The legalization of cannabis in Canada in October 2018 created an important concern for the health of mothers and babies during pregnancy and beyond. Studies from 2002 – 2014 indicate that one in five pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 25 use cannabis, as the perception is common that it will reduce anxiety and pregnancy-induced nausea.
From left: Dr. David Hill, Lawson Scientific Director; Dr. Matthew Teeter, Lawson Scientist; Dr. Paul Woods, LHSC President & CEO; Hon. Jeff Yurek; and, Anthony Dale, OHA President & CEO
On January 10, 2020, the Honourable Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks and MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, joined London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Lawson Health Research Institute and the Ontario Hospital Association for a research tour at LHSC’s University Hospital.
A new population-based retrospective validation study, using ICES data collected between 2007 and 2014 in Ontario, has found that health records can be used to track service use as well as the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. Researchers found that the algorithms tested were able to accurately identify up to 35 per cent of individuals who experience homelessness in a given year.