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Alberta auditor says staff shortages led to major care home problems during pandemic

Alberta auditor says staff shortages led to major care home problems during pandemic

EDMONTON — Alberta's auditor general says the province’s continuing-care system worked desperately to cope in the early waves of the COVID-19 pandemic mainly due to crippling staff shortages.

Five provinces sign health deal but specific targets, timelines still to come

OTTAWA — Half of Canada's provinces have now formally signed on to the new health-care deal proposed by the federal government two weeks ago, and more will join them next week, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said Thursday.
Utah lawmakers punt on magic mushroom therapy proposal

Utah lawmakers punt on magic mushroom therapy proposal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A pilot program in Utah that would have allowed thousands of patients to consume psychedelic mushrooms for therapeutic use failed to advance in the state Senate on Wednesday, effectively ending its chances of passage as lawmaker
Atlantic provinces sign on to bilateral health-care funding deals with Ottawa

Atlantic provinces sign on to bilateral health-care funding deals with Ottawa

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's health minister says she has no problem with Ottawa holding the province accountable for how it will spend additional health-care money it will receive through a bilateral side deal announced Friday.
Trans youth care ban headed to Tennessee governor's desk

Trans youth care ban headed to Tennessee governor's desk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Transgender youth in Tennessee would be banned from receiving gender-affirming care under legislation currently headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who has voiced support for the bill.
Ontario, federal government reach agreement in principle on health care

Ontario, federal government reach agreement in principle on health care

Ontario and the federal government have reached a 10-year deal in principle on health care, paving the way for both sides to iron out the details of how the new money will be spent.
Nurse practitioners in B.C. can now assess crisis patients for involuntary admissions

Nurse practitioners in B.C. can now assess crisis patients for involuntary admissions

VICTORIA — Nurse practitioners in British Columbia now have expanded authority to assess people in crisis for involuntary admission to a treatment facility under the Mental Health Act.
US ending extra help for groceries that started during COVID

US ending extra help for groceries that started during COVID

Nearly 30 million Americans who got extra government help with grocery bills during the pandemic will soon see that aid shrink — and there’s a big push to make sure they’re not surprised.
Bird flu kills 11-year-old girl in Cambodia, officials say

Bird flu kills 11-year-old girl in Cambodia, officials say

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An 11-year-old girl in Cambodia has died from bird flu in the country's first known human H5N1 infection since 2014, health officials said.
Indiana lawmakers back defunding Kinsey sex institute

Indiana lawmakers back defunding Kinsey sex institute

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican lawmakers voted Wednesday to prohibit Indiana University from using any state money to support its sexual research institution after a far-right legislator unleashed disputed allegations of child exploitation by