Category Archives: Health

Robotic animals used at Ontario health centre prove to be important tool to sooth dementia patients

They bark, purr and roll over. They are not real, but robotic cats and dogs are proving to be a valuable tool to help reduce agitation and anxiety among dementia patients.

Robotic animals used at Ontario health centre prove to be important tool to sooth dementia patients

They bark, purr and roll over. They are not real, but robotic cats and dogs are proving to be a valuable tool to help reduce agitation and anxiety among dementia patients.

RSV vaccine in the works, but could be years before it’s available

Work is underway to develop a vaccine for RSV, but it will likely be years before it's ready.

Heroin laced with deadly drug carfentanil found in Strathcona County

An ongoing drug investigation in Strathcona County has uncovered heroin that is laced with the dangerous and potentially deadly drug carfentanil.

Heroin laced with deadly drug carfentanil found in Strathcona County

An ongoing drug investigation in Strathcona County has uncovered heroin that is laced with the dangerous and potentially deadly drug carfentanil.

Santa Clara County Reports 1st Flu Death, Urges Vaccinations

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced Friday the county’s first flu death of the 2016-17 season and is encouraging residents to get a flu vaccine if they have not already received one. The person who died was under 65 but county health officials are not releasing any other details due to medical privacy regulations. The department has received eight other reports of severe flu cases in the county recently. The department only receives reports of flu cases when they result in deaths or intensive care visits for patients under 65 years old. County health officials said the flu this year is more severe than in recent flu seasons. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu viruses are most common between December and March. Public health officials recommend the flu vaccine for everyone six months or older and say those with the highest risk of complications include the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with pre-existing medical conditions like asthma or heart disease. Flu deaths have also been reported locally this month in Solano, Napa and Monterey counties. People can find locations for where to get the flu vaccine by visiting http://vaccinefinder.org. © Copyright 2017 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

Coach Credited With Reviving Student Who Collapsed At Basketball Game

(CBS) — It was during a basketball game between Ida Crown Jewish Academy and Lutheran North on Wednesday night when a 15-year-old athlete from Lutheran North collapsed while sitting on the bench. “Obviously everyone noticed something was terribly wrong, but no one really reacted as to how wrong it was,” says Rabbi Leonard Matanky, principal at Ida Crown Jewish Academy. That’s when baseball coach Steve Greenberg, who was in the stands, sprung into action, grabbed an AED defibrillator and revived the teen. “Greenberg was trained on an AED and was able to react, start the device, re-start the young man’s heart and he was taken to the hospital.” Matanky says this is the first time something like this has happened.
“This is the first time, and please God, the last,” he says. “All of our coaches undergo First Aaid training, and they undergo safety training and CPR and how to use an AED device. It’s something we’ve always followed, and we’re extremely proud it was able to pay off and he saved a life. He’s the hero of the evening, he truly is.” The principal says school officials plan on adding two new AEDs to the gym and increase training. Ida Crown Jewish Academy designated Friday as a “Day of Learning” to honor the coach and wish a speedy recovery for the Lutheran North player. “Steve is cherished member of the community and he really stepped forward during a moment of extraordinary stress and concern and saved this young man’s life,” Matanky says. “As far as the athlete, I spoke to his principal and he’s doing well.”

Health accessory fees coming to an end in Quebec

As of Jan. 26, doctors in private clinics will no longer be able to charge accessory fees for vaccinations and other services that are covered through public health insurance.

NB school district bus drivers, custodians take student mental health awareness training

Anglophone East School District is having teachers, bus drivers and custodians take mental health awareness training.

PTSD supports top of mind in meeting with Leo Glavine, Jane Philpott

PTSD was "one of the first things" talked about in a meeting between Nova Scotia Health Minister Leo Glavine and his federal counterpart, Jane Philpott Friday.