News Stories of Interest, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

It’s Independence Day in Uruguay (from Brazil in 1825). On this day in 1944, Paris was liberated by the Allies after four years of German occupation.

‘Weak’ docs blamed for epidemic of opioid drug deaths

The leaders of Canada’s medical establishment were told by one of their own yesterday that “weak” doctors are bowing to demands from patients and over-prescribing opioids blamed for an epidemic of drug-related deaths.

CMA urges health care strategy for seniors

Reshaping the health system to deal with the onslaught of aging Baby Boomers is urgent and needs to be a political priority, the head of the Canadian Medical Association says.

Research suggests cancer cells could be ‘switched off’

Cancer cells have been programmed back to normal by scientists in a breakthrough which could lead to new treatments and even reverse tumour growth, researchers claim. For the first time, aggressive breast, lung and bladder cancer cells have been turned back into harmless benign cells by restoring the function that prevents them from multiplying excessively and forming dangerous growths, scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Florida said.

U.S. attack on Planned Parenthood has impact in Canada

Attempts to suppress reproductive rights across North America are hitting Planned Parenthood Ottawa, says its president.

Nursing home research indicates flu shots work for elderly

To find out if flu shots really save lives in nursing homes, researchers used the year-to-year variability in the flu vaccine’s effectiveness to their advantage. Their results show the better matched the vaccine was for the influenza strain, the fewer nursing home residents died or were hospitalized between 2000 and 2009.

Calgary air quality blamed for high health risk

According to Environment Canada, air quality was rated as “high risk” in Calgary at this morning, according to the agency’s Air Quality Health Index. At this level, “at-risk” residents – such as people with heart or breathing problems – are urged to reduce or reschedule strenuous activities out doors, and children and seniors “should also take it easy.” Others are encouraged to consider reducing activity if they experience symptoms such as coughing or throat irritation.

How to tell who’s who on staff in a hospital

Teaching hospitals offer world class care, while also providing education and conducting research. But as a patient, it can be hard to tell the difference between the various medical staff on the team looking after you. This story provides a quick guide to help patients navigate the system.

Rabid bat discovered near Medicine Hat

You heard it. A rabid bat was discovered near Medicine Hat! Fortunately, it doesn’t appear to have bitten a human.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
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