New clinic to support mental health in kids

The numbers aren’t pretty, but the future may be brighter for families with children experiencing learning or mental-health issues, thanks to a new initiative led by Western Education. According to Children’s Mental Health Ontario, as many as 1-in-5 children and youth in the province will experience some form of mental-health problem, with 5-in-6 of those not receiving the treatment they need. The Child and Youth Development Clinic hopes to fill that gap by welcoming children who are currently without access to the types of services the clinic offers. This week, Western opened the clinic’s doors in the former Bank of…

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Western University researchers develop concussion blood test with 90-per-cent accuracy rate

When Mark Daley first tabulated the results, he thought he might be wrong. They seemed too obvious; “like a lab exercise that I set for students.” And yet there it was – a way to tell if someone had suffered a concussion, and all it required was a drop of their blood. After two years of blood profiling, researchers associated with Western University have been fine-tuning a test that can determine if a person has suffered a concussion. The test comes with a 90-per-cent accuracy rate, a previously unheard count in the medical community working to unlock the mysteries of…

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Drummond Report Chapter 5 Review (Part 2)

The Drummond Report was commissioned for the purpose of addressing the rising costs of health care in the provincial budget and gave a series of recommendations in a variety of areas related to the health care system. One such area under review was hospitals, which the report argued was not being incentivized to increase efficiency due to a funding model based on average costs across the province. The report goes on to state that there is little understanding of the true costs of procedures and that in order to ensure Ontario is getting the best value for its money, the…

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Why Cannabis Should Not be Legal in Canada

Cannabis sativa, a species of Cannabis, is a flowering plant that is used in the creation of marijuana (United States Department of Agriculture, 2011). Although its use has been illegal in Canada since 1923, cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Canada, and the country has the third highest prevalence rate of marijuana usage in the world (Haines-Saah et al., 2014). Cannabis is often referred to as pot, dope, marijuana, ganja, and hemp and has been classified as a pychotropic drug which acts as a modulator of the central nervous system (Nolin & Kenny, 2002). In Canada, it…

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