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Christmas is for children Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation

THUNDER BAY, ON  -------    December  6, 2010    ----   “When it comes to our children, the absolute Mom Dawn Nitz holds baby Jaxon while dad Mike hangs a star on the Grant Christmas Tree at the Health Sciences Centre.  Each star represents a donation in support of care for patients like Jaxon.  best healthcare is a must,” says Glenn Craig, President & CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.  “This Christmas season, your donation makes that possible.”  The Health Sciences Foundation is encouraging the people of Northwestern Ontario to support the care that saves the lives of babies and children year round.

Last year, 1,580 babies took their very first breath at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.  Of them, 394 needed the specialized care provided in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“Donations are crucial to the care of babies and children,” says Nancy Persichino, Director, Maternal Newborn at the Health Sciences Centre. “Donor support ensures that we can replace aging equipment and purchase new, leading-edge technologies so that we can continue to provide our children with world-class care.” Lake Superior News  read more......>

 Hep C Support Public Health Nurse Speaker

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- November 29, 2010 The next Hepatitis C Education Support Group meeting Hepatitis Cwill take place 11 a.m. (EST) December 8th at 574 Memorial Avenue.

Guest speaker Darlene Desmoulin-Lewis will give an overview of Hepatitis C. She’s a Public Health Nurse in the Infectious Disease Program at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

If you live in the region and want to participate, please call us at 1-800-488-5840, ext. 31. You can join the group via videoconference, using the Ontario Telemedicine Network. Lake Superior News read more.....>

 

 

 Because we Care

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  November 23, 2010   ---Today, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Rhonda Crocker EllacottFoundation is celebrating another successful year of Family CARE Grants.  Family CARE (Care Advancements Recommended by Employees) Grants were created as a way to provide Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre employees with an opportunity to steer patient care initiatives. 

Last year’s Family CARE Grants funded initiatives such as pagers for visually and auditory impaired patients in the Emergency Department, fitness programs for cancer patients, and an exercise bike, step machine and MP3 players in Adult Mental Health. “Because last year’s grant cycle was so successful, we increased the funding by $10,000 this year, providing $30,000 towards initiatives recommended by the Health Sciences Centre family,” says Glenn Craig, President and CEO of the Health Sciences Foundation.  Lake Superior News read more....>

 

 

 

 

 2,000 Children car seats recalled

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   November 7, 2010   --- Health Canada is recalling a car seat with a plastic Chaperone Car Seat  recallharness clip that can break, creating sharp edges and posing a choking hazard to young children.

The agency issued a recall on Friday of Chaperone-brand infant car seats manufactured between April 2009 and May of this year.

The manufacturer — Charlotte, N.C.-based Britax Child Safety — has received one complaint in Canada of a piece of a chest clip found in a child’s mouth. It has fielded four complaints in the United States.

About 2,350 of the affected seats — with the model numbers E9L69P2, E9L69P3 and E9L69P5 — were sold in stores across Canada. Lake Superior News  read more.....>

Exercise with Doc Northern Hearts

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  October 1, 2010 -----  Exercise with Doc DVD and Manual was developed by the Northern Hearts Education Committee to appeal to people who have experienced a life-changing event that may have left them in doubt about their ability to exercise. The goal is to:

  •     Reduce the fear people may be experiencing after a life-changing event;
  •     Help people understand they can have an improved quality of life;
  •     Appeal as a value-added tool to healthcare providers; and
  •     Reduce healthcare costs.

 Exercise with Doc has benefited from professional reviews, an evaluation by a focus group, and has been endorsed by Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

 In the introductory portion of the DVD, Dr. Chris Lai, Cardiologist, and Past Chair of Northern Hearts says, “This program is very safe, simple, effective, and suitable for all age groups with or without heart disease”.  Lake Superior News  read more......>

 Recall Fisher Price 11 million children’s toys

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----   September 30, 2010   ---  Fisher-Price  it is recalling more than 11 million Fisher  Price Trikechildren’s toys in the United States and Canada over safety concerns.

The voluntary recall includes tricycles, baby playgrounds and high chairs.A complete list of the affected products is posted on the parent company Mattel’s website.

