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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 22, Issue 11, Pages 912-916

Helicobacter Pylori Infection in Canada’s Arctic: Searching for the Solutions

Justin Cheung,1 Karen Goodman,1 Rachel Munday,5 Karen Heavner,1 Janis Huntington,1 John Morse,3 Sander Veldhuyzen van Zanten,1 Richard N Fedorak,1 Andre Corriveau,4 Robert J Bailey,2 and for the CANHelp working group

1Division of Gastroenterology, University of Alberta, University of Alberta Hospital, Canada
2Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
3Stanton Territorial Hospital and Chief Medical Officer, Canada
4Yellowknife, Canada
5Susie Husky Health Centre, Aklavik, Northwest Territories, Canada

Received 8 July 2008; Accepted 11 July 2008

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The Canadian North Helicobacter pylori (CANHelp) working group is a team composed of investigators, health officials and community leaders from Alberta and the Northwest Territories. The group’s initial goals are to investigate the impact of H pylori infection on Canada’s Arctic communities; subsequent goals include identifying treatment strategies that are effective in this region and developing recommendations for health policy aimed at management of H pylori infection. The team’s investigations have begun with the Aklavik H pylori Project in the Aboriginal community of Aklavik, Northwest Territories.