Calgary families share stories of struggling to get help for addictions

A group of Albertans who have been directly impacted by addictions met with the province’s associate minister of mental health and addictions in Calgary on Friday. The group showed up to talk about their struggles in trying to get help for their loved ones. Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jason Luan hosted the roundtable discussion at McDougall Centre […]

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St. Albert family hopes to raise awareness about strep throat disorder PANDAS

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated strep throat is a virus when it is actually bacteria.  Eden Hebb, 11, was diagnosed with Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS) in March. It’s caused by the body’s immune reaction to strep. Symptoms can include ADHD as well as unexplained rages and tics. According to the International OCD […]

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St. Albert family hopes to raise awareness about strep throat virus disorder PANDAS

Eden Hebb, 11, was diagnosed with Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS) in March. It’s caused by the body’s immune reaction to strep. Symptoms can include ADHD as well as unexplained rages and tics. According to the International OCD Foundation, kids between three and puberty are most at risk. A diagnosis can happen after a child experiences obsessive-compulsive […]

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UCP Leader Jason Kenney wants to explore private health-care options

Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney says a United Conservative government would work to reduce bureaucratic bloat in health care and explore private delivery options. Privately delivered care for minor procedures is improving wait times in other jurisdictions and any changes he made would still be funded under public health, Kenney said Wednesday. “We’re open to that kind of common-sense competition,” […]

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Alberta pot stores raise supply concerns amid AGLC plan to issue 10 new licences

Some Alberta cannabis stores are expressing supply concerns after the provincial regulator announced plans to issue 10 new retail licences. The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) announced the additional licences on Friday, which would bring the total number of cannabis stores in the province to 75. The AGLC cited “some improvement” in the national cannabis shortage, which has […]

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New Lethbridge hospital detox beds not being used by opioid users

Lethbridge agencies are still working on finding the best treatment options to help opioid users detox. The Lethbridge Recovery Centre at Chinook Regional Hospital (CRH) opened its doors two months ago, offering detox services for anyone addicted to drugs and alcohol. Even with the seriousness of opioids, though, drug users who mostly consume them over other drugs aren’t being treated […]

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New parking changes to Calgary hospitals causing concerns

Parking systems at hospitals across Calgary are being altered, and patients and families say it’s having a dramatic impact on their stress. What was once a pay-as-you-go system is now a pre-pay system. DJ Kelly takes his six-year-old son Reid to frequent appointments at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. He’s annoyed at the recent changes. DJ Kelly takes his son Reid, […]

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