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Astronaut Dr. Bob Thirsk's excellent adventures in space

Dr. Bob Thirsk recalls the challenges of carrying out simple medical procedures in space.

How an injured doctor saved her own life on an Antarctic Cruise

Dr. Lori Regenstreif got more adventure than she bargained for when she signed on to become the medical doctor on an Antarctic cruise ship.
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Should number of appointments by family doctors be capped? Medical community weighs in

The British Medical Association thinks general practitioners should put a limit on the number of patients they see in a day. @NightshiftMD wonders if that would fly in Canada.

'I was sobbing uncontrollably': Patients say antidepressants difficult to quit

Patients who've been on antidepressants long-term have reported symptoms from nausea and migraines to "brain zaps" when they try to stop taking the drugs.

Crisis of care: Join our town hall

Help for parents and their high-needs kids as they age out of the system.
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The risk of vaginal birth after C-section

A new Canadian study finds that vaginal birth after C-section carries a somewhat higher risk of complications.

We need to talk about death, say parents of kids with life-limiting illnesses

Parents question why the medical system doesn't include death in their conversations with families, particularly those with "medically fragile" children.
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Here's how to live up to 10 years longer

Five things you can do right now that may add more than a decade to your life. Dr. Brian Goldman, @NightshiftMD has the answers.

Paramedics hone in on 911 'hotspot' buildings to help isolated residents

Toronto paramedics set up regular clinics in buildings that have a high volume of 911 calls in the hopes that a dose of prevention can improve residents' health and reduce the number of non-emergency calls being made. And experts says there's an added benefit: The regular visits improve residents' health by combating loneliness.

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

Kids with life-threatening allergies have a tough time navigating school and activities to keep themselves safe. But they also face the added burden of "allergy bullying”—from the new movie Peter Rabbit to stand-up comics who poke fun at allergies, to their own peers.
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When it comes to antidepressants, getting to zero proves difficult

If you’ve found it nearly impossible to get off antidepressants, you aren’t alone. @NightShiftMD assesses the risk and what to do about it.

Zombies and the CDC: Using the undead to teach emergency preparedness

Maggie Silver tells us about the time that the U.S. Centres for Disease Control almost broke the internet with a disaster-preparedness campaign based on the zombie apocalypse.

Frankenstein 101: What the monster teaches medical students

The 200th anniversary of Frankenstein is being celebrated at Stanford University this year. Anaesthesiologist Audrey Shafer tells us what the Frankenstein story can teach today's doctors.

Students' zombie comics channel the horrors of med school

Dr. Michael Green teaches a comics in medicine course at Penn State University. He says med students create zombie comics as a way of describing the miseries of life as a resident.
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Getting help for burned-out doctors

A new U.S. charter on physician well-being aims to reduce rates of burnout. @NightshiftMD says the health-care system needs some healing too.

White Coat. Black Art. Red tape? Your stories (and some answers) about stupid health-care rules

White Coat, Black Art recently asked listeners for their stories about encountering seemingly stupid rules in the health-care system. Dozens shared their tales of frustration, looking for answers.
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Still Kathryn: At 21, she cared for a mom with Alzheimer's

Meet Kathryn Fudurich, who moved home to care for mother Pat when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.

Your next gynecologist will probably be a woman

Women now dominate the ranks of ob-gyns and some men feel excluded. @NightshiftMD explains why.

PTSD in the hospital: Why the emotional scars of serious illnesses linger long after treatment

What happens when the health-care system that heals you also leaves behind long-lasting emotional scars?

The pitfalls of consumer breast cancer gene testing

Consumer genetics company 23andMe is offering breast cancer testing without going to your doctor. @NightshiftMD tells you if it's worth it.

How safe is your medical device? Even regulators may not really know

Could your hip replacement hurt you? Journalist Jeanne Lenzer explores the medical device industry in her new book, The Danger Within Us, and Dr. David Urbach tells us why Canada's device regulators should be doing a better job.
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Should doctors recommend acupuncture?

Some doctors recommend it. Others call it quackery. Dr. Brian Goldman, @NightshiftMD weighs in on an increasingly polarizing debate.

Endometriosis: My painful search for answers

Danielle d'Entremont, a young woman who was recently diagnosed with endometriosis, 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.

Extreme period pain is 'not just part of being a woman,' says women's health expert

Women's health expert Dr. Catherine Allaire says celebrities like Lena Dunham, who recently wrote about undergoing surgery to treat her endometriosis, can help raise awareness of this serious condition.

#MeToo in medicine: Culture of silence keeps med students from reporting abuse by their mentors

White Coat, Black Art spoke to students and residents at almost every medical school across Canada. They detailed incidents ranging from inappropriate comments to unwanted groping to sexual assault — often by their direct superiors.