Roger Collier | CMAJ | October 11, 2019

  • The popularity of vaping among youth could lead to “a resurgence in smoking — reversing decades of progress and creating new public health problems,” according to a statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health. The medical officers called on governments to create regulations and polices to restrict access and availability of vaping products to “create environments that prevent youth vaping.”
  • The health sector has been the strongest industry in Canada’s labour market over the past five years, according to a ZipRecruiter analysis of data from Statistics Canada. There have been 249,000 jobs created in Canada’s health sector during this period, accounting for nearly a fifth of all new jobs in the 16 industries analyzed.
  • Women in British Columbia are struggling to access proper health care, according to BC Women’s Health Foundation. The foundation stated that a third of women feel their health care needs are not being met and half feel physicians have diminished or overlooked their symptoms.
  • Saskatchewan launched MySaskHealthRecord, which allows residents to access their medical information online. The system permits access to test results, imaging reports and personal health information, with future plans to include immunization history and prescription drug information.
  • New Brunswick’s only private abortion clinic is for sale and will close soon unless the province’s government decides to cover out-of-hospital abortions, according to the clinic’s medical director. The province only covers abortions performed at hospitals in Moncton and Bathurst.
  • Three Ontario hospitals were recently affected by malware called “Ryuk” that locks files and demands payment to regain access. The hospitals, in Toronto and southwestern Ontario, lost access to email and had limited access to electronic medical records.
  • There will be a delay in access to a more potent flu vaccine for seniors in British Columbia. The BC government doesn’t cover the higher-dose vaccine, approved by Health Canada for people 65 and over, and the company that makes it prioritizes delivery to provinces where it is publicly reimbursed.
  • There is a shortage of the drug oxytocin, according to Drug Shortages Canada. The drug is used to induce labour in pregnant women and reduce the risk of postpartum bleeding and emergency surgeries for new mothers.
  • The Ontario government appointed a special advisor to lead consultations on its plan to consolidate 35 health units into 10. Public health officials in Ontario have protested the plan, claiming it will restrict access to health services.
  • Two parents in Quebec are seeking a class action lawsuit against the company that makes the popular videogame Fortnite, claiming their sons have developed severe dependence. The lawyers involved have drawn parallels to similar lawsuits against tobacco companies for creating addictive products without proper warnings.

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