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By Roger Collier | CMAJ | Aug. 19, 2016

  • Unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, inactivity and eating poorly shorten Canadians’ lifespans by an average of six years for both men and women, according to a study in PLOS Medicine. People with the healthiest lifestyles live an average of 17.9 years longer than those with the least-healthy lifestyles.
  • The rate of overdose deaths associated with illegal drugs continues to rise in British Columbia. There were 433 overdose deaths between Jan. 1 and July 31, up 75% from last year, and more than half were linked to fentanyl.
  • Ontario doctors rejected the tentative contract agreed upon by the provincial government and the Ontario Medical Association. Fifty-five percent of the association’s members voted, with 63.1% opposing the proposed deal and 36.9% voting in favour.
  • Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette plans to increase pressure on medical specialists to reduce surgical wait times. About 5000 patients in the province have been waiting more than a year for surgery.
  • The Ontario government announced $10 million in additional funding for its behavioural support program for seniors with mental health problems. The program aims to improve the lives of seniors by identifying triggers that lead to agitation and aggressive behaviour.

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