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  • MS CCSVI Study 20170308

    Blog MS liberation therapy fails the test

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    The inventor of a controversial vein-widening treatment for people with multiple sclerosis now says he can no longer recommend it. Dr. Brian Goldman says Dr. Zamboni's own study turned him from believer into doubter.

    Posted: Dec 12, 2017 6:14 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 14, 2017 1:31 PM ET
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    White Coat Black Art The good thing about older MDs

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Younger MDs may be more up to date in medicine. But older ones get fewer complaints from patients. @NightshiftMD has the details of a new survey.

    Posted: Dec 04, 2017 7:15 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 04, 2017 10:55 AM ET
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  • x-rays

    White Coat Black Art This X-ray saves lives

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Physicians can do more to detect intimate partner violence. @NightshiftMD has the details of an important new study.

    Posted: Nov 27, 2017 8:22 AM ET read comments
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    Blog Cancer survivors get PTSD

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    It's hard enough getting over chemo and radiation. Now a new study says cancer survivors can get PTSD too. Dr. Brian Goldman has the details.

    Posted: Nov 20, 2017 12:01 AM ET read comments
  • Couple having sex

    White Coat Black Art What's harder on your heart: Sex or financial troubles?

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Dr. Brian Goldman says the surprising conclusion of a new study is that financial woes are a lot more heart stopping than sex.

    Posted: Nov 12, 2017 7:31 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 14, 2017 1:49 PM ET
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  • Overdose Awareness Day 20170831

    Blog Drug abuse equals death for Indigenous youth

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Indigenous young people who use drugs are 13 times more likely to die. @NightshiftMD looks at a serious problem.

    Posted: Nov 06, 2017 12:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 06, 2017 7:04 PM ET
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    Blog Grown-ups Get Food Allergies Too!

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Food allergies among adults are on the rise. Dr. Brian Goldman explains why, and what to do about it.

    Posted: Oct 29, 2017 10:49 PM ET read comments
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    White Coat Black Art Read this if you're considering a hot tub birth

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    A newborn nearly died following a hot tub birth. @NightshiftMD assesses the risk & shares details of a new @CMAJ case report.

    Posted: Oct 23, 2017 12:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 23, 2017 10:35 AM ET
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  • Emergency Department

    White Coat Black Art Let's talk: Why Canadians need health care in their own language

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    If you get sick in Canada & you don't speak English or French, your health may be in danger says a CMAJ editorial. @NightshiftMD says there's a solution.

    Posted: Oct 16, 2017 12:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 16, 2017 12:55 PM ET
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  • soccer-wgirls-cp-2915907

    Blog Teen girls at increased risk of concussions

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Girls who have a head injury may take a lot longer than boys to recover. Dr. Brian Goldman looks at the implications.

    Posted: Oct 02, 2017 9:25 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 04, 2017 5:44 PM ET
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  • Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

    Blog How extreme weather events affect your health

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey have brought serious health risks. @NightshiftMD examines the medical challenges in the aftermath of extreme weather events.

    Posted: Sep 25, 2017 7:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 25, 2017 11:11 AM ET
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  • hi-bc-120919-tattoos-teens

    Blog Read this if your teen wants a tattoo

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Your teenager bugging you to get a tattoo? New medical guidelines help parents navigate the risk

    Posted: Sep 18, 2017 8:23 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 18, 2017 1:21 PM ET
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    Blog Beware of hype in medical science

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    They may be the original 'spin' doctors. A new study finds that a surprising number of medical researchers can’t resist hyping their conclusions.

    Posted: Sep 11, 2017 2:01 PM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 11, 2017 6:03 PM ET
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  • Pregnancy

    Blog New risk for new moms and moms to be

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Women face serious mental health challenges during and after pregnancy. @NightshiftMD has a revealing new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

    Posted: Aug 28, 2017 12:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 30, 2017 12:34 AM ET
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  • Seniors

    Blog Read this if you have a frail loved one

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Here’s a prescription that seniors should not take sitting down. The best way to stay vital is to stand up and keep moving.

    Posted: Aug 21, 2017 12:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 23, 2017 7:34 AM ET
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  • Vitamins and supplements and herbal remedies

    Blog Read this if you care about safe natural health products

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    An editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says the government's proposed changes to the regulation of natural health products don't go far enough.

    Posted: Jun 26, 2017 12:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 27, 2017 2:53 PM ET
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  • cigarette-light-up

    Blog Butting out is good for mental health patients, too

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    A new study says hospitalized mental health patients are calmer when they don’t smoke. @NightshiftMD says it's a fresh new take.

