Health

Many Ontario hospitals extending visiting hours to 24/7

A growing number of hospitals in Ontario are allowing visitors around the clock, citing the benefit to patients of having as much support as possible from family members in the hospital room. According to a report being released Tuesday by the Canadian Foundation For Healthcare Improvement, 28 hospital organizations in the province have either switched to 24/7 visiting hours or are considering ...

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‘Should we really die differently?’: Doctor delivers end-of-life care to Toronto’s homeless

Dr. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care doctor in Toronto but his patients are not in hospitals and clinics, they’re in homeless shelters, drop-in centres and sometimes even on the streets. His patients are the city’s homeless, an ebbing and flowing population that numbers approximately 5,000. “When you’re socially isolated on the streets, who’s advocating for you?” he asks rhetorically. Well, he is. ...

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Tonsillectomy improved throat infections in short-term, review finds

Children who had their tonsils taken out had fewer throat infections and missed fewer school days than those who didn’t have the surgery for recurrent sore throats, according to new review of research. Tonsillectomy in children is mainly done for recurrent inflammation of the tonsils and obstructive sleep apnea — short pauses in breathing during sleep that can lead to snoring ...

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Territories agree to health funding deal with federal government

Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories have signed bilateral deals with the federal government on health-care transfers. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the deals on Monday in a tweet, which was followed by a statement from Health Canada. The deal means that the territories will together get an additional $36.1 million in new financial funding for mental health and home ...

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Inquest begins into Brandon Jansen’s overdose death at treatment centre

The BC Coroners Service’s public inquest into the death of Brandon Jansen began Monday, nearly a year after the 20-year-old died. Jansen died from a fentanyl-related overdose at a substance-abuse treatment centre in Powell River on March 7, 2016. Jansen’s mother, Michelle, said she dropped her son off at the Sunshine Coast Medical Centre for treatment for his drug addiction.  The next morning, she couldn’t ...

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Will Trump Promote Vaccine Refusal?

This week Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. He’s promised to cancel Obamacare, but some are also wondering how a Trump presidency might affect U.S. vaccine policy.   On Tuesday last week, President-elect Trump met with Robert Kennedy Junior at Trump Tower in New York.  Kennedy is son of the late Senator ...

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Kids born to opioid-addicted moms seem to fare poorly in school

Neonatal abstinence syndrome occurs when addictive drugs such as opioids or sedatives pass through the placenta during pregnancy. (Torsten Mangner/Flickr) Children exposed to addictive drugs in the womb may be more likely to perform poorly in school, Australian researchers report. In the study, these exposed kids lagged behind their peers on grade-level tests of reading, writing, math, spelling and grammar. ...

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Would an HIV-positive woman get charged if she was raped? Advocates ask

There is a question that Saara Greene says comes up early when she speaks with HIV-positive women: “Would I get charged if I was raped?” Greene, an associate professor of social work at McMaster University in Hamilton, said she and her team of community-based researchers hear this often during workshops with women about the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. That scenario ...

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Texting to 911 still not available to all deaf Canadians

A special committee wants to make it easier for deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired (DHHSI) Canadians to access 911 services during an emergency. The Deaf Wireless Canada Committee (DWCC) was formed in June 2015 to advocate for the deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing when it comes to issues around wireless technology. It wants all Canadians to have access to Text with ...

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