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Alberta commits $1M to explore feasibility of new training hubs to address rural doctor shortage

In response to what the Alberta government acknowledges is an ongoing physician shortage in the province, Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides and Health Minister Jason Copping announced plans Thursday to look at offering more training in different areas of the province. Nicolaides and Copping spoke at a news conference at Calgary’s Foothills Medical Center on …

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Paramedic speaks out about strain of ‘hallway medicine’ on front-line workers

A Nova Scotia paramedic is speaking out about the conditions those in his profession are facing as paramedics are becoming essential to “hallway medicine” amidst a strained health-care system. Scott Sturgeon, an advanced care paramedic, has been with Nova Scotia Emergency Health Services for 23 years. In that time, he’s seen dramatic changes to the …

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Hundreds voice disapproval of GNWT health benefits proposal

Hundreds of people have given the GNWT feedback on proposed changes to some health benefits, with many saying the plans are neither fair nor equitable. The territory is proposing changes to the benefits system that covers people who can’t access health coverage through work or other forms of government insurance. Estimating that 2,200 NWT residents …

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Five-day COVID-19 lockdown imposed in Pyongyang | Coronavirus pandemic News

Reports of North Koreans panic-buying food ahead of lockdown triggered by rising cases of respiratory illnesses. North Korea has ordered a five-day lockdown of the capital Pyongyang amid rising cases of an unspecified respiratory illness, according to NK News. Citing a government announcement, the Seoul-based outlet, which reports on North Korea, said residents were required …

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Trudeau, first will meet Feb. 7 to discuss health care deal

A healthcare worker is pictured In the Emergency Department at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children on November 30, 2022.Chris Young/The Canadian Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acquiesced to the demands of premiers and will meet with them in Ottawa next month to hammer out a new spending deal on health care. Mr. Trudeau announced the …

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Effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease enters ‘last mile’ | Health News

The final years of the eradication effort, led by the US’s Carter Center, will be the ‘most difficult’, expert says. Only 13 human cases of Guinea worm disease were reported worldwide last year, according to the Carter Center in the United States. After decades of progress, Adam Weiss, director of The Carter Center’s Guinea Worm …

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WHO head ‘very concerned’ about COVID deaths as emergency declaration call looms – National

As the World Health Organization prepares to decide whether COVID-19 remains a global emergency, the UN agency’s director-general says key pandemic indicators are going in the wrong direction, including a rising number of deaths. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday he is “very concerned” about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it continues to have …

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Alberta-wide ‘network outage’ leads to postponing non-urgent surgeries and lab work

A provincewide network outage caused non-urgent, elective surgeries and some lab work to be postponed at Alberta Health Services facilities Monday. The network problems began to resolve at around 2 pm, according to AHS. “The technical issue causing the provincial AHS network outage has been resolved and teams are working quickly to restore all clinical …

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3,000 orthopedic surgeries to be contracted to private surgical facilities in Alberta

Independent health care facility Canadian Surgery Solutions (CSS) will be contracted to provide around 3,000 orthopedic surgeries annually in Calgary through a contract with Alberta Health Services. Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping announced the partnership at a news conference on Monday morning, saying the move will significantly and efficiently reduce surgical wait times in the …

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Outdoor Exercise Might Be Better Than Hitting the Gym—at Least for Your Brain

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Exercise is generally good for your body and brain, no matter how you do it. But research out this month suggests that even brief outdoor activities can be especially stimulating for your noggin. The study found that people’s cognitive function on a test improved after a short walk outside, but not after …

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