The toy company is advising consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately.

Information can also be found through Fisher-Price’s recall hotline, 1-800-432-5437.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that two of the products being recalled involved injuries. Lake Superior News  read more......>

 

 

Northern Cancer Fund Caribou Charity Ride

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- September 12, 2010  ---- Today, 375 cyclists participated in the second annual Caribour Charity Ride for NCFCaribou Charity Ride in support of the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.  Event co-chair Jeff Hupka is extremely pleased by the community's support of the event, not only from the particpants, but also from local businesses.  "Sponsor response has been overwhelming," Hupka says.  "They made it possible to hold an event that fills a gap for the cycling community while raising funds for an important cause."  Early calculations suggest the 2010 Caribou Charity Ride raised $20,000. Lake Superior News read more......>

 Hepatitis C Education/Support Group

THUNDER BAY, ON -----  September 11, 2010  --------  Do you have Hep C? Or do you know someone Hep Cwho does?
If so, you are invited to a Hepatitis C Education/Support Group for Northwestern Ontario. We meet twice a month, to learn, laugh, talk, share, and support each other. Lake Superior News read more.....>

 

 

 Recall Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats

THUNDER BAY, ON ----   September 6, 2010 -------  The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogsrecalling one specific lot of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs due to concerns that one or more bags within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, all of whom are at particular risk from exposure and should avoid handling these products.

Salmonella symptoms may include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea in both dogs and humans. Lake Superior News read more.....>

 

 

Remind children to use the Buddy System

WINNIPEG, MB --  August 25, 2010 -- As the end of summer approaches and Billy Buddyfamilies get ready to return to their 'back to school' routine, parents are urged to talk to their kids about personal safety strategies such as the Buddy System to help keep them safe when away from home.

Children who go places alone are at greater risk of victimization and that's why the Buddy System is one of the most important safety strategies a parent can teach their kids. Whether a child is walking to and from school, heading to the park after school to play with friends or participating in extra-curricular activities, they should always be with a buddy. Lake Superior News read more.......>

We’re Back in the Saddle!

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----    August  4,  2010 ----  Following an overwhelming Caribou Charity Ride participants head out for a practice ride following today's media conference.community response to our inaugural ride, the Caribou Charity Ride is ramping up for another great day in the saddle on Sunday, September 12, 2010. The Caribou Charity Ride was created to motivate all kinds of people – mothers, fathers, grandparents, teens, friends, and cancer survivors – to set a modest challenge for themselves while helping the Northern Cancer Fund to bring the best in patient care, education, and prevention to Northwestern Ontario.  Lake Superior News read more.....>

Cancer spurs hope ride

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  July 28, 2010 ----  Horse enthusiasts are gearing up Frances Cheetham, a cancer survivor, and her daughter Laura are busy planning the 2010 Spur the Cureto ride for a cause.  The third annual Spur the Cure will be held on August 7, 2010.  The event will raise funds for the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.  100% of the funds raised will stay in Northwestern Ontario to support world-class cancer care at Regional Cancer Care.  Lake Superior News read more....>

 

 

 

Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny(r)

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  THUNDER BAY, ON -----  July 26, 2010 ---   Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny(r) Recliners Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny(r) One Infant Death ReportedFall Hazards; One Infant Death ReportedThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Baby Matters LLC, of Berwyn, Pa., is announcing the voluntary recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny(r) portable baby recliners. CPSC is investigating a report of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich. who died in a Nap Nanny(r) that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny(r) and the crib bumper. Lake Superior News read more.....>

 

 

Deer Tick Tests Positive for Lyme Disease In Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  July 12, 2010  For the second time this year, the Deer Tick Thunder Bay District Health Unit has received laboratory confirmation that a deer tick found locally has tested positive for Lyme disease.  While the first positive deer tick was found on a dog, this latest tick was found on a human who picked up the tick within the city limits. This is just the second positive test for Lyme disease in a tick since the Health Unit started monitoring and testing in 2005 and the first for a tick found on a human. Lake Superior News read more.......>

 Men of the community embrace the role of Prostate Man

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  June 29, 2010  ----  After careful consideration by the prostate cancer awareness campaign committee, a decision has been reached: Every man is Prostate Man!

