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‘Critical’ public health info slow to reach New Brunswick parents

FREDERICTON, N.B. — By John Chilibeck

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Daily Gleaner

New Brunswick’s acting chief medical health officer was so concerned with the rise of respiratory viruses earlier this month he held a news conference — the first he’d hosted in months.

At the Jan. 9 presser, Dr. Yves Léger stressed the importance of flu and COVID vaccinations and to follow safe hygiene practices given the rise of RSV and Strep-A infections.

That week alone, five people in the province died from influenza and COVID, and six preschool children needed hospital treatment for the viruses, according to the province.

In the period just before that, between Dec. 10 and 30, a total of 26 New Brunswickers died from respiratory viruses, including a child under five.

And yet, a Jan. 12 letter Léger addressed to families of school communities talking about the steps people could take to safeguard themselves and others didn’t immediately go out to all schools.

The provincial government sent the letter to the school districts, which were responsible for distributing them. Some schools didn’t send them to parents right away.

École Sainte-Anne in Fredericton, for instance, sent the letter to parents Jan. 18 – six days after Léger had issued it. The school is part of Francophone South School District.

Likewise, Anglophone South School District reported that four of its schools sent the notice out late, while Anglophone North School District told Brunswick News it inadvertently sent the notice out to all its parents on Jan. 18, due to a technical problem.

Brunswick News asked the Health Department last week why the notice did not go to all parents promptly and at the same time, given it was based on the advice of the chief medical health officer, who has a duty to

Ontario hospital faces slow climb to safe storage of health records after cyberattack

Bluewater Health, hardest hit in a massive cyberattack on five Southwestern Ontario hospitals last fall, is belatedly taking steps to modernize its aging technology for storing and sharing patients’ electronic health records.

The Sarnia-based hospital announced on Jan. 10 that it has selected Oracle Cerner, a large U.S.-based health-records vendor, to build its new patient-records system. The upgraded system will not be up and running until the end of this year.

Bluewater is the only hospital that had its electronic medical records stolen. The other four – Windsor Regional Hospital, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and Erie Shores HealthCare – use Oracle Cerner to house their patients’ health records, which is recognized as one of the most advanced and secure systems in the world.

As an interim measure, Bluewater is working on restoring the health-information system it has used for more than 30 years. That system, Meditech, has been shut down since the attack last Oct. 23, leaving Bluewater lagging behind the other four hospitals in getting back online.

The breach forced the hospitals to cancel thousands of diagnostic tests and send cancer patients to other health care centres in London, Toronto and Detroit. Emergency departments became busier than normal.

Patient care is pretty much back to normal at all the hospitals, with the exception of Bluewater, which cares for 131,000 residents of Sarnia-Lambton. Its backlog of appointments for MRIs, CT Scans, mammograms, ultrasounds and other tests had grown to 8,000 as of last week from 5,200 in mid-December, said Bluewater spokesman Keith Marnoch.

“We anticipate that the system will be operational for hospital-wide use in limited capacity within the coming weeks,” he told The Globe and Mail.

The hospital’s leadership had committed back in 2013 to updating its system but never followed through. As a result of that

Sask. Health Authority slow to fix issues at Saskatoon special-care homes: provincial auditor

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has “made little progress” fixing issues at contracted special-care homes in and around Saskatoon, according to the provincial auditor’s newest report.

The report, published Wednesday, found 13 of the 15 contracted special-care homes in Saskatoon — which provide 24-hour care to people who can’t care for themselves — had more than 27.5 per cent of residents using anti-psychotic drugs without a diagnosis of psychosis.

“This is often an indicator that special care home staff are chemically managing their residents,” auditor Tara Clemett said.

The report found the performance results at three of the special care homes in and around Saskatoon have worsened since a previous audit in 2019. Four of the six performance measures were unchanged compared with an earlier 2017 audit, it said.

Those elderly care homes aren’t the only ones found to have this issue, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

About 34 per cent of residents on anti-psychotic medication in Saskatchewan care homes are undiagnosed, according to documented data from the institute. It’s the highest percentage among Canadian provinces, with the Canadian average at about 25 per cent.

The trend of potentially inappropriate use of anti-psychotic drugs in Long-Term Care homes as released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information in both Saskatchewan and Canada. Saskatchewan increased from 27.5 per cent in 2018-19 to 34.3 per cent in 2022-2023.
The trend of potentially inappropriate use of anti-psychotic drugs in Long-Term Care homes as released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information in both Saskatchewan and Canada. Saskatchewan increased from 27.5 per cent in 2018-19 to 34.3 per cent in 2022-2023. (Canadian Institute for Health Information)

The report said the health authority and private operators of the homes are developing a new contract expected to be complete by March. The auditor expects that will set the bar for quality and accountability, and clearly lay out roles. 

