News Stories of Interest, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

It’s Restoration of Independence Day in Estonia (from the Soviet Union in 1991.) The buzz is it’s also World Mosquito Day, a celebration encouraged by the London School of Tropical Medicine. On this day in 1987, the federal public service banned smoking by all employees at work. Here in Alberta, the media continues to push Wildrose claims that the cancellation of a privatized lab proposal will cause big problems.

New Edmonton hospital unit aims to help seniors’ care

A recently transformed surgical unit at an Edmonton hospital will help senior patients get home sooner, in better health and with fewer complications after emergency surgery, doctors say.

Federal civil servants warned about social media use during election

A union representing federal public employees has condemned a memo sent to employees in the Department of Justice that warns against social media activity critical of the federal government.

‘Staggering’ number of opioid patients are dying

More than one in 10 people prescribed an opioid painkiller will remain on the drug for months and a significant number will die from an overdose, new Canadian research reveals.

Study reveals trend of early, preventable deaths among First Nations

Members of First Nations communities are more than twice as likely to face an early and avoidable death than other Canadians, with the greatest risk faced by native women and young adults, according to a new benchmark study by Statistics Canada.

Health care workers should not face violence on the job: editorial

Claims of violence make up 10 per cent of lost-time injuries in hospitals, and workplace violence in the health care sector costs about $23.8 million annually for Ontario hospitals alone, a Toronto Star editorial notes. “Nurses and others should never face violence on the job.”

Early stage breast cancer may not require treatment: study

As many as 60,000 American women each year are told they have a very early stage of breast cancer – Stage 0, as it is commonly known – a possible precursor to what could be a deadly tumor. And almost every one of the women has either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy, and often a double mastectomy, removing a healthy breast as well. Yet it now appears that treatment may make no difference in their outcomes. Patients with this condition had close to the same likelihood of dying of breast cancer as women in the general population, and the few who died did so despite treatment, not for lack of it, researchers reported Thursday in JAMA Oncology.

AHS pushes for better oral health care in Okotoks

With the Town of Okotoks’ three-year preschool oral health care program now complete, Alberta Health Services is urging the Town to keep oral health in mind.

Nurse relies on experience to save her broken legs

Religious faith and nursing training helped a B.C. woman trapped in a car wreck with broken legs for 14 hours, pressed against the driver’s door of her upside down car, which had crashed 40 feet down a steep embankment, hidden from the highway.

Primary care network provides annual review to Camrose County

The Camrose Primary Care Network has seen growth and other positive developments in the past year, a spokesperson told Camrose County Council.

Government middle management a drain on Alberta, Wildrose claims

Wildrose Opposition Leader Brian Jean is attacking the NDP government for having too many well-paid “communications” staff in government offices, plus too many civil service managers generally.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
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