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As you know, COA delivers COA Dispatch direct to your inbox each Tuesday, briefing you on the latest industry news that impacts your practice. But we know you are busy and may have missed an important article or two. To that end, here's your monthly recap of the top five stories your peers accessed this month. For more articles, or to see what's trending now, visit the COA Dispatch news portal. To unsubscribe from this monthly recap, click here.

Help for herniated discs: Doctors testing new ozone treatment
CTV News
Doctors in Vancouver are testing an experimental treatment approach that they hope will help the thousands of Canadians with herniated discs. "Slipped discs," as they are sometimes called, occur when one of the soft cushions that rests between the bones of the back ruptures and slips out between the vertebrae. The disc material can then push on spinal nerves, sending pain down the back and legs.
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Study: Hospital elevator buttons have more bacteria than washrooms
Toronto Star
You might want to use an elbow to push the elevator button the next time you are in a hospital. A new study suggests that elevator buttons in hospitals have more bacteria on them than surfaces in hospital bathrooms. Swabs taken from 120 different elevator buttons and 96 toilet surfaces in three different hospitals in Toronto found more bugs on the buttons than in the bathrooms.
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Report card on wait times gets a failing grade
Troy Media
Canadian might have been inclined to take a sedative for an anxiety attack after reading about the Wait Time's Alliance 2014 report card on waits for medical care in Canada. The WTA gives Canada a failing grade on the structural changes it says are needed to have timely access to care seen in other countries.
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'Black box' technology makes its way into the operating room
CTV News
The technology that's long been used to investigate plane or train accidents is now being used in a Toronto operating room to help doctors identify their errors and prevent similar slip-ups in the future. Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, a surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital, has been using a 'black box' to record his surgeries since late April. "The interesting thing is when we operate, when we're in the action, we don't appreciate when we make an error," he told CTV's Canada AM.
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Le CSSS de Rivière-du-Loup accueillera 6 nouveaux médecins
Six nouveaux médecins seront embauchés au cours des prochains mois au CSSS de Rivière-du-Loup, conditionnellement à l’obtention de leur permis de pratique du Collège des médecins du Québec. C’est ce qu’il a été possible d’apprendre à la suite de la séance publique du conseil d’administration du CSSS tenue le mercredi 11 juin. Dre Valérie-Anne Gagnon et Dre Sarah Michaud exerceront à Rivière-du-Loup en tant que médecins omnipraticiens.
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