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• A woman who receives laser treatment for vascular skin lesions hopes the Department of Health and Community Services will listen to the recommendations of dermatologists and follow the lead of at least one provincial health-care plan that covers the procedure for rosacea sufferers.

“I think that the Newfoundland government needs to clearly define what they mean when they say medically necessary,” said Judith Mercer. “Just because you have bad acne rosacea and a doctor says yes, you need it for medical reasons, that does not mean you’re going to be covered.”

 

• If you notice the premier and others wearing purple Tuesday, it’s not that they’re big fans of children’s much-loved dinosaur Barney. People will be wearing the colour in recognition of Purple Day for Epilepsy.

Leanne Vail will be marking the day at her workplace — Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food on Water Street in St. John’s. She’s baking purple cookies and will have information for customers on the seizure disorder she has.

The 20-year-old Harbour Grace woman was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago.

 

• New Democrats decided over the weekend that Harry Borlase will represent the party in the anticipated federal byelection for the Labrador seat.

Borlase, who was born in Nain but grew up in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, attracted the majority of ballots cast in the online vote — NDP national director Nathan Rotman said more than 100 votes were recorded.

“I’m over the moon,” Borlase told The Telegram Sunday evening. “I’m just very humbled by all the support I got over the last week since we heard the news about Peter (Penashue). I just thought about it and decided it was a good time.”

 

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Organizations: Department of Health and Community, Breaking News

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Water Street, Nain Happy Valley Goose Bay

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