Thursday, April 20, 2017

ODPRN Report on Opioid-related Deaths in Ontario

Latest trends in opioid-related deaths in Ontario: 1991 to 2015

The rate of opioid-related deaths in Ontario has increased almost four fold (285 percent) over the past 25 years, highlighting safety concerns around these analgesics commonly prescribed for the treatment of pain. This report describes the trends in opioid-related deaths, the opioids involved in each death, and the characteristics of individuals who died of an opioid-related cause in Ontario up to the end of 2015.

Nurse practitioners can now provide assisted death in Ontario

Nurse practitioners can now provide assisted death in Ontario

Nurse practitioners in Ontario can now provide medical assistance in death after the provincial government expanded their authorities, allowing them to prescribe controlled drugs and substances.
Changes to the prescribing authority of nurse practitioners were announced by the provincial government on Wednesday. The changes took effect after the province amended the College of Nurses of Ontario regulations. In order to prescribe controlled drugs and substances, nurse practitioners will be required to complete additional education.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

These are good idea to reduce sundowning

Sleep hygiene, proper diet, exercise, and the like.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

New research on cancer causes

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

US Gun violence costs healthcare system around $3 BILLION a year

Gun violence costs healthcare system around $3 BILLION a year, study reveals 

 Daily Mail


  • New study says hospital treatments for gunshot victims cost $734 million a year
  • This didn't account for homicides, emergency services and long-term healthcare
  • These added factors balloon the cost to $3.1 billion
And with gun violence on the rise (from 10,945 homicides in 2014 to 12,979 in 2015), experts expect the cost to only increase. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Why Your Ill Parent Fools the Doctor and What to do About It

Why Your Ill Parent Fools the Doctor and What to do About It 
 Whether your parent is in denial about their health or intentionally withholding information, it is vital for them to receive a proper evaluation. Discover methods to help the physician see the truth about your parent’s situation. Read More »

Friday, March 17, 2017

How can physicians know patients understand what they say?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Indigenous health: hotbed of stereotypes

PART LIII: 6-month follow-up

Trip #53 Feb. 6 appointment


We're at the point where we go back every 6 months to check track the cancer cells. The PSA was up to 2.7 and that up from 2.3.
Cancelled from January ice storm. Arrived at Robbie's for 12:03 for lunch. Nice lunch.
(Full story here.)

1:07 p.m.

We parked and were in waiting room. There were 6 people/pairs waiting. It was quite a busy room. I began playing around with the iPad. It has these fun apps for doing artsie treatments of photos. Sadly, while we were an hour early, they don't take us in order of arrival. We waited and waited.

2:08 p.m.

Woman playing videos from SNL, husband said too loud. She was surprised! I'm finding more and more people are on their phones, talking loudly. Three people were sleeping in their chairs.

2:40 p.m.

Into room with Dr. C. He asked the usual questions. No bone pain. Will do a bone scan. Physical in 6 months, repeat PSA test. Kidney function testing. Blood work a week before tests. Chest X-ray, bone scan (#4), CT Scan (#6).