Thursday, May 17, 2018

Older Canadian women are being overprescribed

Older women are being prescribed too many “risky” medications, new report suggests
When it comes to taking medication, older women are at a greater risk of suffering from adverse drug reactions than older men. Despite this, 54% of senior women in Canada were prescribed at least one “risky” and potentially inappropriate medication in 2016.

This was one of the major findings revealed in the report Drug Use Among Seniors in Canada2016, (PDF) released this morning by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

Scientific director of CIHR’s Institute of Gender and Health Dr. Cara Tannenbaum and CIHR-funded researcher Dr. James Silvius are available to speak about the findings of this report, and about the importance of developing non-drug therapies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of seniors in Canada.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

5 Non-Surgical Steps For Treating Your Arthritis

This is an article, sent as a press release. It has good advice, if only we could take it. A lot of people in my age group and older are have knee surgery. Prevention is much better, however.

Arthritis afflicts 54 million U.S. adults, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

It is the leading cause of disability among U.S. adults over 55, and in many cases leads to total-joint replacements. That is a big decision – sometimes necessary, sometimes premature, says Dr. Victor Romano, an orthopedist and author of Finding The Source: Maximizing Your Results – With and Without Orthopaedic Surgery.

Romano recommends five steps you can take to handle arthritis before opting for surgery:

•    Wear good shoes with arch supports. With weight bearing and time, the arches in feet tend to fail. “Good shoes with arch supports improve the alignment of the feet and ultimately improve the alignment of the knees,” Romano says. “The feet and ankles act as shock absorbers for the knees.”

•    Have a daily exercise and balance program. Studies show that arthritic patients who exercise do much better than those who don’t. Romano recommends at least a 20-minute daily exercise program for all patients with arthritis. “Exercise should include stretching, aerobic activity, and strength training,” he says.

•    Use a hinged knee brace, as needed, for support.  Wear the smallest brace that makes you the most comfortable. “Do not wear the brace for everyday activities,” Romano says, “but for extra activities such as golfing, shopping or exercise. It unloads the arthritic area and allows you to pursue more pain-free activities, which you may not have been able to do otherwise.”

•    Eat nutritious foods; keep your weight under control.  Weight loss reduces the stress on your knees and increases mobility.  “Why not try an anti-inflammatory diet?” Romano says. “Sugar and processed foods cause inflammation of the arteries as well as inflammation of the joints.”

•    Improve your bone health. Improving your bone health with increased calcium intake, daily vitamin D, and weight-bearing exercises can lessen the pain of arthritis. “Should you eventually need a total joint replacement, building up your bone density will improve your chances of having a long-lasting replacement,” Romano says.

About Dr. Victor Romano
Dr. Victor Romano ( is an orthopedic surgeon in Oak Park, Ill., and the author of Finding The Source: Maximizing Your Results – With and WithoutOrthopaedic Surgery. He is board-certified in orthopedics and sports medicine with over 25 years of experience in the field. He graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and completed medical school at the University of Loyola-Chicago.

Monday, April 30, 2018

False-Positive Cancer Screening

People with False-Positive Cancer Screening Results May Be More Likely to Receive Future Screening
An analysis of electronic medical records indicates that patients who previously had a false-positive breast or prostate cancer screening test are more likely to obtain future recommended cancer screenings. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that false-positives may be reminders to screen for cancer. Additional studies are needed to explore whether false-positives have a detrimental effect on quality of life or increase anxiety about cancer.

False-positive cancer screening test results—when results that are suggestive of cancer ultimately turn out to be wrong—are common. Over 10 years, about 50 to 60 in 100 women who get annual mammograms, 23 in 100 people who get regular stool tests, and 10 to 12 in 100 men who get regular prostate cancer testing will have false-positive results. Such results may affect individuals’ willingness to continue screening for cancer in the future, causing them to be either more diligent or more reluctant about getting screened.

“Implications of False-Positives for Future Cancer Screenings.” Glen B. Taksler, Nancy L. Keating, and Michael B. Rothberg. CANCER; Published Online: April 23, 2018 (DOI: 10.1002/cncr.31271).

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The language of cancer

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Drug policy research in Ontario

Monday, April 9, 2018

Learn about OHIP+

Starting January 1, 2018, more than 4,400 drug products are free for anyone age 24 years or younger. You don’t need to enroll – all you need is a health card number and an eligible prescription.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ontario health ministry silent after Renfrew woman says husband punished for refusing services

This kind of thing has been going on for a long time. I've gotten in trouble for complaining about the treatment of some of my clients in hospital, by officials who phoned my supervisors. It is shameful.

Mar 05, 2018 by Derek Dunn  Renfrew Mercury
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care knows the situation Pam and Raymond Picard claim they faced. When Raymond was offered a long-term care bed at a Pembroke facility, the Calabogie man refused because it would mean an hour-drive for Pam, who has been feeding and caring for him. After securing a spot in Renfrew, Pam began to speak out. She said the day after refusing Pembroke, a care co-ordinator from the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) removed Raymond’s hospital bed, chair lift, and Pam’s four hours of respite care.
  • Home health care critic steps down from Renfrew seniors’ organization

  • Champlain LHIN issues response to reports of poor home health care delivery

  • Home health care provider under fire in southern Renfrew county

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018

    brain tumour survival

    Large study shows brain tumour survival progress “generally flat”, with major differences between countries

    Cancer survival across the globe is increasing, but adult brain tumour survival is “generally rather flat”. This was the finding of a new study published in The Lancet (download available with free registration) that involved 37.5 million patients of 18 cancer types from 71 countries between 2000-2014. Large regional differences were observed in brain tumour outcomes: between 2010-2014, five-year survival was 14·7% in Thailand and 42.2% in Croatia. Of the countries assessed, 24 countries showed some survival improvements. Across the globe, overall brain tumour survival in childhood was found to be better than for adults. Over the same period, five-year survival for childhood brain tumours was close to 80% in Denmark, Slovakia, and Sweden, but less than 40% in Brazil and Mexico. Read more (Cancer Research UK news item on overall results).

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere.

    Sunday March 11,
    the day Canadians reach out to a lonely senior

    RISE Sunday, March 11, is a key moment in a national awareness campaign called Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere.

    The goal of the RISE campaign is to make Canadians of all ages, cultures and regions become aware of the impact of social isolation and loneliness on their older family members, friends and neighbours – and to take action.

    Over a million Canadian seniors say they are lonely and have limited social activity. For most of them, this feeling of loneliness worsens as winter drags on and they feel trapped inside by icy sidewalks and cold weather.  It is especially hard for those without family or friends nearby or who no longer have a driver's license. 

    On the weekend of March 11, when we move our clocks forward, HelpAge Canada and dozens of local and regional organizations across the country invite everyone to brighten the day of a senior in their life - a parent, a friend, a neighbour, a relative. 

    Small gestures like a call, an invitation to go for coffee, a walk can make a big difference for someone who is lonely and cut off from other people.

    HelpAge Canada is the founding organization of the RISE campaign, a grassroots effort of organizations all across Canada.  
    Make a difference in the life of an isolated senior on RISE Sunday and in the years to come.

    Jacques Bertrand: 438-888-7766 

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Over diagnosis of cancer