“We received a lot of interest,” says Alison McMullen, Director of Preventive Oncology at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s Regional Cancer Care Northwest and member of the committee. “Many qualified men wanted to play the role of Prostate Man for a variety of reasons.”

Every man is Prostate ManWhile some men were prostate cancer survivors, others had friends and family members affected by the disease. Others simply believed in the need to encourage men to be proactive about their prostate health.  Lake Superior News read more......>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 NEW BREAST MRI TBRHSC

Thunder Bay, ON –  June  17, 2010  ------   Patients at the Thunder Bay Norther Cancer FundRegional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) and scientists Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) are now among a select few in Ontario who will have access to world-class Breast MRI technology. Lake Superior News   read more......>

 

 

 

Superhero Prize Winner

THUNDER BAY, ON ----   June 21, 2010 --- The results are in!  The draw for Jeff Breckenridge Superhero Prize Package Winner,  Prostate Man cancer awareness campaign. the Superhero Prize Package was held at the Bell Motorcycle Ride for Dad.  The winner is Jeff Breckenridge.  The Superhero Prize Package was a key element in this year's Prostate Man cancer awareness campaign.

Mr. Breckenridge, who, coincidentally, is a prostate cancer survivor, wins a one-year gym membership from PUSH Fitness Centre and a big screen LCD TV and BluRay player from the Power Centre, as well as a library of superhero BluRay DVDs. Lake Superior News  read more....>

 

Labour & Delivery driveway Closed Until the 23rd

THUNDER BAY, ON -----  July 18, 2010 ----   Angioplasty Suite Renovation and Patient Short Stay Expansion From 7:30 a.m., Monday, July 19, 2010, to Labour Delivery Entrance4:30 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2010, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre will close the Labour & Delivery driveway and entrance to all traffic due to the Angioplasty construction project.

During the Labour and Delivery entrance closure, all obstetrical patients are asked to enter the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre via the Emergency Department.  A Labour and Delivery nurse will be stationed at the Emergency Department Security desk to conduct an assessment of these patients and ensure that they are safely transferred to the Labour and Delivery Department. Lake Superior News   read more.....>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alzheimer Society Supported

THUNDER BAY, ON – AUGUST 26, 2010: The Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay is pleased to Doris Arnoldannounce that Doris Arnold has renewed her commitment as Patron to the Society for another three years with a donation of $25,000 at the 24th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held last night at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  Doris first became Patron in 2007 with her generous donation of $25,000 in honour of her late husband John Arnold who died of Alzheimer's disease 18 years ago.

 Doris has been a wonderful Patron and advocate who rarely misses an opportunity to introduce people to the charitable works of the Alzheimer Society. The Society has benefitted greatly from her ongoing support and dedication. Doris' gift will help fund public education and support for local families and people affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Lake Superior News read more.......>

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Stewart surprises Alzheimer Society at Coffee Break

THUNDER BAY, ON – SEPTEMBER 22, 2010: There are smiles all around at the local Alzheimer Bob StewartSociety office this week. It follows a $5,150 donation towards the 15th Annual Coffee Break® fundraiser. It came unexpectedly at the Alzheimer Society Thunder Bay Coffee Break® launch last Thursday from Bob Stewart co-owner of the Keg and Caribou Restaurants and his business partner Tom Pazianos. The money was raised at Stewart's 50th birthday party.

Bob has seen the insidious appearance of Alzheimer’s disease in his own family. He has supported his mother as she has disappeared a teaspoon a day for the last 10 years. 

 “Dementia gradually robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families. We are so glad to be able to help those affected and their loved ones,” Mr. Stewart stated. Lake Superior News  read more.....>

 

 

HOPE AND HEALING

THUNDER BAY, ON  ------ November 22, 2010  ----  A new support group is offering hope and healing to Hospice Northwestpeople dealing with the loss of a loved one.

The closed Grief Support Group is a partnership between the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay and Hospice Northwest.

