News Stories of Interest, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

It’s Liberation Day in Kuwait. Apropos of nothing in particular, on this day in 1815, Napoleon escaped from Elba.

[ ]Alberta, with surplus, ‘over budget’ on health: Horner

Alberta brought in $2.7 billion more revenue than expected in the first nine months of the fiscal year, but went over-budget on health care, social programs and education by $1.1 billion, Finance Minister Doug Horner reported today. Overall, the province reported a $1.2 billion operational surplus — a figure that does not include capital borrowing.

[ ]Northern First Nations cancel meeting with AHS officials

The Mikisew Cree and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations have cancelled a meeting in Fort Chipewyan on Thursday with officials from Alberta Health Services who planned to release new cancer statistics in the northern community. Steve Courtoreille, chief of the Mikisew Cree band, said yesterday that the meeting was called off after Alberta Health Services turned down a request for an advance copy of the report from the local Nunee Health Authority.

[ ]Obesity rates drop among young children

Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a 43 per cent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke.

[ ]We knew this: it turns out taxing rich not bad for economy

A new paper by researchers at the International Monetary Fund appears to debunk a tenet of conservative economic ideology — that taxing the rich to give to the poor is bad for the economy. Labelled as the first study to incorporate recently compiled figures comparing pre- and post-tax data from a large number of countries, the authors say there is convincing evidence that lowering net inequality is good economics, boosts growth and leads to longer-lasting periods of expansion.

[ ]What the doctor ordered: prescription for activity

Family physicians at nine primary care networks in the Edmonton region are handing out a new kind of prescription designed to help adult patients get exercise. The prescriptions are more than symbolic: they can get patients discounted passes at some gyms, and tours and orientation at others.

[ ]All Albertans should worry about Slave Lake medical situation: letter

"Slave Lake residents are concerned about a shortage of doctors after four physicians resigned from the town’s family care clinic. I think the government and Alberta Health Services would happily replace these doctors with nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists," a letter writer says. “That’s the direction publicly funded health care in Alberta is heading. Registered Nurses are being replaced by licensed practical nurses in every setting, and LPNs are being replaced by nursing aides.” Albertans should be concerned, he concludes. You’ll have to dig deep to find this letter.

[ ]Mobile mammography service coming to Lac La Biche

Alberta Health Services is sending a mobile screen test mammography unit to Lac La Biche from Feb. 26 to March 6.

[ ]Innisfail Health Centre ramps up service

Thanks to provincial investment of $200,000 -in addition to funds spent to implement the ophthalmology surgical program as part of an overall $16,7-million plan announced in 2010 to provide more high-priority surgeries across the province, the Innisfail Health Centre in central Alberta in ramping up the services it offers.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)

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