Health

Bottle vs. Tap : 7 things to know about drinking water
Publish Date: 26-SEP-2014 08:36 AM
Recent reports of drugs in our drinking water might have some people heading for the bottled water aisle of their nearest grocery store, but in most parts of Canada, choosing bottled water over tap is a matter of taste or convenience, not health. 
 
Ebola vaccine for West Africa still in Canada
Publish Date: 24-SEP-2014 08:27 AM
Canada's experimental Ebola vaccine has yet to be shipped to West Africa, says Dr. Gregory Taylor, the country's new chief public health officer. Canada announced an offer of 800 to 1,000 doses of an Ebola vaccine developed at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg six weeks ago. But there are still questions about how and where to send it, Taylor said in an interview with CBC News. 
 
Mould closes Canada Science and Technology Museum until 2015
Publish Date: 23-SEP-2014 09:15 AM
The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa will remain closed for the rest of the year as it deals with the discovery of mould in the building's south wall. The museum was forced to close earlier this month after maintenance workers discovered a leak in the roof that had spread to the building's south wall. Subsequent tests revealed high levels of airborne mould. The museum said in a statement an initial assessment showed that the work will take at least several weeks to perform and that it won't reopen before January 2015. 
 
Smog politics : Canada and transborder air pollution
Publish Date: 22-SEP-2014 09:11 AM
In 1991, Canada and the United States signed the Canada-United States Air Quality Agreement, colloquially known as the Acid Rain Treaty. That agreement, negotiated by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President George H. W. Bush, committed both countries to reductions in pollutant emissions. Between the Acid Rain Treaty and domestic initiatives to reduce air pollution, rates of sulphur dioxide, one of the main chemicals contributing to acid rain, declined in Canada by 63 per cent between 1980 and 2001. Last year, Canada won the dubious distinction of being the country that did the most damage to international climate talks for the fifth year running. 
 
Labelling GMOs about transparency, not health say advocates
Publish Date: 22-SEP-2014 09:04 AM
Advocates pushing for the government to adopt mandatory labelling regulation of genetically-modified foods may have received a boost, ironically, thanks to a recent Health Canada study. On June 10, Health Canada released a report, “Consulting Canadians to Modernize and Improve Food Labels: What We Heard,” detailing what Health Canada has learned about Canadians’ priorities on modernizing and improving food labelling. Within the grander nutrition and clarity concerns, a desire to better detail how and where food was made also emerged, including “labelling genetically-engineered or genetically-modified ingredients in food products and declaring the presence or use of pesticides, agricultural chemicals, antibiotics or growth hormones.”  
 
Drinking water contaminated by excreted drugs a growing concern
Publish Date: 22-SEP-2014 08:01 AM
Whatever goes into us, also comes out of us, through our own biological effluent, every time we flush the toilet. The excreted drugs pass right through most sewage treatment processes and end up in rivers and lakes, and then in our drinking water. A Canadian study quietly released last month reported record-breaking levels of three pharmaceuticals in river water in southwestern Ontario. 
 
How Winnipeg lab became an Ebola research powerhouse
Publish Date: 21-SEP-2014 08:45 AM
ZMapp is the most promising of the current experimental treatments. There's also an Ebola vaccine that may be useful both to prevent infection and stop it in its tracks, if given shortly after exposure. And a mobile diagnostic lab that has changed the way outbreak testing is done. These are enormous contributions to the scientific efforts to prevent or contain Ebola. And the fact that they come from Winnipeg seems to come down to a few good men. If you ask why Winnipeg is such a player in Ebola research, the instant answer comes in the form of two names — Heinz Feldmann, the lab's first special pathogens chief and Gary Kobinger, his successor and the current branch chief. 
 
Santé mentale florissante pour 77 % des Canadiens (French)
Publish Date: 17-SEP-2014 03:42 PM
OTTAWA - Les trois quarts des Canadiens âgés de 15 ans et plus en 2012 avaient généralement un sentiment positif au sujet de leur vie et fonctionnaient bien au quotidien — ce que Statistique Canada appelle une «santé mentale florissante». 
 
Trop de gens se rabattent sur l'urgence par dépit (French)
Publish Date: 17-SEP-2014 03:39 PM
Plus de 60 % des personnes qui se présentent dans les urgences des hôpitaux du Québec ne sont pas des cas complexes et auraient pu être traités ailleurs. «L'accès aux services de première ligne est encore trop difficile au Québec», estime le Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être, Robert Salois, qui a présenté ce matin un bilan de la situation des urgences du Québec depuis dix ans. 
 
