HEALTH NOTE­BOOK

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - • Com­piled by Joanna Frketich jfr­ketich@thes­pec.com 905-526-3349 | @Jfr­ketich

UNION LEADER REC­OG­NIZED

Hamil­ton nurse and pro­vin­cial union leader Linda Haslam-Stroud is be­ing given a life­time achieve­ment award by her peers for her ad­vo­cacy.

Haslam-Stroud is the longest­serv­ing pres­i­dent of the On­tario Nurses’ As­so­ci­a­tion at 14 years and count­ing. What started as a quest to get her wed­ding day off has since be­come 38 years of lead­er­ship in the union rep­re­sent­ing 64,000 reg­is­tered nurses and al­lied health pro­fes­sion­als as well as 16,000 stu­dents.

The St. Joseph’s Health­care re­nal-trans­plant nurse is be­ing rec­og­nized by the Reg­is­tered Nurses’ As­so­ci­a­tion of On­tario. The as­so­ci­a­tion par­tic­u­larly praised the cam­paign Haslam-Stroud spear­headed in Oc­to­ber 2015 called “The Truth Hurts” to stop the elim­i­na­tion of reg­is­tered nurse po­si­tions in hospi­tals.

BLOOD CON­DI­TION SUP­PORT

A Hamil­ton hema­tol­o­gist is bring­ing sup­port and ad­vo­cacy for a rare blood con­di­tion to Canada.

Im­mune throm­bo­cy­tope­nia is a per­sis­tent dis­or­der where platelets in the blood are re­jected by the body lead­ing to easy bruis­ing and se­ri­ous bleed­ing. One in 10,000 peo­ple have the po­ten­tially deadly con­di­tion.

McMaster Univer­sity as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor Dr. Don­ald Arnold is help­ing to es­tab­lish the Platelet Dis­or­der Sup­port As­so­ci­a­tion in Canada. The non-profit pa­tient ad­vo­cacy group is al­ready ac­tive in the United States.

“We have work to do to get Cana­di­ans bet­ter ac­cess to new med­i­ca­tions. Groups like the PDSA can help with is­sues like that,” said Arnold.

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