Nova Scotia woman says medical coverage abruptly stopped by community services

Imagine being unable to find work for over a decade, due to a degenerative illness that leaves you in constant pain and reliant on the use of a wheelchair. For one Nova Scotia woman, that’s been the reality. The key to her survival, she says, was medical coverage through the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services Pharmacare program. “I really […]

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Community Health Worker Intervention Beneficial

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 — A standardized community health worker (CHW)-delivered intervention, Individual Management for Patient-Centered Targets, improves patient-perceived quality of care and reduces hospitalizations for low-income patients with chronic diseases, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Shreya Kangovi, M.D., from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues recruited 592 patients from three […]

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Novel technique can potentially improve success of ovarian cancer treatment, study reveals

Novel Technique Can Potentially Improve Success of Ovarian Cancer Treatment, Study Reveals Instead of destroying a tumour’s blood supply, a first-ever University of Guelph study has proven that opening up the vessels is potentially more effective when it comes to fighting ovarian cancer. This is because open vessels provide a clear pathway for treatment to attack the tumour. “There hasn’t […]

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'Parents are playing their part in this too' – How childhood is shrinking and anxiety is rising

It’s a sign of the times that in today’s schools, building emotional resilience and giving children the skills to cope with the pressures of modern life are as much a part of the junior cycle curriculum as English and maths. The 60,000 first years who entered post-primary schools around the country last year were the first to have well-being written […]

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One month of abstinence from cannabis improves memory in adolescents, young adults

A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) study finds that one month of abstaining from cannabis use resulted in measurable improvement in memory functions important for learning among adolescents and young adults who are regular cannabis users. The study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry is one of the first to prospectively track over time changes in cognitive function associated with […]

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Biologists discover source for boosting tumor cell drug sensitivity: Gene that inhibits HIV identified as a potential candidate for cancer treatments

DNA-damaging agents, or “DDAs,” make up the most widely used group of cancer drugs. Yet their therapeutic success has been curtailed by drug resistance — either present in cancer cells from the disease onset or arising during treatment. Now, biologists at the University of California San Diego have discovered a new way of re-sensitizing drug-resistant human tumor cells to the […]

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Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors May Up Lung CA Risk

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 — The use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer compared with angiotensin receptor blockers, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in the BMJ. Blánaid M. Hicks, Ph.D., from Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, and colleagues conducted a population-based cohort study involving 992,061 patients newly treated with […]

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Revealed, the true cost of air pollution

Revealed, the true cost of pollution: Toxic air can harm the blood pressure, heart rhythms and circulatory systems of millions, damning report warns The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants analysed many studies  It is considered the most comprehensive review on pollution’s impact to date The WHO says 300million people live in places where toxic fumes are six […]

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