Dr. Brian's Blog

  • Vitamins and supplements and herbal remedies

    White Coat Black Art 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

    White Coat Black Art 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

    White Coat Black Art 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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  • 52207270SP008_Robot

    White Coat Black Art 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

    White Coat Black Art 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

    White Coat Black Art 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

    White Coat Black Art 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

    White Coat Black Art 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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  • EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector

    White Coat Black Art 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

    White Coat Black Art 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

    White Coat Black Art 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

    White Coat Black Art 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

    white coat 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

    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
  • Health Obesity Report 20121023

    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
  • USA-TRUMP/

    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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  • 65367286

    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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  • HEALTH-LYME/

    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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  • Lee Carter, left, and Grace Pastine

    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
  • MoleScope app demonstration

    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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  • senior walker

    Blog Some nursing home seniors don't need the ER

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    A study shows just how often nursing home residents make unnecessary visits to the ER. Fortunately, there’s a way to fix it.

    Posted: Apr 25, 2016 12:37 PM ET read comments
  • palliative care

    Blog Palliative care needs a new name

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    An uncomfortable name. A new study uncovers a surprising reason why patients with advanced cancer may not be getting the comfort care they need at the end of life.

    Posted: Apr 18, 2016 12:43 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 18, 2016 12:52 PM ET
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  • In-vitro fertilization

    White Coat Black Art Fetal sex selection apparently happens in Canada

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Should parents to be permitted to abort female fetuses so they can try again, to have a boy? The practice - which opens up an ethical minefield - apparently happens right here in Canada.

    Posted: Apr 11, 2016 12:37 PM ET read comments
  • Whooping Cough vaccine

    Blog Grown-ups need vaccines too

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Booster immunizations aren't just for infants and children. Adults risk their health by falling behind in their boosters.

    Posted: Apr 04, 2016 12:59 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 04, 2016 1:13 PM ET
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  • Sept 11 Last Remains

    Blog Is home DNA made for adoptees?

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Does home DNA testing help adopted patients find out what diseases lurk in their family history? Dr. Brian Goldman has his doubts.

    Posted: Mar 21, 2016 12:26 PM ET read comments
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    Blog How to exercise for good health

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Doctors say the best way to live longer & stay healthy is regular exercise. Now they know the right way to do it.

    Posted: Mar 14, 2016 12:21 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016 12:40 PM ET
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  • smoking

    Blog Time to screen smokers for lung cancer

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Should health care dollars be spent screening heavy smokers for lung cancer? I say yes.

    Posted: Mar 07, 2016 12:29 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 07, 2016 4:44 PM ET
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  • Prostate cancer report

    Blog Prostate cancer: less is better

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Good news for men with prostate cancer. A new approach means less treatment and less worry.

    Posted: Feb 29, 2016 12:50 PM ET read comments
  • obesity

    Blog News for dieters: less is more

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    If you struggle with obesity, your diet may be a lot closer to the finish line than you might think.

    Posted: Feb 22, 2016 1:10 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016 1:53 PM ET
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  • jumbo jet hotel

    Blog Jet lag treatment helps clear the fog

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Does jet lag leave you lost and confused whenever you travel? There's a promising new way to clear up the fog

    Posted: Feb 08, 2016 4:10 PM ET read comments
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    Blog When patient advocates are better than doctors

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    When it comes to getting the best health care for complex diseases like cancer, it helps to have an advocate who knows where to look.

    Posted: Feb 01, 2016 1:33 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 01, 2016 1:46 PM ET
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  • Brazil Zika Birth Defects

    White Coat Black Art Zika virus: what you need to know

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    The Zika virus continues to spread through the Americas. If you travel, you could come home infected. Here's what you need to know.

    Posted: Jan 25, 2016 12:41 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016 1:43 PM ET
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  • Toronto Paramedic Services ambulances

    Blog The downside of high rise living

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    The ground floor of a condo may not be the most scenic. But it may be safest place for your heart's sake.

    Posted: Jan 18, 2016 12:41 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 12:59 PM ET
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  • assisted-dying

    Blog The most expensive patients

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    A surprisingly tiny number of patients have medical needs that could bankrupt Medicare.

    Posted: Jan 11, 2016 12:36 PM ET read comments
  • medical-expenses-tax-season

    Blog Help for expensive prescriptions

    by Dr. Brian Goldman

    Expensive prescription drugs will be a huge problem for health care in 2016. There's a potential cost saver.

    Posted: Jan 04, 2016 12:44 PM ET read comments