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  • Merck Canada - Merck Announces Results from C-SURFER Phase 2/3 Study of Investigational Chronic Hepatitis C Therapy Grazoprevir/Elbasvir in Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
    which are among those with HCV infection who are most difficult to treat over 12 weeks C EDGE Data Sets Include Treatment Naïve Treatment Experienced and HIV Co Infected Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Genotypes 1 4 or 6 Infection The company s ongoing C EDGE pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial programme is evaluating the investigational once daily tablet grazoprevir elbasvir 100mg 50mg in patients with or without cirrhosis who are infected with chronic hepatitis C virus HCV genotypes 1 4 or 6 GT1 4 or 6 4 Patients in both the HCV infected treatment naïve C EDGE TN and HIV HCV co infected treatment naïve C EDGE CO INFXN trials treated for 12 weeks achieved rates of sustained virologic response 12 weeks after the completion of treatment SVR12 of 95 percent 299 316 and 207 218 respectively In addition HCV infected treatment experienced patients C EDGE TE treated with or without ribavirin RBV for 12 weeks achieved SVR12 rates of 94 percent 98 104 and 92 percent 97 105 respectively and those treated for 16 weeks achieved SVR12 rates of 97 percent 103 106 and 92 percent 97 105 respectively These data were presented at The International Liver Congress TM 2015 the 50 th annual congress of the European Association for the Study of the Liver Abstract G07 E Poster P0886 and E Poster P0887 A paper detailing the findings of C EDGE TN was published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine on April 24 Patients with co morbidities and varying treatment experiences represent important segments of the chronic hepatitis C population in need of additional innovative treatment options said Dr Eric Lawitz Vice President Scientific and Research Development The Texas Liver Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Texas U S A These findings are important because they demonstrate that a single pill of grazoprevir elbasvir taken once daily achieved consistently high rates of SVR12 in the patient populations studied At Merck we continue to build upon our clinical experience using grazoprevir elbasvir across diverse populations of patients infected with chronic hepatitis C virus said Dr Eliav Barr We remain on track to submit a New Drug Application with the U S Food and Drug Administration in the first half of 2015 Summary of SVR12 findings C EDGE TN C EDGE CO INFXN C EDGE TE C EDGE TN Overview and Additional Findings C EDGE TN is a randomised blinded placebo controlled trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of grazoprevir elbasvir in treatment naïve patients with or without cirrhosis infected with chronic HCV GT1 4 or 6 who received therapy for 12 weeks Patients were randomised to an immediate treatment group that received grazoprevir elbasvir for 12 weeks or to a deferred treatment group that received placebo for 12 weeks were followed for an additional four weeks and then received open label grazoprevir elbasvir for the next 12 weeks The primary efficacy analysis included those patients who received

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  • Niagara Health System - Niagara's health system a hub of quality innovation
    contributions to improving health quality in the Niagara region Healthcare professionals at the NHS are improving patient care through collaborative teams that combine expertise and help reduce educational gaps that exist when students enter the health profession Niagara Health System is incredibly proud of our academic partnerships and the I Equip project says Dr Suzanne Johnston President at Niagara Health System Through collaboration students and our teams are improving the health system and more importantly patient experience and outcomes As a result our reputation is growing as a hub for innovation and for leadership in quality improvement We salute everyone who have made these projects and our Symposium today such a huge success The event will have more than 275 registered attendees that will be able to view a total of 39 quality improvement projects Creating sustainable change towards improving the quality of care patient centred care and interprofessional collaboration is a unique opportunity for our medical students says Dr Karl Stobbe Regional Assistant Dean at the McMaster Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine s Niagara Regional Campus Equipping our future physicians with essential tools to drive quality improvement and collaborate with other professionals on day to day and major projects demonstrates an ongoing commitment to improving the health system We are proud about the progress our students are making with our partners here in Niagara The Symposium feature 12 presentation sessions along with two keynote addresses from industry leaders Dr Wesley Ely and Dr Michael Christian An established researcher Dr Ely focuses on internal medicine with a subspecialty in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine As a Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Dr Ely is a highly regarded physician scientist with over 250 peer reviewed publications and over 50 published book chapters and editorials The second keynote address will

