Seniors are not the Wealthy Generation Despite Recent Media Hype

October 16, 2014 2:01 pm

Why we need to invest in affordable housing, homecare and long-term care for seniors Working as an advocate for seniors’ issues can feel like pushing water uphill. Yet, after a challenging few years which has seen headlines of flood and fire, bad food, bed sores and a chronic shortage of […]

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Why the Mental Health of Girls Needs National Attention

October 10, 2014 12:22 pm
Girls Action Foundation

Canadian girls internalize emotional stress and report high rates of depression, psychological distress, anxiety disorders and eating disorders. The recent Maclean’s cover story, entitled Revenge of the Teenage Girl, was too tempting not to read. No doubt they were publishing this in honour of the third International Day of the […]

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The Fifth Floor

October 6, 2014 10:01 am

While mistakes happen and human error affects every institution, there is absolutely no excuse for routine neglect for the most vulnerable in society, wherever it may occur. However, it is all the more reprehensible when it happens in a hospital, an institution that exists solely for the care of others. […]

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Prescription Drug Costs Hurting Canadians: Why the Public Health System Needs to Evolve

October 2, 2014 10:07 am

This week, health ministers from across Canada will gather in Banff to discuss issues of common interest and explore opportunities to work together. Pharmacare–a program that would see all prescription drug costs covered through a publicly funded system instead of out-of-pocket–will almost certainly be on the agenda. Decision makers often […]

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The Importance of Follow-Up Care After An Emergency Room Visit: Why Too Many Canadians Are Falling Through The Cracks

September 25, 2014 10:00 am

Television shows have popularized the theatrical entrance into the hospital emergency room: patients racing down hallways on gurneys with worried doctors and nurses running alongside–great drama. How most patients leave the emergency room isn’t quite as dramatic, but the facts tell a good news story. About 85 per cent of […]

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Now There is Proof for the “Angelina Jolie Effect”

September 22, 2014 10:00 am

Breast cancer screening for rare genetic mutations doubles Up to this point, it had only been a hypothesis: that celebrity fire-power can definitively drive consumer health behaviour in a certain direction. The case here concerns whether women wish to embark on a genetic hunting expedition to see if they are […]

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Seeing Clearly: Canada’s Healthcare System Performs Well with a Human Touch

September 16, 2014 9:58 am

I had cataract surgery last year–a terrifying prospect for a visual person. I love art and ocean views, and I was nervous about anyone working on my eyes. I delayed surgery a couple of times but finally committed. As it turned out, my surgery went fine. In fact, I loved […]

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Five Things Most People get Wrong About Canada’s Health-care System

September 12, 2014 10:00 am

A recent court challenge before the British Columbia Supreme Court threatened to change the rules of the game for the Canadian health-care system—should the challenge have made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada and found success there. Dr. Brian Day of the Cambie Surgeries Corporation is contesting the […]

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Sex, Lies and Physician Supply: Why Female Doctors are not to Blame

September 8, 2014 11:59 am

Among the many reasons offered for why many Canadians are increasingly facing difficulties finding a family physician to call their own is the fact that the workforce has become increasingly female. The argument usually goes something like this: female family practitioners work fewer hours, take time out to raise families […]

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How Technology is Transforming Health Care – Cheryl-Anne’s Story

August 12, 2014 1:37 pm

Cheryl-Anne was diagnosed with a very rare form leukemia, a complex disease to understand. She believed part of getting well depended upon understanding her disease, her treatments and their effects. She needed to become a full, participating, engaged patient. She needed to get information. Before digital health tools were available […]

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Babes4Breasts and the OICC

July 24, 2014 9:59 am

You have cancer. Breast cancer. Those are words that can instantaneously send bad chills up and down your spine and take your breath away in the worst way. A cancer diagnosis can leave a person feeling helpless and all alone, and, understandably, wanting care to start right away. The problem […]

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Q & A with Canada Health Infoway

July 22, 2014 9:46 am

1. How is digital health improving the health of Canadians? Canadians from coast to coast to coast are using digital health tools to manage their health and wellness. In fact, a recent Harris/Decima survey reveals 89 per cent of Canadians feel it is important that they personally have full advantage […]

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Dealing with Diabetes

July 15, 2014 11:26 am
Marcus Camp

The Nita Family Opens Up and Shares How Community Involvement and Digital Health Helps Families Deal with Type 1 Diabetes Imagine waking up one morning to find your child going into diabetic ketoacidosis — a life-threatening complication from diabetes. Blood flow slows throughout your child’s body as your child slips […]

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Cash for Blood Products a Flawed Policy

June 20, 2014 9:14 am

By Ryan Meili and Monika Dutt In the early 1980s, over 2000 Canadians who received blood transfusions were infected with HIV and as many as 30,000 contracted Hepatitis C. This tragic scandal, and the Krever inquiry that followed, resulted in the overhaul of our blood donation system to ensure the […]

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Dying Well: Why We All Need to Have End of Life Conversations

June 18, 2014 2:01 pm

By Harvey Max Chochinov The last time I was in Israel, I went on some home visits with a palliative care physician in the town of Sfat near the Sea of Galilee. My colleague, a devout Jewish doctor, took me to several homes to offer advice on managing his most […]

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Why We Need to Rethink the Nursing Home Model

June 17, 2014 12:29 pm
2. Nursing Home

We don’t need more nursing home “beds,” we need more care options so people have choices By Verena Menec How many nursing beds are needed in Canada to care for frail, elderly people with high care needs? That’s a question that policy makers across the country are grappling with, given […]

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Misinformation About Breast Cancer Screening Still a Problem

June 16, 2014 2:40 pm

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 got more than just a […]

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