“The pilot project was a way to pool resources of two organizations, to best serve the needs of our clients,” says Joan Williams, Executive Director of Hospice Northwest.
The project was such a success, the two organizations plan to continue the partnership
by offering the Grief Support Group again early next year. Lake Superior News  read more......>

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Alzheimer Society launches early detection checklist

Thunder Bay, ON, June 11, 2010 – Can’t remember what car keys are for? Check ListConfusing the clutch for the steering wheel? Driving around going nowhere? Most people understand these to be signs of dementia. But short memory loss is not always the first symptom. Subtle changes in personality such as increasing apathy, irritability, or struggling to get dressed can also signal the beginning of dementia that if recognized early, can lead to treatment. Lake Superior News Health  read more .....  >

Recall Shrek Forever After™ glasses McDonalds

THUNDER BAY, ON June 5, 2010 ---  1.4 million Shrek-themed glasses in Canada.  McDonald's has announced that the recall will affect about 12 million 'Shrek Forever After' drinking glasses that have already been sold across the United States. The glasses were sold in restaurants for $1.99 each.  because of cadmium —a known carcinogen — in the painted design. Lake Superior News Health  read more...>

 

 

Recall PRESIDENT’S CHOICE YOU ROASTED GARLIC BREAD

 THUNDER BAY,, ON  - May 29, 2010 –   Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) Real Canadian Superior Store   ~   Whole Sale Club is warning the public not to consume President’s Choice Baked by You Roasted Garlic Bread with the UPC number 0 60383 80497 8 because the product may contain a metal holding pin.  A holding pin may have come dislodged from a processing machine specific to the product during production.  Lake Superior News Health read more....>

 

 

Ensuring Better Access to Affordable Drugs

THUNDER BAY, ON - May 14, 2010 - The generic drug rebate issue has been front and Michael Gravellecentre lately and I would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few things.  I strongly believe that our government is doing the right thing for Ontario consumers. Over the past week I have been in contact with a number of our smaller Northwestern Ontario community pharmacies and their operators, and I have been sharing their feedback with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  I can assure you that our government is sensitive to the needs of smaller pharmacy operations and we have a plan to assist rural and independent pharmacies.  Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

Mauro Stands up to Drug Lobby

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  May 11, 2010 ---   Queen’s Park – Yesterday, the Bll Mauro MPP Thunder Bay AtikokanOntario Community Pharmacies sent out a news release that challenged the Ontario Government’s efforts to bring down the cost of generic drugs. Today, MPP Bill Mauro responded:

“I greatly value the services our local pharmacists provide.  I also know that Ontarians are paying far too much for generic drugs.  Ontario is the world’s second largest purchaser of generic drugs, yet we’re paying some of the highest prices.  Two million Ontarians pay out-of-pocket for their medications.  Our government’s drug reform will decrease the price of generic drugs.  Ontarians will be able to pay significantly less for their generic medications, and the government’s savings will be reinvested to add more drugs to the formulary, so people have greater access to affordable medications.” Lake Superior News Health read more....>

Superior Yoga Fest

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  May 9, 2010  ----  Superior yoga fest is a non profit Superior Yogo Festcommunity festival that celebrates and shares the ancient traditions of Yoga.  The Festival was started in 2007 as a way to unite, inspire and serve the community through celebration in such a way that allows yoga to be accessible to everyone.  The festival has grown from using the small Unitarian Hall with having just some music, dancing and food to what it is today. Over 300 people participate every year in this festival, which provides a feast for the mind, body and soul! Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

 

 

 

BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad

THUNDER BAY, ON  ------  April 28, 2010 ---- The fight against prostate cancer BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dadin Northwestern Ontario will continue on Saturday, June 19, 2010 with the 10th annual BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad.  Over 300 motorcycles will “Roar for the Cure” as the event kicks off at 9:30 am at the Keg Restaurant on the day before Father’s Day.  Participants then enjoy a parade down Memorial Avenue, a scenic Poker Run in and around the city and a silent auction. Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

