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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  

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

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.

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

School junk food bans may be having a positive health outcome but data source is limited by self-reporting bias

Health Headlines Commentary for June 26, 2017

Source: Banning of junk food sales in Canadian schools having a positive effect: study  

Drug companies volunteering some info on payments and gifts to docs need to go to full disclosure

Health Headlines Commentary for June 21, 2017

Source: Drug companies reveal info on gifts to doctors  

Aging population, lifestyle choices, and increased lifespans influencing lifetime cancer risk

Health Headlines Commentary for June 19, 2017

Source: Nearly half of Canadians to develop cancer in their lifetimes: Cancer Society Reference: Canadian Cancer Statistics annual report for 2017

Ontario doctors reach binding arbitration deal with Ontario government

Health Headlines Commentary for June 19, 2017

Source: Ontario doctors ratify binding arbitration deal  

Clinical studies required to support claim that cannabis can aid in opioid withdrawal and reduce use

Health Headlines Commentary for June 15, 2017

Source: Legalizing cannabis could help reduce opioid use: experts

Plan to allow paramedics to triage ER necessity at the scene is a good idea as long as they agree with this scope of practice

Health Headlines Commentary for June 7, 2017

Source: New Ontario ambulance system aims to better prioritize calls  

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