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The Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA) is urging massage therapy professionals to consider volunteering for the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Organizers of the sporting event are looking to fill more than 23,000 volunteer spots.
The Ontario government is expanding its low back pain strategy through a $2.3 million pilot project aimed at enabling primary care organizations to deliver timely, appropriate, high-quality low back pain services.
Nov. 21, 2014 – Patients of an Abbotsford, B.C., acupuncture centre are being advised to get tested because they may have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis B and C.
The Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) has announced it has completed the process of identifying the members of its first board of directors.
Oct. 31, 2014 – The cost of health care in Canada will go up this year, but the increase is expected to be the smallest in the past 17 years, a new report suggests. The report on health-care spending in Canada estimates that total health expenditures will rise by only 2.1 per cent, or $61 more per person compared to last year's health costs.
Oct. 22, 2014 – The Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC) is calling for changes to improve patient care and make greater use of CCACs' proven ability to increase patient access, provide safe, high-quality care and deliver better value for public dollars.
Oct. 17, 2014 – Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are declining in Ontario along with other more traumatic job-related injuries, according to a study by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). The study was published online this week by the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Oct. 1, 2014 – Flavoured cigarettes, prescription drug abuse and dementia are top of the agenda as federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose arrives in Banff, Alta., on Wednesday for a two-day meeting with her provincial and territorial counterparts.
Sept. 26, 2014 – Those living in a regulated nursing home are likely in the frailest condition of their lives, and approaching the end of life. The individual reasons for entering a nursing home are many, but commonly, residents require intense personal care for an indefinite period of time. Nursing home residents often require significant assistance because many suffer from chronic conditions, which impair their capacity to live on their own. Residents rely heavily on the nursing home to ensure their protection and well-being. So it is paradoxical – some would say tragic – that nursing home residents are too often put on drugs they don’t need, which can be dangerous, and may even kill them.
Sept. 26, 2014 – The Alberta government is embarking on a comprehensive review of health care in the province’s rural communities, saying this will ensure that care is coordinated in an efficient and predictable manner.
Sept. 24, 2014 – Alberta's new health minister says there won't be massive reforms to the province's health-care system but there will be changes in how things are done.
Sept. 18, 2014 – An expert panel set up by the federal government has embarked on a national consultation process to explore health-care innovation possibilities. The eight-member group has been asked to recommend ways in which the federal government could better support innovation that strengthens the health-care system and improves care for patients.
Sept. 16, 2014 – British Columbia Health Minister Terry Lake announced $3 million in funding to the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada that will further developments in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of arthritis.
Sept. 16, 2014 – Prescriptions for high-dose formulations of opioids like oxycodone and morphine jumped significantly in Canada between 2006 and 2011, despite guidelines advising doctors against giving such elevated doses to most patients, a study has found.
Alberta's auditor general says caring for people with chronic health problems is costing the provincial government billions of dollars each year. Merwan Saher says in a report that conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes are the biggest challenges facing health care.
Sept. 8, 2014 – The association representing registered massage therapists in B.C. has declined to directly comment on the on-going teachers’ strike in the province following failed union negotiations with the government over benefits and compensation, but is highlighting the importance of massage therapy as a health-care service. B.C. Premier Christy Clark has urged the union to be “realistic” with its position regarding benefits and wages, and made reference to the employee union's demand for $3,000 annual benefits for doctor-prescribed massage therapy treatments. The B.C. Teachers' Federation has, in recent weeks, dropped that request from its list of demands.
Sept. 2, 2014 – Manitobans will have a chance to share views and weigh in on health-care priorities to help the province’s health regions shape future goals by becoming part of a local health involvement group, Health Minister Erin Selby has announced.
The conditions are gruelling, there may be a pay cut and the personal risks are all too real. The need for international health-care workers to help in the response to West Africa's Ebola outbreak is enormous and pressing. But make no mistake – this is tough, tough work that people are being asked to volunteer for – and dangerous.
August 26, 2014 ­– The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. Since the ALS Association, in Washington, DC, began tracking the campaign's progress on July 29, it has raised more than $88 million and generated 1.9 million new donors in what is one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history. ALS Canada has to date raised close to $8 million, surpassing its fundraising goal of $7.5 million through the ice bucket challenge campaign.
August 21, 2014 – In my first career as a pharmacist, I worked in more than 30 pharmacies across Nova Scotia, filling more than 100,000 prescriptions between 1990 and 1995. Some of these were for strong painkillers called opioids – drugs like morphine and oxycodone, which are chemically and biologically very similar to heroin. Back then, these drugs were generally reserved for patients with acute, severe pain or pain due to cancer.
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