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White Coat, Black Art

 

White Coat, Black Art

Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.

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Sex is more than sex

Steve wants to have more sex with his wife. But is his focus on the bedroom obscuring a bigger issue?

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Origin stories

Ever wonder how we got here? Digging into history, these podcasts uncover the past to understand the present.

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The mighty mistle thrush

Vanessa Blanch and Alain Clavette tracked down a flock of birders to tell the story behind this “mega-rarity” in the birding community.

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Tragedy + Time

Oriana can’t lie and it’s hurting those close to her. Also, Kevin wants to make his grandma laugh.

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Allergy Bullying: It's real, and it's dangerous

The new movie Peter Rabbit didn't get great reviews from critics - but it got a unanimous thumbs down from kids who have anaphylaxis and their parents. The movie features a scene in which the animated rabbits pelt a character with blackberries - knowing he has a deadly allergy to them. It's just one of a raft of gags and insensitive jokes, which parents and experts say amounts to "allergy bullying." This week we talk to Vancouver mum Lisa Buckley, and her 8-year old daughter River, who has a severe peanut allergy about the movie and the message it sends, and what it's like to be dubbed "the humourless allergy mum." Arianne Kirkey of Ottawa talks about how she negotiated her way through grade school, high school and early adulthood with a peanut allergy. Canadian allergist Dr. Edmond Chan tells us about his study in which 20 percent of participants reported being bullied.

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Monsters and medicine

There's a surprising intersection between the world of medicine and zombies. Yes, the flesh-eating undead of The Walking Dead, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, and of course Shaun of the Dead. The iconic re-animated creature pops up in some unexpected places in medicine.

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The stupid rules edition

We asked listeners to tell us about the seeming "stupid rules" that frustrate them when it comes to our health-care system. We got a barrage of emails, tweets and posts ranging from gripes about getting kicked off a GP's roster for being "too healthy," being forced to jump through hoops to get a referral to a specialist; being unable to access to your own medical records and being restricted from seeing your own child as they go under general anaesthetic in the ICU and when they wake up post-surgery. It all adds up to White Coat, Black Art: The Stupid Rule Edition. We put some responses to experts who explain why the rules exists, we talk about workarounds some patients came up with and we shout out to the broader healthcare community for answers.

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Still Kathryn

Kathryn Fudurich was 21-years old when her 55-year-old mother Pat was diagnosed with dementia. Pat's memory loss began with small things, like leaving the TV remote in the pantry. But soon, she was forgetting to take her medication. Then she could no longer remember the route to get to her teaching job outside of Toronto. Soon it became clear that Pat could not manage living on her own, and Kathryn quit her job in London, Ontario and moved back home to care for her. Kathryn is among the youngest of an estimated two million Canadians who put their careers and lives on hold to care for an ailing loved one. In this rebroadcast from October 2016, Kathryn reveals the challenges of being a young caregiver to a parent with early-onset dementia: The struggle to find programs for a dementia patient who was still relatively young; the loss of connection to her peers who were pursuing careers and relationships; and the pain of watching the vibrant woman who had been her 'everything" slip away to the point where she no longer knew her daughter's name. Now 28, Kathryn reveals how she eventually found a balance between caring for her mother, and caring for herself. * This program originally aired in Oct. 2016

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My Son was in the ICU and I got PTSD: Why the emotional cost of surviving serious illnesses is rarely treated

What happens when the health-care system heals you but leaves you with emotional scars?

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The unregulated world of medical devices

Could your hip replacement hurt you? Journalist Jeanne Lenzer explores the medical device industry in her new book, The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It. And Dr. David Urbach tells us why Canada's device regulators could be doing a better job.

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Endometriosis: The painful search for answers

Endometriosis affects one in ten Canadian women, yet for the most part, it is invisible. It's a condition where the uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus, resulting in severe pain, and possibly infertility for those who have it. It takes on average, eight to ten years to get a definitive diagnosis and women typically see up to ten different doctors during that time. This week, White Coat Black Art has a documentary by Danielle d'Entremont, a young woman who was recently diagnosed with endometriosis. Danielle shares her six-year journey to find out what was wrong with her, and the discoveries she made along the way about how society discriminates against women's pain. We also hear from Dr Catherine Allaire, a gynaecologist and director of the Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis at the BC Women’s Hospital. She says family doctors need to be more aware of endometriosis and proactive in dealing with menstrual health.

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#MeToo in Medicine

This week, White Coat, Black Art has stories of up-and-coming female doctors who have been harassed, abused and even assaulted by the higher-ups who are supposed to be mentoring them into the world of medicine. Many of the women say they were too afraid to file complaints fearing the power senior doctors have over their career prospects.Those who have complained find the system often does more to protect the alleged perpetrators. We canvas provincial colleges for how they are handling #Metoo allegations and hear from a lawyer who has repeatedly called for the end of self-regulation for doctors. She says these new allegations back up her assertion that the hierarchical nature of medical education is ripe for abuse, and needs more oversight. NOTE: Corrected version

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'The hardest conversation we can have': The San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety program confronts racism in health care

The big "H" sign for the hospital signals safety to most patients. But many Indigenous Canadians have a different reality. The San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program uses blunt talk to confront racial biases in medicine in a bid to make heath care safer and more accessible.

