Patient Care
August 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.
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.
Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale U.S. national survey.
July 16, 2014 – Positive results presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 (AAIC 2014) in Copenhagen include data from a two-year clinical trial in Finland of a multi-component lifestyle intervention, known as the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER Study).
June 16, 2014 – The federal Health Department wants medical marijuana suppliers to provide provincial authorities with information on the doctors who prescribe the substance. And they want them to issue semi-annual reports on the physicians who prescribe marijuana for their patients.
June 11, 2014 – There seems to be a catch-22 at play for adults in the working world living with the chronic strain of arthritis.
June 4, 2014 – According to a Digital Journal press release, recent studies suggest that vitamin D could be a safe, effective and inexpensive treatment for chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
I recently attended my first Chiropractic Awareness Council Spring Conference.
May 2, 2014 — The Alberta government is spending $45 million on starting up nine family care clinics. Health Minister Fred Horne said Thursday that these will be part of small community networks where many health professionals team up to give patients several services.
I was watching a webcast recently where a prominent chiropractor was being interviewed.
April 17, 2014 – Responding to a recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics on acetaminophen use during pregnancy, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) is advocating for low-risk, drug-free alternative, such as chiropractic care, for pain relief particularly among pregnant women.
March 31, 2014 — The University of South Australia is set to begin a new study into low back pain, a condition which affects more than 80 million people globally. The study will investigate whether physical activity – specifically walking at an intensity based on how individuals feel – will assist people suffering from chronic low back pain, where their low back pain symptoms have persisted for longer than three months.
Functional medicine expert Dr. Jeffrey Bland will be travelling to Toronto and several U.S. cities for special book signing events for his latest work, The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is now considered the most prevalent psychiatric disorder of childhood, affecting between five and 12 per cent of school-aged children in North America.
Feb. 28, 2014 — In observance of International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, Toronto-based research firm Institute for Work and Health (IWH) is urging organizations to add participatory ergonomics to their roster of musculoskeletal disorder prevention efforts.

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