Patient Care
The number of injured Canadian soldiers using marijuana for medical purposes, such as chronic pain and post-traumatic stress, has soared over the past year.
A Saskatchewan woman says her son is in excruciating pain as he waits for necessary back surgery that continues to be delayed.Sheila Somers, 57, says her son is bedridden and unable to find relief from the pain caused by a herniated disc.
That phone app keeping track of people's exercise and meals might keep them out of the hospital one day.Why give doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioural changes or medication before landing in the emergency room. They also might be able to monitor how patients are healing from surgery or whether they're following a treatment regimen.
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.
Recently I had occasion to spend time in a busy community hospital in order to deal with my apparent adverse drug reaction. Happily, full recovery ensued, but the time spent in the emergency department (ED) and ward left a strong impression on me.When my wife and I arrived in the early morning, the ED was notably calm. Upon mentioning this observation to our nurse, she ironically demurred, presumably unwilling to tempt fate and bring on ensuing chaos.
An independent panel convened by the U.S. National Institutes of Health concluded that individualized, patient-centered care is needed to treat and monitor people living with chronic pain. To achieve this aim, the panel recommends more research and development around the evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches needed to balance patient perspectives, desired outcomes and safety.
Concussion in sporting environments is common, but this injury can also occur in occupational settings, motor vehicle collisions, falls and so on. Practising chiropractors should have a working knowledge of contemporary evaluation and management issues surrounding concussion, as this form of mild traumatic brain injury can result in long-term disability or even death. On-field and clinical assessment, as well as treatment and management of concussion are becoming more evidence-based as new literature emerges to address best practices and support clinical decision-making. Because athletes are often eager to return to play and potential serious injury may result if they return too early, it is important that concussion be managed using current practice guidelines to ensure best practices are followed.
The idea of a feature focusing on concussion came to me after watching the PBS documentary League of Denial, released in October 2013, highlighting the debilitating and sometimes deadly consequences of concussions to NFL athletes and how the sport organization has managed for a long time to downplay – even deny – this epidemic in the sporting world.
New research has found current national vitamin D intake recommendations are too low and that body weight must be taken into account to determine the appropriate vitamin D dose in any given individual, a statement from Pure North S'Energy Foundation said.
Twice a week, Alphons Evers sets aside a few hours to work the phone, matching up his roster of volunteer drivers with clients who need a lift. Although the free service is geared towards those receiving cancer treatment, often times Evers says he'll get calls from seniors who simply need help getting around.
Oct. 8, 2014 – Rheumatoid arthritis is a very painful and tiring condition and, not long ago, being diagnosed with it usually meant having to leave the workforce. But improvements in treatment mean more people can now remain at work in spite of their rheumatoid arthritis.
Also called the progress exam, re-exam or re-assessment, the re-evaluation is an overlooked tool that can increase your practice’s ability to retain patients for the long term. 
Recent news about actor and comedian Robin Williams’ death by suicide has re-ignited calls for a broader, multisectoral approach to addressing mental health.
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. 10, 2014 ­– “Ow, my back!” They're hardly the words one wants to hear from a partner while having sex. But for many people, intimacy in the bedroom often takes a back seat to low back pain, say researchers, who have scientifically determined the best sexual positions to prevent spinal muscles from seizing up at an inopportune moment.

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