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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...
  • October-03-18
    • This report is based on an analysis of scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals and on expert reports by recognized national and international health organizations.
    • Sources of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) are varied and increasingly prevalent.
    • Public exposure to RF-EMFs comes from two types of sources:
      • Local (near-field) sources
        These are sources to which people are exposed at very short distances, namely less than a few centimetres from the body. Cell phones and cordless phones are two examples. Exposure from local sources can be close to the limits established under existing standards.
      • Environmental sources
        These are sources to which the body is exposed at greater distances....
  • October-02-18

    A lot of new data on the immunogenicity, efficacy and effectiveness of fewer than three doses of HPV vaccine have become available since the publication of the CIQ report on the 2012 knowledge update. The two-dose schedule has become a standard that is widely accepted around the world. Such schedules are currently in use in more than half (48/82) of the countries offering HPV vaccination programs. The same schedule has been approved and recommended by the World Health Organization (W HO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

    A number of clinical and ecological studies have even come up with some interesting and promising results in terms of the immunogenicity and efficacy of single-dose HPV vaccination. Immunogenicity studies have shown that sero-...

  • September-13-18

    This summary, produced in English and in French by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP), was originally intended to provide francophone readers with easy access to the key information from the original published article, a literature review of the state of ethics education in schools of public health. We have also produced this English-language version for those who wish a short summary of the findings from the literature review. The authors of the review are part of a research team at the École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (the School of Public Health at the University of Montréal) with whom the NCCHPP has partnered on different aspects of a larger project of which this is a part.

    To learn more, visit the website of the National...

  • August-23-18
    • Each year in Québec, approximately 174 people commit suicide by drug overdose, of which at least 15 are the result of over-the-counter (OTC) drug overdoses.
    • A substantial number of suicides and suicide attempts by overdose involve more than one substance.
    • The number of suicides by OTC medication is under-estimated, since in cases where several drugs have been ingested, only the substance that is presumed to have caused the death is considered when determining the most likely cause of death.
    • Acetaminophen is by far the most common drug involved in intentional OTC drug overdoses, followed by salicylates, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and antihistamines. Depending on the ingested drug and dose, these medications can have serious adverse health...
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