Charlottetown doctor downsizes practice by dropping patients

Patients of a family physician in Charlottetown area are searching for alternatives after receiving letters that they had been randomly selected to be dropped from the doctor’s patient list. PEI’s medical society calls it a symptom of an over-burdened health-care system. “I was shocked. I had to read it twice,” said Heather MacLean, who received a letter from her doctor […]

Are doctors still prescribing too many opioids?

A new study led by a McGill University scientist suggests opioid painkillers are not always beneficial — and sometimes harmful — as patients recover from minor surgery. The research, published in The Lancetexamined the results of 47 randomized clinical trials in patients discharged after undergoing a minor or moderate procedure, ranging from molar extraction to foot surgery. Dr. Julio Fiore, […]

Some Enjoy Life baked goods recalled — they could contain plastic pieces

Six kinds of Enjoy Life bakery products are being recalled across Canada and the US because pieces of hard plastic may have contaminated the items. “The recalled products have been sold nationally and online,” said a recall warning from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued Saturday. “This recall was triggered by a recall in another country,” the warning added. “There […]

Parents of young kids feel ‘left behind’ as they await COVID-19 vaccine

Some Canadian parents say they’ve been left behind as they wait on Health Canada to authorize vaccines for children under five years old. “It’s upsetting to see the whole world moving on and forgetting about all of the littles, basically,” said Jaimie-Lyn Oldfield from Kingston, Ont. She said her family has made sacrifices to protect her nearly three-year-old daughter Rosslyn […]

Fearing another wave of COVID-19, feds urge people to get a booster dose

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Canada’s top doctor said Thursday that it’s imperative everyone eligible for a booster dose gets their third shot now before the new, more infectious Omicron variants take hold in the coming weeks. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said while COVID-19 case counts are currently stable, officials are bracing for a resurgence in […]