Support pours in for Halifax lung transplant hopeful

Jaimie Harbin Keeping has lived with cystic fibrosis her entire life but has never let the illness hold her back. At 23 years old, she’s an accomplished young woman: a research scientist with Nature’s Way Canada, an award-winning academic, a runner and a world traveller. Shortness of breath, daily medication, percussion therapy and chest infections have always been part of […]

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Agreement will see extra money flow for Manitoba home care, mental health and more

The Manitoba and federal governments have finalized a health-care agreement that will see new money for home care, mental health services and other programs. Manitoba is one of the last jurisdictions to sign on to the deal, which was announced by Ottawa in 2017 and aimed at different health services in each province and territory. The province will receive $182 […]

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to host health care townhall in London

Families and health care officials will have their chance to push back against Doug Ford’s health care legislation on Wednesday. Provincial New Democrat leader and leader of the official opposition, Andrea Horwath, will be joined by local NDP MPPs Teresa Armstrong, Peggy Sattler, and Terence Kernaghan to host the conversation at the Goodwill Centre Community Hall at 255 Horton Street […]

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‘No one is listening to me’: Langley mother battles with Fraser Health over daughter’s epilepsy home care

The mother of a 22-year-old Langley woman with severe epilepsy is at her wit’s end. Tavia Marlatt endures dozens of seizures every day and must have constant supervision. Renee Marlatt says it is in her daughter’s best interest to remain at home, but the Fraser Health Authority has rejected any funding for in-home care. Instead, the region is suggesting there […]

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B.C. care providers call on province’s seniors’ advocate to step down over collusion allegations

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story linked the report at the centre of the complaints against Isobel Mackenzie and the province’s decision last week to roll privately-run home support workers into B.C.’s health authorities. Both the BC Care Providers Association and the province say the report is not connected to that decision. The story has been updated to reflect […]

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Health insurance often skips coverage for sex-related prescriptions

This story is from Kaiser Health News For some older people, the joy of sex may be tempered by financial concerns: Can they afford the medications they need to improve their experience between the sheets? Medicare and many private insurers don’t cover drugs that are prescribed to treat problems people have engaging in sex. Recent developments, including the approval of […]

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Moncton family concerned after scathing report, unexpected death at Restigouche psychiatric hospital

The unexpected death of a patient at a New Brunswick psychiatric hospital has left the family of a patient at the facility on edge, and the government offering their condolences. Reid Smith, who’s 34-year-old son Aaron is receiving treatment at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton, N.B., says that his son is always in the back of his mind and that […]

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N.S. needs to boost long-term care facilities’ staffing levels to address ‘overstressed’ homes: expert panel

An expert panel says Nova Scotia’s Liberal government needs to quickly boost staffing at long-term care facilities to address “overstressed” homes that aren’t meeting residents’ needs. Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey appointed the panel in September in the wake of media reports that raised questions about the quality of care in the facilities, including severe bedsores. Panel chairwoman Janice […]

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Halifax author with multiple sclerosis at a crossroads without access to affordable medical care

Jennifer Powley hasn’t cost taxpayers a dime. In fact, she’s a big contributor to her community. Powley has put her education — four university degrees — to good use, co-ordinating care for other disabled Nova Scotians, heading a group that sponsors LGBTQ refugees and volunteering to advise health-care students. Her recent memoir also won a literary award. But, stricken by […]

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Why Baby Boomers Should Get Tested for Hepatitis C

Getting tested is important because when left untreated hepatitis C can become chronic in adults who contract it.(Getty Images) If you’re one of the 74 million baby boomers in the United States – people born between 1946 and 1964 – you probably think about a host of health issues. The ABCs (D's and E's) of Hepatitis Chances are you pay […]

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