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  • Living with Stress? Congratulations you're Human! - The Psychology Foundation of Canada introduces Stress Strategies – a free online coaching tool designed to help Canadians manage life's stress
    Strategies to help more Canadians build the resiliency to successfully live with their stress and reduce its negative impact In Canada there are nearly 15 million doctor visits annually for either depression or anxiety ii both of which can be exacerbated by stress Other severe stress related health issues include increased risk of heart disease weakened immune system gastro intestinal problems headaches and weight gain The purpose of Stress Strategies is to help Canadians reframe the way they perceive and manage stress to live positive productive lives Reframing How We Think About Stress People often talk about stress as a negative thing but that s not always the case says Dr Louise Hartley Ph D C Psych Chair of The Psychology Foundation s Workplace Committee and Director York University Psychology Clinic A healthy amount of stress can help increase energy levels and alertness Our body s natural response to stress helps us compete in sports and games or tackle a demanding task Studies have proven that if we focus on changing our thoughts associated with stress the body s response to stress will change and minimize the negative health risks associated with it iii In addition a natural side effect of the stress signal is the production of the hormone oxytocin which supports bonding and interpersonal relationships as well as helps heart cells regenerate and heal from stress induced damage iv How we perceive and manage our stress can have a major impact on how our stress effects our health happiness and overall wellbeing adds Dr Hartley Stress Strategies can help Canadians address their stress and develop a plan for managing it before it becomes a problem Stress Strategies is 100 per cent confidential you will receive your own private profile where multiple strategies can be saved and you can

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  • Newfoundland and Labrador - Budget 2015 Investments Working to Improve Health Care Delivery throughout the Province
    support services including home support and personal care homes As announced Tuesday April 28 the Provincial Government has also committed to the construction of long term care facilities in Corner Brook Grand Falls Windsor area Gander area and on the Northeast Avalon which will see a total of 360 additional long term care beds The Provincial Government is continuing to promote and support the overall wellness of the province s population â from birth to senior years Budget 2015 includes 5 9 million for community based organizations and agencies which are strong advocates for health and wellness and deliver key programs and services in our communities Approximately 2 2 million for initiatives programs and projects focused on healthy living recreation and wellness at the community level and 500 000 to develop and implement a new school aged physical activity program The Department of Seniors Wellness and Social Development was established in part to bring more focus to government wide efforts to support and promote ways in which we can improve our overall health and wellness It means making healthier choices and gettingmore physically active Through this year s budget the Provincial Government is supporting initiatives and putting community supports in place to enable our citizens to pursue healthier more active lifestyles While some personal health issues are beyond our control we can all make positive changes to our daily lives that can improve our overall health The Honourable Clyde Jackman Minister of Seniors Wellness and Social Development The Provincial Government remains committed to addressing the challenges faced by people with mental health and addictions issues and to ensuring effective programs and services are in place when people need them Budget 2015 investments include 482 000 for a two year agreement with Health Canada to fund a Provincial Methadone Treatment Policy and increase access to substance abuse services 422 000 to provide youth outreach programs and services to vulnerable and high risk youth 300 000 to continue the Strongest Families Program that provides care to families through a distance coaching approach and 114 900 in annual funding to create a provincial system navigator position as identified in the Premier s Summit on Health Care to assist patients and families in accessing mental health and addictions treatment across the province Newfoundland and Labrador has among the highest per capita cost for health care delivery in Canada Without a change in approach health care will continue to consume an increasingly greater proportion of the provincial budget In ongoing efforts to seek new and innovative high quality approaches to deliver health and community services to the people of the province the Provincial Government will continue to find efficiencies in clinical and administrative operations with a special added focus to improve shared services among Regional Health Authorities to standardize products and processes and remove overlapping roles and responsibilities in non clinical areas Other initiatives include A renewed focus on primary health care to improve quality and access to services while reducing the cost of service

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  • Ontario Association of Optometrists - Eye disease, vision loss costs Ontarians $7.3 billion annually
    have some form of vision reducing eye disease which doubles the risk of falls and triples the risk of depression Seniors with vision loss are also admitted to long term care three years earlier From urgent care and disease management to the impact on vulnerable populations such as children and seniors there are gaps that can be filled by improved access to optometrists This will require some help from government OHIP funding approaches to eye care need to be modernized to ensure a stronger foundation of primary eye care by optometrists When patients wake up with a toothache they know to go to the dentist But when they wake up with red eye they re not sure who to see says Dr Jeff Goodhew President OAO Optometrists have the training and scope to diagnose and treat most eye conditions and we re easily accessible to Ontarians In short we re best positioned to be the first source for all eye care needs Without increased collaboration between optometrists government other health care providers and health organizations the current problems will only grow Optometrists have at least seven years of university education are part of the fabric of nearly all Ontario communities and have the knowledge the specialized equipment and the expertise to be part of the solution Ontarians eye care needs aren t being adequately met by the current approach says Beth Witney CEO OAO An aging population means that patient needs are becoming more complex We need to make the most of our existing eye care resources including optometrists so that patients have access to the best most efficient care On top of providing a current landscape of eye health and vision care in Ontario the report brings forward suggestions on how to improve access to optometry s eye care

