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Patients have 'nowhere to go': Inside Sask. clinic's struggle during family doctor shortage

White Coat, Black Art takes us inside a walk-in clinic in Warman, Sask., that's trying to serve its community and help those who don't have family doctors — but it's fighting a losing battle.

What should I know about this flu season?

The annual flu season is back. Recently, health officials have taken the step of calling the sharp increase in flu cases an “influenza epidemic.” Dr. Allison McGeer, an adult infectious disease physician at the Sinai Health System, walks us through everything you need to know about this year's flu season.
First Person

Cancer taught me the hard truth about speaking up for myself

As a little girl, Jennifer Fotheringham was shushed for asking about cancer. As a grown woman, she was dismissed for asking about a mammogram. Now as a cancer survivor, she knows not to be silenced.

Don't be afraid of your colonoscopy, doctors say. It could save your life

With colon cancer being the second most common cause of cancer death in Canada, doctors say colonoscopies are an important procedure to have when necessary to catch cancer early.

What should I give my sick child during this medication shortage?

Parents have been dealing with a new challenge this cold and flu season: finding over-the-counter pain and fever medication for their kids. So this week on The Dose we’re asking: How should sick children and their parents cope with this medication shortage? Kelly Grindrod, a pharmacist and associate professor at the school of pharmacy at the University of Waterloo, has some advice for parents.
Q & A

Inside an Ottawa children's hospital battling against rising RSV, COVID-19, flu cases

A surge in respiratory illnesses, shortages of kids’ medications, COVID-19 and the start of cold and flu season have left children’s hospitals straining to meet demand, says the president of an Ottawa children’s hospital.

How often should I be having colonoscopies?

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in Canada, but if caught early, many people have a good chance of surviving. But screening for it is key. Dr. Jill Tinmouth, lead scientist at the colorectal cancer screening program at Ontario Health and gastroenterologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, speaks about colorectal cancer screening.

How a prosthetic leg is made

November 5 marks the first International Prosthetics and Orthotics Day. Prosthetist and orthotist Eric Graham shows CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art, how a prosthetic leg is made.

What should I know about RSV?

A lot more kids are heading to emergency rooms with symptoms of RSV so this week we're sharing what you should know about RSV. Dr. Fatima Kakkar, an infectious diseases pediatrician at Montreal's Sainte-Justine Hospital, shares what parents should know about the virus.

Without a family doctor? Physicians offer some short-term solutions

Millions of Canadians are without a family doctor. While they look for a primary care provider, physicians have some tips on how to help people manage their health.

Sports betting is easier than ever and gambling addiction experts are worried

These days it’s hard to avoid sports betting ads. That has addiction experts concerned that newly loosened sports betting laws and the accompanying ads could create challenges for current problem gamblers, and create new problem gamblers from a young age.
The Dose

Artificial sweeteners are touted as an alternative to sugar — but research casts doubt on their safety

Researchers behind a large-scale nutrition study out of France say they’ve found associations between consumption of artificial sweeteners, like aspartame and sucralose, and cardiovascular disease and cancer.

What women need to know about breast cancer screening in Canada

On top of routine mammograms, experts say women should become familiar with their breasts and advocate for routine screening.

Why this woman is fighting to get more help for people with long COVID

Susie Goulding knows what it's like to have long COVID. She's been dealing with symptoms since March 2020 and has been pushing governments to better recognize long COVID.

As routine vaccination rates fall, polio survivor hopes her story reverses urgent trend

When Miki Boleen sees new parents in her doctor's office, she may ask if they've immunized their child against polio — a disease that immobilized her. Her desire is not to frighten, but with vaccination rates declining due to missed immunizations during the pandemic, she hopes her story will help.

What should I know about vaping?

We answer some of the common questions about vaping and what it means for your health.

9 years ago, this woman was told she had brain cancer. She just won Amazing Race

This Thanksgiving, a rebroadcast of the inspirational story of Catherine Wreford Ledlow. The Broadway star and long-time dancer from Winnipeg was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. But that hasn’t stopped her from living life to the fullest. Oh, and she just won Amazing Race Canada. We’ll have her story, and an update on how she’s doing now.

What should I know about how diet affects my cancer risk?

Diet plays a significant role in our risk of getting cancer. But what foods are good, and what food and drink should we only eat in moderation? We’ll cover the latest research on cancer risk and red meat, alcohol, and sugar. All with the help of Rachel Murphy, assistant professor in the School of Population and Public Health at University of British Columbia and scientist at BC Cancer.

People with lived experience of addiction are helping an Ontario city tackle its overdose crisis

Small towns and cities across northwestern Ontario that are dealing with growing overdose numbers have a new program that connects people with lived experience of addiction to individuals actively using drugs, in the hopes of saving lives.

What do I need to know about this year's flu shot?

Some pharmacists say many people have questions about the timing of their annual flu shot, which will coincide with the availability of bivalent COVID-19 vaccines. Here's what we know about this year's flu shot.

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.

Overworked and underpaid, this Salt Spring Island doctor says family physicians are burning out

Dr. Christopher Applewhaite practices on Salt Spring Island, B.C., where, he says, half of the residents are without a family doctor. A growing workload and low pay have him regularly reconsidering his career in the province, he told Dr. Brian Goldman.
The Dose

Is it time to cut out artificial sweeteners?

A new, decade-long study published in the British Medical Journal suggests artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose could put us at greater risk of cardiovascular diseases. This study joins many others with similar unfavourable findings.
First Person

My father died 5 years ago in a hospital — and we're still seeking answers

On his 45th wedding anniversary, Ramesh Karnick was at home with his wife when he appeared to lose consciousness; he died a few weeks later. His daughter and CBC host, Sonali Karnick, has spent years trying to answer the question: how did her father die?

As pressures mount on home care in Canada, experts look abroad for solutions

Patients, home care providers and medical experts who spoke with White Coat, Black Art all agree that a rethink to home care is needed in Canada. Denmark and The Netherlands could provide a possible model for care at home with more help and less red tape, experts say.