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Food as medicine: How this Newfoundland community got 'hooked' on plant-based eating

A growing number of people have moved away from eating meat after attending workshops in the Burin Peninsula run by two local doctors who champion a plant-based diet.

Why Planta chef David Lee takes a 'non-vegan' approach to plant-based eating

Lee talks about what started his path towards plant-based eating and what goes into building his restaurant's bestselling beet and lentil burger.

Doctors who champion low-carb, high-fat diets go against the grain

Meet three doctors who eat a low-carb, high-fat diet, and find out why they'd like to see it more commonly prescribed to patients who are facing metabolic disease, even though some critics call it a fad.
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Early appointments mean better care from your GP

If your doctor doesn't screen you for cancer, you may be booking the wrong appointment time slot.

'I'm taking my life back': This Ontario man is defying the odds of incurable brain cancer

Denis Raymond has the same aggressive and incurable brain cancer that killed Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, but so far he is defying the grim odds of survival.

Health professionals face an increased risk of suicide. Let's confront it.

Suicide is an occupational hazard for physicians and other health professionals with implications for the health-care system.

Why doctors face an uphill battle when fighting against workplace harassment and bullying

Dr. Gabrielle Horne spent 14 years fighting to restore her reputation after being bullied and harrassed by senior doctors. She won a landmark victory in court, but experts say most doctors shy away from court battles as the costs, personal and professional, are too high.
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Hospitals helping patients recover faster from surgery

Chewing gum following surgery helps patients get out of hospital sooner. Seriously.

Meet the paramedic with a side hustle as the town mortician

In his hybrid working world, Matthew Sias has found himself acting as paramedic and mortician on the same day with the same person.

Laughing over spilled Jell-O: a radical prescription for loneliness in seniors

Why a 92-year-old woman now sees her roomate, 23, as a daughter.
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Mandatory added sugar labelling may benefit health

A study suggested that mandatory added sugar labelling for packaged foods may improve health and save lives.

Are mandatory vaccination orders the best way to fight measles outbreaks?

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a mandatory vaccination policy in parts of Brooklyn this week, after nearly 300 measles infections were confirmed last fall. New York Times reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr says enforcing such an order will prove challenging.

Measles is making a comeback. So how did we get here?

In a bonus podcast you can stream here, the New York Times science reporter Donald G. McNeil talks to Dr. Brian Goldman about the newly-declared public health emergency in New York City, prompted by the measles outbreak in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. And he sheds light on the resurgence of the disease around the world.
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Early detection could avert the dangers of sepsis

When it comes to diagnosing life-threatening sepsis, minutes count. A new way to help doctors clue in to the deadly diagnosis could save lives.

'I didn't think I could have a baby': Toronto pregnancy clinic supports women with disabilities

Christine Lumilan, a mother with cerebral palsy, and Dr. Anne Berndl are breaking down barriers — medical and physical — to motherhood for disabled women. But they’re also challenging a culture which has been slow to accept the idea that disabled women can be mothers.
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Night time urination could mean your blood pressure's up

If you've been getting up to pee at night a bit more often lately, you might want to see your GP.

'You're weird, you're different and nobody wants to be your friend': the loneliness of FASD

White Coat, Black Art speaks with parents, educators and advocates who say fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, gets less respect and fewer resources than almost any other developmental disability.
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The downside of 'one issue per visit' medicine

The policy of "one issue per visit" is impractical and could be putting some patients at risk.

Why a mom with cervical cancer needs women — and their doctors — to hear her story

Karla Van Kessel's doctor failed to recognize she had symptoms of cervical cancer and misread her Pap smear results, causing a dangerous delay in her diagnosis. She says women need to demand better screening tests and keep tabs on their medical records to avoid the same fate.
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The promise and the peril of Dr. Robot

How soon will robots pick up a stethoscope and start treating patients? Soon though not until some ethical kinks can be worked out.

How Alan Alda went from TV doctor to teaching real doctors about empathy

Dr. Goldman talks to Emmy Award-winning actor Alan Alda. While best known for his role on MASH, he's forged another career as an expert communicator, helping doctors relate better to patients. He also talks about his new podcast and his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
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What role do parents play in exposing children and teens to vaping?

When it comes to the growing ranks of teens who use e-cigarettes, a new U.S. study says some parents may be lax about vaping in the home or in the car.

Palliative care team helps the homeless die 'with dignity,' a healing circle helps them grieve

After a homeless woman died of breast cancer, the doctors, nurses and shelter workers who helped to ease her final days gathered to remember her.
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More support needed for unpaid caregivers in Canada

More than one in four Canadians provides unpaid care to family members and friends with chronic illnesses or disabilities. An editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says all the work they do takes a toll on their finances and personal health.

'I'm alive because of it': Ostomy advocate fights to dispel stigmas around the procedure

A young boy in Kentucky took his own life in January, reportedly after being bullied, in part, because he had an ostomy bag. Now others who live with ostomies, including Uncover Ostomy founder Jessica Grossman, are fighting to dispel the stigma around those who have undergone this life-saving procedure.

Laughing over spilled Jell-O: a radical prescription for loneliness in seniors

Why a 92-year-old woman now sees her roomate, 23, as a daughter.

How Alan Alda went from TV doctor to teaching real doctors about empathy

Dr. Goldman talks to Emmy Award-winning actor Alan Alda. While best known for his role on MASH, he's forged another career as an expert communicator, helping doctors relate better to patients. He also talks about his new podcast and his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.