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Hospitals slow to learn from own mistakes

Hospitals slow to learn from own mistakes

Anyone can make a mistake, but when the person making it is a doctor or nurse, it can cost you your life. Despite such high stakes, hospitals have generally not been very good at keeping track of their mistakes or learning from them. CBC |...

 

Parents should have choice to remove feeding tubes from terminally ill children: study

Parents should have choice to remove feeding tubes from terminally ill children: study

Months after the fact, one mother admits she and her husband have still told no one about their heart-wrenching decision to have food and fluid tubes removed from their dying child. “I thought a lot of people would think it was disgusting...

 

Canada won’t alter Oxy policy despite US decision to bar generics from market

The feds says they won’t shift its policy on generic forms of OxyContin, despite the US shift. Sun News Canada’s network for news, politics, and opinions

 

Home-birth debate far from settled, leaving expectant parents uncertain

Home-birth debate far from settled, leaving expectant parents uncertain

The popularity of home births varies from country to country. In most developed countries it averages close to one or two per cent. Australia is an exception in that less than one per cent of pregnant women opt for home deliveries. Countries...

 

Boy recovers from H7N9 bird flu in China

Chinese health officials believe people may be getting sick from direct contact with infected fowl, but the virus is hard to track because it appears to be spreading in birds without making them ill … Read on: Health News

 

Results from Toronto marijuana study in 1972 still not public

In the winter of 1972, 20 young women took part in one of the weirdest scientific experiments in this country’s history. For 98 days in a downtown Toronto hospital, their brains, hearts, kidneys, livers, blood and urine were rigorously tested...

 

Health-care got tough love from Klein

Health-care got tough love from Klein

In the 1990s, as then premier Ralph Klein released his government’s budget-cutters on the province’s health-care system, two other Calgary hospitals — the Holy Cross and Salvation Army Grace, were also shut down. But it was the...

 

From accelerator to brake on health spending

From accelerator to brake on health spending

The shuddering halt to huge annual budget increases comes about a decade after the Romanow commission recommended big infusions of cash to ‘buy change’… globeandmail

 

Health care in our community: Why your MP wants to hear from you

Last week the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers held a lunch and learn on Defending Social Programs for a Stronger Canada through activism. Megan Leslie, Halifax’s MP was invited to speak and what she had to say was something I...

 

Ontario to bring in legislation banning minors from using tanning beds

Ontario to bring in legislation banning minors from using tanning beds

Ontario will be the latest province to table legislation banning minors from using tanning beds. Ottawa Citizen – Health

 

Ontario government cutting billions from health funding, says health-care group

And if the last provincial budget was any indication, things aren’t likely to get better any time soon in Ontario. “We’re calling it the austerity budget,” said Nathalie Sheppard, campaign organizer for the Ontario Health Coalition...

 

From autism to depression, study shows genetic kinks

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From autism to depression: Largest genetic study shows mental disorders share genetic kinks

From autism to depression: Largest genetic study shows mental disorders share genetic kinks

The largest genetic study of mental illnesses to date finds five major disorders may not look much alike but they share some gene-based risks. The surprising discovery comes in the quest to unravel what causes psychiatric disorders and how to...

 

Wonder drug recall: Health Canada warns of deaths from Hep C pills

Health Canada warned people to seek “urgent” medical treatment and to stop using the drug immediately if they develop a rash while taking Incivek, the trademark name of the drug teleprevir produced by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc....

 

Calgary professor’s H1N1 death prompts warning from family

A Calgary family is warning people to take the flu seriously after their mother died this week from H1N1. CBC | Health News