Critics of Canadian health system discover a potent tool: social media

Unfiltered and emotional social media postings are emerging as a potent tool for critics of Canada’s health system, though some observers are dubious they’ll prompt lasting changes. In Nova Scotia, the latest example came recently when a team of three emergency physicians posted a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for long-term care beds – a campaign rapidly expanded through Twitter. […]

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Study shows many preteens screen positive for suicide risk during ER visits

A research team found nearly one-third of youth ages 10 to 12 years screened positive for suicide risk in emergency department settings. As part of a larger study on youth suicide risk screening in emergency departments, researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, and collaborators sought to explore how frequently preteen […]

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ER doctors warn about the ‘winter surge’ at local emergency rooms

Emergency room doctors are asking patients to re-think their decision to seek treatment at hospital emergency departments this winter. During the holidays, emergency departments are over-crowded and have extra-long wait times. This is because many people seeking treatment cannot visit their family physicians or local healthcare clinics due to holiday closures or reduced hours. “There could be very long wait […]

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