Climate change hits health, yet funds lacking: WHO

December 3, 2019
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – Climate change is harming human health as more people suffer from heat stress, extreme weather and mosquito-borne diseases including malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The U.N. agency, in a report issued a day after a climate summit began in Madrid, urged governments to meet ambitious targets to reduce heat-trapping carbon emissions saying it could save a million lives a year through lower air pollution alone. “Health is paying the price of the climate crisis. Why? Because our lungs, our brains, our cardiovascular system is very much suffering from the causes of climate change which are overlapping very much with the causes of air pollution,” Maria Neira, Director of WHO’s Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, told a news briefing. Yet less than 1% of international financing for climate action goes to the health sector, she said, calling it “absolutely outrageous”. Global temperatures could rise sharply this century with “wide-ranging and destructive” consequences after greenhouse gas emissions hit record levels last year, international climate experts warned last week. “WHO considers that climate change is potentially the greatest health threat of the 21st Century,” said WHO expert Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum. “The reason […]

French doctor still treating patients at 98

November 27, 2019
Now 98 years old, he is still working and opens his surgery in the Paris suburbs two mornings a week for patients, some of whom he has treated for decades. With no health woes of his own – he doesn’t even wear glasses during his consultations – Chenay said a quiet retirement had no appeal. “If you’re over 60 they put you with the old people. One day you’ve got cards, the next day bingo, then there’s sudoku… With all that you become a complete idiot. I’m better off being a doctor!” Originally from Angers in western France, Chenay worked as a welder before becoming a doctor, ultimately qualifying as a radiologist before moving back into general practice. His surgery does not look high tech – there is a fax machine but no computer on the desk – but Chenay says he keeps up to date with all the latest developments via his subscriptions to online medical journals. He says a new development in his nearly seven-decade career is patients who erroneously diagnose themselves on the internet and then turn up at his surgery demanding drugs. Many of his patients say they struggle to get appointments in Chevilly-Larue, which has […]

More breastfeeding could save the world $1 billion every day

November 27, 2019
KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Not enough breastfeeding costs the global economy almost $1 billion each day due to lost productivity and healthcare costs, researchers said on Friday, as health experts urged more support for nursing mothers. A new website developed by researchers in Canada and Asia showed that the world could have saved $341 billion each year if mothers breastfeed their children for longer, helping prevent early deaths and various diseases. Known as the “Cost of Not Breastfeeding”, the online tool used data from a six-year study supported by the U.S.-based maternal and child nutrition initiative, Alive & Thrive. “It is a human right, it saves lives and improves the prosperity of economies,” Canada-based health economics expert Dylan Walters said about the importance of breastfeeding. Walters, who led the study of more than 100 countries, said the website was the first of its kind and aimed to help policymakers to measure economic losses in individual countries when they do not support breastfeeding. The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively at least their first six months, then have a diet of breast milk and other food until they are two years old. Breastfeeding […]

Medicinal cannabis not proven in mental health, study finds

November 27, 2019
LONDON (Reuters) – Evidence is weak for whether medicinal cannabis treatments can relieve mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and psychosis, and doctors should prescribe them with great caution, researchers said on Monday. In a review of scientific studies that analyzed the impact of medicinal cannabinoids on six mental health disorders, the researchers found “a lack of evidence for their effectiveness.” Their findings have important implications for countries such as the United States, Australia, Britain and Canada, where medical cannabis is being made available for patients with certain illness, said Louisa Degenhardt, a drug and alcohol expert at Australia’s University of New South Wales in Sydney. “There is a notable absence of high-quality evidence to properly assess the effectiveness and safety of medicinal cannabinoids … and until evidence from randomized controlled trials is available, clinical guidelines cannot be drawn up around their use in mental health disorders,” she said as her results were published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. Despite a lack of clinical trial evidence, anecdotally some military veterans and others who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety say they have found cannabis helpful in easing some of their symptoms. Other conditions cannabis is used for include […]

MDBriefCase Group Announces New Expert Advisors and Transforms its Online Learning Platform

