Canada’s aging baby boomers and the country’s growing population is propelling Canada into a cancer crisis, according to Canadian Cancer Statistics 2005 released by the Canadian Cancer Society. “The number of new cancer cases in Canada is growing twice as fast as the population is growing,” says Heather Logan, Director, Cancer Control Policy, Canadian Cancer Society. “Cancer is already straining our healthcare system and it’s going to get worse as the number of new cancer cases increases as the baby boom generation ages”. From 2000 to 2004, the population grew about one per cent annually while the number of cancer cases grew by about two per cent per year. Logan adds that if current trends continue with the growing and aging population, it is expected that 5.7 million Canadians will develop cancer and 2.7 million people will die of the disease over the next 30 years. From www.cancer.ca
A new approach to Drug Education for Teens
Dr. Ron Clavier is a Toronto-based clinical psychologist with a background in neuroscience research. He is the author of the book, Teen Brain, Teen Mind: What Parents Need to Know to Survive the Adolescent Years, which was published by Key Porter Books (2005).
Dr. Clavier thinks that the research showing us how the teen brain grows is fascinating, but he’s concerned that it might be misused or misinterpreted. The teen brain is not abnormal or dysfunctional, even though it is changing and maturing. As distressing as these changes seem, they are a natural process that probably shouldn’t be interfered with.
He advises keeping teens informed about the sorts of things they’re likely to experience as they grow and mature, and what they can expect from their developing brain.
Clavier cautions that drug education is not about condemning a newer version of a drug (crystal meth is a very potent drug but it just a newer version of speed) but rather exploring drugs from a teen’s perspective and inspiring a well of feeling in the teen that will prompt educated and well-informed decisions.
Secondhand Smoke and Your Pet
According to AADAC (the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission), pets are at increased risk for second-hand smoke-related cancers. Recent studies show an increased risk for lung cancer in short-nosed dogs and nasal cancer in long-nosed dogs.
According to World Health Organization 2001 statistics, Canada’s total expenditure on health as an expenditure of GDP is 9.5%. This can be compared with 13.9% in the US and 7.6% in the UK. Canada ranks 30th on the WHO’s year 2000 report on the cost effectiveness of global healthcare.
From MedHunters.com, a website for new medical professionals
Young Albertans are not responding to the campaigns against not drunk driving, a recent University of Alberta study would suggest. The study found that 16 percent of the province’s young people say their communities think drinking and driving is okay. The study found that 20 percent of people aged 18 to 29 never used designated drivers.
From Jodie Sinnema’s article entitled Young Albertans not listening to drinking and driving message in the Edmonton Journal entitled December 2, 2005
33% to 50% of people who experiment with cigarettes become regular users.
70% to 90% of people who are regular users are addicted to nicotine.
Relapse rates for quitters are high: about 60% relapse in three months, and 75% in six months.
Relapse is the rule, not the exception, and must be viewed as part of the quitting process.
Withdrawal symptoms include depression, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, decreased heart rate, increased appetite, weight gain and craving for nicotine.
The Future of Nursing in Alberta's Capital Region
“Staffing has been a challenge and will continue to be a challenge for Capital Health and all health systems in the country, but tremendous efforts have been made in recent years and we continue to stay focused on recruitment for our future needs and retention,” says Capital Health President and CEO Sheila Weatherhill.
The nursing workforce in Capital Health is growing by more than six percent a year, supported by increases in local training programs that were planned in recent years with the Alberta government and post-secondary institutions. Recruitment is focused on local graduates, in keeping with Capital Health’s long term strategy of “training our own”.
Although retirements will gradually increase in the next few years, this will continue to be more than offset by new graduates and new recruits—currently over 31 percent of Capital Health nurses are under the age of 35 compared to the national average of 19 percent.
From Capital Health’s Report to the Community—Creating Healthier Communities (Edmonton Journal Sat. Jan. 14 2006)
MRI and CT scanners
“Nearly 817,000 MRI exams and close to 2.8 million CT scans were done in Canada in 2004-05. About 60 percent of them in Ontario and Quebec, the most populous provinces”.
There were 176 MRI machines in Canada as of Jan. 1, 2005, an increase of 35 percent from five years earlier. There were 361 scanners in the same period.
Internationally, Canada ranks near the bottom of the list of OECD member countries for its number of MRI and CT scanners.
From an article by Carly Weeks that was in the Edmonton Journal and that was featured in the Ottawa Citizen entitled Canadians Tax MRI facilities to the limit (Thurs. Feb. 9, 2006)
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