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Golf for a good cause
Support the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation by participating in the Annual Sherry Bassin "Bad to the Bone" Charity Golf Classic. On June 10, join us at the Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, ON. The day begins with a continental breakfast, and a shotgun start at 11:30 am. Golf with hockey legends, perfect your swing with tips from CPGA teaching professionals, enjoy a gourmet lunch and dinner, and take home a commemorative prize or auction item. Spaces are filling up quickly so don’t miss out! Register today at or contact Richard at 1-800-461-3639 ext. 3 or

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Tournoi de golf de bienfaisance
Appuyez la Fondation Canadienne d'Orthopédie en participant à la classique de golf Sherry Bassin Bad to the Bone. Joignez-vous à nous le 10 juin, au Wooden Sticks Golf Club, situé à Uxbridge, en Ontario. La journée commence par un déjeuner continental, suivi des départs simultanés de la classique, prévus à 11 h 30. Venez jouer avec des légendes du hockey et travailler votre élan grâce aux conseils d'instructeurs membres de l'Association canadienne des golfeurs professionnels (ACGP), régalez-vous d'un dîner et d'un souper gastronomiques, puis repartez avec l'un des prix-souvenirs ou des articles disponibles à la vente aux enchères. Les billets s'envolent, alors faites vite! Inscrivez-vous dès aujourd'hui, à (en anglais seulement), ou communiquez avec Richard, au 1 800 461 3639, poste 3, ou à
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Attending the COA Annual Meeting? Don't miss these two ICLs offered free of charge by the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

1) Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation Smoking Cessation Program: Resources and support designed to improve patient outcomes.
Moderated by Dr. James Waddell, this ICL will introduce a pilot smoking cessation program developed by the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation and the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society. Topics to be discussed: Smoking and perioperative outcomes; Why orthopaedic surgery represents a teachable moment for patients and how pharmacotherapy increases the odds of a successful quit; Tools and resources available to incorporate into the care path.

2) Catch the Wave: Build Your Personal Practice Web Site
Moderated by Dr. Christian Veillette, this ICL will outline ways of complementing your skill with an online presence. Resources available from the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation will help you design a sophisticated web site that ranks high with patients. Topics to be discussed: How developing a web site for your practice will help your patients and save you time; How your internet identity can improve the patient experience and confidence level; Overview of the pilot program to support the development of surgeon websites with surgeon-approved content available; Additional tips for designing a successful web site.

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COA welcomes travelling fellows to Winnipeg
We are very pleased to host several international travelling fellows at this year's Annual Meeting in Winnipeg. The CFBS fellows: Drs. Benjamin Blondel (France) and Stéphane Cherix (Switzerland) as well as the ASG fellows: Drs. Rainer Biederman (Austria), Fabian Von Knoch (Switzerland), Andreas Niemeier (Germany) and Tobias Renkawitz (Germany) will be attending our June meeting. Dr. Gregor Rečnik from Slovenia will be joining us as the 2013 Anica Bitenc Fellow and will present during the Paediatrics/Spine paper session on Friday, June 21. Please extend a warm welcome to our international guests when you see them at the meeting.
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L'ACO accueille plusieurs boursiers étrangers à Winnipeg
Nous sommes heureux d'accueillir les lauréats de plusieurs bourses de voyage à la Réunion annuelle de Winnipeg. En effet, les lauréats de la Bourse de voyage canado-franco-belge-suisse (CFBS), soit les Drs Benjamin Blondel (France) et Stéphane Cherix (Suisse), seront des nôtres en juin, de même que ceux de la Bourse de voyage autrichienne-suisse-allemande (ASA), soit les Drs Rainer Biederman (Autriche), Fabian Von Knoch (Suisse), Andreas Niemeier (Allemagne) et Tobias Renkawitz (Allemagne). Enfin, le Dr Gregor Rečnik (Slovénie), lauréat de la Bourse de voyage Anica Bitenc 2013, donnera un exposé pendant la séance de présentation des précis en pédiatrie/sur le rachis le vendredi 21 juin. Nous vous prions de vous joindre à nous pour les accueillir chaleureusement à la Réunion annuelle.
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Wearable robots that help paralyzed people walk are getting lighter and more portable
Toronto Star
When Michael Gore stands, it's a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and walks across the room with help from a lightweight wearable robot. The technology has many nicknames. Besides "wearable robot," the inventions also are called "electronic legs" or "powered exoskeletons."
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People urged to take unused medications to pharmacies
The Waterloo Region Record
Potentially deadly drugs wait in the bathroom cupboards of most homes. "Don't be lulled into a false sense of safety about what's lurking in the medicine cabinet," said Michael Parkinson, community engagement co-ordinator for the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. The council and the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy are teaming up with local school boards and police services to encourage people to return expired or unused prescriptions to any pharmacy.
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Robots lend a helping hand
The Telegram
With the help of a $223,000 grant from the Canadian Cancer Society, Dr. Anthony Nichols and radiation oncologist Dr. David Palma are conducting a three-year trial to determine whether robotic surgery is superior to standard treatment in curing the cancer and giving patients a better quality of life with fewer side-effects. Since late 2010, the surgical team has performed about 40 of the robot-assisted operations.

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Health Canada, provinces declined to regulate firm that supplied diluted drugs
CTV News
Both Health Canada and provincial regulators declined to regulate Marchese Hospital Solutions before it started supplying chemotherapy drug mixtures to five hospitals in Ontario and New Brunswick, the company's president said. "Government authorities have always been fully aware of our presence and the kind of work we do," Marchese Hospital Solutions president Marita Zaffiro told a legislative committee. "MHS has never attempted to operate without regulatory control."

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Head of Quebec order of nurses: Cutting nursing jobs is short-sighted
Montreal Gazette
Slashing nursing jobs is nothing if not short-sighted, says the head of the Quebec order of nurses. Having fewer nurses on hand has a negative effect on patients, Lucie Tremblay said during a break at the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec's annual meeting, whose theme this year is improving care and patient safety. Tremblay's comments come in the wake of more cuts being announced at the McGill University Health Centre.

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Palmarès des urgences: trois hôpitaux de Québec font bonne figure
Le palmarès des urgences publié pour la 8e année consécutive dans le journal La Presse ressemble, pour la région, à celui des années passées. Trois hôpitaux de la région de Québec obtiennent d'excellents résultats. L'Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, l'Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, qui obtiennent la cote B, et le CHUL,qui reçoit un B -, figurent parmi les hôpitaux les plus méritants. Par contre, la note de D est attribuée aux urgences de Saint-François-d'Assise et l'Enfant -Jésus. Saint sacrement récolte un D-.
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Chemo drug scandal: Health Canada orders Marchese Hospital Solutions to stop "false" claims
Toronto Star
Health Canada has ordered the company at the heart of the diluted chemotherapy scandal to stop claiming the federal government declined to regulate its operation. And recently, Marchese Hospital Solutions also issued a terse memo, threatening legal action against the hospital whose officials have been most outspoken about the issue.
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