Private health insurance would ease Canadians’ suffering

Private health insurance would ease Canadians’ sufferingProvinces should allow other options, like duplicate insurance, so patients can access the care they need more quickly Over 660,000 Canadians are waiting for surgery at the moment, with many waiting long months and even years. For these people, each day stuck on a waiting list is 24 more hours of sore knees, of pain…

Researchers one step closer to reversing the effects of MS

Researchers one step closer to reversing the effects of MSMolecule appears to trigger the repair of brain damage caused by multiple sclerosis A University of Alberta researcher is one step closer to demonstrating the potential of a brain molecule called fractalkine to halt and even reverse the effects of multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the…

Private facilities bring much needed competition to health care system

Private facilities bring much needed competition to health care systemThe competition will pressure governments to improve the public system Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s proposal to use private health centres to alleviate long wait lists has faced opposition from many quarters. It may seem counterintuitive, but Ford’s plan will actually ease the shortages of doctors and nurses. It was B.C.’s NDP government of the early…

Key Alzheimer’s risk factors affect men more than women

Key Alzheimer’s risk factors affect men more than womenFinding unexpected because women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more often than men Scientists at the University of Alberta have discovered that important risk factors in Alzheimer’s disease affect males and females very differently. “Two types of risk for Alzheimer’s disease work differently for males and females, and dramatically so,” says Mackenzie Heal, neuroscience master’s student…

Canada’s health-care system is a disaster

Canada’s health-care system is a disasterForeign-trained health professionals could help alleviate the strain Canada’s medical system is fast becoming a disaster area and a tragedy. There are not nearly enough family doctors to provide primary health care. Walk-in clinics were supposed to backfill this need, but many now do not take walk-ins as their registered patient load is already beyond…

Program offers homeless emergency patients permanent homes

Program offers homeless emergency patients permanent homesHomeless make more than 26,000 visits to Alberta emergency departments each year Edmonton emergency department patients who lack housing will soon get a chance to find permanent homes following their hospital stay, thanks to a new transition housing program. “No one should leave emergency without a place to go and a roof over their head,”…

New business provides services to seniors living alone

New business provides services to seniors living aloneTuktu services include driving, shopping, housekeeping, companionship and technical help, all at an affordable cost The year 2022 is finally over, and most of us would say good riddance. It was a year of wars and plagues, floods and famines, autocrats and accidents, inflation and uncertainty. As we start 2023, we really need to find…

Artificial intelligence may help predict opioid use disorder

Artificial intelligence may help predict opioid use disorderModel predicted high-risk patients with an accuracy of 86 per cent Clinicians and policymakers might get assistance from artificial intelligence in predicting opioid use disorder, thanks to a team of Alberta researchers. The researchers have created and tested a machine learning model that reliably predicts the risk of developing the disorder in individual patients by…

Researchers team up to speed up nerve regeneration

Researchers team up to speed up nerve regenerationCould help more people recover from nerve injuries and illnesses University of Alberta researchers and physicians are aiming to combine their expertise in surgery, electrical stimulation and drug discovery in an effort to help more people recover more quickly from nerve injuries and illnesses. Nerve regrowth is very slow, at best one millimetre a day,…
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