Afternoon Edition – Wednesday House Call March 4, 2015

Afternoon Edition – Wednesday House Call  March 4, 2015

Dr Barry Dworkin joins Rob Snow to talk about the latest health stories.

 

Today:

1) How to safely use acetaminophen: Doctors may be under-estimating the risks to patients from long-term use of paracetamol, the world’s most popular painkiller.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/world-s-most-popular-painkiller-poses-risk-with-long-term-use-study-1.2263327
2) WHO releases new guidelines on sugar intake: The world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their sugar intake to just 5 to 10 per cent of their overall calories.http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-who-guidelines-recommend-slashing-sugar-intake-to-just-5-10-per-cent-of-calories-1.2263352
3) The government health care monopoly: Is private delivery of some health care services inevitable? ”  Sooner or later, the issue of private health insurance for essential services will be before the B.C. court and then, almost certainly, before the Supreme Court of Canada again.”
http://blogs.theprovince.com/2015/03/03/gwyn-morgan-canada-cant-afford-to-keep-banning-private-health-care/
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/once-more-the-courts-will-be-the-arbiter-on-health-care/article23273219/
4) A new treatment has been approved for Psoriasis. Cosentyx is an injectable treatment that targets the key protein causing the skin condition. It was apporved by Health Canada this week.http://globalnews.ca/news/1862806/psoriasis-drug-gets-stamp-of-approval-from-health-canada/

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