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Report calls for comprehensive concussion management protocols
August 21, 2014 – A coalition of health and sporting groups across the country is calling for Canada's athletic organizations to get more proactive about protecting participants from head injuries.

The Canadian Concussion Collaborative, consisting of nine national sports advocacy groups, has laid out two specific recommendations in the September issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Commentary: Doctors inadvertently turning patients into addicts
David Juurlink, MDAugust 20, 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.

Twenty years into my second career as a physician, much has changed.

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NDP attacks Tories on proposed health care cuts at CMA conference
August 20, 2014 – NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is chastising the Conservatives on their proposed cuts to health care while accusing them of politicizing the debate on marijuana.

In a speech to the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Mulcair contends the Tories unsuccessfully tried to recruit Canadian doctors in an ideological crusade against marijuana.

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Health minister says feds slapping stronger warning labels on opioids
August 18, 2014 – The federal government is putting stronger warninglabels on extended-release painkillers like OxyContin in an effort to prevent the abuse of opioids.

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