RESEARCH

A prospective study of concussions among National Hockey League players during regular season games: the NHL-NHLPA Concussion Program
Brian W. Benson MD PhD, Willem H. Meeuwisse MD PhD, John Rizos MD, and colleagues
April 18, 2011

A prospective study of concussions among National Hockey League players during regular season games: the NHL-NHLPA Concussion Program

Players who experienced a concussion playing hockey took more days to return to play if they had headache, low energy, amnesia or abnormalities on physical examination. Benson and colleagues found this by collecting information about 559 concussions in hockey players and following their recovery over time. The authors suggest a more precautionary approach to allowing players with these symptoms to return to play. Full article

COMMENTARY: “Sport” and “non-sport” concussions
ANALYSIS: Concussion in youth ice hockey: It’s time to break the cycle

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PRACTICE

Doctors within borders: meeting the health care needs of migrant farm workers in Canada
April 18, 2011

Doctors within borders: meeting the health care needs of migrant farm workers in Canada

Most of the 27 000 migrant farm workers who come to work in Canada are entitled to Canadian health care benefits and workers’ compensation. As Pysklywec and colleagues point out, however, major barriers may prevent access to and use of Canadian health care services. Full article

ANALYSIS: Temporary migration, chronic effects: the health of international migrant workers in Canada

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REVIEW

Conversion disorder: advances in our understanding
April 18, 2011

Conversion disorder: advances in our understanding

Although conversion disorder has long been viewed as the quintessential psychological disorder, Feinstein points out that advances in neuroscience are slowly changing this view. Functional magnetic resonance imaging demonstrates that people with conversion disorder may have abnormal patterns of cerebral activation in which areas of the brain regulating emotion override activation of the motor and sensory areas. Full article

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EDITORIAL

Can Health Canada do better in protecting Canadians from unsafe drugs?
April 18, 2011

The Government of Canada cannot fully protect its citizens from unsafe drugs because of antiquated laws. Full article

La tuberculose au Nunavut : un sičcle d’échecs
April 18, 2011

La pauvreté, la malnutrition et, surtout, la pénurie de logements convenables sont les principaux déterminants socioéconomiques en cause de tuberculose. Full article

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NEWS

CMAJ 2011 election survey: home/palliative care
April 21, 2011

CMAJ 2011 election survey: home/palliative careA slew of campaign trail promises might suggest that major changes in support for families providing home care to ailing relatives is in the offing but the political promises essentially amount to modest gestures of tax support rather than programs aimed at bolstering services to assist home caregivers. Full article

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FOR THE RECORD

More transgender health research needed
April 21, 2011

For the RecordThe tendency of health studies to treat sexual and gender minorities as a single homogenous group has painted an “incomplete picture” of their health status and needs, argues a landmark report on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health from the United States Institute of Medicine. Full article

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CMAJ in the News

"Starve a fever, feed a concussion: Speedy feeding offers hope of better healing" (The Globe and Mail), April 21, 2011

"Newer Versions of the Pill Pose No Added Risk to Gallbladder" (U.S. News & World Report), April 20, 2011

"Counterpoint: Drug addicts can’t recover if they’re already dead" (National Post), April 20, 2011

"Food safety: the forgotten issue?" (CBC), April 20, 2011

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