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I'm a grown-up. What vaccines do I need?

Conversations about vaccines usually centre on children. But what vaccinations do you need as an adult? Family doctor and vaccine researcher Dr. Iris Gorfinkel joins Dr. Brian Goldman to give you the dose on adult vaccines for diseases ranging from shingles to HPV.
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Why a top Canadian obesity expert doesn't use BMI

Charts showing body mass index have been posted in doctors' offices for decades, but experts caution against using the number to make assumptions about an individual's health.

How complex care services delivered to rural areas became a 'life-changer' for this family

The Tucker family lives in Orillia, Ont., whose hospital is home to a clinic specializing in complex care for children living in remote parts of Ontario.
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'The Dose with Dr. Brian Goldman' delivers straight-to-the-point health news in less than 20 minutes

CBC Podcasts and the folks who bring you the award-winning radio program White Coat Black Art launch a brand new weekly health podcast.

Pay-as-you-go health care: Uninsured people in Canada face sky-high bills, delays in treatment, doctors say

Most Canadians are secure knowing that they benefit from universal health care. All you have to do is walk into a clinic or hospital and you will be treated. For an estimated 500,000 people who live and work among us, it’s a different reality.
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A step closer to eliminating cervical cancer by 2040

A single dose of HPV vaccine may be effective against cervical cancer and could make it easier to achieve the goal of eliminating the disease.
Personal Essay

Should I have kept my cancer?

Producer Lise Hosein tells her story of being diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, and why she wishes she didn't have surgery to remove her thyroid glands.
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The health cost of being poor

People living in low-income neighbourhoods are at higher risk of dying from preventable diseases than people in more affluent circumstances. But it's reversible.
Q&A

'We aren't going to hide the fact that this is what we do': How abortion doulas are breaking down stigma

Lack of funding, distance, a patchwork of provincial laws and stigma are some of the barriers facing women seeking abortions in Canada, says Shannon Hardy, who volunteers as an abortion doula.
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Why a growing number of cancers may best be left untreated

New research from Australia concludes that more and more people are being diagnosed with 'harmless cancers' that don't require chemotherapy or surgery.

'Stand up for yourself': Amid coronavirus outbreak, nurse reflects on living through SARS in 2003

In 2003, nurse Susan Sorrenti contracted SARS while working at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. As a similar virus prompts health warnings in China and around the world, Sorrenti recalls her gruelling experience and reflects on the lessons we can learn as we grapple with this new illness.
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Good nutrition means longer life, says Canadian study

Not knowing where your next meal is coming from could shave as much as nine years from your lifespan.

Pay-as-you-go health care: Uninsured people in Canada face sky-high bills, delays in treatment, doctors say

Most Canadians are secure knowing that they benefit from universal health care. All you have to do is walk into a clinic or hospital and you will be treated. For an estimated 500,000 people who live and work among us, it’s a different reality.
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A blood test that predicts the risk of dying

Doctors have uncovered a simple blood test that predicts the imminent risk of death in frail seniors. The implications go beyond one patient's life.

Dudes Club: A model for men's healthcare from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Dr. Brian Goldman visits the DUDES Club. Located in a newly-built drop-in centre on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the club provides a meeting place for men to connect each other, their communities, and the healthcare system.

'Leave your armour at the door': How bonding is helping Indigenous men heal body, mind and spirit

DUDES Club, a men's health group in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, encourages men to talk about their physical and mental health, and grow through the bonds of brotherhood.
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Aerobic exercise helps your brain too, says study

Aerobic exercise is good for your heart. A study shows how regular exercise rebuilds brain tissue and plausibly may help stave off dementia.

Writer's block, neurosis and empathy: A rare look at Dr. Oliver Sacks' early career

Lawrence Weschler's memoir 'And How are You, Dr. Sacks' recounts his 30-plus year friendship with the famed neurologist and author.

'I didn't think I could have a baby': Toronto 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.

Read two chapters and call me in the morning: The White Coat, Black Art book club

We asked Dr. Brian Goldman and each of our guests to share their thoughts on a book that touched them personally and says something about health care in Canada. Here are their picks.

Prescribed reading: How a book club helps health-care workers 'understand why we do what we do'

Since 2017, emergency staff at the William Osler Health System have been meeting regularly at Brampton Civic Hospital's auditorium to discuss book selections. Hospital staff say the book club helps them reconnect with their purpose and their patients.
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Long-term breast cancer survivors face unexpected challenges

A new U.S. study finds that women with breast cancer are surviving long enough to die of causes not related to the cancer.

Canada's guidelines say most women in their 40s don't need a mammogram. This breast cancer survivor disagrees

Currently, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) doesn't recommend a mammogram for women aged 40 to 49 if they don't have any pre-existing factors that put them at risk of breast cancer. Some experts and breast cancer survivors worry that women are getting the wrong message.
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Stroke prevention begins in the ER says Canadian study

Blood thinners are a proven medication to prevent strokes in patients who have irregular heartbeats. Emergency physicians may be in the best position to make sure patients start taking their medicine.