Wednesday House Call October 7, 2015

Wednesday House Call   October 7, 2015

Dr Barry Dworkin joins Rob Snow to discuss the latest health stories of the week.

Today:

1) Flu Shots! Here we go again! Let’s walk through the basics of flu shots.
http://www.cfra.com/news/2015/10/05/new-flu-shot-for-children-protects-against-four-strains-of-virus
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/flu-vaccine-h3n2-strain-perry-kendall-1.3257969
2) Sports leagues and concussions. I’ll have some highlights to play. It seems the NHL and CFL are taking the issue more seriously. Are you pleased with that? What kind of protocols should be in place?
http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/10/05/macarthurs-head-injury-a-concern
http://montrealgazette.com/sports/football/cfl/montreal-alouettes/the-snap-alouettes-hefney-unlikely-to-play-again-this-seasonhttp://montrealgazette.com/sports/football/cfl/montreal-alouettes/the-snap-alouettes-hefney-unlikely-to-play-again-this-season
(##Seb please look for the highlights of these plays##)
3) Can diabetes be reversed? New York Times:
“Type 2 diabetes can be reversed in some people, at least temporarily, but it may take extreme measures.”
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/ask-well-reversing-diabetes/?_r=0
4) PCSK9 inhibitors.
A) What is Repatha ( evolocumab)? Is it covered? It costs $14,000!
https://www.amgen.ca/english/media/repatha_press_release.html
http://www.theprovince.com/business/express+scripts+cover+pricey+cholesterol+treatments+repatha+praluent+with/11418610/story.html
B) And what is Praluent? This is not in Canada yet, but soon could be.
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm455883.htm
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/dr-aw-a-potential-revolution-in-the-fight-against-heart-disease

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