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Retinal Imaging Camera Unveiled - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Retinal Imaging Camera Unveiled Thanks to Visionary Donors

Retinal Imaging Camera  Thunder Bay Regional Hospital   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Heath  Lions Vision Care Centre inside the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Thunder Bay, ONTARIO  – October 17, 2017   (LSN) It was a day of celebration inside the Lions Vision Care Centre at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre as a new Retinal Imaging Camera was unveiled. The Camera is a specialized piece of equipment that allows ophthalmologists to properly see and monitor damage to retinas, caused by a variety of medical conditions, including diabetes. 

This Camera comes at a cost of $160,000, which was fully funded thanks to donations, including significant gifts from Lions Clubs, which have always been very supportive of ophthalmology needs at the Health Sciences Centre, having already given over $800,000 since 1998. Last year, they announced gifts totaling $75,000 to the Retinal Imaging Camera (from Lions Clubs from Thunder Bay, Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba, along with Lions Clubs International). 

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Screening Can Reduce the Risk of Cervical Cancer - Monday, October 16, 2017

Staying Up-To-Date with Screening Can Reduce the Risk of Cervical Cancer 

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#LSN_Health    Women are encouraged to get screened every three years until age 70

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO –  October 16, 2016  (LSN)  October 16 to 20 is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, in partnership with Cancer Care Ontario, is encouraging women to stay up-to-date with regular Pap tests. It is estimated that in 2017, about 710 women in Ontario will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 150 women will die from the disease.

“In our region, only 59 percent of women have been screened for cervical cancer,” said Dr. Naana Jumah, Regional Cervical Screening/Colposcopy Lead for the Northwest region. “Regular screening is important because it can find changes in the cervix before it turns into cancer. Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular cancer screening.”

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 Increase of Invasive Group A Strep - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thunder Bay District Health Unit Reports Increase of Invasive Group A Strep

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#LSN_Health    Health Unit  Anybody can get an IGAS infection

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  October 11, 2017 -  (LSN)  Over 2017, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has seen an increase in the number of cases of invasive group A streptococcal (IGAS) infections in our community. This infection develops when the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes gets into the blood, joints, lungs, or lining of the brain. Streptococcus pyogenes also causes more common diseases, like strep throat and minor skin infections.

Anybody can get an IGAS infection. However, in our area, IGAS reflects health inequities, and infection most commonly affects a very vulnerable group of people: individuals who have significant underlying illnesses, lack adequate housing, or use injection drugs. IGAS infections tend to be more common in the fall and winter, so we are expecting more cases.

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Free Radon Kits for Oliver Paipoonge and Marathon - Monday, October 2, 2017

Free Radon Kits for Oliver Paipoonge and Marathon

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#LSN_Health  16% of homes tested in Thunder Bay had high radon levels

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---   October 2, 2017  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is inviting residents of Oliver Paipoonge and Marathon to participate in a study to measure radon levels in their homes. Free radon home-testing kits will be available to 220 eligible households in Oliver Paipoonge and 150 eligible households in Marathon. The information gathered from the kits will help the TBDHU identify radon levels in those municipalities.  

A 2015 study of radon levels conducted by the TBDHU found that 16% of homes tested in Thunder Bay had high radon levels, which was much higher than the provincial and national averages. That study also found that radon prevalence increased in the more rural areas of the city. 

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Luncheon of Hope Celebrates 25 Years - Friday, September 29, 2017

Luncheon of Hope Celebrates 25 Years

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#LSN_Health  This year’s raised $32,688.45, bringing the 25-year total to $394,688.45.

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO Sept3mb34 29, 2017  (LSN) It was a sight to see today as over 400 women filled the ballroom at the Victoria Inn to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tbaytel Luncheon of Hope. Smiles and laughter were prominent, with a few tears shed too, in memory of those who’d passed on from breast cancer.

