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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.
There is a growing effort across Canada to tackle post-traumatic stress disorder in first responders. British Columbia and Alberta already have laws to make it easier for responders with PTSD to get workers compensation and treatment.
May 27, 2014 – Albertans are invited to share ideas and inspire new ways to improve wellness in communities across the province. The province’s new program, Let’s Talk about Wellness, engages residents and aims to broaden Albertans’ collective understanding of health and wellness and shift conversations from the delivery of healthcare to the factors that contribute to wellness.
March 18, 2014 — The National Accreditation Planning Committee for the massage therapy profession has launched its new website, www.mtcfa.ca , further galvanizing the massage therapy industry's push towards national accreditation for the profession.
The bleachers and box suites at major games are occupied by thousands of enthusiastic and excited spectators. Those fun-filled moments are the realization of a process, the evolution of a final product, so-to-speak. Athletes have spent countless hours honing their skills for the competition. Likewise, for every group of fans taking in the sights and sounds of the spectacle, there is a large number of people who have helped organize the occasion and support it while it is happening.
Feb. 10, 2014 — The Alberta government is urging Albertans to take part in a month-long comment period that began Jan. 30 on the draft Health Charter and a proposed Health Advocate regulation. 
Jan. 28, 2014 — The province says it is joining forces with several partners to help people get treatment for mental and physical illness. Health Minister Deb Matthews announced today the newly created Medical Psychiatry Alliance which will offer support across the province.
Jan. 24, 2014 — We know that massage therapy may aid in the managing of everyday stress and pain. Can it also be harnessed to address wider social problems?

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