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Case claims Canadian Charter should protect right to a healthy environment

Ecojustice moves forward in case against Ontario government and Suncor Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge claim the Ontario government failed to account for their Charter rights when approving new facilities ...

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Scientific community ready to pull the “trigger” on diabetes

A cure for diabetes is not “pie in the sky thinking,” Dr. Philip Sherman, scientific director of the Canadian Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, told the House of Commons ...

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Ottawa Hospital cut “unfortunate” for bowel disease patients

A recent decision by the Ottawa Hospital to close an endoscopy clinic in 2013 has local bowel disease advocacy groups worried about access to necessary regular services. The hospital’s Riverside ...

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McGuinty: A walk through the outgoing premier’s health care record

In the race to replace outgoing Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, the health-care ...
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Let women decide: Breast Cancer Screening

Women should be given the facts and left to decide whether to ...
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A retrospective look at abortion in Canada

After the death of Savita Halappanavar in the Galway, Ireland following a ...

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Case claims Canadian Charter should protect right to a healthy environment

Ecojustice moves forward in case against Ontario government and Suncor Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge claim the Ontario government failed to account for their Charter rights when approving new facilities in Sarnia’s “Chemical Valley.” The judicial review, which Ecojustice put before the courts in October 2010 on behalf of Aamjiwnaang First Nation members Plain and […]

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Scientific community ready to pull the “trigger” on diabetes

A cure for diabetes is not “pie in the sky thinking,” Dr. Philip Sherman, scientific director of the Canadian Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, told the House of Commons committee on health Tuesday. A series of clinical trials currently underway—led in part by the Canadian Diabetes Association, the diabetes research fund JDRF Canada and […]

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McGuinty: A walk through the outgoing premier’s health care record

In the race to replace outgoing Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, the health-care policies of the provincial Liberals are bound to be at issue. This week, The Ward takes a look back at McGuinty’s record on health care to see if the criticism lodged against the premier is warranted. It may be too soon to address […]

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Ottawa Hospital cut “unfortunate” for bowel disease patients

A recent decision by the Ottawa Hospital to close an endoscopy clinic in 2013 has local bowel disease advocacy groups worried about access to necessary regular services. The hospital’s Riverside Campus clinic – which performs 6,000 procedures every year, according to the hospital – will be closing to save about $1 million. Of the 6,000 […]

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Let women decide: Breast Cancer Screening

Women should be given the facts and left to decide whether to have mammograms, both critics and cancer support groups said in response to a controversial study that challenged the validity of the screening. The study published last week by the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that “substantial overdiagnosis” affected more than one million […]

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A retrospective look at abortion in Canada

After the death of Savita Halappanavar in the Galway, Ireland following a miscarriage, Irish politicians are currently discussing changes to the country’s abortion law. This has thrust the issue of abortion onto international headlines. Nearly a quarter century after the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that decriminalized abortion, it remains a contentious issue. This fall, […]

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New health centre opening for Hintonburg residents

An underserviced neighbourhood west of downtown Ottawa will soon acquire a new healthcare facility to service its growing population of residents in need. The Somerset West Community Health Centre has announced the purchase of a building at 30 Rosemount Ave. in Ottawa’s emerging Hintonburg area. The “Hintonburg Hub” was a former church-turned-synagogue-turned-office space, and is […]

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This Week in The Ward – Nov. 27th Edition

For our last production week in The Ward, we have some great stories on the closing of the endoscopy clinic at the Ottawa Hospital’s Riverside Campus, seasonal affective disorder, the over-diagnosis of mammograms and more! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8n9dSq1OM0&feature=g-u

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Osteoporosis drug linked to rare thigh bone fracture

Another osteoporosis drug has been linked to unusual thigh bone fractures in a small number of users, according to an alert issued by Health Canada. Amgen Canada, the company that produces the drug denosumab under the brand name Prolia, joined with Health Canada in issuing a warning statement last week. Amgen said, however, that instances […]

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Journalists’ mental health needs more attention, experts say

Canadian news agencies and journalism schools aren’t doing enough to talk about the risk – especially the mental health risks – reporters face as part of their daily grind, a panel of experts said on Saturday. Dr. Anthony Feinstein, professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, said Canadian news agencies are lagging in preparing […]

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