Bachelors fight breast cancer

THUNDER BAY, ON - April 16, 2010 - Last night’s Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction raised over $63,059.00, bringing the twelve-year total to $581,281.00.  The event supports the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.  All funds continue to support the fight against breast cancer in Northwestern Ontario. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

Celebrity Hockey Players in support of Northern Cancer Fund

THUNDER BAY, ON - March 19, 2010 - During the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, most Canadians were glued to TV screens to watch those nail-biting gold medal games. Adding to the thrill for the people of Northwestern Ontario was the chance to cheer on homegrown hockey heroes.Lake Superior News Health read more...>

UNDECLARED MILK IN INCREDIBLE EDIBLE SPREAD’EM SOYA OIL MARGARINE

OTTAWA, ON - February 12, 2010 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and A Incredible Edible Spread'em Soya Oil Margarine& M Home Products are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume the Incredible Edible Spread’Em Soya Oil Margarine described below.  The affected product contains milk ingredients which are not declared on the label.Lake Superior News Health read more...>

 

Alzheimer fundraiser - Walk for Memories draws crowd

THUNDER BAY, ON - FEBRUARY 10, 2010 – A massive crowd showed up to the Intercity Shopping Centre on Walk For MemoriesSunday February 7th for the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay’s biggest fundraiser.

More than 184 registered walkers rallied to help the Alzheimer Society move a step closer to better care and a cure at the 16th Annual Manulife Walk for Memories. The grand total of pledges was over $46,000 with a few thousand additional dollars expected. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

NOSM Makes an Impact

THUNDER BAY, ON - February 10, 2010 - The Northern Ontario School of Medicine Dr. Bruce Minoreannounced its economic impact statement titled “Exploring the Socio-Economic Impact of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine” Tuesday at a simulcast press release in Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Dr. Bruce Minore (shown left) interviewed many people from different backgrounds and communities in the north the interviews form the backbone of the report. One of the common themes he often encountered was the tremendous sense of pride that we now have medical schools in Sudbury and in Thunder Bay. Both Laurentian and Lakehead Universities have become enhanced with the presence of the NOSM. As a result enrollment at the institutions is increasing. He went on to say that many students felt that by attending these institutions they would have a better chance of enrollment into the NOSM. Dr. Minore suggested that these perceptions were ill founded and there is no favoritism displayed when it comes to selecting candidates to the NOSM. Lake Superior News Health read more...>

New Grant Program to Support Research Projects for Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

THUNDER BAY, ON - JANUARY 21, 2010 -  Social Science Researchers in Thunder Bay who have promising ideas for research concerning both the individual and the social issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can apply for a small grant sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay. Lake Superior News Health read more...>

Thunder Bay Counselling Centre to Provide Care for the Caregiver

THUNDER BAY, ON - January 12, 2009- Thunder Bay Counselling Centre will be providing Thunder Bay Councelling Centreassistance to those who provide help to others on a daily basis. This March, care for the caregiver will be offered through a workshop in Thunder Bay, Ontario.Lake Superior News Health
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Thunder Bay Welcome New Clinician Scientist

 

Rising tide of dementia projected to cost Canadians $872 billion over next 30 years

THUNDER BAY, ON – JANUARY 4, 2010 – A new report released today by the Alzheimer Society to Walk for Memories Alzheimer Societymark Alzheimer Awareness Month reveals alarming new data about the projected economic and social costs of dementia in Canada. According to Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society, if current demographic trends continue, the prevalence of dementia will more than double in 30 years, with the costs increasing tenfold. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 30, 2009 - As part of its commitment to protecting the Thomas & Friends Trainsafety of children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that RC2 Corp., of Oak Brook, Ill. has agreed to pay a $1.25 million civil penalty for allegedly violating the federal lead paint ban.Lake Superior News Health
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$10,000 cash for Christmas

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 29, 2009 - If Myrna McLeod wasn’t in the Christmas spirit Tony Stapley drawbefore, she is now. McLeod, of Nipigon, is the winner of $10,000 in the sold-out Intercity Shopping Centre Ultimate 50/50 Cash Draw. The draw was held today at Intercity Shopping
Centre. Lake Superior News Health 
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Ischkinakker Shaker sets highest fundraising target for local Alzheimer Society

