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Aging in community offers better quality of life and more cost-effective care, but nursing homes need funding and staffing to meet needs of residents admitted later in life, say U of A researchers.

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2019

Nursing homes fill a vital role for older adults unable to remain at home or in other supportive environments.

Nursing home care is costly to governments. In 2017, Canadian governments spent close to $19 billion on care provided in nursing homes and supportive living facilities. Individuals are also expected to contribute to their stay and spent more than $8 million in 2017.

What can we learn from provinces with differing policy approaches to aging in place?

Our recent study shows that policies directed at aging in the community reduce the overall length of stay in nursing homes, but that such residents are entering nursing homes with more complex care needs—a reality not yet reflected in nursing home care funding, training and staffing.

We used Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) longitudinal data to assess the avera...

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July
2019
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COMMENTARY || Online viewer privacy is regulated by an act originally designed to protect video rentals

Why the U.S. should strengthen a law that used to prevent video rental companies from buying and selling personal information, according to U of A digital cultures researcher.

In 1988, after United States Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork’s videotape rental history was leaked to the press, Congress realised the threat that new technologies — through the clandestine buying
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July
2019
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COMMENTARY || Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

It is a controversial and very personal choice, but researchers have found that just as in pregnancy, there is no known safe consumption level while breastfeeding.

Is it safe to drink alcohol and breastfeed? As physicians, we have always cautioned patients not to. As mothers, we look forward to the occasional glass of wine. We also know that drinking while
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July
2019
| 13:50 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Unproven stem-cell treatments can be dangerous. The hype needs to stop

Stronger regulations, enforcement needed to counter rapid growth of clinics offering experimental treatments, argues U of A health trend skeptic Timothy Caulfield.

For the past two decades, stem-cell research has received almost nonstop attention from the media. It has consistently been framed as a paradigm-shifting revolution that will transform medicine
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July
2019
| 18:25 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Misinformation about CBD can be life-threatening

Misleading headlines about recent study falsely claim the cannabis compound can replace proven treatments for opioid addiction, argue experts.

Hyperbole can be rampant in health news, particularly with respect to cannabis. One recent headline declared, "CBD is effective in treating heroin addiction." Another proclaimed, "New
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July
2019
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Cancelling superlab undermines foundation of patient care

Lab physicians may work behind the scenes, but equipping them properly to provide fast and accurate test results is vital to health care, argues U of A physician.

You don’t know me, but I’m your doctor. I am one of hundreds of physicians trained in laboratory medicine who work to provide you with accurate and timely test results that help your “real” doctor
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July
2019
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COMMENTARY || Half a million American minors now live in Mexico

Economic crisis, immigration enforcement drove migration of U.S.-born minors to Mexico between 2000 and 2015, researchers find.

While much of the current news has been focused on Central American migrants making their way through Mexico to the U.S., little attention has been paid to a different migration story: the number of
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June
2019
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COMMENTARY || Here are the best parents to have around, according to youth sport coaches

Some parenting styles are better than others at helping young athletes succeed in sports, says U of A expert.

Youth sport is part of the fabric of family life for many families. Parents are more intensely involved in contemporary youth sport than ever before. And while youth sport can provide a context
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June
2019
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COMMENTARY || What it will take for the Oilers (or any other Canadian team) to win the Stanley Cup

Follow the data, which from 1993 to 2019, indicate focusing on above-average goaltending, team defence, strong penalty killing and two-way play as the keys to get ahead, according to academics.

What’s going on? Canadian teams have won 43 Stanley Cups to date, and Canadian men, women, junior and world teams almost always medal. Something’s amiss. And it’s systematic. By chance alone,
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May
2019
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COMMENTARY || What we need to do to curb increasingly popular teen vaping

The popularity of vaping and the missed opportunity to regulate it are threatening progress on reducing tobacco use in Canada, U of A expert warns.

The rates of tobacco use among adults and youth in Canada have been declining steadily for the past several decades. In fact, the latest Canadian Community Health Survey conducted in 2017 revealed
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May
2019
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COMMENTARY || Vaccination: In Canada, many teenagers don’t need parental consent

Educating teens about immunity and the value of vaccines should be a public health priority, argues health law expert Timothy Caulfield.

A few months ago in the United States, Ohio teenager Ethan Lindenberger made headlines by going against his parent’s anti-vaccination views. He got immunized. At a time of rising vaccine
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May
2019
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COMMENTARY || Breastfeeding struggles linked to postpartum depression in mothers

Pressure on new moms can cause stress and guilt, so it's important to let them know they have safe and healthy options, says U of A physician.

As a doctor, I encourage mothers to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is affordable, helps with bonding and has health benefits for both the infant and mother. In my medical practice, many new moms come