    Posted: Jun 19, 2017 7:36 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 19, 2017 8:40 AM ET
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  • USA-HEALTHCARE/PEORIA

    Blog How ERs fail older patients

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    ERs are built to take on all patients of all ages, but seniors may wonder if they’ve come to the wrong address. @NightshiftMD has the details.

    Posted: Jun 12, 2017 8:42 AM ET read comments
  • medical aid in dying

    Blog A clearer path to medically assisted death

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    A pioneering group of MDs has figured out how to interpret Canada’s new law on medical aid in dying. Dr. Brian Goldman explains.

    Posted: Jun 04, 2017 11:18 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 06, 2017 2:59 PM ET
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  • Marijuana smoker

    Blog Why legal marijuana will hurt kids

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    An editorial in @CMAJ says the proposed federal law to legalize marijuana could harm kids. @NightshiftMD explains why.

    Posted: May 29, 2017 7:57 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 29, 2017 2:46 PM ET
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    Blog Could your doctor give you the pink slip?

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    You can fire your doctor. Your doctor can also fire you. @NightshiftMD knows the doctor's rights - and yours.

    Posted: May 14, 2017 11:12 PM ET read comments
  • Oxycontin

    Blog MDs must help to end opioid epidemic

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    New guidelines warn MDs to prescribe fewer opioid pain relievers. @NightshiftMD assesses the potential impact.

    Posted: May 08, 2017 12:02 AM ET read comments
  • 13 reasons why

    Blog Changing the channel on 13 Reasons Why

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    @NightshiftMD has better things to discuss than a television series about a teen who commits suicide. He has the details about an ER suicide prevention program that works.

    Posted: Apr 30, 2017 10:59 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 01, 2017 10:04 AM ET
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  • Dance For Dementia 20141209

    Blog Let's be friendly to people with dementia

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    The best way for Canada to cope with rising rates of dementia is to build a friendly community for those most affected. @NightshiftMD explains this new approach.

    Posted: Apr 24, 2017 12:01 AM ET read comments
  • Measles Vaccine

    Blog How to protect against measles here and abroad

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    With measles outbreaks here and abroad, how do you stay one step ahead? @NightshiftMD has your answers.

    Posted: Apr 10, 2017 12:25 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 10, 2017 4:45 PM ET
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  • New Joints

    Blog Read this before you get your knee replaced

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    When it comes to knee replacement surgery, later is better. @NightshiftMD explains why.

    Posted: Apr 03, 2017 8:52 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 03, 2017 12:23 PM ET
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    Blog New advice if you are allergic to tree nuts

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    If you’re allergic to one kind of tree nut you may not be allergic to all of them. @NightshiftMD has a new study and some important new advice.

    Posted: Mar 27, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017 12:36 PM ET
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  • prescription drugs

    Blog How prescription opioids harm little kids

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    You can add preschoolers to those at risk from prescription opioids. @NightshiftMD explains why and how to put a stop to it.

    Posted: Mar 19, 2017 11:01 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017 9:26 AM ET
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  • Marijuana smoking

    Blog If you use marijuana read this

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    The growing use of medical and recreational marijuana comes with a potentially serious risk to your heart. Dr. Brian Goldman tells you what you need to know.

    Posted: Mar 12, 2017 11:21 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 13, 2017 1:15 PM ET
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  • Zika A. aegpti mosquito

    Blog Read this before you travel to a Zika hot spot

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Zika virus packs a wallop in Canadians who visited hotspots. @NightshiftMD has what you need to know about the virus that first arrived in the Americas in 2013.

    Posted: Mar 06, 2017 12:02 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 13, 2017 3:32 PM ET
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  • pharmacy

    Blog Time for pharmacare now

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    A national pharmacare program is both do-able and a cost saver for Canada. @NightshiftMD has two important studies.

    Posted: Feb 27, 2017 12:37 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 27, 2017 1:49 PM ET
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  • Montreal weather shovelling

    Blog Snow shovelling can kill

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Remember those warnings about shovelling snow and your heart? They’re true IF you're a guy. @NightshiftMD has the details.

    Posted: Feb 13, 2017 12:56 PM ET read comments audio
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    Blog Don't ask your doctor for advice on nutrition, unless...

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    You doctor may know very little about managing obesity or nutrition. I’d ask a registered dietician or a health coach instead.

    Posted: Jan 30, 2017 12:40 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 30, 2017 1:53 PM ET
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  • Mason Woods ICU

    Blog Spouses of critically ill patients face deadly stress

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    When patients are seriously ill, their spouses can soon follow. NightshiftMD assesses the damage.

