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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.
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Long-term exclusive breastfeeding may have a downside

A new study suggests that the duration of breastfeeding and when solid foods are introduced could have an impact on the development of food allergies.

Part-time doctors defend their work: 'It doesn't make us any less valuable'

Not many doctors plan on working part-time. But more are choosing to do so. This week, Dr. Brian Goldman speaks with two part-time doctors who explain their choice.

How music helps rehab patients learn how to move again

Research has revealed that music therapy can improve motor skills in patients with neurological disorder.

All the drama of med school, live on stage

Why a New Jersey dermatologist decided to write a musical about med school ... and the show's journey to the off-Broadway stage.

The 7 most memorable medical moments in musical theatre

Where does Medicine the Musical fit into the cultural pantheon of singing doctors? We've rounded up seven of our favourite medical musical theatre moments.
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Teen girls on the pill may have long-term risk to bones

Teenage girls who take oral contraceptives may put themselves at risk of osteoporosis later in life.

Life with MS: Challenges, losses, but also purpose and 'deep joy'

Elizabeth Rathbun is one of more than 77,000 Canadians who live with multiple sclerosis. She shares her 30-year journey with the disease and offers insight into what it's like to live with MS and the health-care system.
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'No blanket approval' to use personal health data in research, focus groups say

A new survey from ICES in Ontario says the public approves of the use of personal health data for research. But that support has limits.

Learning from loss: Her brother's death changed how this doctor treats patients

When Vivian Tam’s older brother was diagnosed with cancer, she wanted to be his person. Despite accompanying him to medical appointments and staying by his side in the hospital, the young medical student found she was actually quite helpless.
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The soaring cost of insulin

Diabetics in the U.S. are dealing with the rising cost of insulin. Canadians may not be immune to cost issues either.

How bringing room service to hospitals can help patients heal

Hospital chefs and medical students make a hands-on connection to put food at the heart of preventative care.
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New guidelines may reduce risk of legal marijuana in youth

There are unanswered questions about the health effects of legal marijuana used for recreational purposes. A new set of expert guidelines may help lower the risk in young people.

After breast cancer and failed reconstruction, this mom found beauty by going flat

Joanna Rankin, a 40-year-old Calgary woman, is not only a survivor of breast cancer, but of breast reconstruction that went wrong.
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A national electronic health record for all Canadians

An electronic health record that's accessible in every province and territory would save lives. But it's still unlikely to happen, says Dr. Brian Goldman.

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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A heart attack affects more than your health

Dr. Brian Goldman assesses the economic fallout when a heart attack or stroke happens during your peak earning years.

Why astronaut and ER doctor Dave Williams thinks failure is as important as success

Astronaut and ER doctor Dave Williams has had plenty of successes, but he shares some of his setback and failures with Dr. Brian Goldman. Williams says that failure is a key part of success.

'They taught me how to be a doctor': How one family changed the way this physician practises medicine

Dr. Julia Orkin's life — and the course of her medical career — changed when she met a very special patient and her family in 2010.
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Men who get their blood pressure checked at the barbershop

Think your doctor does a good job watching your blood pressure? Dr. Brian Goldman explains why the barber may be an even better choice. For guys, that is.

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.

How music helps rehab patients learn how to move again

Research has revealed that music therapy can improve motor skills in patients with neurological disorder.

All the drama of med school, live on stage

Why a New Jersey dermatologist decided to write a musical about med school ... and the show's journey to the off-Broadway stage.

The 7 most memorable medical moments in musical theatre

Where does Medicine the Musical fit into the cultural pantheon of singing doctors? We've rounded up seven of our favourite medical musical theatre moments.