.D., has today been named one of seven winners of the 2019 Canada Gairdner Award, the country's highest scientific prize. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Province cut some injection sites because area residents 'upset,' Ford says
Premier Doug Ford pointed to "upset" Cabbagetown residents, when asked why he was eliminating several provincially-funded supervised injection sites. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Fentanyl 'loopholes' target of Chinese crackdown on drug's exporters
A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: all fentanyl analogs will soon be controlled substances in China as part of drug crackdown; challenging Apple on phone repairs; California's 'green rush' into cannabis has lessons for Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/The National Source Type: news

Suffocating summers new normal for asthmatic children in Alberta
When wildfire smoke descends, Payton Knight is trapped inside. The outside world can be suffocating.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

Low-income women lose out if Lachine gynecology clinic closes, doctor argues
Dr. Paul Saba, president of the council of physicians at Lachine Hospital, is in court this morning asking for an injunction to prevent McGill University Health Centre from closing the clinic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Montreal doctor fights to keep Lachine gynecology clinic open
Dr. Paul Saba, president of the council of physicians at Lachine Hospital, was in court Monday morning asking for an injunction to prevent the McGill University Health Centre from closing the clinic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Podcast: Which talking therapies work for people who use drugs and also have alcohol problems?
The Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group studies interventions to help people who have problems with alcohol or who use illicit drugs. In December 2018, these came together in an updated review on psychosocial interventions for people who use drugs and also have alcohol problems. Jan Klimas, from the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use in Vancouver, Canada tells us about the latest evidence in this podcast.For people generally, drinking alcohol above the low ‐risk drinking limits can lead to serious alcohol related problems or disorders. But it’s even worse for those who also have problems with other drugs, leadin...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - April 1, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

As an autistic parent to an autistic child, I implore you: accept us
This autism awareness month, Dela McDonald encourages people to better include autistic people in society. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

A massage therapist faces 9 counts of sex assault. In N.S., he can keep practising
Unlike five other provinces, Nova Scotia does not regulate massage therapists. That means anybody can claim to be one, and there is no provincial oversight or disciplinary body to formally deal with complaints. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Here are the changes the Ford government has put in place for April 1
Since taking power almost a year ago, Doug Ford's government has made many changes to provincial programs. Here's a rundown of what's coming into effect on April 1. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Older mothers who have caesarean are THREE TIMES more likely to experience complications
One in every four pregnant women in the UK now has a caesarean birth, often when a natural birth is deemed too risky. The new study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Laced with fear: why some Ontario First Nations don't trust tap water or eat the fish
Water is something most Canadians take for granted and it's no wonder. Per capita, our country has the world's third-largest freshwater reserves, but yet in many Indigenous communities, water can be difficult to access, at-risk because of unreliable treatment systems, or contaminated.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/London Source Type: news

Carestream to sharpen digital x-ray focus after Philips deal
When the parent company of Philips Healthcare completes its acquisition of...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Carestream completes Texas order for DR systems Philips to buy Carestream's healthcare IT business Carestream installs extremity CT in Green Bay 2019 NFL Combine to use Carestream DRX Carestream wins large Canadian DR contract (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 1, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Annual Meeting May 1-4 in Montreal
(Rubenstein Associates, Inc.) The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 2019 Annual Meeting will bring together more than 2,000 researchers, clinicians, students, parents, and autism advocates from over 30 countries, Wednesday, May 1, through Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Palais des congr è s de Montreal (Montreal Convention Center) in Canada. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

No word of a lie: scientists rate the world ’s biggest peddlers of bull
New research suggests boys are bigger liars than girls, and privileged children blag more than underprivileged onesThe American philosopher Harry G Frankfurt opens his bestselling treatise,On Bullshit, with a heartfelt lament on the sheer quantity around. “There is so much bullshit,” the Princeton scholar wrote in 2005, before conceding that we are all to blame.In new research, scientists claim to have identified the most common practitioners of the ignoble art. Their study of 40,000 teenagers reveals that boys; those from privileged backgrounds; and North Americans in particular, top the charts as the worst of...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 1, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Science Young people Children Psychology Research Society UK news Canada US news Northern Ireland Source Type: news

National Pharmacare in Canada: Budget 2019
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - April 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

