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Painkiller training requirement for U.S. doctors gets another look 29.4.2016 Health
Overdose Deaths

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.

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Metal-on-metal hip implants since 2006 show higher failure rate 29.4.2016 Health
Hip replaecment

Tens of thousands of people worldwide who had metal-on-metal hip replacements may need further surgery because of the high failure rate of the implants, British researchers say.

‘Sexual touching’ case highlights a loophole for doctors guilty of abuse 29.4.2016 Toronto Star: Living
Doctors in Ontario can grope their patients and keep their licences, and the government has no clear timeline to address what has become a growing concern. The issue, highlighted by a 2013 Star investigation, led Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins to launch a task force in December 2014 to study sexual abuse among health-care professionals. Sixteen months later, he is unable to say when the task force’s report will be released, or whether he believes doctors found guilty of groping, by their medical college, should be automatically stripped of their licence to practise medicine. “I fully intend to release the report and recommendations and I expect to be able to do that in the relatively near future,” Hoskins told the Star in an interview Thursday. The report is currently undergoing a lengthy legal review. The issue was again raised this week when a discipline committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons chose to suspend, rather than revoke, the licence of Toronto physician Dr. Javad Peirovy for ...
Blame Tinder, Grindr for the rise in sexually transmitted diseases? Not so fast 29.4.2016 Health
Tinder app

Alberta Health Services has suggested an outbreak in sexually transmitted diseases should be blamed on so-called hookup apps. But some experts say not enough research has been done to prove such a link.

Royal Canadian Legion’s donation to Invictus Games draws objections 29.4.2016 Toronto Star: Living
Brad White was dismayed — “it miffs me quite a bit” actually — to learn of objections to the Royal Canadian Legion’s $500,000 donation from its poppy fund to the Invictus Games to be held in Canada in 2017 . White is the Legion’s dominion secretary. He’s also a 23-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces who retired in 1998 at the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He’s a third-generation vet. He and wife, Therese, have two sons, Jonathan and Erik, serving in the RCMP. Service “runs in the blood,” White told the Star. So the last thing he’d countenance on his watch is anything that would harm or disrespect veterans. White said when Invictus organizers asked the Legion to be a sponsor, it decided the games “fit very nicely” into supporting veterans who were ill or injured and transitioning from military careers. About 30 members of the Legion council from across Canada met earlier this month and decided to donate. “It was unanimous. People were saying this is the right thing to do, this is the right place to ...
Studies aim to map huge world of the human gut 29.4.2016 Toronto Star: Living
In two major studies published Thursday, scientists have analyzed thousands of fecal samples to tackle one of the biggest questions in the red-hot field of microbiome research : what exactly is a “normal” gut microbiome, and what are the factors that shape it? The new research, published in the journal Science, found links between the gut microbiome — the trillions of bugs inside our digestive tracts — and nearly 200 environmental and biological factors: everything from depression and heart attacks to birth control, sugary soda and a love of dark chocolate. But while these sprawling studies are the largest published in the microbiome space, they still barely scratch the surface when it comes to defining the “healthy” gut. “Defining ‘normal’ in the microbiota is very important . . . and I think we, for the first time, really did that,” said Jeroen Raes , a microbiology professor at Belgium’s Leuven University and a co-author on both studies. “But even though this is one of the biggest studies worldwide, ...
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New Apple CareKit health apps help users manage medical conditions 29.4.2016 Health

Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions — from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression.

Health Canada 'legitimizes' natural health products, doctor says in wake of meningitis case 28.4.2016 Health
Ezekiel Stephan

Health-care professionals say the federal government’s regulation criteria for natural health products are not clear to the public.

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E-cigarettes 'much safer than smoking,' some experts say 28.4.2016 Health
E-cigarette vaping

E-cigarettes are likely to bring benefits for public health and should be widely promoted to smokers to help them quit tobacco, according to Britain's Royal College of Physicians.

