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Researchers estimate that public coverage of essential medicines could save billions

Publicly funding coverage of essential medications would cut the overall cost of prescribing these drugs by about $3 billion, a new study estimates. Much of the savings would come from bulk discounts: buying in high volume for the whole country would mean a much lower price. Researchers modelled...

Exercise is most important lifestyle factor in reducing risk of breast cancer recurrence, study finds

A new study of lifestyle factors in breast cancer survivors found that exercise had the most powerful effect in reducing the risk of breast cancer recurrence and death. Maintaining a healthy weight was also linked to lower risk of recurrence. Researchers Julia Hamer and Ellen Warner from...

Worrying trends continue in long-term sedative use

A new study renews concerns about long-term sedative use in Canada. Researchers found that despite efforts to lower the chronic use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like sedatives, long-term use remained stable in older adults, and increased in younger adults. Benzodiazepines include the...

Cost prevents 1 in 12 older Canadians from taking their prescribed medication

Out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs prevent many Canadians from taking medication as directed. A new study shows 8.3 per cent – or one in 12 – Canadians ages 55 and over either skipped doses or did not fill prescription because of cost in 2014. People who do not take medications as...

Women giving birth in rural Canada have higher rates of maternal morbidity than urban women

Pregnant women who live in rural areas are more likely to have obstetrical emergencies or serious health problems when giving birth than women who live in urban areas, results from a new Canadian study show. Previous research has compared childbirth outcomes in infants born in rural and urban...

Study reveals surprising number of Canadians with urgently high blood pressure

A Canadian hypertension awareness campaign revealed that half of people tested required treatment for high blood pressure, including a group whose blood pressure levels were at emergency levels. Researchers at the University of Manitoba and St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre in Winnipeg set up...

No safe level of smoking: just one cigarette per day significantly increases mortality risk, study finds

New research highlights the dangers of smoking even for very light smokers. A new study found that people who smoke one or fewer cigarettes per day over a long period still had significantly higher all-cause mortality than non-smokers. The study on low-intensity smoking looked at mortality rates...

Web-based program for insomnia effective in clinical trial

Patients using a web-based cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) program for insomnia showed significant improvements in sleep symptoms in a recent clinical trial. CBT is currently the recommended treatment for insomnia. Research has shown it to be effective, and its benefits tend to last longer than...

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