THUNDER BAY, ON – DECEMBER 16, 2009 - The Ischkinakker Shaker started 7 years ago when two Lakehead University students, Katie Ischkin and Johnny DeBakker wanted to organize an event to bring all of their friends who were studying out of town together during Christmas season. The first year, the event raised just over $1,500 but now, the event has higher fundraising goals with last year's event bringing in $13,000.  Katie and John have designated this year’s proceeds to go to the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay with the event being held on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at the CLE Coliseum. The media is cordially invited to attend. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

Local partners spread the “arrive alive - DRIVE SOBER” message

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 14, 2009 - Today, community partners launched a new Deborah Luby and Tom Marinisinitiative to shut out impaired driving in our community during the holiday season.  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation have teamed up with provincial partners to encourage residents to “arrive alive - DRIVE SOBER.” Lake Superior News Health read more...>

The FluWatch Report ending November 28

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 11, 2009 - Please note that the Health Unit's LAST flu Public Health Agency of Canadaclinic will be held on Wednesday, December 16 from 2-7pm at the Lakehead Labour Centre.

After December 16, those who still want an H1N1 or seasonal flu shot can visit their health care provider or the Heath Unit's Wednesday immunization clinic (1:30-6:00 p.m.) at 999 Balmoral. Clients at the Wednesday immunization clinic will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Lake Superior News Health read more...>

HEINZ MIXED CEREAL FOR BABIES MAY CONTAIN OCHRATOXIN A

OTTAWA, ON - December 10, 2009 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Heinz Heinz Mixed CerealCanada are warning the public not to consume the Heinz Mixed Cereal for babies described below as it may contain elevated levels of Ochratoxin A (OTA). Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

 

 

New Family Health Team To Strengthen Health Care in Nipigon

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 11, 2009 - The Nipigon District Memorial Hospital will soon have a new family health team to provide better access to family health care.

The new family health team will deliver comprehensive health care services and offer additional programs tailored to the needs of the community, including seeing patients who do not have a family doctor.  The family health team will include family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers and dieticians. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

Pathologist at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
recognized for excellence in improving cancer care

THUNDER BAY - December 4, 2009 – Dr. Joseph Wasielewski, Chief of
Dr. Joseph WasielewskiPathology and Medical Director of the Lab at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) received a prestigious award from the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario at the fourth annual Quality and Innovation Awards on Dec. 2. Lake Superior News Health
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COPING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAYS

 THUNDER BAY, ON - December 2, 2009 - ‘Tis the season to be jolly. At least, that’s how the song goes. For many of us who have lost a loved one, this can be a particularly painful time of year.

The Wings of Remembrance Angel
 

 

It doesn’t matter how recent or long ago the loss was. Grief seems to intensify during the holiday season.

That’s because of our high expectations, says Kathleen Buso, Communications Coordinator with Hospice Northwest, a non-profit charity that provides compassionate support to individuals and their caregivers as they face the challenges of living with a life-limiting illness.Lake Superior News Health read more...>

 

 

 

 

 

Donations warm precious patients

 

 

 

 

 

Thunder Bay Community Choir Benefit Concert to Help Locals with Dementia

THUNDER BAY, ON - NOVEMBER 25, 2009 – The Thunder Bay Community Choir will host a benefit concert for the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Over 3,200 people in the Thunder Bay and surrounding area are served annually through the local Alzheimer Society. The media is cordially invited to attend. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 Stork Craft drop-side baby cribs recalled

THUNDER BAY, ON -----  November 23, 2009 ------    2 million drop-side baby cribs built by Stork Craft drop-side baby cribs Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. are being recalled in the U.S. and Canada after the deaths of four infants.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Canadian and Health Canada announced the recall. 147,000 of the recalled Stork Craft drop-side cribs were branded with the Fisher-Price logo.

