Dr. David Kaplan, Deputy Chief, Family & Community Medicine Program, was interviewed by Beatrice Politi, Global TV, about the increase in prescriptions being written by doctors and the increasing number of tests being done on patients. This segment aired Sept. 27, 2010.View the video segment, — by clicking Family Health in the menu, then clicking Too Much Testing.
See my interview yesterday with Beatrice Politi from Global TV News on safe exercising during our Toronto Heat Wave 2010.
Recognizing Heat Stroke
Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following:
- An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F, orally)
- Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
Dr. Carolyn Bennett – Openning RemarksOpen discussion (moderated by Dr. Carolyn Bennett)Panel Members: Kevin Leonard (Associate Professor, University of Toronto, and Founder, Patient Destiny), Pam Nolan (Nurse, Garden River First Nation), Debra Grant (Senior Health Policy Specialist, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario), Doug Gosling (Cancer Survivor), Dr. David Kaplan (Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Family Physician, North York), & William Tatham (Chair, CAPCH; CEO, NexJ Systems)Background: The trends in the healthcare field pertaining to eHealth development have focused around supporting the traditional decision makers. These are typically providers, administrators and researchers. (For our purposes, eHealth will be a term we use to refer to the discipline of health information technologies, information sciences or informatics. This term then comprises components such as electronic health records, order entry systems and decision support among many others.) To date, this investment has not focused on the consumer or the patient needs. Our discussion will focus on “transforming the health system” by putting information in the hands of the consumer in healthcare – i.e., the patient. This proposed transformation attempts to achieve two major objectives: 1. Bring the health system in line with many other industries by incorporating consumer inputs; 2. Improve the adoption of information technology (and thereby increase eHealth benefits) by combining the efforts of two groups – the current active stakeholder decision makers with the patient group.You can also see the event listed on Dr. Carolyn Bennett’s website in the link below: http://www.carolynbennett.ca/events.cfm
TIP 1: Canadians aged 50 or over should get screened for colon cancer
Only about 30% of Canadians aged 50 to 79 years-old get screened for colon cancer. Colon cancer is cancer of the lower bowel; about 1 in 20 people will get this cancer sometimes during their life. About 40% of patients who get colorectal cancer will die from it. There are two methods of screening people at low-risk:
- stool testing for blood every 1-2 years
- colonoscopy every 10 years
For more information visit or call your healthcare provider:
TIP 2: Most Adult Canadians should take in about 500 to 1,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D every day – not specifically for disease prevention, but for normal body function.
Vitamin D helps to strengthen your bones, may thwart different forms of cancer, and may stave off multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders. We know it is a prohormone that helps improve muscle strength and immune function, reduces inflammation, and promotes the absorption of calcium from the bowel. It also helps maintain our blood levels of the calcium and phosphate, which we need for bone formation, growth, and repair.A large study (2007) showed that patients taking 500 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily had a seven per cent lower risk of death compared with those given a placebo.One cup of fortified milk contains 100 IU of vitamin D.The Canadian Cancer Society recommends Canadians take in 1,000 IU of vitamin D every day. For more information visit or call your healthcare provider:
TIP 3: All women should have routine pap smears.
Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in young women aged 25-39. Most women diagnosed with cervical cancer have not had a pap smear in 3 years.All women who have been sexually active should have routine pap smears.Additionally, young women aged 9-25 can be vaccinated against the two most common strains of HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer. These girls and young women can speak to their doctor confidentially about the vaccine.For more information visit or call your healthcare provider:
- Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians of Canada: How to Turn an Embarrassing Moment Into a Positive Experience
- Life after Puberty: My First Pelvic Exam
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An early interview on Investment television regarding Electronic Medical Record use can be seen here: EMR Interview – Investment Television with Garth Turner. This was early days in EMR implementation.