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  • Nova Scotia - Renovations to Begin at Dartmouth General Hospital
    million over the next two years with the rest coming from community fundraising Government also contributed 375 000 toward design of the third and fourth floors PCL Constructors Canada was awarded the tender for construction last week The construction team will begin work Thursday It is expected to finish by late 2016 or early 2017 The project includes upgraded patient rooms and bathrooms that will better accommodate those in wheelchairs and walkers new handwashing sinks in hallways for health care workers utility rooms where medical equipment can be safely cleaned and sterilized saving nurses time and improving infection control New team stations where staff will work together on patient care plumbing and electrical work for the future expansion of the fifth floor which will eventually add 50 beds to the hospital These renovations we are doing will make such a difference for our patients and our staff said Nova Scotia Health Authority CEO Janet Knox A project like this has implications far beyond these walls As the Nova Scotia Health Authority our vision is on continuously improving care for all Nova Scotians through a deeply connected system Health care staff were involved in the design to make sure renovations will meet their needs and the needs of patients Registered nurse Maureen Egan who has worked at Dartmouth General for 25 years said the new bathrooms will make it much easier for nurses to care for patients The renovated bathrooms will have wider doorways a pull down seat in the shower and well placed grip bars for stability Right now we can t get patients with walkers in and out of the shower Ms Egan said We ll be able to get more patients to shower rather than giving them bed baths and a shower is much more refreshing and therapeutic

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  • N.L. plays key role - National aging study receives further funding
    and as one of the data collection sites in the country Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are taking part in one of the largest comprehensive studies on aging ever undertaken he said The study began in 2010 and will follow a total of 50 000 Canadians over 20 years to provide information which can be used to improve understanding on subjects ranging from disease development to how social habits may affect how someone ages and ultimately to promote healthy aging The funding is from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research CIHR More than 160 researchers from 26 Canadian universities are involved in the study including experts in genetics clinical research social sciences biology population health epidemiology and economics There are 11 collection sites spread across the country with 21 000 individuals across the country having completed hour long telephone interviews and an additional 26 000 having taken part in extensive home interviews and data collection site visits We re very pleased with how well received the study has been and Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have been so generous with their time either by participating via telephone or visiting a data collection site at the Health Sciences Centre in St John s said Dr Mugford The CLSA was launched through 50 million in grants from CIHR the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and several provinces and universities as well as other partners to set up the research platform recruit participants and collect data from participants The data will be used by researchers from many disciplines across the country with requests already being made for data to further research topics such as hearing loss neurological conditions and the health of older veterans To learn more about the study please visit www clsa elcv ca By Elizabeth Furey Source Memorial University For more information Organization Memorial University

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  • Provincial healthcare funding guides launched - Canadians unaware about the full cost of health care
    common health events or services Disability Home care Long term nursing home care Palliative end of life care Prescription drugs Travel emergency medical The provincial healthcare funding guides are found at www sunlife ca whopaysforhealthcare Canada s health insurance system was set up to respond to people s need for it rather than for their ability to pay for it However our research revealed that a large majority of Canadians are not aware that not everything is covered by their provincial health insurance says Brigitte Parent Senior Vice President Individual Insurance Wealth Sun Life Financial Canada We hope that our new healthcare funding guides will help Canadians in understanding what s covered and what s not Though government and employer health plans provide complementary coverage for many health related expenses there are common necessary medical services that are not fully covered The healthcare guides are organized by province and contain practical informative and easily accessible information with links to other authoritative websites for more detail For more key findings and results on the 2014 Sun Life Canadian Health Index visit www sunlife ca CanadianHealthIndex About the Sun Life Canadian Health Index survey The Sun Life Canadian Health Index measures the attitudes of Canadians towards healthy lifestyles and reports these in the form of an index The fifth annual Sun Life Canadian Health Index is based on the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between June 19 2014 and July 2 2014 A sample of 2 799 Canadians from 18 to 80 years of age from the Ipsos Canadian panel was interviewed online Ipsos Reid employed weighting to balance demographics and ensure that the sample s composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe The precision of

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