Murder by HIV, Expanded Roles for Naturopaths, Midwives, RNs, Pesticides, Flouride, and Genome Canada

April 13, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Medical, Politics | Leave a comment

Medical MondayThis is the first of five articles for Medical Monday, April 13 2009.

  1. General medical news in Canada.
  2. News related to Cancer treatment.
  3. International Medical News.
  4. Mental Disabilities raves and rant
  5. News and developments for people with Physical Disabilities.

British Columbia West Side Mental Health Team is closing:

Ontario Ontario man found guilty in HIV murder trial:

During the six-month trial, the Crown described Aziga, a former employee of the Ministry of the Attorney General, as a callous and arrogant person who lied about his HIV status.

Prosecutors alleged that Aziga failed to tell his partners of his HIV-positive status, even though he had been aware of it since 1996 and was under public-health orders to do so.

The defence argued Aziga was depressed and ill and did not have the state of mind to deliberately endanger the lives of his sexual partners.

British Columbia Abstinence-based program shuns harm reduction approach:

“The Last Door Recovery Centre is an addict’s last chance, and the successful model they’ve built for addicts seeking recovery could be a blueprint for other drug programs in Canada. Whatever they are doing at the Last Door seems to work.”

British Columbia Expanded Roles for Naturopaths, Midwives, RNs in BC:

Naturopaths, midwives and registered nurses will now be able to prescribe drugs, order diagnostics.

Naturopaths will be able to prescribe drugs “making them the first alternative health-care providers in the country to do so.”

Midwives with the requisite certification will be authorized to induce or augment labour, apply acupuncture, and assist M.D.s with caesarean sections.

Registered nurses will be able to offer a number of additional services

British Columbia Cancer society pushes for B.C. pesticide ban:

Quebec has a ban in place on using such pesticides, and a ban on selling them goes into effect in Ontario on Earth Day, April 22.

Kathryn Seely, the cancer society’s manager of public issues, has been making the case to lawmakers in Victoria that B.C. should follow suit.

A growing body of evidence links pesticides to cancer, she said, including adult and childhood leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer and some brain cancers.

Alberta Fluoride to stay in Calgary drinking water:

Last year, a panel of experts recommended Health Canada lower fluoride levels in drinking water to 0.7 mg/L to limit exposure in children and infants, who are particularly vulnerable if they ingest powdered infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated water.

This level, they say, balances the need for dental cavity protection with the risk of dental fluorosis, which leads to staining or pitting of the teeth if too much fluoride is ingested.

The Canadian Dental Association defended fluoridation, saying it benefits all residents in a community, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, education or employment.

Nova Scotia New Atlantic Canada centre aims to unite cancer researchers :

A more co-ordinated approach will lead to better treatment and prevention for patients, said Dr. Mark Bernstein, who heads research into cancer affecting children and young adults at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre.

For example, he and his research team have proposed teaming up with the Dalhousie computer sciences department in a project that would put hand-held communications devices into the hands of young cancer patients.

“If you have children, you know that’s the way they communicate,” he said Thursday. “We want to improve access to reliable information about how they should be followed up, how they can improve their well-being.”

Canada Genome Canada pulling out of stem-cell project:

Genome Canada has backed out of its plan to give $20 million over five years to the International Regulome Consortium, an international project that intends to decode the genome of stem cells. Martin Godbout, president and CEO of Genome Canada, a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization, said the move is based on scientific and management issues identified by a peer-review committee and is not related to a lack of funds.

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