However, the health authority needs to work with the homes to improve its performance and quality of care, the report said.

“Failure to address non-compliance

Comment: ‘In trying to slow down fast fashion, regulators should focus on overproduction’

August 14 – When other fashion businesses complain about Shein, it is usually about how its ultra-fast fashion model is saturating the clothing market, and because it draws attention to practices that are otherwise hidden to those outside the industry.

That’s because Shein is just the most obvious manifestation of a prevailing ethos that cares little about sustainability, labour conditions for workers, or quality, and is focused on optimising profits, as we at the Hot or Cool Institute found in the report Unfit, Unfair, Unfashionable: Resizing Fashion for a Fair Consumption Space.

Even conservative estimates place fashion among the top global polluters, with a share of global climate-warming gases varying from the Global Fashion Agenda’s 4.8% up to an estimated 10% by the United Nations Environment Programme. Changing how garments are produced and consumed is essential to achieving international climate goals. Our analysis shows that emissions from fashion would need to fall by 50-60% within the next seven years to stay below 1.5-degree increased warming.

Far from taking a pause to course-correct, the fashion industry remains on a trajectory to double its emissions within 10 years, to around 2.7 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent in 2030. Trends show escalated production volumes and increased fashion cycles per year, more complex and difficult-to-recycle artificial fabrics, more discounted sales, shorter use-time per clothing item, and a trend to destroy unsold items or ship off second-hand clothes to landfills in the Global South.

Policymakers, including in the European Union and the United States, have taken note, and are preparing legislation to extend the responsibility of fashion brands to cover impacts across the life cycles and supply chains of their products. It’s an approach known as extended producer responsibility, or EPR.

But lessons from the application of EPR in other sectors, such as electronic waste

Penticton clothing store focuses on ethical clothing, sustainable brands and ‘slow’ fashion – Penticton News

Casey Richardson

Penticton is home to a new clothing, accessories and home goods store with a unique on products that are sustainable, Canadian brands, with ethical manufacturing.

Husband and wife team Bryan and Susie Gay opened Slow Current in June, after years of having a vision for their own store.

Gay said the name, emphasizes slow which is for a “slow fashion” and current as the “connection of currents bring nutrients all through different sea life and various areas of the ocean.”

“And that’s we want to create that connection in the supply chain and connection with consumer to the purchaser or consumer to maker,” she added.

Gay has a background in graphic and apparel design and has owned and operated multiple local businesses in the past with her husband.

She said the jumping-in point came when she was in a mountain bike accident in the summer of 2022 that forced her to take a break and examine where she wanted to go next.

The store carries brands that give back to environmental and socio-political causes, including helping farmers regenerate their fields through organic practices, making swimwear from recycled ocean plastic waste or even supporting women’s freedom from human trafficking, slavery, and poverty through self-sustaining jobs.

Finding ethical and sustainable brands was important to the duo as they work in trying to live their life that way.

“We’re not always perfect. But I just feel like there are so many great reasons, obviously. There are so many great brands and that’s what I was finding is you’re not sacrificing by choosing something that’s ethically made [and] sustainable. It’s almost [as if] you’re getting more, right? You’re getting quality, you’re getting a story,” Gay said.

“We have young kids and so we’re conscious of the planet and leaving it as good

Can fast fashion slow down? It’s not that simple

One of fast fashion’s biggest players says it’s taking major steps toward a more sustainable business model. But in an industry predicated on low cost, low quality and high production volume, experts say it won’t be simple.

“It’s hard to see how they actually deliver on their emissions reductions targets,” said Ken Pucker, a lecturer at the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., who focuses on sustainability.

“Because volumes are going to continue to go up.”

In an ambitious new plan, Inditex, Zara’s parent company, announced earlier this month that it will seek to cut its emissions in half by 2030, and become net zero by 2040. It also says it will transition to using materials that last longer and are easier to recycle.

View of used clothes discarded in the Atacama desert, in Alto Hospicio, Iquique, Chile, on September 26, 2021.
Used clothes are shown discarded in the Atacama Desert, in Alto Hospicio, Chile. In 2021, the World Economic Forum identified the fashion industry as the world’s third-largest polluter. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty )

Experts say the move signals a shift toward a circular business model — meaning materials get reused and regenerated instead of thrown away — as the fashion industry faces more and more criticism over its outsized environmental footprint.

In 2021, the World Economic Forum identified the fashion industry as the world’s third-largest polluter. And as the trend cycle accelerates, most of the clothing purchased is only worn seven times before it’s thrown out, according to a 2015 British study.

In its new plan, Zara says 40 per cent of the Spanish-based international clothing chain’s fibres will come from recycled material, 25 per cent from sustainably farmed crops, and another 25 per cent from “next-generation materials” that Inditex is investing in.

