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This U.K. team brings hospital care into homes. Could more of these programs help Canada?

Health-care teams in the U.K. are providing hospital-quality care for people in their homes to help ease systems facing a shortage of hospital beds. And while versions of these programs exist in Canada, some experts say we need more of them.

What do we know about the health effects of the keto diet?

The keto diet is one of the most popular diets out there, and has been for several years now. Proponents love it, but every so often concerns are raised. Registered dietitian Andy De Santis shares what you need to know.
The Dose

You probably eat twice the recommended salt per day. Here's how to cut back

A recent report from the WHO said that Canadians, on average, are consuming 9.1 grams of salt per day — nearly twice that recommended amount. And more than 75 per cent of that salt is coming from restaurant meals and processed foods, dietary experts say. 

Want to feel better after clocks change this weekend? Here's what sleep experts suggest

Making small, manageable changes to your sleep schedule and spending time outside will make it easier to get some shut-eye.

U.K. health-care crisis lessons for Canada

In England, overcrowded ERs are groaning with patients, there aren’t enough hospital beds and people are paying for some elective surgeries at private facilities. Health-care workers are striking. Dr. Brian Goldman takes a guided tour of a hospital in Reading, England to hear their lessons for Canada.

How can I sleep better around daylight saving time?

For most people, daylight saving time disrupts their sleep schedule. But thankfully Dr. Elliott Lee, medical director of the sleep disorders clinic at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, has some ways to prepare for the time change this weekend.

To ward off memory loss from Alzheimer's, he went to school — and now has a degree

When Ron Robert graduated from university last fall, he was already seven years into a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Experts say that education and mental fitness play an important role in the development of dementia.

What is norovirus and how can I avoid it?

Cases of norovirus are increasing in Canada after a pandemic lull. If you haven't had it before, it's a highly-contagious virus that causes several unpleasant symptoms. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the University of Saskatchewan's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, shares what we know about the virus and how best to avoid it.

'They don't care about me, mom': Teen's scoliosis surgery delayed five times

It took over a year, and five delayed surgeries, before 16-year-old Nathan Gilson finally got the scoliosis surgery he needed. But not before it took a toll on him and his family.

What you need to know about protein supplements, and if you need them

Protein supplements are common items in grocery stores and pharmacies. But do you need them? Two experts weigh in on who should add protein supplements to their diets.

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.

Should I be worried about food dyes?

We've been hearing about a specific red food dye, red dye No.3, that a consumer advocacy group in the U.S. is trying to get removed from food and drinks. But what do we know about the health effects of food dyes more broadly? Joe Schwarcz, a chemistry professor and director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, has the answers.

What experts say you should know about ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is considered to be the most serious of women's cancers. That's why experts say women should know about their risks and prevention.

How a prosthetic leg is made

Prosthetist and orthotist Eric Graham shows CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art, how a prosthetic leg is made.

Many Canadians welcomed virtual health care. Where does it fit in the system now?

The pandemic-driven shift toward virtual health care has opened doors that many Canadians don't want to see closed, and that has policy-makers looking at how best to fund it.

What doctors recommend to treat symptoms of menopause transition

The menopause transition can cause more than 30 symptoms, and many readers had questions about them. Here's what doctors recommend to treatment symptoms, from night sweats to brain fog.

How can socializing benefit my health?

It’s been said that Canada and other developed nations are in the grip of an epidemic of loneliness. The good news is that things like volunteering to help others and even chatting with someone you don’t know can be good for your health. Kate Mulligan, senior director of the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing, shares what we know about how socializing can benefit our health.

Women are suffering needlessly through menopause transition, physicians say

Physicians say lack of information and poor access to doctors who have received specialized training on menopause have left most women without the tools they need to manage what can sometimes amount to debilitating symptoms.

Full Transcript for The Menopause Movement: Part 2

Full episode transcript for The Menopause Movement: Part 2

Curious about intermittent fasting? Here's what experts say you should know

More research on the long-term effects of intermittent fasting on health is still needed, according to researchers. But for those who want to try out fasting, experts share their best tips.

How can I manage the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause?

This week, we're answering your questions about perimenopause and menopause symptoms and treatments. Dr. Shafeena Premji, a family doctor and medical director of Mahogany Clinic in Calgary, shares her best advice on how to manage symptoms and when to speak to a health-care provider.

Full Transcript for The Menopause Movement: Part I

Full episode transcript for The Menopause Movement: Part I

Why this Sask. drug outreach centre doesn't require abstinence to access its services

Advocates say that harm reduction aims to meet people where they're at. That can mean supporting someone to continue using drugs in a safer way amid rising overdose-related deaths. 

What do we know about COVID-19 co-infections?

Across Canada, we’ve seen high numbers of people sick with flu and a lot of kids sick with RSV or group A strep. In some cases, people are sick with a viral illness and COVID-19. Allison McGeer, an adult infectious disease physician at the Sinai Health System, goes through what you should know about co-infections.
First Person

My epileptic seizures can hurt my pregnancy. I wrote a lullaby to soothe my baby and my fears

The risk of a seizure has haunted Julianne Hazlewood since she was 14. Now she’s turning her epilepsy journey into a song for her baby.