News Stories of Interest, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

It’s Independence Day in Afghanistan.

Patient safety ‘at risk’ if new super lab not built

Patient safety could suffer without an urgently needed super lab facility in Edmonton, the Edmonton Journal claims internal Alberta Health Services documents given to it by the Wildrose Party indicate. With statements like “but the NDP government is no closer to finding a solution after it cancelled a $3-billion lab services contract last week,” this story could have been written by the Wildrose communications director.

Parents with cognitive challenges need better support: youth advocate

Alberta’s child advocate is recommending child-intervention workers improve support for parents with cognitive challenges, after investigating the death of a baby girl who was sleeping on her father’s chest.

Alberta mom hopes travel-care nightmare will help others

An Alberta mother is hopeful her experience with steep medical travel bills in Ontario will help change the system for the better. After receiving national media attention, Amy Savill received a call from Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman that her home province and Ontario will pay off the $8,200 portion of an air ambulance trip from Timmins to Sudbury. She still needs to raise money to get home.

Writer recommends UV exposure … but not too much

A physician writing in the Edmonton Journal argues that people need exposure to the sun’s UV radiation to facilitate the synthesizing of vitamin D, essential for bone health at all ages. Just not too much.

Crockatt drops out of Calgary Pride Parade

Joan Crockatt, the federal Conservative candidate in Calgary Centre, will not march in the city’s pride parade this year because of controversy about her participation.

Healthier kids today equal a healthier and wealthier Canada tomorrow: opinion

Canadians need to drive real change for the future, and they can only do that by thinking about the links between health care and the economy, a physician says in thus opinion piece.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
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