Rethinking the War on Cancer

The headline for the July 29th New York Times article read “Scientists Seek to Rein in Diagnoses of Cancer.” The accompanying article discusses the fact that many diagnoses of cancer are of conditions that, though pre-malignant or not life-threatening, are labelled as cancer and frighten patients into seeking “what may be unneeded and potentially harmful treatments.”

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Seeking an Administrative Assistant to Join Our Team

We are looking for an Administrative Assistant to join our team! Are you an experienced administrator? Would you be excited to join a growing organization? Are you passionate about patients and family caregivers having a role in healthcare? Check out the job posting here.

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Conflict of Interest Policies Weak in Canadian Med Schools

Last week's Maclean's article Doctors, conflict of interest and evidence med schools are ignoring the problem looks at the first study of its kind that analyzes conflict of interest policies at medical schools across Canada.

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CBC: Drug labels to be made easier to understand

In a new government initiative aimed at preventing adverse drug reactions and medication errors, Health Canada will use different ways to make medication easier to understand, including standardizing the format of non-prescription drug labels (such as a 'Drug Facts' table) and requiring manufacturers to provide mock-ups of labels and packages for review. Find the full article here.

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HealthyDebate: Emotional care in a Technology-driven health System

Mounting concern that health professional/patient interactions are often less than therapeutic has led to many initiatives aimed at finding ways to put the care back into the health care system. In Canada, one such initiative is the creation of the Patient Experience department of Alberta Health Services. Find the full article here.

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Sudbury Star: Elderly healthcare needs Shifting

The only way to fix the problems plaguing Canada's health-care system is to involve patients in that change, says the president of the Patients' Association of Canada.

When the Canada Health Act was passed in 1984, Canadians were dying of acute and infectious diseases. Today, we die of chronic illnesses, which we can live with for years, says Sholom Glouberman. Find the full article here.

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