Abortion pill legal in Canada—What does this mean for the country?
Specifically, Health C...
Originally reported by our sister brand Business Review Canada, a new drug has been legalized in Canada—the abortion drug.
Specifically, Health Canada has made it legal for women to purchase and consume the RU-486 pill. However, not everyone is on board with this recent ruling. Find out what the medication really does and all of the controversy that as consumed it.
The RU-486 medication has already been available in 57 other countries. Specifically, the drug has been readily available for a quarter of a century in France and Britain. The pill has been available in the United States since 2000.
Made by Linepharma International Limited, the pill will be sold under the brand name Mifegymiso throughout Canada. However, while some countries do allow for the drug to be dispensed by pharmacists, Health Canada has made a ruling that will require women to get a prescription from their doctor before they can make a purchase.
A spokesperson for Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose has had this to say on the issue: “Drug approval decisions are arms-length decisions made by Health Canada officials based on analysis by Health Canada scientists.”
The RU-486 drug works by blocking the production of progesterone, which is a hormone that is needed in order for a pregnancy to take place. Experts in the medical reproductive industry have referred to the pill as the best known option for abortion. Therefore, getting the drug approved in Canada has been on the agenda for quite some time.
However, not everyone in the country is in favor for the abortion pill. As you can imagine, the approval of this drug has caused a bit of a stir in Canada.
Particularly, Campaign Life Coalition, an anti-abortion rights group, has recently called for the federal government and Ambrose to stop distributing the drug. As well, other pro-life organizations have jumped on the bandwagon, hoping to get the legal ruling overturned.
Furthermore, National President of Campaign Life Coalition Jim Hughes has said this on the matter: “We have fought against this drug coming into Canada since 1999 in order to safeguard the health of women and save unborn children from early deaths.”
While Hughes may make an interesting point, don’t most women know what is safe for their bodies? This is definitely a touchy subject; without a doubt, there is a gray area. However, at the end of the day, shouldn’t women be responsible for their own decisions (i.e. what they put into their bodies)?
Let us know what your thoughts are on this issue.
[SOURCE: Global News]
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”