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Homewood Health has announced the official opening of its new out-patient clinic in Mississauga, Ont. As part of its national treatment network, the new clinic will offer immediate access to customized, intensive, outpatient treatment for persons struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The clinic will also provide treatment programs for those living with other mental health and addiction conditions.
TORONTO – Canada needs a comprehensive national strategy to curb rampant overprescribing of opioids and to reduce escalating numbers of deaths caused by overdoses of the powerful narcotics, addiction experts say.
HALIFAX – Seventy people died of opioid overdoses in Nova Scotia in the first eight months of 2016, a spike that is raising early fears of a British Columbia-style crisis.
In order to better understand the disparity between identifiable damage and chronic pain, the U.S. National Institutes of Health has awarded $7.5 million over five years to physician-scientists at the University of Michigan (UM) Health System.
Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point-of-care solutions for the health-care industry, in partnership with the editorial board and board of trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc., has announce the launch of the new open access journal, JBJS Open Access.
OTTAWA – There'll be more than $3 billion on the table when Health Minister Jane Philpott meets with her provincial counterparts later this month to hammer out a new five-year health accord.
EDMONTON – Majority of Canadians support a national standard on palliative care, according to an Ipsos survey released by Palliative Care Matters.
A 24-hour telephone service that aims to educate people about concussions may start to fill a gap in what Canadians know about the prevalent and potentially serious condition, the hotline's founder said.
Researchers, clinicians, partners, charities, patients and policymakers got together this week for the Canadian Pain Research Summit hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The summit aims to create a national agenda that will help CIHR Institutes develop new funding opportunities for pain research.
EDMONTON – Alberta's medical regulator wants more stringent rules on how physicians prescribe opioid painkillers and other drugs to improve the safety of patients.The College of Physicians and Surgeons says next month it will send draft proposals for a standard of practice called ''Safe Prescribing'' to doctors, the provincial government and others, seeking feedback in the hope of approving it next March.
Hand & Stone Massage Spa Canada Corporation continues its growth with the opening of another location at Bathurst and Dan Leckie in the heart of Toronto.
VANCOUVER – A self-styled champion of privatized health care is bringing his fight to British Columbia Supreme Court on Tuesday for the start of a months-long trial he says is about patients' access to affordable treatment, while his opponents accuse him of trying to gut the core of Canada's medical system.
The Arthritis Society and Massage Addict have announced a three-year partnership to promote education around pain relief and complementary therapies for people living with arthritis.
VANCOUVER – Overdose deaths have climbed to such an urgent level in British Columbia that the province needs help from the federal government to deal with a public health emergency, Premier Christy Clark says.
OTTAWA – Health ministers from the rapidly aging Atlantic Canada region say the future formula for federal health transfers should take into account how many people in each province have entered their golden years.
VANCOUVER – The Registered Massage Therapists' Association of B.C. (RMTBC) has created a new associate director role and appointed Gordon MacDonald to the post. MacDonald is a senior executive experienced in regulation, health care and education, according to his LinkedIn profile.
OTTAWA – A familiar sore spot between Ottawa and the provinces is beginning to flare up once again: how much money should the feds be handing over for health care?
OTTAWA – A new report says the federal government should learn from past experience as it renegotiates the health accord with the provinces.
REGINA – Paramedics, firefighters and their emergency vehicles were positioned in front of the Saskatchewan legislature last week in support of an Opposition bill.
CALGARY – The senior psychiatrist with the Canadian Armed Forces says strides have been made in reducing the stigma of mental illness in the military but some soldiers still suffer in silence.

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