What does your family medical history reveal about your health risks?

  via The Chronicle Herald During heart health month, there is a lot talk about how to keep the ticker healthy and happy. But what if a bad heart condition can’t be prevented because it’s inherited? This February, the QEII’s inherited heart disease clinic is warning people about a type of heart disease that, if … Continue reading What does your family medical history reveal about your health risks?

INFOGRAPHIC: N.S. Health Authority vows to improve surgery wait times

via The Chronicle Herald The Nova Scotia Health Authority says its main focus is on improving wait times for knee and hip surgeries — not meeting a national standard. A report released Wednesday by Auditor General Michael Pickup said the province continues to have the longest wait times for knee and hip surgeries in Canada. … Continue reading INFOGRAPHIC: N.S. Health Authority vows to improve surgery wait times

Almost 100,000 more opioid prescriptions written in 2016 than the year before

via The Chronicle Herald The province’s Prescription Monitoring Program saw an increase of nearly 100,000 opioid prescriptions last year — but for the right reasons. It was mostly due to the high number of methadone treatments for addicts. According to numbers provided by Medavie Blue Cross — the administrator of the province’s PMP — 971,165 … Continue reading Almost 100,000 more opioid prescriptions written in 2016 than the year before

VIDEO: Eastern Passage woman running the Great Wall of China for diabetes

via The Chronicle Herald An Eastern Passage resident will be running across the Great Wall of China next year to raise awareness for diabetes. Amanda Quarmby-Bennett’s enrolment in the Great Wall Marathon began as a joke. Last May she was at the pickup station for the Blue Nose marathon, gearing up to run a 10-kilometre race, … Continue reading VIDEO: Eastern Passage woman running the Great Wall of China for diabetes

Collaborative Care: ‘Health homes’ on the rise; could alleviate Nova Scotia’s doctor shortage

via The Chronicle Herald The province likes to use the term “collaborative care” when addressing the future of Nova Scotia’s health care system. Thousands of residents without a family physician are being told that these health clinics — called “health homes” by the Nova Scotia Health Authority — are the answer. There, physicians, nurses, social workers … Continue reading Collaborative Care: ‘Health homes’ on the rise; could alleviate Nova Scotia’s doctor shortage

Cyclist finds time on the road brings hope, awareness to mental health cause

via The Chronicle Herald Martin Bauman pedaled into Halifax alone on Tuesday on a cross-country biking journey spurred on by a father’s depression and a cousin’s suicide. The idea came to 24-year-old Bauman one cold Saturday morning last October. He was catching up with a family friend who was doing the Ride for Refuge, to raise … Continue reading Cyclist finds time on the road brings hope, awareness to mental health cause

Pot dispensary illegal, board rules

via The Chronicle Herald The ink is barely dry Monday’s Utility and Review Board decision declaring one medical marijuana dispensary illegal, but the owners of Auntie’s Health and Wellness Centre are busy preparing to open their doors at 1547 Barrington St. this Friday — with or without a business occupancy permit. Owner Shirley Martineau’s dispensary … Continue reading Pot dispensary illegal, board rules