'What we used to learn': Mental health treatment for Indigenous youth must draw on tradition, advocates say
Tina Fontaine's tragic free fall has been painstakingly detailed so often that many now have the series of missed opportunities that preceded her death seared into memory. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Nurse fired after allegedly inducing labour without consent
A nurse in Moncton was fired after allegations labour was induced without consent, Horizon Health confirmed Saturday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Doug Ford's health-care bill provokes avalanche of public response
Although the Ford government gave barely 24 hours notice of a public hearing on its sweeping health-care reforms, people swamped Queen's Park with requests to speak. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Sweden has figured out how to keep food free of salmonella. Why can't Canada?
Sweden has strict regulations to keep chickens and other animals salmonella-free. As a result, few people in that country get sick from the bacteria, while outbreaks caused by contaminated food continue to happen in Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Public health officials warn of measles exposure at Vaughan Mills mall
Toronto Public Health is warning the public about possible measles exposure at the Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre earlier this March. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Data has become a 'game changer' in helping London's homeless
A dozen of London's leading social agencies have come together to pool their resources in order to offer a more flexible model care to the city's most vulnerable citizens. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/London Source Type: news

NexStim wins Health Canada approval for NBS, NexSpeech
Nexstim said today that it won approval from Health Canada for its NBS system and NexSpeech devices. The Helsinki-based company’s NBS system and NexSpeech comprise a diagnostic device intended for the non-invasive localization of the brain areas that control motor and speech functions. The devices are used by neurosurgeons for surgical planning prior to brain tumor operations or in treating treatment-resistant epilepsy, Nexstim said. Both the NBS system and NexSpeech use navigated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to better allow for personalized, accurate and reproducible stimulation of specific areas of the br...
Source: Mass Device - March 29, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Neurological Regulatory/Compliance Nexstim Source Type: news

CBD oil shortage continues as marijuana producers scramble to meet demand
A licensed producer of the non-impairing marijuana extract says it will take months to get stock on shelves in Nova Scotia and elsewhere, and even longer to catch up with the soaring demand for the product. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

A four-year prospective study of bullying, anxiety, and disordered eating behavior across early adolescence - Lee KS, Vaillancourt T.
We investigated the developmental pathways by which bullying perpetration and victimization, anxiety, and disordered eating behavior were related. Participants were drawn from the Canadian McMaster Teen Study. From Grade 5-8 (age 10-14), students (n  = ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Pain, pain go away: new tools improve students' experience of school-based vaccines
(University of Toronto - Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy) Researchers at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have teamed up with educators, public health practitioners and grade seven students in Ontario to develop and implement a new approach to delivering school-based vaccines that improves student experience. Findings were published as a collection of studies in a special open source edition of Paediatrics& Child Health, the official journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 29, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

B.C. health minister looking into funding for charity spreading anti-vaccine claims
The Health Action Network Society (HANS) has received $428,500 in Community Gaming Grants since 2007, the earliest year included in online records for the program. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

How to tell if you have a meningococcal infection, as explained by a doctor
CBC spoke with infectious diseases specialist Dr. Caroline Quach about how to spot the symptoms and who's at risk for infection. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

B.C. patients wait longer for key medical procedures than other Canadians, report suggests
New data on wait times for priority medical procedures in Canada suggest B.C. patients are waiting longer than other Canadians. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Former P & G president to help guide wellness firm
Former Procter& Gamble Co. president Tim Penner has been appointed to the board of Jamieson Wellness, which claims to be Canada ’s No. 1 manufacturer and marketer of branded vitamins, minerals and supplements. Penner, 62, rose to be president of P&G Canada during 33 years with the Cincinnati-based maker of consumer goods such as New Chapter brand vitamins and Align probiotic supplements (NYSE: PG). He was president of P&G ’s Canadian operations from 1999 to 2011, when he retired.  Penner joined… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 28, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

B.C. government granted $428K to group that spreads anti-vaccine claims
Over the last 12 years, a Vancouver group has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants from the B.C. government, while screening anti-vaccination movies, sharing content from anti-vaccination websites and complaining about "censorship" that blocked anti-vaccination propaganda. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

More than just cramps: Benton woman tells her story of living with endometriosis
Ashley Humby wants you to know that endometriosis is more than just a bad period. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