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Gilly's Story - Clare and Ellery

Last week we told you the story of Ian and Rachelle Geddes, middle-class Canadian parents working flat-out to care to care for their 18-year-old daughter Gillian., who has low-functioning autism, meaning she'll never be able to work or live independently. They shared their concerns about how they'll cope as Gilly ages out of the services she's had since she was a child, and how Gilly will cope as her parents age out of being able to care for her. This week, we meet Gilly's siblings, who believe they will take over at some point down the line. And we speak with Dr. Yona Lumksy, Director of the Azieli Centre for Adult Neuro-developmental Disabilities, who talks about the challenges caregivers face as their special needs kids age out of programs - something she's familiar with as the sister of a special-needs sibling herself.

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Cake and balloons (Gilly's story)

A day with Gilly, a teen with autism and developmental delay on the cusp of aging out of the system – and her parents who are expected to pick up the slack.

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The Flu and You

The latest report on Canada's flu vaccine shows the shot is less than 20 per cent effective against the most common strain.. Some public health officials are questioning the focus on a seasonal flu vaccine that delivers unreliable results. We speak to Dr. Danuta Scowronski, the lead for influenza at the BC Centre for Disease Control, who says it's time for a moon shot for the flu shot. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer responds. Matthew Miller, an assistant professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON talks about Canada's role in developing a universal flu vaccine.

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One year after MAID: A husband talks about being the spouse left behind

In our second show exploring the impact of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) we speak to Clifford Campbell. His wife Noreen was among the first to be approved for and to receive MAID. He tells Brian what it's like to be the witness to suffering, party to assisted death, and the spouse left behind.

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'I'm going out with my boots on':Tim Regan used his last days to lobby for a clearer path to assisted death

Tim Regan had a medically assisted death on Dec. 12, 2017. Dr. Brian Goldman spoke to him the day before he died.

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Every patient that could have been saved we saved

Dr Kevin Menes was on duty as an ER doctor after the worst mass shooting in US history.

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Adventures in Medicine

We hear from doctors whose medical degrees took them places they never expected...from cruise ships to space ships.

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Dear Brian, I am writing in response to your episode on...

This weel, it’s all about you. You have sent us a ton of emails, letters, tweets and Facebook posts about what you heard on the program so far this season. We share some of them.

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A midwife an obstetrician and a mother-to-be

In 2011, Dr Brian Goldman travelled to Nelson, a city of just over 10,000 located in BC's Southern Interior. This picturesque region boasts one of the most successful groups of midwives in all of Canada.

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Just Ask Me - Seniors talk about long-term care

Sharron Cooke and Devora Greenspon speak frankly about life in long-term residential care.

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WCBA - Wounded Healers

How peer support workers help people with mental health crises in the ER of the North Bay Regional Health Centre.

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Why fake news is bad for your health

A Canadian doctor is caught in the eye of a fake news storm. Snopes Science editor Alex Kasprak tells us how to sniff out fake health newse. And why stem cell stories are so vulnerable to becoming fake-news clickbait.

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The Age of Anxiety

White Coat Black Art looks at the growing number of kids with anxiety and why the healthcare system is largely failing to help them.

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Paige Church on being a doctor with a disability

Dr Paige Church, developmental paediatrician talks about her life as a doctor with spina bifida.

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Doctor Burnout

Health professionals are hurting like never before. Studies show close to half of Canada's doctors are burned out and the numbers are going up.

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Getting to Zero

The story of Kirk Foat, who shocked his doctors by coming up with his own successful plan to wean himself off prescription opiods. And a Toronto doctor who has become an expert in "de-prescribing' patients like Kirk, who want off opioids.

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Outbreak of doubt

Vaccine hesitancy means that 11 per cent of Canadian 2 year olds are not fully immunized against measles, and 23 per cent don’t have all the recommended doses for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus.

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Dancing Queen

As Canada mourns Gord Downie, we share the inspirational story of Catherine Wreford-Ledlow. The Winnipeg woman is facing a similar diagnosis with the same kind of courage and intention - to do good in the world before she leaves it.

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Family Tree Helps Solve Eight-Generation Mystery Disease

Meet the family with FCAS, a disease so rare that just six hundred people on the planet have been diagnosed with it. Lynn Bidner, the matriarch reckons it goes back at least eight generations.

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One in a million

Ian Stedman had red eyes, migraines,skin rashes and joint pain all his life. Dozens of MDs failed to diagnose him. So, he lived with it. When his daughter was born with the same symptoms, he turned to "Dr. Google" and diagnosed his own rare disease.

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From ER to office How the practice of medicine is changing

As part of CBC's Workshift series: medical scribes making a doctor's job easier, a family MD who records office visits so patients can listen back from home and Dr. Brian Goldman weighs in on the fax machine.

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Floods Fires Hurricanes and Hospitals

As the Atlantic Hurricane season continues unabated White Coat, Black Art tells the story of how hospitals cope when natural disasters strike.

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They never should have let him go

Bonnie Bricker's son, Reid had serious mental-health problems. When he became an adult, she was often left out of the loop when it came to his care. She's now working to change the system to help others in distress – and their loved ones.

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Can you be addicted to food?

Is being addicted to food the same as being addicted to crack?

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