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Improved hospital standards and adaptation reduced hospital-related deaths

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for December 3, 2014

Source: Hospital deaths down by 400 a year at The Ottawa Hospital, new data show Reference: Your Health System

Electronic medical records being adopted by more practices according to survey

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for December 2, 2014

Source: Digital divide: More doctors now keeping patient records electronically: survey  

Phase 1 breast cancer vaccine deemed safe and now moves onto larger clinical trials

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for December 1, 2014

Source: First steps for new breast cancer vaccine show promise Reference: Safety and Preliminary Evidence of Biologic Efficacy of a Mammaglobin-A DNA Vaccine in Patients with Stable Metastatic Breast Cancer

Survey cannot prove causality between teen concussions and drug abuse

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for November 27, 2014

Source: Teens with history of concussion more likely to use drugs, alcohol: study Reference: Substance Use and Related Harms Among Adolescents With and Without Traumatic Brain Injury

Ontario e-cigarette ban law: Trust government to ignore the evidence and pass policy anyway

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for November 26, 2014

Source: Ontario bans flavoured tobacco, cracks down on e-cigarettes Jesse Kline: Don’t believe the fear campaign — e-cigarettes can save millions of lives Jesse Kline: Ontario’s fear-based decision making

Substandard medications becoming an issue in Canada

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for November 25, 2014

Source: ‘Substandard medicines a problem,’ recall review finds Reference: Quality of medicines in Canada: a retrospective review of risk communication documents, BMJ Open

Radon gas detection tests recommended by Canadian Cancer Society

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for November 24, 2014

Source: Radon gas levels in homes need to be checked, lung cancer experts say  

Ontario health stats have serious methodology flaws for some measurements

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for November 21, 2014

Source: Health report finds access to care an issue Reference: How Healthy Are Ontarians and How Is Our Health System Performing?

Turning on the light within cancer cells

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for November 20, 2014

Source: First genetic-based tool to detect circulating cancer cells in blood — lights up cancer cells Reference: Tiffany L. Halo et al. NanoFlares for the detection, isolation, and culture of live tumor cells from human blood. PNAS November 17, 2014; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1418637111

Magnetic brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression is helpful for some

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for November 19, 2014

Source: Brain stimulation therapy can help depression when medications fail  

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