'I want to keep my daughter at home,' says mother of 22-year-old with epilepsy
A Langley, B.C., mother is filing a human rights complaint because she says the Fraser Health Authority won't provide funding for her to look after her epileptic daughter at home, but instead only offers government care. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Neskantaga FN still waiting to end 25-year boil water advisory as Trudeau promises 2021
It's been about 25 years since residents in a fly-in Ojibway community in northwestern Ontario have been without clean, safe drinking water. It looks like they might have to wait at least a couple more years to have the longest standing boil water advisory in Canada lifted. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Thunder Bay Source Type: news

'We're a miracle': How a Sask. woman went from medical write-off to national powerlifting champion
In 2006, Tammie-Lee Ballinger underwent major surgery on her shoulder and was told she would never lift more than five pounds. Now she's a national powerlifting champion. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

Why doctors may need to connect cancer patients with psychological counselling, therapies
Cancer patients who've been hospitalized for mental health problems before their cancer diagnosis face a higher risk of dying from the malignancy, say medical researchers in Canada and the United States. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

This English same-sex couple fathered twins who are half-siblings — and a Canadian surrogate helped them
An English same-sex couple cherishes the twin toddlers they have as the result of an arrangement involving a Canadian surrogate and Canadian surrogacy laws they feel are more progressive than those on the books in the United Kingdom. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Workplace heat exposure, health protection, and economic impacts: a case study in Canada - Vanos J, Vecellio DJ, Kjellstrom T.
BACKGROUND: Occupational heat exposure is a serious concern for worker health, productivity, and the economy. Few studies in North America assess how on-site wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) levels and guidelines are applied in practice. METHODS: ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Socioeconomic inequalities in psychological distress and suicidal behaviours among Indigenous peoples living off-reserve in Canada - Hajizadeh M, Bombay A, Asada Y.
BACKGROUND: Indigenous peoples in Canada have high rates of psychological distress and suicide. We sought to assess the socioeconomic inequalities in psychological distress and suicidal behaviours, and the factors that explain them within Indigenous people... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Social Etiologies and Disparities Source Type: news

Cook Regentic launches ProFusion therapeutic infusion needle
Cook Medical‘s Regentec division said today it launched the ProFusion therapeutic infusion needle designed for the intramuscular or subdermal infusion of therapeutic agents in the U.S. and Canada. The Indianapolis-based business said that the ProFusion Therapeutic Infusion Needle features multiple sideports arranged in a spiral to aid in the uniform delivery and dispersement of therapeutic agents and a trocar tip to help with placement. Read the whole story on our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News The post Cook Regentic launches ProFusion therapeutic infusion needle appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - March 27, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cook Medical Source Type: news

Cook Regentec launches ProFusion therapeutic infusion needle
Cook Medical‘s Regentec division said today it launched the ProFusion therapeutic infusion needle designed for the intramuscular or subdermal infusion of therapeutic agents in the U.S. and Canada. The Indianapolis-based business said that the ProFusion Therapeutic Infusion Needle features multiple sideports arranged in a spiral to aid in the uniform delivery and dispersement of therapeutic agents and a trocar tip to help with placement. Read the whole story on our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News The post Cook Regentec launches ProFusion therapeutic infusion needle appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - March 27, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cook Medical Source Type: news

Bruce Power, Nordion get their cobalt-60
Bruce Power has begun manufacturing medical grade cobalt-60 for processing...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Nordion extends Chinese cobalt-60 supply agreement BWXT completes acquisition of Nordion business Nordion, Bruce Power collaborate to supply cobalt-60 Nordion nets funding for isotope venture Canada renews Nordion's nuclear processing license (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 27, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Effect of predicted travel time to trauma care on mortality in major trauma patients in Nova Scotia - Tansley G, Schuurman N, Bowes M, Erdogan M, Green R, Asbridge M, Yanchar N.
BACKGROUND: Trauma is a leading contributor to the burden of disease in Canada, accounting for more than 15 000 deaths annually. Although caring for injured patients at designated trauma centres (TCs) is consistently associated with survival benefits, it i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

'They're not candy': Father of dead teen backs coroner's call for tighter rules for drinks like FCKD UP
A Quebec coroner has concluded teenager Athéna Gervais drowned in February 2018 after drinking large quantities of a high-alcohol sugary drink. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

WRHA head acknowledges 'valley of despair' for employees struggling with health-care changes
Real Cloutier, the head of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, acknowledges that employees are mired in a "valley of despair" two years into a massive transformation of the province's health-care system. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news