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2011-10-31 23:14:42

The main challenge to providing patient-centred health care is education, as many patients do know how to access the health care system, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/site/embargo/cmaj111687.pdf. While there are many resources available, many patients are unaware of what is available and how to access resources that can help with health issues. "Even a perfect system won't work if patients don't know how to...

2011-10-31 23:13:49

While smoke-free policies on hospital grounds make sense for the objective of clean air, managing the tobacco withdrawal symptoms of hospitalized patients must also be addressed, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/site/embargo/cmaj110235.pdf. In Canada, health care institutions have implemented policies for smoke-free hospital buildings and grounds to reduce exposure of workers, patients and visitors to harmful...

2011-10-27 07:00:00

The Consumer Justice Foundation, which publishes several free online resources designed to provide consumers with information regarding dealing with corporations and the potential dangers of prescription medicine and whose Web site can be found at http://www.SideEffectsRX.com, hereby warns the public of the results of a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal detailing the risks of internal bleeding in post heart attack patients who use an SSRI along with...

2011-10-17 21:49:28

Canada needs to adopt a national suicide prevention strategy, and physicians can play a key role in the strategy, states an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/site/embargo/cmaj111008.pdf. Many countries in Europe as well as the United States, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have adopted national suicide prevention strategies. Canada, a country in which at least 10 people die by suicide daily (2007 figure), however, lacks a strategy....

2011-10-17 21:48:33

Effect of foster care Although children and adolescents in the child welfare system are at increased risk of attempted suicide compared with the general population, rates are highest before they enter care then begin to decline, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/site/embargo/cmaj110749.pdf. Approximately 76 000 children and adolescents are in the care of the child welfare system in Canada. However, little is known...

2011-10-17 21:32:49

Parents of children in the palliative stage of cancer favor aggressive chemotherapy over supportive care compared with health care professionals, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/site/embargo/cmaj110392.pdf. Cancer is the second most common cause of death for children aged 5 to 14 in North America. When it is unlikely the cancer will be cured, parents and health care professionals must often choose between...

2011-09-27 09:29:49

Heart attack patients taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in combination with antiplatelet therapy -- acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), clopidogrel or both (dual antiplatelet therapy) -- are at higher risk of bleeding than patients taking ASA alone, according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/site/embargo/cmaj100912.pdf. Antiplatelet therapy is commonly prescribed for patients who have had heart attacks to...

2011-09-19 22:36:08

Gonorrhea is evolving into a scourge resistant to most antibiotics, and urgent action is needed to combat this public health threat, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/site/embargo/cmaj111393.pdf. Gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that causes pelvic inflammatory disease and urethritis, is evolving into multiresistant bacteria because most treatments are now ineffective. Japan reported the first example...

2011-09-19 22:34:53

Routine screening for depression in primary care patients has not been shown to be beneficial or an effective use of scarce health care resources, which would be better focused on providing more consistent treatment of people with depression, concludes an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/site/embargo/cmaj111035.pdf. Screening for depression by primary care providers is recommended in the United States and Canada if there are...

2011-09-06 22:07:02

Universities and colleges need to do more to protect young adults from the dangers of illicit stimulant use and to educate them about harms, argue the authors of an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/site/embargo/cmaj111149.pdf. Students use stimulants to keep them alert to enhance their academic performance, although the perceived benefits are questionable. "The vast majority of the evidence shows no cognitive...


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2012-05-18 15:28:08

The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) is a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The journal’s establishment likely would not have been without the foresight of Andrew Macphail, chair of the history of medicine at McGill University and editor of the Montreal Medical Journal. At the 1907 annual meeting, he argued that “without a journal to express its views and record its proceedings the association would have little impact.”  With...

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