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April 10th, 2012

Sleep Disorder Multiplies Depression Risk

March 30, 2012 ( — People with sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that causes frequent sleep disturbances, often feel tired and unfocused during the day. But that may not be the only fallout: New research suggests the disorder also dramatically increases the risk of depression.  Read more...

Budget 2012 Misses Mark on Health Leadership, Says CHA

March 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA) notes that Budget 2012 reflects the government's focus on creating jobs and economic growth for Canada. But when it comes to health system improvement, CHA asks, where is the federal leadership?

"Budget 2012 addresses a number of important health concerns," said Pamela C. Fralick, President and CEO, Canadian Healthcare Association. "But, Canada will not have the world class health system it deserves with a piecemeal approach. Federal leadership is a necessary component of comprehensive health system improvement."

CHA was pleased by announcements for an important network of mental health researchers focusing on depression and PTSD, genomics research, and research on interprofessional healthcare teams through McMaster University, and alternate sources for medical isotopes. While student loan forgiveness for doctors and nurses who work in rural and remote areas is welcome, CHA would like to see this extended to other health professions.  Read more...

The Impact of Criminal Justice Funding Decisions On Children in B.C.

March 29, 2012 (Representative of Child and Youth, Special Report)  -- The Representative determined that this Special Report was necessary after learning that a serious child abuse prosecution was stayed (terminated) by the provincial court in January 2010 under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The prosecution was stayed on the basis that there had been an unreasonable delay and breaches of the Charter rights of the accused following the failure by the prosecution to transcribe and provide the defence with witness statements.  Read more...

Aboriginal health plan calls for more cultural sensitivity

Ambitious five-year project aims to improve health of First Nations people in B.C
Tamara Cunningham, Daily News March 28, 2012 -- A new aboriginal health plan that calls for better access to services and more cultural sensitivity is a "big move" toward improving the health of First Nations people, says Snaw'Naw'As chief David Bob.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority released a five-year plan Tuesday to tackle health issues faced by Aboriginal Peoples, from higher teen pregnancy and suicide rates to mistrust of government services.  Read more...

Rethinking how we confront cancer: Bad science and risk reduction

March 28, 2012 (By Robert Bazell, NBC News) -- Two thought provoking and disturbing studies out Wednesday raise major questions about conduct of the “War on Cancer.” One examines  the quality of basic research and the other concludes that half of current cancer deaths could be prevented.

Almost 90 percent of early stage cancer research looking for improved treatments is wrong, according to scientists at biotechnology giant Amgen and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.  The researchers describe their findings as “shocking.”  Read more...

Health: Phasing Out the OxyContin Addiction

March 28, 2012 (NAHO, Aboriginal Health News)  -- Faced with alarming addiction rates and a growing health crisis in Atlantic Canada and the North, jurisdictions across the country are ridding themselves of one of the most popular forms of pain medication prescribed by physicians: OxyContin.

As of March 1, the prescription pill turned street drug has been removed from shelves and taken off the Drug Benefit List and Non-Insured Health Benefits Program, which provides drug coverage for over 800,000 First Nations and Inuit across Canada, and replaced by OxyNeo, a form of oxycodone designed to be harder to crush or inject.  Read more...

Watching Sad Movies Actually Makes You Happier

March 27, 2012 (Jamie Condiliffe, Science) -- From bawling your eyes out over Bambi as a kid, to the slow, painful tug of the heart strings that was Beginners, most of us are suckers for a sad film. But a new study suggests that the reason for that might be incredibly simple: It turns out that sad films make us happy.

The research, carried out at The Ohio State University, tried to get to the bottom of our emotional reactions to sad cinema. To do that, researchers sat down 361 college students and made them watch the 2007 movie Atonement. That flick, in case you missed it, features two separated lovers who die as war casualties. That counts as sad.  Read more...

$500,000 to Support Health of Multicultural Families

March 26, 2012 (Posted in Aboriginal Health News, NAHO) --  Ministry of Health, Surrey – The Province is providing a grant of $500,000 to the interCultural Online Health Network (iCON), which offers health information to multicultural and Aboriginal families throughout B.C.

iCON, a program established by the University of British Columbia’s faculty of medicine eHealth Strategy Office, promotes partnership and communication between community members and health professionals by hosting various public-health workshops and forums throughout the year.  Read more...

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