This Week in Public Health News | Week of March 27, 2017

1) Toronto Public Health investigating three confirmed cases of the measles
“At least three people now have measles in the city of Toronto, and one of them is at an elementary school.”

2) Why strep throat is causing serious complications, from amputations to death
People have become worried about iGAS recently following a series of high profile stories.

3) Ottawa Public Health mulls ways to shield kids from junk food
Ottawa Public Health will be tabling a report at the city’s board of health meeting, suggesting five possible municipal policies, in an effort to for keep unhealthy food and drink out of the city’s schools, daycares and recreation centres.

4) E. coli risk prompts recall of Robin Hood all-purpose flour
“A popular brand of all-purpose flour sold in Western Canada is being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.”

5) When tuberculosis strikes in the North, complacency is deadly
“The tuberculosis incidence rate in Canada is 4.7 per 100,000 population; in Nunavut it is 229.6 per 100,000. That’s 48 times higher.”

6) HPV Vaccine Could Protect More People With Fewer Doses, Doctors Insist
“Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended reducing the number of HPV vaccine shots from three to two for girls and boys between the ages of 9 and 14.”

7) There’s a new doc-boss in town

In non public health related news:

8) Remembering the time Barbara Frum called up a gunman holding hostages at a Toronto bank

Barbara Frum was a CBC journalist who died 25 years ago this week. In her day, she was considered one of the best. This brief clip was making the rounds this week, and it is quite something to listen to.

And lastly in satire…

9) 2017 Minnesota State High School All Hockey Hair Team

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Summers