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New Funding for Research to Examine Population Interventions and Their Health Impacts

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Toronto (November 30, 2010) - Fourteen research projects on population health intervention research received $2.8 million in funding. The Vice-President of Research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Dr. Pierre Chartrand today announced these initiatives during the Population Health Intervention Research Symposium in Toronto.

"CIHR recognizes the importance of supporting researchers who evaluate the effectiveness of population interventions aimed at improving the health of Canadians," said Dr. Chartrand. "The work of talented researchers who are leading the projects announced today will contribute to our knowledge of effective population health policies, programs and strategies."

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The Role of Sex and Gender Based Analysis (SGBA) in Pharmaceutical Policy

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Researchers at the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research have been investigating the role of SGBA in pharmaceutical policy.

Their scoping study of the use of SGBA in pharmaceutical policy research, "Sex, drugs and gender roles: mapping the use of sex and gender based analysis in pharmaceutical policy research," is now published. The article is freely available online.

A Survey of Anti-Choice Protesting Activity at Canadian Abortion Clinics

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A new survey by the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada reveals that 64% of abortion clinics in Canada clinics currently experience protest activity, while a further 15% have had protesters in the past. But 73% of clinics have no legal protection from picketing. The full report is available on ARCC.

Workplace Bullying and Women’s Health: Research from NB

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Researchers at the University of New Brunswick interviewed 36 women from this region who had been bullied in the workplace. The researchers’ main conclusions, published recently in an academic journal, was that women could not continue working in a business-as-usual way after experiencing bullying because it interfered with their health and work practices.

Read more in this column by Elsie Hambrook.

Abortion Services in Quebec: Women Still Face Many Obstacles

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Quebec women still face many obstacles when they choose to terminate a pregnancy, said the Canadians for Choice and the Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances in a press release this week, when they unveiled the results of their research “Focus on abortion services in Quebec.”

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Keeping an Eye on Prescription Drugs, Keeping Canadians Safe.

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How safe are the approximately $25 billion worth of prescription drugs that Canadians consume each year? The Health Council of Canada’s new report entitled Keeping an Eye on Prescription Drugs, Keeping Canadians Safe finds that testing for safety and effectiveness takes place almost exclusively before medications are approved and that there are “few regulatory obligations once a product reaches the market.”

The report, prepared by York University researchers Mary Wiktorowicz and Joel Lexchin, assesses the Canadian post-market systems of drug surveillance -  “pharmacovigilance” - and finds that there is no national system to test drugs for safety after they reach the market.

Read the article on this report by Andre Picard in the Globe and Mail: Why does drug testing stop once it's on the market?

The Global Gender Gap Index 2010

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Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University
Laura D. Tyson, University of California, Berkeley
Saadia Zahidi,World Economic Forum
World Economic Forum - Geneva, Switzerland 2010

The Index (Available online PDF [334p.]) benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health based criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups, and over time.

The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by reducing them. The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing gender gaps.

 

New Oncologist Survey Reveals Gaps in Care for Canadians Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

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To mark Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) has unveiled new insights into the challenges facing Canadians living with advanced, or metastatic, breast cancer. A survey of Canadian medical oncologists reveals that many Canadians living with metastatic breast cancer lack both knowledge and resources, and face barriers to accessing treatment options due to cost and gaps in government funding.

The survey identifies cost and current government funding decisions as barriers to treatment for Canadians living with metastatic cancer. In fact, seven out of 10 oncologists (73 per cent) say that the cost of specific treatments and current government funding decisions impact which treatment they recommend for their patients, restricting their ability to provide their patients with all available treatment options.


WHO Discussion Paper - Gender, women and primary health care

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This discussion paper brings together evidence and experience from around the world focusing on making health systems more gender responsive. The paper uses a framework that combines WHO's six building blocks for health systems and the primary health care reforms propounded in the World Health Report 2008 on primary health care. Furthermore, the paper provides examples of what has worked and how, and ends with an agenda for action to strengthen the work of policy-makers, their advisers and development partners as well as practitioners as they seek to integrate gender equality perspectives into health systems strengthening, including primary health care reforms.

Download the document here.

New Breast Cancer Study Looks at HRT

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The findings of new study by the Canadian Canadian Cancer Society have just been released, resulting in more debate about HRT. The study found a significant decrease in the rate of new breast cancers among post-menopausal women between 2002 and 2004 — coinciding with a huge drop in the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Read the story by Sheryl Ubelacker of The Canadian Press: Breast cancer cases down after HRT drop: study  

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