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Health: October 2013 Archives

2012's Legionnaire's outbreak was preventable

The coroner's report on the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Quebec City last year indicates that different government departments must share the blame, because they failed to apply recommendations made following the 1996 and 2010 outbreaks. 

Quebec AM reporter Julia Page went down to the Complexe Jacques-Cartier in Saint Roch, to speak to people in the area where the outbreak occured in 2012.

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We also gathered reactions from former health minister Yves Bolduc, along with Dr. Isabelle Goupil-Sormany, medical officer with the Public Health Department, as well as lawyer Jean-Pierre Ménard who is representing relatives of some of the victims, and is considering a class action lawsuit.

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Healthy, nutritious food now served in a Quebec City hospital

Hospitalfoodcbc.jpgEating hospital food has not always meant eating healthy. But, things are changing here in Quebec.

By next March, all hospitals in the province are supposed to meet new Ministry of Health standards for nutritious food. Some hospitals are ahead of the curve in implementing these changes.

One of them is in Quebec City, the Institut Universitaire en santé mentale de Québec - formerly the Robert-Giffard hostpial. France Couture is a nutritionist at the hospital.
She joined us this morning.

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Former soldier launches a second walk to raise funds for post-traumatic stress disorder

IMG_4524.JPGLast year, army corporal Kate MacEachern completed a walk from the Canadian Forces base in Gagetown New Brunswick to her hometown of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She succeeded in raising $20,000 for the Soldier On Fund that supports retired military personnel with a chronic illness or injury. She was even joined for the last leg of that walk by Peter MacKay, who was at that point Defence Minister.

This year, Corporal MacEachern decided to embark on another walk, all the way to Ottawa, to support work on post-traumatic stress disorder. But this time, there was no support from Armed Forces; in fact she's had to leave the military to carry out her walk.

Yesterday, she was in Quebec City, along with another former soldier, Kevin Berry, who's accompanying on her journey. They joined me in studio.

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