September 18, 2019
TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MDBriefCase Group Inc. (“MDBC” or the “Company”), a global leader in e-learning products and services that aims to accelerate better decision-making in healthcare, announced collaborations with two expert advisors, Dr. David Strain, Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter (London, UK), and Dr. Mohamed Farghaly, Associate Professor at Dubai Medical College (Dubai, UAE). These collaborations will continue to support MDBC’s foothold as one of the foremost online, continuing professional development providers across Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. These exciting new collaborations come at a transformational time in the Company’s history as a global leader in online medical education, as they coincide with the launch of MDBC’s enhanced digital presence including a new learning platform that applies cutting-edge instructional design to all of MDBC’s global products and services. “The opportunity to work with Drs. Strain and Farghaly as expert advisors to the Company provides MDBriefCase with access to highly-respected thought leaders with deep clinical and industry insights,” says Jason Flowerday, CEO of MDBC. “Our entry, and the acceleration of MDBC’s world-class online medical education, into the UK, Europe and the Middle East is an organizational priority that will […]

MDBriefCase Announces New VP of Sales to Inspire Partnership Development

April 3, 2019
MDBriefCase Group Inc. (MDBriefCase), Canada’s leading provider of online continuing medical education (CME), is excited to welcome Catherine Rice, VP of Sales, Canada – the newest addition to the rapidly expanding team. Rice joins the company as it focuses on growth in Canada and abroad, and promises to inject a high dose of energy into its already impressive development of strong partnerships within the health education industry. “It is with great pleasure that I announce Catherine Rice as Canada’s new VP Sales,” says MDBriefCase CEO Jason Flowerday. “She’s a passionate leader with deep industry insights, experience and relationships who will add tremendous expertise to our leadership team”. Since 2001, MDBriefCase has delivered interactive, peer-reviewed and evidence-based programs free of charge on its proprietary learning management system. It has since advanced its commitment to enhancing the quality of care in communities around the world through its expansion into Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Delivering content for over 250,000 healthcare professionals in over 20 countries, MDBriefCase is proud to welcome Rice during a time that brings even more opportunity for innovation in health education. Catherine Rice has more than 24 years of Canadian industry experience with multiple senior leadership roles […]

New Online Program Helping Healthcare Professionals Respond to Opioid Crisis

November 14, 2018
OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2018 /CNW/ – Healthcare providers have a new online program to help them respond to the growing opioid crisis in Canada. In virtually every jurisdiction across the country, opioid-related overdoses and deaths have reached crisis levels. Through a new, case-based e-learning program from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, healthcare providers can learn from experts in pain management about the best ways to deal with these increasingly complex cases. The online program is one of three new self-assessment programs being offered as part of an innovative pilot collaboration between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the MDBriefCase Group. These self-assessment programs are available at no additional charge for Fellows of the Royal College and MOC MAINPORT ePortfolio users. The two other self-assessment programs available are on the topics of CanMEDS and research ethics. Other healthcare professionals in Canada and abroad will be able to access the programs at a cost of $65 CAD. All programs are available online as of today. Click here to register. Developed by leading specialists and peer-reviewed by experts in the field, these accredited programs offer unique learning opportunities in English and French, combined with the flexibility and convenience of online delivery. “Opioid therapy is one of the most controversial and challenging issues facing healthcare […]

MDBriefCase Group Inc. Appoints New CEO to Lead Global Expansion

September 17, 2018
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – MDBriefCase Group Inc. (the “Company” or “MDBriefCase“), a leading provider of online continuing professional development for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals in Canada, Australia, the Middle East, Africa, and around the world, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Flowerday as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO“). As an executive and an entrepreneur, Flowerday brings more than two decades of industry experience focusing on operations management, business development, and strategy. “I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to lead the world-class team at MDBriefCase,” said Flowerday. “With a proven track record created over the past 17 years, and more than 170,000 members worldwide, MDBriefCase is in a great position to deliver new and exciting continuing medical education to improve patient care on a global scale.” Since 2001, MDBriefCase has delivered interactive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based programs free of charge on its proprietary learning management system. MDBriefCase is the leading provider of online accredited medical education in Canada and has also established a leading presence in the Australian market after opening an additional location in Sydney in 2012. The key to its success is the strong partnerships MDBriefCase has with several prestigious medical organizations around the world. In Canada, the company has over 20 long-standing partnerships including the recently formed collaborations between […]