News Stories of Interest, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It’s World Intellectual Property Day.

Mayor pushes plan for Edmonton to be health incubator

Holding up a revolutionary medical device that was invented in Edmonton but is now manufactured elsewhere, Mayor Don Iveson announced a plan to ensure start-up health companies stay clamped to the city yesterday. Here’s the Globe and Mail’s version of the story.

Study puts value on potential savings from preventive health care

If the government integrated preventative care more systemically into primary care networks, the province would have enough money to fill the Foothills Medical Centre with acute care beds, according to a University of Calgary researcher.

Just as we thought: Housework is bad for you

Scrubbing the toilet, scouring the floor; housework can be a soul-sucking task. And, according to a new study from the University of Alberta, it turns out it’s also hard on your heart. The research followed approximately a thousand men and women under the age of 55 who suffer from heart disease and found gender roles on childcare and housework had more to do with heart attacks than biology.

British ‘junior’ doctors walk off job in all-out strike

Thousands of “junior doctors” posted picket lines outside hospitals around England yesterday in the first all-out strike in the history of Britain’s National Health Service. The two-day strike marks the first time that vital NHS emergency services have been affected by an industrial action.

Workplace safety in wake of job cuts focus of meeting

More than 100 oil and gas leaders from across Canada are in Calgary this morning to talk about the importance of safety as companies adjust to having fewer workers and slashed resources. Is it just me, or does this sound more like lip service than commitment?

Province commits $6.6 million for Brooks hospital

The provincial government infrastructure management program’s five-year $759.5 million capital health includes $6.64 million in upgrades at the Brooks Health Centre. Here’s a report on the provincial program from Cold Lake.

Antique Klein-era Opposition policies no help to Alberta

Instead of realistic solutions, the Wildrose Opposition just keeps falling back on the memory of Ralph Klein, arguing for for cuts and freezes in health care and the public service. This doesn’t work for Alberta, argues University of Lethbridge professor Trevor Harrison.

Seniors’ home staff rally against employer

Unionized staff at Clifton Manor, a Calgary seniors home, held a rally yesterday to highlight their concerns about the bargaining process for a collective agreement with their employer that has been dragging on for over a year. The workers, members of the Alberta Union of provincial Employees, are in a stand-off with the Brenda Strafford Foundation, a non-profit that runs Clifton Manor, over proposed cutbacks to overtime pay, starting wages for new employees and benefits.

Opioid treatment programs to expand

The Alberta government plans to expand access to methadone and suboxone treatments for opioid and fentanyl addicts to at least three Alberta communities.

Trial sheds light on naturopathic medicine

A trial in Lethbridge, Alta., has shone a light upon the reliance on natural medicine and the question of when medical attention should be sought for a sick child. The trial continues.

STI statistics to be released today

Alberta’s latest data on sexually transmitted infections will be released a 2:30 p.m. today.

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