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  • November-06-18

    This article was first published in French in the October 2016 issue of the journal Le médecin du Québec.

    Serology is a valuable tool for diagnosing certain sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) and for counselling patients on how to prevent their transmission. Failure to understand how to use it or how to assess its limitations may nevertheless be very risky. Misdiagnosing genital herpes or falsely reassuring patients about the absence of infection may have negative consequences for them, their new sexual partners and their future children.

  • October-25-18

    Principaux constats :

    • Among individuals aged 65 years and older having suffered a minor fracture, 13.6% were considered frail while 5.2% were robust.
    • This study shows that frail elderly seniors use health care more extensively after experiencing a minor fracture.
    • It is possible to characterize seniors’ frailty status at a population level using an adaptation of a frailty index in the healthcare administrative databases.
  • October-17-18

    This surveillance report examines changes from 1989–1992 to 2008–2010 in preterm and small-for-gestational-age birth rates in Québec for the general population and by mother’s first language. Rates based on selected sociodemographic characteristics (e.g., place of residence, material deprivation, and immigrant status) of mothers in each linguistic community are also presented.

    The report’s main finding is that previously observed variations in perinatal health favoring Anglophones were not observed in 2008–2010: preterm and small-for-gestational-age birth rates were similar for Anglophones, Francophones, and Allophones during this period.

    Preterm birth rates

    • Preterm birth rates increased for all linguistic communities from 1989–19921 and stabilized beginning in 2002–2004.
    • In 2008–2010 preterm birth rates per 100 live births were comparable for Francophones, Anglophones, and...