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SHR lauds new health data website

The Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) is lauding a website that launched across the country Thursday.
Your Health System is an easy-to-use site that offers an in-depth picture about the performance of the health care system in Canada.

New website breaks down Sask. health care

People in Saskatchewan don't live as long as the average Canadian, and our province has higher rates of smoking, obesity and children vulnerable in early development.

Those are just some of the findings now available to the public. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has compiled data from Canada's hospitals and Statistics Canada to produce an interactive website. It allows people to view information about hospitals, health regions and provinces.

Huskies' offensive lineman gets 2-year ban

A University of Saskatchewan Huskies offensive lineman's career as a student-athlete is over following the announcement of a doping violation Wednesday.

Jordan Arkko is subject to a two-year ban after testing positive for a hormone called GHRP-2 in an out-of-competition urine test administered by the Huskies.

Regina chef and dietician use spices to help prevent cancer

For many people cancer is quite possibly one of the scariest words in the English language, but depending on what you eat, you can help prevent it.

The Connaught library branch held a presentation Tuesday evening called "Spice up Your Life and Prevent Cancer", where the public was introduced to the use of herbs and spices while preparing healthy meals.

Sask. chief medical health officer: Enterovirus D-68 not an epidemic

 A respiratory virus that has hospitalized hundreds of kids in the States is moving closer to Saskatchewan.
There are now 18 cases of Enterovirus D-68 in Alberta with testing being done on possible cases in Windsor, Ontario.

Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer says this should not be classified as an epidemic; hospitalizations in the U.S. are spread out between many states.

Oral-surgeon shortage leaves patients waiting up to a year in Regina

Morgan Brady was living in pain and needed to get her wisdom teeth removed. However, like many in Regina, she was told she would have to wait for more than a year.

There are currently only two oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Regina and each is booked for months in advance. One is currently booked solid until the end of April 2015 and isn't taking appointments into the summer yet. The other has a wait of about eight to 10 months for a consultation appointment, and then another three months after that for the surgery.

Saskatchewan health card renewal stickers mailed out

Saskatchewan health cards will expire at the end of the year but renewal stickers will arrive soon.

The stickers will validate health cards for a three-year period until December 31, 2017. Those stickers will be mailed between September 15 and 30. In order to continue to receive health coverage in the province, residents must apply the sticker to their card before 2015.

The Government of Saskatchewan is also asking people to update their mailing address so the stickers are sent to the right place on time.

Health advisory lifted at the Lawson Aquatic Centre

Swimmers will be jumping back into the pool at the Lawson Aquatic Centre on Saturday.
The pool will reopen after the city fixed air and water quality issues that made some swimmers dizzy and nauseous.
Jill Hargrove is the acting director facility management services with the city.  She says the health advisory issued last year has been lifted and new systems are in place.

ERs fill up with in-patients waiting for beds

Josie Hodgkinson is frustrated with the healthcare system after her father waited four days at Royal University Hospital for a bed in a ward.

Dennis, 79, was admitted Saturday after having a stroke.

Saskatoon family remembers daughter's cancer battle

Five-year-old Tegan Lyster pulls handful after handful of beads out of a glass jar in the corner of her living room. These "Beads of Courage" each represent part of her cancer battle with black ones for each time she got a needle and white beads for every day of chemotherapy.

"She just finished treatment last October after 26 months, so it was a long journey," Tegan's mom, Jenn Lyster, said.

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