This year’s luncheon had a local focus, with organizers choosing to profile local breast cancer survivors and healthcare professionals. While each speaker had a unique message, two themes emerged; that of hope and an ever-changing landscape in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.  

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Access Point Northwest - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Access Point Northwest

Access Point Northwest
#LSN_Health  dedicated to helping people find the services they need

THUNDER BAY, September 19, 2017 – Several organizations have joined forces to offer a single point of contact called Access Point Northwest, dedicated to helping people find the services they need.

Access Point Northwest simplifies the outpatient referral process for clients and primary care providers in Northwestern Ontario. It is for people and health care providers to access programs specifically in outpatient mental health, supportive housing, case management, and chronic pain management.

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Reduce Youth Smoking - Monday, September 18, 2017

Money and Support to Reduce Youth Smoking

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#LSN_Health  may be eligible to receive up to $1000

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  September 18, 2017 (LSN)  With students now back at school, the Northwest Tobacco Control Area Network (NW TCAN) is calling out for high school, post-secondary and community groups to participate in the TRYPs program where they may be eligible to receive up to $1000 for smoking-reduction projects aimed at young people between the ages of 13-24.

TRYPS - the Tobacco Reduction in Youth Partnerships (TRYPs) program - collaborates with schools and organizations on activities that focus on reducing commercial tobacco use among young people in Northwestern Ontario. Through TRYPs, groups can receive funding for their smoking-reduction focused activities along with program support from public health youth engagement staff.

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Health Unit asks “Are you in?” - Saturday, September 16, 2017

New Healthy Lifestyle Campaign Asks, “Are you in?”

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#LSN_Health  Health Unit asks  “Are you in?”

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  September 16, 2017   (LSN)  The Health Unit’s  a new multi-media campaign was unveiled to encourage adults in Thunder Bay and District to eat well, be more active and make small changes over time for better health in the future. 

Are you in? features local residents making healthy choices and inviting others to join them in the healthy living movement.

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TBRHSC switch to digital will Improve Patient Care - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Switch to digital at the Hospital will Improve Patient Care

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#LSN_Health  TBRHSC switch to digital will Improve Patient Care

Thunder Bay, ON – September 6, 2017) An important tool in patient care officially made the switch to digital today at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (the Hospital).

When patients are admitted to hospital, the next steps in their health care journey are identified and recorded. This system, called order sets, ensures everyone involved in the care team is informed and follows the same instructions. The Hospital is introducing a new way to implement order sets to improve patient care.

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Recall Shore Lunch brand Fish Breading/Batter Mix - Saturday, September 2, 2017

Food Recall Warning - Shore Lunch brand Fish Breading/Batter Mix recalled due to Salmonella

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#LSN_Health   Shore  Lunch   Salmonella

Ottawa, September 1, 2017 - Industry is recalling Shore Lunch brand Fish Breading/Batter Mix from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

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OMA New Federal Heath Minister - Monday, August 28, 2017

Ontario’s doctors welcome new federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor

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#LSN_Health   OMA   Look foreward to working with New Federal Heath Minister

Toronto, Ontario August  28, 2017 – (LSN)  Following news of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle today, Ontario’s doctors look forward to building a working relationship with the new federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor.

Physicians in Ontario currently face grave uncertainty following federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed federal tax changes for incorporated professionals. With approximately 20,500 doctors in Ontario holding private corporations, we hope that Minister Petitpas Taylor will act as an advocate for physicians against these changes.

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Abortion Pill Available Across Ontario at No Cost - Saturday, August 5, 2017

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LSN_Health   Abortion Pill Available Across Ontario at No Cost

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August 5, 2017   (LSN)  Ontario is giving women more choice over their reproductive health by making Mifegymiso, a safe and effective medical alternative to surgical abortion, available at no cost.

Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women, on behalf of Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre in Toronto today to announce that, as of August 10, 2017, women with a valid health card and prescription from their doctor or nurse practitioner will be able to get the drug for free at participating pharmacies across the province.

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