Une étude pour rendre le réseau de la santé plus efficace (French)
Publish Date: 17-SEP-2014 03:37 PM
Un groupe de travail mis sur pied par l'Institut sur la gouvernance (IGOPP) propose des changements au réseau de la santé afin de le rendre plus efficace et, surtout, plus axé sur le patient. 
 
Abolition des agences de la santé: les comités d'usagers inquiets (French)
Publish Date: 17-SEP-2014 08:43 AM
Alors que Québec envisage d'abolir les 18 agences de la santé du Québec, un rapport recommande plutôt de conserver uniquement 10 «régions de services» et d'éliminer les conseils d'administration des hôpitaux. 
 
The Canadian response to Ebola : a new science diplomacy ?
Publish Date: 16-SEP-2014 09:40 AM
In early August, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD) announced that Canada would provide $3.6 million dollars to both the World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to help the international Ebola effort. This was not the first Canadian contribution; as early as April 18th, three ministers (International Development and La Francophonie, DFATD, and Health) had pledged nearly $1.3 million to address the Ebola outbreak. 
 
CETA’s environmental safeguards, mechanisms have no teeth, say critics
Publish Date: 15-SEP-2014 11:45 AM
The Canada-European Union trade deal, considered one of the most comprehensive international agreements ever will be released later this month in Ottawa, but some critics say the rules that safeguard the environment will have no teeth. Even though the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), or the Canada-European Union trade deal, is about trade, critics and proponents alike agree it goes way beyond that. 
 
Canadian government declines interviews on oilsands health impacts
Publish Date: 05-SEP-2014 11:19 AM
Who are Health Canada’s experts assessing human health impacts of oilsands development? And why has the federal government never done a comprehensive study of health impacts in the region after more than half a century of industrial development? 
 
Rat Massages Get the Golden Goose
Publish Date: 04-SEP-2014 11:17 AM
Scientists who brushed the backs of baby rats nearly 40 years ago are among the winners of this year’s Golden Goose Awards. Their work led to the finding that massage could promote the survival and growth of premature human infants. 
 
Protéger, renforcer et élargir notre système de système de santé public ; assemblée populaire à Oshawa (French)
Publish Date: 04-SEP-2014 11:15 AM
L'Ontario fait face à une réduction du financement fédéral consacré à la santé de l'ordre de 14 milliards de dollars sur les dix prochaines années. En refusant de renouveler l'Accord sur la santé avec les provinces, le fédéral tourne le dos à sa responsabilité d'offrir à tous les Ontariens des services de santé publics de qualité. 
 
Grassy Narrows : Why is Japan still studying the mercury poisoning when Canada isn’t ?
Publish Date: 02-SEP-2014 01:50 PM
By the time government scientists arrived in 1970 to do some testing, the people at Grassy Narrows and neighbouring Wabeseemoong First Nations had already eaten dangerous amounts of contaminated fish. The first tests revealed extreme levels of mercury in hair and blood. There has been no epidemiological study to establish the scope of the Grassy Narrows exposure, and no long-term tracking of what are now recognized as the life-long effects of ingested mercury, although an expert review by Canadian scientists in 2010 stated "there should have been extensive examinations and followup of these communities.” 
 
Quand le climat devient une urgence de santé publique (French)
Publish Date: 30-AUG-2014 01:44 PM
Les changements climatiques sont la plus grande menace à la santé du XXIe siècle, lance Claudel Pétrin-Desrosiers, étudiante en médecine à l’Université de Montréal. Mais ils sont aussi une occasion d’améliorer la santé mondiale, en cessant d’investir dans le carbone et en choisissant des énergies vertes et renouvelables. 
 
E-cigarettes : l’OMS pour une interdiction aux mineurs (French)
Publish Date: 26-AUG-2014 03:55 PM
L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a recommandé mardi d'interdire la vente des cigarettes électroniques aux mineurs et leur usage dans les lieux publics fermés, estimant que celles-ci présentaient un «grave danger» pour l'adolescent et le foetus. 
 
The Harper government’s lonely struggle against reality
Publish Date: 22-AUG-2014 03:31 PM
In a recent speech to the Canadian Medical Association, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said something no cabinet minister ought to have to say out loud: that her boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and his government are firm believers in evidence-based policy. The fact that Ambrose felt the need to assert publicly that her government drafts policy based on facts — not on hunches, hearsay or blind ideology — highlights the Harper government’s essential problem when it comes to getting Canadians to sign on to its program: It does not believe in fact-based policy and seldom feels the need to behave as if it does. The Conservatives believe in ideology over evidence. They believe in belief. For proof, look no further than Ambrose’s own portfolio.