New breast screening guidelines fail Canadian women

Outdated material used by the task force could result in the deaths of far too many women. A new set of guidelines must be drawn up

New breast screening guidelines fail Canadian womenChanges to breast cancer screening guidelines have been big news since the release of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care’s updated guidelines in December. Women aged 50 to 74 are now recommended to undergo screening mammography every two to three years, while women 40 to 49 are advised not to undergo screening and…

National pharmacare can hurt patients more than it helps

Will likely result in reduced access to new drugs, and delay research and development

National pharmacare can hurt patients more than it helpsThe federal government’s pharmacare advisory council released a report last week outlining the “foundational” elements of a national plan. And Tuesday’s federal budget may include more details. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding regarding core aspects of the pharmacare debate. Given that proponents in Canada often cite government-funded pharmacare programs in the United…

Marijuana’s medical attributes vastly overstated

Pot’s benefits have been overstated by political advocates and scientists, whose bias may have tainted research results

Marijuana’s medical attributes vastly overstatedMarijuana users want society to believe the very thing they’ve told themselves for years – that the highs of marijuana far outweigh its lows when it comes to health and the effect on the masses. Informed minds that remain sober and less tainted by personal bias realize that’s probably not the case. Cannabis is demonstrably…

Kindersley native Dr. John Staples to study in Australia

Focus on reconstructive plastic surgery, with emphasis on adolescence facial reconstruction

Kindersley native Dr. John Staples to study in AustraliaJamac News Service On June 16, approximately 80 doctors, instructors, support staff, and family gathered at a restaurant for the College of Plastic Surgery graduation. This year’s graduates were Kindersley native John Staples and Eric Fung. The college graduates a maximum of two students annually who have completed their residence in plastic surgery. John began…

Broadening health care’s perspective on pain

We don’t take pain into account when assessing where to invest health sector research and delivery dollars. That needs to change

Broadening health care’s perspective on painThe prestigious Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ annual meeting recently in Vancouver focused on chronic pain and, of course, the current catastrophe of opioid deaths was discussed. But most of the discussion was broader: What are the biological mechanisms underlying chronic pain? What are the experiences of those suffering from chronic pain? How could Canada’s…

Alsask holds 36th annual Terry Fox fundraiser

The event raised a total of $4,445 and about 60 people attended

Alsask holds 36th annual Terry Fox fundraiserKenneth Brown of The Crossroads Terry Fox is an iconic figure from Canadian history and Alsask continues to hold a successful fundraiser in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. The community held its annual Terry Fox Run on Sept. 16 at the Alsask Lions Hall. There is a 1.5-kilometre loop mapped out if people want…

Monsanto lawsuit ruling leaves Bayer in need of more Aspirin

Monsanto, now a division of Bayer, ordered to pay $289M to a single plaintiff. Even if Monsanto’s brands no longer exist, its legacy remains

Monsanto lawsuit ruling leaves Bayer in need of more AspirinIn California, where lawsuits can be found more easily than drinking water, German chemical giant Bayer has been dealt a huge legal blow. Monsanto, now a division of Bayer, was ordered to pay a whopping US$289 million in damages to a gardener suffering from cancer, allegedly from using Monsanto products. Given that more than 5,000 such…

Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda Indy

James Hinchcliffe, Robbie Wickens and Zachary Claman De Melo are all vying to bring Toronto a Canadian winner

Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda IndyThe first time I attended the Honda Indy race in Toronto, my friend Scot Cameron, a former race car driver, told me to stand at the wall of the track at the straightaway and look directly across as a car goes past. “All you’ll see is a blur,” he said. “You’ll know it went past,…

Is your home killing you?

Radon is an invisible, silent, odourless killer. But it can be easily detected with this device

Is your home killing you?It lurks in your home but you can’t see or smell it. And it may just be putting your life at risk. No, it’s not carbon monoxide – it’s radon gas. According to Health Canada, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Smokers are at even a higher risk. Radon is…

Eatonia Oasis Players return to the stage

Three performances of the comedy Suite Surrender planned for the Eatonia Community Hall from Jan. 25 to 27

Eatonia Oasis Players return to the stageKenneth Brown of The Crossroads The Eatonia Oasis Players are preparing for their first production in five years and there are still tickets available for one or two of the group’s performances. The theatre group is doing three performances at the Eatonia Community Hall from Jan. 25 to 27. The Oasis Players will present their…