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Ottawa (November 6, 2011) – Today, November 6, marks the beginning of MRT Week, the celebration of Canada’s medical radiation technologists (MRTs). MRT Week is held annually in the week that contains November 8, the anniversary of the founding of the x-ray by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. This is a week set aside to celebrate Canada’s MRTs who are the Very Image of Care and to recognize their significant contributions to the healthcare system.

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Reported cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have increased by 600 per cent in the past 20 years, according to the Center for Disease Control in the United States. Evidence suggests at least one in every 110 Canadian children struggles with a form of autism. While there have been important advancements in the way we care for and educate individuals with ASD, more research needs to be done to develop better treatments and interventions.

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Dietitians of Canada and GS1 Canada have teamed up to make it easier for Canadians to get the nutrition facts on the foods they eat. Launched today, eatwise.ca lets you look up common foods online and view their nutrient content. The site is unique, as it includes accurate information about foods sold in Canada, provided directly by manufacturers, along with foods that do not require a Nutrition Facts Table on the package.

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Cosmetic contact lenses have a risk of harm and should be classified the same as corrective contacts.

It is appropriate as we approach Halloween, that legislation (Bill C-313) has been introduced in the House of Commons by MP Pat Davidson (Sarnia-Lambton) to amend the Food and Drug Act to classify cosmetic contact lenses as class II medical devices, the same as corrective lenses are now classified.

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Patient-Centred Care the Defining Feature of the Patient’s Medical Home

September 21, 2011 OTTAWA, ON – The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) today released “A Vision for Canada: Family Practice: The Patient’s Medical Home” that provides goals and recommendations for timely access to medical and health care services for all Canadians through their family practice settings.

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Toronto (September 15, 2011) - Frazzled over making school lunches? Well, fret no more - let supper be your helping hand. Browse through Dietitians of Canada latest cookbook, Cook! 275 recipes to celebrate food from field to table and devour some delicious new dining delights. “Find a few family favorites and cook up a delicious meal, then use the leftovers as the basis for lunches,” says Mary Sue Waisman, author of Cook!. “When you cook once and eat several times, it saves you time and money and ensures you have foods around that your family enjoys,” continued Waisman. Here are a few delicious and practical ideas using recipes from Cook!:

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Ottawa, August 21, 2011 – This week, the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and its provincial associations launched the second phase of their award-winning rebranding initiative, the Image of Care. The Image of Care campaign is intended to change the way medical radiation technologists (MRTs) are recognized throughout the medical profession as well as by the general population, and bring a face to this often misunderstood profession.

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TORONTO (Aug17, 2011) – Dietitians of Canada announces its partnership with BestLifeRewarded to advance the health of Canadians in adding incentives to the ongoing education and awareness of healthy food and better nutrition.

BestLifeRewarded is the first health loyalty program of its kind in Canada and free to all Canadians, offering reward points and healthy incentives for people to take personal ownership of their health. It is also the hub of credible health information that is meaningful to its users in partnership with leading Canadian not for profit groups.

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Toronto, ON – August 10, 2011: Dietitians of Canada announces the launch of a new and improved eaTracker, a bilingual on-line tool from dietitians, Canada’s food and nutrition experts. eaTracker helps Canadians track their eating and activity choices, analyze their recipes, plan their meals and set goals for healthy eating and physical activity.

Since 2005, eaTracker has enjoyed a steady following of over 307,000 users on the Dietitians of Canada website, www.dietitians.ca. Over 75,000 of these users have signed up since 2010. “Using their feedback, we’ve updated the tool to help consumers make their best food and activity choices to support their good health,” says Lynn Roblin, Registered Dietitian. “It’s a mine field out there for consumers with so much food and nutrition information; eaTracker provides one-stop shopping for consumers, right from planning their meals to providing feedback on their food and activity choices”, continues Roblin.

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Ottawa, July 21, 2011 – According to a new poll conducted for the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), an overwhelming majority of Canadians say the country’s health care system must be transformed to better meet patient needs.

The poll, conducted just days before the beginning of the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Vancouver, found 89 per cent of Canadians believe the federal government should play a leading role in health care transformation, while (92 per cent) agreed that a First Ministers meeting to deal with the challenges of the health care system should be called as soon as possible. These findings rest on a firm belief (91 per cent agree) that Canada’s health care system is in need of transformation to better meet the needs of all Canadians.

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