Tag Archives: Healthcare access

Nearly 3 in 4 babies live in areas where low vaccination rates cause measles outbreaks: UN

More children were left out of crucial vaccination campaigns against diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough last year as rising conflicts around the world hampered the delivery of life-saving vaccines, especially in conflict-torn regions, the United Nations said Monday. The UN estimates that around 14.5 million children worldwide were not vaccinated in 2023, compared to 13.9 million a …

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Prescribed Opioids in the ER? You May Be Getting Too Many Pills, Study Suggests

What happens after Canadian patients are prescribed addictive opioids in the emergency department for short-term pain? The answer, from a new study, is being called an “eye opener.” The issue is important because of the overdose crisis, which has claimed more than 44,000 lives from opioid-related deaths since 2016, according to Health Canada. In 2023, an average of 22 people …

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Alberta woman born despite IUD and suffering from rare disease

From her birth to adulthood, Sherri Jones’ life has been both unusual and rare. The 54-year-old resident of Red Deer, Alabama, was born despite her mother using an IUD, which is a one in 100 occurrence. “The IUD apparently got stuck in her bladder and traveled through her bladder, allowing her to become pregnant,” Jones said in an interview with …

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British Columbia Premier Says Risk of Opioids Without a Prescription Is ‘Zero’

British Columbia Premier David Eby says there is a “zero percent chance” the province will implement the provincial health officer’s recommendations that alternatives to opioids and other street drugs be available without a prescription. Eby says he has “tremendous respect” for Dr. Bonnie Henry, who he credits with saving countless lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that it’s okay to …

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Frank Cameron’s wife shares his story in hopes it can improve health care for others

The call Chris Cameron received from the hospital on Jan. 16 said her husband, Frank, had fallen. He had only a small cut on his head, but he was crying and asking for her, she was told. She arrived at Victoria General Hospital a short time later to find him in a wheelchair, waiting for her at the nurses’ station. …

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His cancerous larynx has been removed. Now he can speak again.

As it happens7:22His cancerous larynx has been removed. Now he can speak again. Just a few months ago, Marty Kedian of Haverhill, Massachusetts, couldn’t speak a word. He didn’t know if he ever would again. But in February, Kedian underwent a total larynx replacement after being diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and undergoing years of surgery. “I had an 82-year-old mother …

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What is Listeriosis? The Disease Behind the Plant-Based Milk Recall

Reduce the font size of the article Increase the font size of the article Several people in Ontario have fallen ill with listeriosis in an outbreak that has prompted a nationwide recall of certain plant-based milks that may have been contaminated with Listeria. Listeria bacteria are found in soil, sewage, and untreated water. Also in foods such as meat, seafood, …

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Muskoka officials delay hospital plans after doctors’ outcry

After protests from doctors, a health care organization in the Muskoka region has indicated it will consult more with the community before submitting a final plan to the province for the redevelopment of its two hospital sites. Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, which operates hospitals in the cities of Huntsville and Bracebridge, is conducting what it calls a capital redevelopment of its …

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Can’t Make Head or Tail of Medical Scans? A Canadian Woman Found a Way – National

Kristy Dickinson of Burlington, Ontario, has a rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which can cause her to experience chronic pain throughout her body and frequent dislocations of joints. For years, she endured the pain without knowing she had the disease. It took seven years to get a diagnosis; while she waited to find out what was wrong, she spent …

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Nova Scotia wants to change the way it screens for cervical cancer

Nova Scotia plans to follow the lead of other provinces in how it screens for cervical cancer, but the transition from Pap smears to HPV testing will take at least two years, the legislature’s health committee heard Tuesday. Dr. Robert Grimshaw, medical director of Nova Scotia Health’s cervical cancer screening program, told the committee that the effectiveness of the human …

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