The recall includes more than 1.2 million cribs sold in the United States and 968,000 cribs sold in Canada, Parents shouldn't attempt to fix the cribs until a free repair kit is available

The Fisher-Price cribs were first sold in the U.S. in July 1998 and in Canada in September 1998  Lake Superior News Health read more.....>

 

 

TBDHU flu Activity is decreasing

THUNDER BAY,  -----  November 15, 2009   ---- A total of 7 H1N1 clinics (3 new) will be Thunder Bay District Health Unitheld next week in Thunder Bay (Nov 16-20).  Despite reports that flu ctivity is decreasing, the Health Unit is reminding people not to be complacent, and that it’s still important to get the shot. The lineups are shorter, wait times are significantly reduced, and the clinics are now open to the general public.

A 38-year-old Ottawa father of three has died after being admitted to hospital this week with what was believed to be swine flu. Lake Superior News Health  read more....>

 Thunder Bay Hospital Relaxes H1N1 “Visitor Restrictions 

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  November 13, 2009   -----  FluWatch report for the week ending November 7, 2009  (week 44)  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is noticing a gradual decline in patient pressures on the Emergency Department and in-patient admissions with a Febrile Respiratory Illness when compared to the peaks in activity in recent weeks.   Therefore, visitor restrictions are being reduced as of 6:00 pm on Friday, November 13, 2009.  Lake Superior News Health read more......>

 

Save a Heart Ball Keeps Growing

THUNDER BAY, ON - November 12, 2009 - If you are one of those people in Thunder Bay Peter Humeniuk and Vince Mirabelliwho waits for the last minute to get tickets to events, they you will be one of those people left wishing you could be attending the Save A Heart Ball. Tickets are completely sold out for the last month. There are 410 people able to attend. The number of attendees continues to climb, this year, in the midst of what some are calling a recession, ticket sales are up by 20%.

Vince Mirabelli the Chair of the Save a Heart Ball commented, "In the first 3 years of the Save A Heart Ball, we have had over 1,000 attendees and raised over $100,000". Tickets sold out very quickly this year, and the event is becoming one of the social events of the season in Thunder Bay.  Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----    November 10, 2009 -----  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Maclaren Strollers Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

  • Name of Product: Maclaren Strollers
  • Units: About one million
  • Distributor: Maclaren USA, Inc., of South Norwalk, Conn.

Hazard: The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller’s hinge mechanism, resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the United States.

Description: This recall involves all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers. The word “Maclaren” is printed on the stroller. The affected models included Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.

Sold at: Babies“R”Us, Target and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1999 through November 2009 for between $100 and $360. Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

Thunder Bay District, 18 reported cases H1N1

THUNDER BAY, ----  October 24, 2009   -   There have been four new cases of the H1N1 flu Thunder Bay District Health Unit Swine Flu virus have been confirmed in the Thunder Bay District. The cases involved two young children from the Thunder Bay area, and a child and an adult from outlying communities. All have recovered. This count only reflects those cases that have been tested and confirmed positive. H1N1is the predominant flu strain this flu season in Ontario, and testing is not being routinely done for most flu cases.  Lake Superior News Health read more.....>

 

 H1N1 & Flu vaccine Schedule Announced

THUNDER BAY ---- October 23, 2009 - Today the Thunder Bay Dist received the District’s Lake Superior News Thunder Bay District Health Unitsupply of the H1N1 vaccine and we will begin administering it next week in Thunder Bay. The first clinic is going to be held Monday, October 26th from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Lakehead Labour Centre on Fort William Road, and in Marathon at the Moose Hall from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Health Unit wants to assure people that there will be enough H1N1 vaccine for everyone who wants or needs it, and is free. Lake Superior News Health read more.....>

Three new H1N1 cases Thunder Bay District

THUNDER BAY, ON, -----   October 15, 2009  ---   Three new H1N1 cases this past week Thunder Bay District Health Unithave been confirmed by The Thunder Bay District Health Unit .  All three have recovered from the illness,

That brings the total number of confirmed swine flu cases reported in this district to 14. The three new cases involved one child from an outlying community, and a child and an adult living in Thunder Bay.