'He broke my nose, he kicked me in the face:' Ontario nurse on workplace violence 28.4.2016 Health
nursing er

Violence against workers in health-care settings like hospitals, nursing homes and psychiatric environments is an under-reported, ubiquitous and persistent problem, says an article published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Sharon’s story: Trip to Buffalo for stem-cell transplant came too late 27.4.2016 Toronto Star: Living
The trunk of her silver Ford Taurus was packed with everything Sharon Shamblaw needed to get through the next three months, including a pile of stationery so she could write to her three kids, Amy Poehler’s biography, and a DVD of the Chicago Blackhawks’ greatest moments leading up to their Stanley Cup victory last year. Shamblaw, 46, rolled up to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo on Jan. 25, 2016, expecting to be admitted to the stem cell transplant ward the next morning for an intensive, life-saving treatment program for acute myeloid leukemia. That was the plan. Instead, the morning before she was to be admitted, doctors discovered the cancer, which had been brought into remission with several rounds of chemotherapy, had returned. The transplant was off the table. By March 30, she had just two choices: die in a semi-private room at hospital or die at home. Last week, her family rolled a hospital bed into the room she shares with her husband of 27 years. “I was so close,” Shamblaw said Monday ...
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‘Teen’ basketball player says he didn’t know he was 29 27.4.2016 Toronto Star: Living
A 29-year-old South Sudanese man told officials he wasn’t lying when he allegedly posed as a teenager to attend high school in Canada — he just didn’t know his real age. Wearing a loose orange jumpsuit, Jonathan Elia Nicola, who has been held by immigration since April 15, attended a brief detention hearing in Windsor on Tuesday and was ordered to remain in custody because he was considered a flight risk. He did not provide further testimony at the hearing, but at an earlier detention review, the 6-foot-9 Nicola, who was enrolled in Grade 11 and played basketball on his Windsor high school team, said he did not know how old he really was because his mother kept telling him different ages. “I aways keep asking what is the specific age that I was born, and she has told me that she could not remember,” he told the April 19 hearing. “Over (in South Sudan) . . . not every year we study . . . we always keep moving to different schools, and over there, they do not ask your age. They do not ask you nothing,” ...
Night shift work may be tough on a woman's heart 27.4.2016 Health
Nurses Roles Switched

Women who work rotating night shifts may face a slightly increased risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

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'There's an element of irrationality,' say academics on Lethbridge couple's rejection of medical advice 26.4.2016 Health
collage stephans ezekiel

Experts contend it's a deeply held belief in all things natural combined with a distrust of science that can lead people to bypass the medical system, even when it can lead to poor outcomes.

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Canadian Blood Services studying need to pay plasma donors 26.4.2016 Health

A private Saskatchewan clinic is paying people for their plasma, while Ontario and Quebec have banned the practise. Canada's national blood agency intends to collect more plasma — and now won't rule out the possibility of paying donors.

Salt levels still too high in packaged foods 26.4.2016 Health
Producer Prices

Researchers are questioning the effectiveness of the current voluntary approach to reducing salt in our food supply, after a study showing that sodium levels are unchanged or only slightly lower in 84 per cent of packaged food groups sold in Canada, measured over a three-year period.

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Some nursing home seniors don't need the ER 25.4.2016 Health
senior walker

A study shows just how often nursing home residents make unnecessary visits to the ER. Fortunately, there’s a way to fix it.

Many women ignore acne drug's warning about danger to fetus, Health Canada study indicates 25.4.2016 Health
Dr. Shannon Humphrey

Doctors stress that a powerful drug prescribed to fight acne needs to be taken under strict guidelines to prevent serious harm to the fetus, as a new study commissioned by Health Canada points to many failures.

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Research findings could lead to treatment for deadly brain cancer 25.4.2016 Ottawa Citizen: News
A team of Ottawa researchers have discovered an important piece of the puzzle that could lead to better treatment for the deadliest form of brain cancer, glioblastoma. The discovery could lead to future therapies that would offer some hope to glioblastoma patients, for whom current treatments are limited at best. Glioblastoma is resistant to both […]
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ROM to unearth 1.5 million objects for new virtual collection 25.4.2016 Toronto Star: Living
The Royal Ontario has more than 6 million objects in its collection, spanning everything from ancient civilizations to dinosaurs to the world’s largest sampling of passenger pigeon specimens. You’ve never seen as much of a sliver of it, but a new five-year project to take the collection out of the vaults and into cyberspace means that soon, you’ll be able to. It’s the cornerstone of the museum’s mission to embrace a new idea of what it means to be a public institution, with access to everything, for all, at its core. Back in 1914, Charles Trick Currelly, the Royal Ontario Museum’s founding director and the force that drove it into being, opened his brand-new institution with a very important personal imperative intact: That the ROM be on a streetcar line, so it could be reached by anyone and everyone, regardless of their social or economic status. From its very beginning, the ROM has been a museum of the people, and public access has been an embedded notion of its mission for just as long. But with a ...
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