News Stories of Interest, Thursday, July 14, 2016

Today is Bastille Day. Vive la France!

97% funding level repudiates past Tory fearmongering about state of LAPP

Alberta’s Local Authorities Pension Plan has hit 97 per cent funding just two years after Conservatives tried to gut it over fears that the plan was unsustainable.

Nearly all medical services restored in Fort Mac

Health officials say residents of a northern Alberta city ravaged by wildfire in May now have access to most of the health-care services that were available before the blaze. The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre’s cancer clinic reopened on Monday and Alberta Health Services says there are no longer any health service-related concerns for residents returning to the city.

Health Canada approves ‘cure for Hep C’

Health Canada has approved a drug being touted as a cure for hepatitis C, a disease believed to have infected hundreds of thousands of Canadians, many of whom are unaware they harbour the virus. The drug, sold under the brand name Epclusa, is a once-daily pill taken for 12 weeks that can rid the body of all six strains of hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that can lead to severe liver damage and liver cancer if left untreated.

Opioids prescribed for COPD may do harm: study

Many adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are prescribed opioids to treat pain, breathlessness, insomnia and other complaints. But new research shows those drugs may be further endangering the health of people with the common lung disease.

Flu vaccine was only 40% to 50% effective this year

Alberta Health says this season, the influenza vaccine was between 45 and 50 per cent effective.

Alberta First Nations lack consistent access to clean water

Health Canada has issued 56 drinking water advisories affecting First Nations communities in Alberta since April 2015 — more than the 52 orders Alberta Health Services made for the rest of the province over the same time period.

Social media abuse of nursing home residents often unchecked

Regulators and law enforcement officials in the U.S. are struggling to respond when employees at long-term care facilities violate the privacy of residents by posting photos on social media websites. They often have no legal tools to prevent it.

Mental health needs on rise in Cochrane

According to Alberta Health Services, between April 2013 to March 2016 the Cochrane Addiction and mental Health Clinic saw an increase of about 160 new clients. Similarly, the number of people accessing mental health clinics across the province has shown a steady increase over the past five years.

CARNA’s road show arrives in Drumheller

CARNA’s centennial nursing display has arrived in Drumheller.

AHS brings homeless ID program to Medicine Hat

Homeless people in Medicine Hat will be assisted by Alberta Health Services in accessing government identification.

Four siblings with same disease lead to genetic discovery

Scientists in Montreal have discovered a new genetic mutation linked to “bone death” or osteonecrosis of the hip, with the help of four young siblings who suffered from the debilitating disease.

Toronto OKs three supervised injection sites

Toronto city council has given its resounding support to the opening of three supervised injection sites for intravenous drug users.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
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