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Health Canada says input from the public has led it to make a few tweaks to guidelines on radiofrequency exposure. The agency revised the guidelines, dubbed Safety Code 6, last April after reviewing scientific research on the effects of radio waves emitted by cellphones, Wi-Fi and other popular wireless technologies.
Massage therapy students in New Brunswick are protesting the results of a final exam that determines their fate as registered massage therapists.
Dr. Chan Gunn, a pioneering Vancouver physician in the field of pain relief, is giving $5 million to the University of British Columbia for construction of a new building devoted to exercise and sport medicine teaching, research and patient care.
One year after the mayor promised to crack down on erotic massage parlours, Montreal still doesn't know what it's going to do with the hundreds of establishments operating right across the city.
A recent move by the federal government would have Canada’s veterans dealing with a third-party insurance firm for health-care treatment benefits such as massage therapy and physiotherapy. On Feb. 11, the federal government announced that it would be eliminating 44 positions at Veterans Affairs Canada. The cuts represent the final step in the contracting-out of treatment authorization for ill and elderly veterans to Medavie Blue Cross.
Ontario has shut down American-based Everest College, which operates 14 private career schools across the province and offering help to students try to recover some of their tuition payments. The superintendent of private career colleges suspended all Everest College campus activities, which government officials say will prevent it from declaring bankruptcy, at least in the short term.
A growing population of aging adults is getting massage therapy as part of their integrated care to temper aches and pains, tackle chronic pain and aid in long-term care. Studies continue to show that aging and elderly individuals benefit greatly from massage therapy, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
A new report says Canadian seniors have longer waits to see a health provider when they need medical attention compared with older people in 10 other high-income countries. However, older Canadians say that when they do see their doctor the results are more positive for many aspects of their care.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institutes of Aging, Gender and Health, and Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis have partnered with the Institute for Work & Health to host the Summer Program in Aging  (SPA) training event. The SPA 2015 will be focused on the theme of health, wellness and participation of older adults in the world of work.
A University of Calgary report says a province-wide preventative health program could reduce care costs significantly. Economics professor Herb Emery from the School of Public Policy says the rising cost of health-care cannot be supported by taxpayers and other options, including the use of preventative medicine, need to be explored.
The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) has issued an advisory statement cautioning massage therapists against a “payment-and-refund” scam making the rounds in the province and across Canada.
Eighteen individuals, including two Canadians, have been appointed to Performance Health Academy’s 2015 Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), representing five countries and expertise in physical therapy, chiropractic, exercise science, athletic training and massage therapy, and exemplify diversity in disciplines and cultures, the company said. (Photo: Phil Page, global director, clinical education and research, Performance Health)
The U.S. Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) has announced the funding of four community service grants and one research grant for the 2014 granting cycle, helping pursue initiatives geared toward providing assistance to war veterans, survivors of trauma and people with disabilities, among other things.
In appreciation of Dr. S. Leonard Syme's contributions to the growth and development of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) through his work as chair of its Scientific Advisory Committee from 1995 to 2002, the IWH has established a research training fellowship program in his name. The fellowships are for young researchers at the master's or doctoral level intending to study work and health.
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.

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