    Posted: Jan 23, 2017 12:33 PM ET read comments audio
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    Blog Will Trump promote vaccine refusal?

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    A well-known U.S. vaccine sceptic has talked to incoming President Donald Trump about leading a panel on the safety of vaccines. The implications could be huge.

    Posted: Jan 16, 2017 11:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017 7:02 AM ET
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  • Flu Vaccine

    Blog Flu season - get the shot!

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    A rough flu season is well under way. Dr Brian Goldman tells you what you need to know.

    Posted: Jan 09, 2017 12:36 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 09, 2017 1:31 PM ET
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  • Vaping

    Blog MDs who blow smoke about vaping

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Where do smokers go to learn about e-cigarettes? @NightshiftMD explains why asking your physician might not be the best place to turn.

    Posted: Aug 29, 2016 12:21 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 29, 2016 2:23 PM ET
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  • assisted-dying

    Blog Palliative care gets a 'D' in Canada

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Canadians like to praise our health care system. You won't believe how poor we do at palliative care.

    Posted: Aug 22, 2016 1:06 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 22, 2016 4:01 PM ET
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    Blog How to live longer

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    You can't change your parents, but what if you could avoid a heart attack by changing your DNA? You won't believe how close the future is.

    Posted: Aug 15, 2016 2:04 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 15, 2016 5:08 PM ET
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  • Aedes aegypti mosquito and Zika virus containment

    Blog Zika vaccine: how close?

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    A new way of making vaccines could be the key to fighting the Zika virus. Will you roll up your sleeves? @NightshiftMD has the details.

    Posted: Aug 08, 2016 12:09 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016 1:50 PM ET
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  • Tinnitus

    White Coat Black Art The ring of truth about tinnitus

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Somewhere between 10 and 15% of Canadians are affected by tinnitus. @NightshiftMD (Dr. Brian Goldman) says much of it is preventable.

    Posted: Jul 25, 2016 12:45 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 25, 2016 2:58 PM ET
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  • Ear decibel reading data Ottawa Hospital noise March 19 2015

    Blog Hospitals bring down 'da noise

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Constant noise threatens the wellbeing of hospitalized patients. @NightshiftMD explains why forward thinking hospitals are finding imaginative ways of turning down the volume.

    Posted: Jul 18, 2016 12:40 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 18, 2016 12:56 PM ET
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    Blog Don't be 'ticked' off by Lyme disease

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    The chief medical officer of Canada's Public Health Agency says cases of Lyme disease could be much higher than reported. @NightshiftMD talks about the symptoms of Lyme and what could be causing the increase in infections.

    Posted: Jul 11, 2016 12:57 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016 1:13 PM ET
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  • Stem cells

    Blog Stem cell hype and risk

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    An increasing number of Canadians are becoming medical tourists in search of stem cells. But is it worth the cost and the risk? @NightshiftMD weighs in.

    Posted: Jun 27, 2016 1:56 PM ET read comments
  • Prince Death

    Blog VIP Syndrome can be patient killer

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    When it comes to doctoring the rich and famous, sometimes, good medical judgment gets cast aside, says @NightshiftMD.

    Posted: Jun 20, 2016 1:57 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 20, 2016 2:39 PM ET
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  • Pharmacare 20141005

    Blog List of Essential Medicines

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    To combat the shortage of prescription drugs, experts say Canadian authorities should declare a list of essential medicines.

    Posted: Jun 13, 2016 12:35 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 13, 2016 1:09 PM ET
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    Blog Assisted dying: time to step up

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    With no federal law on physician-assisted death, doctors must chart a new and uncertain course. I say it's time for me to say yes to doctor assisted death.

    Posted: Jun 06, 2016 12:39 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 06, 2016 1:13 PM ET
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  • Surgical OR

    Blog Saying sorry for medical errors

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    When it comes to medical errors, saying sorry may be the hardest thing. NightshiftMD says doctors need to break the wall of silence.

    Posted: May 30, 2016 12:55 PM ET read comments
  • Medical residents, hospital, doctors

    Blog Deadly hospital handovers

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    When doctors in training change hospitals, they put their patients at risk. @NightshiftMD exposes a potentially deadly gap in care.

    Posted: May 16, 2016 2:27 PM ET read comments
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    Blog Virtual dermatologists

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    One picture is worth ten thousand words. Dr. Brian Goldman says virtual dermatologists are as good as ones in the flesh.

    Posted: May 09, 2016 12:37 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 09, 2016 12:57 PM ET
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