On Tuesday, the Porcupine Health Unit, which serves parts of northeastern Ontario, was notified that tests on 2 male teenstested positive for H1N1 subtype of influenza A. One of the teens, a 15 year old was hospitalized and passed away, and the other is recovering at home, Lake Superior News Health read more.....>

15 yr-old, Timmins boy, dies with swine flu

TIMMINS, ON ------  October 15, 2009 ---   On Tuesday, the Porcupine Health Unit, which serves parts of northeastern Ontario, was notified that tests on 2 male teenstested positive for H1N1 subtype of influenza A. One of the teens, a 15 year old was hospitalized and passed away, and the other is recovering at home, they reported on Wednesday Lake Superior News Health  read  more......>

 

 

 

 

THUNDER BAY, ON - November 16, 2009 - Guests dined, danced and bid to their hearts’ content at the Downtown Volkswage Save a Heart Ball Saturday, November 14, 2009. 412 guests attended the sold-out event, which raised funds in support of the Northern Cardiac Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. A record $43,000 was raised to help expand angioplasty services. In its four-year history, the Ball has raised over $140,000. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

 

Benefit in honor of Valorie Bobrowski-Donaldson

THUNDER BAY, --------  November 16, 2009   ------ a benefit in honor of my sister Valorie Bobrowski - Donaldson .  She is 44 years old, a wife, mother of two, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend.  

Recently her world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Her family then travelled with her to Toronto for a biopsy only to discover that the tumour was highly cancerous and inoperable due to the size and location.  Doctors then informed us that an aggressive chemo and radiation schedule was the only available course of action.  As a result of the tumour's size and location, basic functions we take for granted everyday such as sight, hearing, speech, balance and memory are rapidly deteriorating. Lake Superior News Health  read more.......>

 

Having a Ball for cardiac care

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas is for kids!

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 1, 2009 - “When it comes to our children, we want the Kaylee Janis Parkerabsolute best care,” said Janis Beebe, member of the Board of Directors of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

Both of Beebe’s grandchildren, Kaylee, 11 months, and Parker, three and a half years, were born at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. “When my daughter Christa had her children, the care was exceptional,” Beebe recalled. “I can’t say enough about the staff for all they did to make my grandchildren’s arrivals so safe and special.” Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

 

COPING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAYS

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 2, 2009 - ‘Tis the season to be jolly. At least, that’s how The Wings of Remembrance Angelthe song goes. For many of us who have lost a loved one, this can be a particularly painful time of year.

It doesn’t matter how recent or long ago the loss was. Grief seems to intensify during the holiday season.

That’s because of our high expectations, says Kathleen Buso, Communications Coordinator with Hospice Northwest, a non-profit charity that provides compassionate support to individuals and their caregivers as they face the challenges of living with a life-limiting illness.Lake Superior News Health read more...>

 

 

 

 

 

 

THUNDER BAY, ON - January 7, 2010 – At a media conference today, the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI), Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) celebrated a milestone for Thunder Bay’s medical community by welcoming their first jointly appointed clinician scientist. Lake Superior News Healthread more...>

 

 

 

 

Deer Tick Tests Positive For Lyme Disease

THUNDER BAY, ON ----  May 27, 2010 ---   The Thunder Bay District Health Deer Tick on FingerUnit has received laboratory confirmation that a deer tick, found on a dog within the city limits, has tested positive for Lyme disease.  This is the first positive test for Lyme disease in a tick since the Health Unit started monitoring and testing ticks in 2005.

Although the majority of ticks in the area are harmless wood ticks, deer ticks have the potential to carry and transmit Lyme disease; a serious inflammatory illness which affects the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and joints. Lake Superior News Health  read more.....>

 

Celebrity hockey players join golfers in fight against cancer

THUNDER BAY , ON   -----   June 11, 2010  ---  Thursday, Northwestern Jordan Staal signing a jersey for event chair Tom MihalcevicOntario’s hockey celebrities left their usual gear behind in favour of golf shoes and clubs. Homegrown hockey stars participated in the Freedom 55 Financial Thunder Bay Hockey Celebrity Golf Classic in support of cancer care in our region. Funds raised support the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

“I love returning to Northwestern Ontario. It’s great to be home helping support cancer patients in this community,” says Taylor Pyatt. Lake Superior News Healthread more......>

 

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