November 25th, 2011 | Comments (0)
Health Ministers from across Canada will gather and discuss issues facing the health care system. Federal Minister Leonna Aglukka and her provincial counterparts meet in Halifax Friday to discuss how to pay for health care once the current accord runs out in 2014. Medicare advocates and calling for tax hikes to improve Canadian health care.
November 24th, 2011 | Comments (0)
Older drivers who take antidepressants, could be at a greater risk of being at fault in a car accident. A new Canadian study suggests motorists over the age of 65 taking antidepressants along with other psychotropic drugs, such as Xanax or Ativan, face a 23 per cent higher chance of causing a crash. The research, in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, used information from Ontario transportation and health-care databases from January 2000 to October 2007.
November 23rd, 2011 | Comments (0)
Health officials are warning of the dangers of consuming too much salt, but also of getting too little. Excess salt can lead to higher rates of heart attack, stroke and heart failure. Now McMaster University’s study of 29,000 people suggests those with low sodium intake have higher rates of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for congestive heart failure. The researchers found those with moderate intake, of three to six grams a day, have the lowest rates of heart attack and stroke.
November 22nd, 2011 | Comments (0)
New breast cancer screening guidelines has created a debate between some health care experts. The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care says most women in their 40’s shouldn’t have routine mammograms because the risk of a false-positive and unnecessary treatment outweigh the benefit of preventing a limited number of deaths. According to the study 2,100 women need to be screened over 11 years to prevent one death, however one in three of those women will get a false-positive. Meanwhile, some opposed to the change are asking what would be recommended in the place of regular mammograms to encourage early detection.