The big problem, say experts, is that the company shows no signs of slowing production, raising questions around how realistic these targets

Taurine may help slow the aging process, new animal study shows

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Taurine is a compound found in dairy products as well as some energy drinks. Kevin Day/Getty Images
  • Taurine is a compound found in humans as well as dairy products and some energy drinks.
  • In a study, researchers say taurine was effective as an anti-aging agent that promoted longevity in mice.
  • Experts say the findings are promising, but more research needs to be done humans.

A deficiency in the nutrient taurine appears to drive aging in animals, but experts say more research is needed to determine if the same effect is found in humans.

A study published today in the journal Science reports that supplements of taurine slowed the aging process in monkeys, mice and worms and extended the healthy lifespan of mice in middle age by up to 12%.

“For the last 25 years, scientists have been trying to find factors that not only let us live longer, but also increase health span, the time we remain healthy in our old age,” Vijay Yadav, PhD, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of genetics & development at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, said in a press statement.

“This study suggests that taurine could be an elixir of life within us that helps us live longer and healthier lives,” Dr. Yadav added.

In undertaking their study, the researchers first examined the levels of taurine in the blood of monkeys, mice and people and discovered that levels decrease significantly with age.

In humans, they found that taurine levels in 60-year-olds were only a third of those found in 5-year-olds.

“That’s when we started to ask if taurine deficiency is a driver of the aging process, and we set up a large experiment with mice,” Yadav said.

The researchers examined

Health advice: Subtle symptoms slow parathyroid diagnosis

The symptoms of hyperparathyroidism can be subtle. Some people have none, while others can have kidney stones and osteoporosis. Medical conditions like these prompt a recommendation for surgical removal, which is the definitive treatment.

Dear Dr. Roach: After dealing with hyperparathyroidism for over a decade, I became an administrator of a support group for the disease. Many of our members have difficulties getting a diagnosis and a subsequent referral to a surgeon. Can you discuss why you think this is? Shouldn’t a PTH lab be ordered as a followup any time a patient’s serum calcium is flagged as high?

J.C.C.

The four parathyroid glands sit on top of the thyroid and make a hormone called parathyroid hormone, commonly abbreviated as PTH and unrelated to thyroid hormone. Having elevated PTH levels is called hyperparathyroidism, which can be due to one of several causes. Most commonly it’s due to a benign tumor in one of the parathyroid glands. Most people are diagnosed when a routine blood draw shows elevated levels of calcium. This should be repeated, and if still high, a PTH level absolutely should be ordered. A diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism is very likely when there is a combination of high calcium and high or normal PTH level. In this case, “normal” isn’t normal, because if the calcium is high, the PTH level should be low.

The symptoms of hyperparathyroidism can be subtle. Some people have none, while others can have kidney stones and osteoporosis. Medical conditions like these prompt a recommendation for surgical removal, which is the definitive treatment. Commonly, I find that for people with vague symptoms, they (and their doctors) might have attributed their experience to getting older. Loss of appetite, some nausea after eating or a little constipation are common. Bone pain and muscle weakness might show

Marketing ‘slow fashion’ in Halifax

Laura MacNutt said she opened her vintage clothing store to counter “fast fashion,” which is the production of clothing from mass-market retailers to keep up with trends.
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Jam-packed to the ceiling with vintage jackets, Doc Martens and 501 Levi’s denims, a compact store lies tucked away in the Historic Attributes shopping mall on the Halifax waterfront.

KingsPIER classic catches the eye of passerby with its heat-toned lighting and the drifting smell of cedar and linen. The throwback retailer has arrive a long way from its rural origins.

Laura MacNutt opened the doorways to her assortment in 2013 in a smaller barn off the initial exit to Wolfville, N.S., surrounded by sheep, goats and leather-based jackets. Her collection has been increasing for over 30 many years. Educated in textiles and high-quality arts, MacNutt 1st commenced amassing classic attire via her work in films this sort of as regionally-developed Pit Pony in 1997 in which she was artwork director and output designer.

“Whether it reminds you of somebody else or it was any individual else’s, you embrace it,” states KingsPIER classic operator Laura MacNutt.   Elena Neufeld

“When I started, slow manner was not a word that existed,” MacNutt instructed The Sign at her shop on Higher Water Avenue.

“Vintage was not nearly anything, secondary outfits was relegated to the bins of Frenchy’s and Value Village.”

KingsPIER vintage is not a properly-regarded locale most prospects told The Sign it was their 1st time environment foot in the store.

Nevertheless, MacNutt stated revenue was never ever the explanation she opened her doors. She claimed she’s fighting to preserve the planet from “fast trend,” which is the production of clothes by mass-market retailers to keep up with trends. According to the UN Setting Programme, the quickly-trend marketplace is the second-biggest purchaser of water, with world-wide carbon emissions of concerning two and 8 per cent.

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