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  • Hi, we are Pursuit Physiotherapy in Red Deer.  We promote balanced, healthy living through dedicated, individualized physical therapy for those in pain, unable to participate fully in their daily activities, wanting to maximize their function for work or sport, and wanting to prevent potential problems.

    If it is affecting your quality of life, then we want to help you to optimize your function and minimize your pain.

    At Pursuit Physiotherapy, we give our clients the tools necessary to optimize function and return to their best life as efficiently as possible. We assist those who want a point in the right direction as well as those who need intensive regular treatment. We want to empower you to take control over your health.

    Our clinic is designed to help you achieve your health goals. Our team works towards your success and recovery.
    We focus on our clients ability to function in their day to day lives.

    Physiotherapists are part of the medical team and are trained to diagnose your problem and provide you with the tools to get you on your way. We do this through assessing and explaining your pain or dysfunction and treating it appropriately to help you achieve your outcome goal. We are dedicated to a friendly, compassionate, and safe environment.

    The combination of therapists and support staff at Pursuit Physiotherapy work together to provide skilled and compassionate care. We have some similar skill sets and personality traits and some very different ones but together we feel we can offer our clients exceptional physiotherapy.  We take the time that is necessary to fully assess an injury and give you options on how to best deal with the problem.

    We believe that a high level of skill through post graduate courses and clinical experience allow us to provide first class physiotherapy services.

    Quality Care, Quality Life

    We believe that together we can be a strong force in improving your quality of life to pursue your goals.

    Your goal may be as simple–or complicated–as reaching the top shelf of your kitchen cupboards in spite of your aching shoulder, or as complex as learning to walk again after a serious motor vehicle accident (MVA).

    Your problem may be greatly limiting and preventing you from performing your work, daily home tasks, or recreational activities. Or, your problem may be just annoyance … for now!

    Multiple Treatment Options

    Whether an acute orthopaedic injury or a chronic pain that has been going on for years, our therapists are dedicated to providing skilled and appropriate treatment to help you recover. We want to take it a step further and educate you to help you prevent future flare ups and promote improved overall health.

    At Pursuit Physiotherapy, we encourage our therapists to continue their education beyond their university years in post graduate course work. This allows us to offer you treatments with advanced skill in manual therapy (mobilization/manipulation), muscle release / myofascial techniques, intramuscular stimulation IMS (dry needling), and current information from the health world.

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    Updated mammography guidelines consider woman’s preference, not only age



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  • TORONTO — New guidelines for breast-cancer screening are intended to give women more of a voice in their health-care decisions, taking into account their personal values and preferences rather than age and risk factor alone.

    The guidelines, released Monday by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, encourage women aged 40 to 74 to discuss breast cancer screening with their doctors and make a shared decision about whether to get a mammogram based in part on a woman’s preferences.

    The previous guidelines from 2011 recommended against women aged 40 to 49 having routine mammograms, while those aged 50 to 74 were advised to get the screening test every two to three years.

    The new guidelines are “intended for an empowered position, which puts the decision-making in the hands of the individual woman in terms of what she prioritizes,” said task force vice-chair Ainsley Moore, a family physician at McMaster University in Hamilton.

    “I think there was in the past a lot of confusion about how the recommendations were interpreted,” she said.

    While mammography offers the benefit of somewhat reducing the risk of death from breast cancer, the test can also result in significant harms, she noted.

    False positives, which can cause women unnecessary distress, are common and can lead to additional testing and possibly an invasive biopsy.

    For instance, the task force found that for every 1,000 women aged 40 to 49 screened over a seven-year period, there were 294 false-positives, resulting in 43 unnecessary biopsies; even in the age 70-74 group, there were 219 false positives and 30 biopsies per 1,000 women screened.  

    Moore said there’s also a risk of overdiagnosis and overtreatment, with potential complications from radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.

    The latest medical evidence, on which the updated guidelines are based, suggests there can be a narrow margin between benefits and harms, leading the task force to make “conditional” recommendations based on patient preferences. They include:

    —Women 40-49: The task force recommends against screening, but if a women wants a mammogram, she should discuss with her health provider the potential harms and benefits related to her age group.

    Those in their 40s face a higher risk of harm from false positives, overdiagnosis and overtreatment, compared with other age groups. But the benefit is smaller: only one breast cancer death is prevented for every 1,700 women who have mammography, compared to one death for every 645 women aged 70 to 74 who get screened.

    —Women 50-74: The task force recommends that women in this age range get mammograms every two to three years. This advice is also conditional, as some women may choose not to be screened if they are concerned about overdiagnosis and associated harms.

    —There is no screening recommendation for women aged 75 and older, and the guidelines do not apply to high-risk women, such as those who carry a BRCA1 of BRCA2 genetic mutation.  

    Moore said overdiagnosis is a major concern that relates to the nature of cancers: some are slow-growing tumours, while others are more aggressive and progress at a faster rate.

    “The issue is that these slow, turtle-growing cancers will be detected on screening, but they wouldn’t cause symptoms in a woman’s lifetime. They wouldn’t become palpable lumps … they certainly wouldn’t cause death,” she said.

    “The challenge is that physicians can’t tell at the time they’re diagnosed which of these cancers will progress and which will not. So the tendency is to treat them all … because the consequences of not treating can also be significant.

    “And so those are the issues that women are facing. Those are the issues that physicians are facing.”

    Dawn Stacey, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, welcomed the changed advice to women. “I’m excited about this new guideline because they’re actually now acknowledging women’s preferences.

    “The guidelines up until now have been directives, so they said this is what you should do,” she said. “The new guidelines coming out are saying this is what we would suggest, but really we need to discuss this with women in both age groups.”

    So if having a mammogram is important to a woman in her 40s, said Stacey, “then that’s OK.”

    The guidelines are published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and can be accessed by visiting:


    Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

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    Shoppers Drug Mart granted licence to sell medical marijuana online



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  • TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has been granted a licence to sell medical marijuana online.

    Health Canada’s list of authorized cannabis sellers and producers has been updated to reflect that the pharmacy can sell dried and fresh cannabis, as well as plants, seeds and oil.

    A website has been set up by the company, which says that patients “with a valid medical document will soon be able to purchase a wide selection of medical cannabis products” from Shoppers.  

    The company was granted a medical marijuana producer licence in September, after initially applying in October 2016.

    Shoppers has said that it has no interest in producing medical cannabis, but the licence is required in order to sell the product to patients.

    Under the current Health Canada regulations for medical pot, the only legal distribution method is by mail order from licensed producers direct to patients.

    The Canadian Press

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