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Hospitals performing private operations despite delays for necessary surgeries (for which there is no money to pay for them and hence the ORs sit idle)

Health Headlines Commentary for July 12, 2017

Source: Hospitals performing private cosmetic operations despite delays for necessary surgeries  

Study states delayed emergency surgery increases mortality risk

Health Headlines Commentary for July 11, 2017

Source: Patients whose emergency surgeries are delayed have higher risk of death: study Reference: Association of delay of urgent or emergency surgery with mortality and use of health care resources: a propensity score–matched observational cohort study

Health Canada investigating possible sunscreen photoreaction

Health Headlines Commentary for July 10, 2017

Source: Health Canada testing Banana Boat sunscreens as complaints mount    

High sugar intake in pregnancy cannot show any causal link to increased risk of childhood asthma.

Health Headlines Commentary for July 7, 2017

Source: Mom’s sweet tooth may be linked to child’s allergies, study says Reference: Maternal intake of sugar during pregnancy and childhood respiratory and atopic outcomes

Should natural health products be sold alongside drugs? No, many have only their health claim as “evidence”.

Health Headlines Commentary for July 6, 2017

Source: Should natural health products be sold alongside drugs? Reference: Natural health products should be sold separately from drugs

No causal link to proton pump inhibitor use and increased risk of early death. Results do not apply to general population

Health Headlines Commentary for July 5, 2017

Source: Long-term heartburn medication use tied to higher risk of early death Analysis: Heartburn drugs linked to premature death Reference: Xie Y, Bowe B, Li T, et al. Risk of death among users of Proton Pump Inhibitors: a longitudinal observational cohort study of United States veterans. BMJ Open. […]

Greater proportion of Lyme-disease-carrying ticks noted in Ottawa’s West End

Health Headlines Commentary for July 4, 2017

Source: Ottawa researcher says 1 in 3 ticks carrying Lyme disease in city’s west end  

Immunocompromised child’s exposure to chicken pox underscores importance of herd immunity

Health Headlines Commentary for June 30, 2017

Source: Why this mom is blaming anti-vaxxers for her daughter’s hospitalization Reference: Please watch this John Oliver Last Week Tonight video from the past week about vaccinations. It addresses the comments at the end of the article.

Self-reported asthma diagnoses confounds study’s ability to link it to risk of heart failure

Health Headlines Commentary for June 28, 2017

Source: Asthma history linked to risk factor for heart failure Reference: A History of Asthma From Childhood and Left Ventricular Mass in Asymptomatic Young Adults : The Bogalusa Heart Study

Canada’s natural health remedy/product certification lacks scientific validation

Health Headlines Commentary for June 27, 2017

Source: Medical journal takes aim at natural remedies Reference: Natural health products should be sold separately from drugs

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