Are Canadians with chronic circumstances getting the support they need to manage their health? Many Canadians with chronic health conditions don’t regularly receive some of the expected types of support that may help them better manage their personal health, according to the latest Canadian Health Care Matters bulletin from the Health Council of Canada. The bulletin – Helping Patients Help Themselves: Are Canadians with chronic conditions getting the support they need to manage their health? – is based on the 2008 Canadian Survey of Experiences with Primary HEALTHCARE, which measured the standard of health care as reported by Canadian sufferers, including those with seven common chronic conditions. Related StoriesNeurological examining accessibility and affordability: an interview with Dr Joseph HigginsPreventing falls in treatment homes: an interview with Professor Pip LoganSignostics gets FDA 510k clearance for handheld bladder scanner’Self-management is recognized as a crucial aspect of primary health care,’ said Lyn McLeod, Councillor at the ongoing health Council of Canada.‘Our research implies that high levels of dichlorophenol-containing pesticides may possibly weaken meals tolerance in some people, causing food allergy,’ lead researcher Elina Jerschow stated. ‘This chemical is often found in pesticides utilized by farmers and consumer insect and weed control items, as well as tap water.’ Approximately 15 million people suffer from food allergies in the United States alone. The number elevated 18 % between 1997 and 2007.