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How med schools are finding more diverse students

Med schools are seeking a new generation of doctors who connect with their patients because they come from similar financial and social backgrounds.
Dr. Brian's BLOG

Blood test offers hope for earlier lung cancer diagnosis

Lung cancer is one of the most deadly cancers facing Canadians. A new early diagnostic test may help doctors detect the cancer before it's too late, researchers hope.
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CBD oil is seen as a magic elixir — but the jury is still out on its medical effectiveness

CBD is being touted as a treatment for everything from insomnia to pain. Almost a year in the legalization of cannabis, we look at what medical evidence exists around CBD, and what still remains unknown.

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

Not a lot of doctors expect to work part-time while in the throes of a demanding medical school education. But more are choosing to do so after they graduate. It's estimated that 15 percent of Canadian doctors work part-time. Some do it because they want to, others need to, as a means of coping with stress that's inherent in the job This week, Dr. Brian Goldman speaks with two part-time doctors who explain their choice.
DR. BRIAN'S BLOG

Shingles vaccine good for seniors and health-care budgets

The painful skin condition is common in older adults. It can be prevented by a vaccine. A new study concludes the vaccine is cost-effective too.

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.
Dr. Brian's BLOG

A U.S. survey suggests MDs should fire vaccine-refusing patients

A majority of parents vaccinate their kids against measles. Some are wary about seeing a doctor who keeps an open door to vaccine refusers.

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.
DR. BRIAN'S BLOG

The harm to hospitalized patients cost Ontarians more than $1B a year: study

Medical errors, accidents and hospital-acquired infections don't just harm patients. A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal concludes that they costs taxpayers a lot of money.

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.

Poetry and peer support: How Amy Willans remade her life after mental illness

At 22, Amy Willans was a driven nursing student and champion figure skater. In 1996 she began to experience paranoid thoughts and depression and was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. The poet and acclaimed peer support worker talks to Dr. Goldman about living with mental illness and her journey to recovery.
DR. BRIAN'S BLOG

Brain injuries in kids linked to consumer products

Traumatic brain injuries are serious, especially in children. Many of those preventable injuries occur at home.

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.
DR. BRIAN'S BLOG

Emergency departments see spike in young women binge drinking

Young women are the fastest rising group of patients brought into hospitals with alcohol intoxication, according to a new study. Dr. Brian Goldman gives his front-line perspective.

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.
DR. BRIAN'S BLOG

Medicine and the moon landing

Dr. Brian Goldman looks back at the medications Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took with them to the moon and what future astronauts may take when they build a lunar base.

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.

'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.

Meet Dr. Michael Klein, Canada's father of family-friendly births

To sustain Canada's health-care system, most births should be in the hands of midwives and family doctors, leaving obstetricians to attend births requiring more complex care, says Dr. Michael Klein.
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Hum Stayin' Alive while a 911 dispatcher teaches you CPR. Here's how

Your chance of surviving cardiac arrest goes way up if a bystander starts chest compressions right away. It's so easy to learn, 911 dispatchers teach it to callers by phone.

Dense breast awareness has skyrocketed in the past year, says advocate

Public awareness about how women's breast density can affect their health has significantly improved over the last year, but there's still much work to be done, says Dense Breasts Canada co-founder Jennie Dale.

Stories that made a difference

White Coat, Black Art takes a look at stories that made a difference and one story that had a ripple effect in how women are screened for breast cancer.
Dr. Brian's BLOG

Withdrawing life-support in critically-ill adults with brain injuries

Families often agonize over when to withdraw life support in critically-ill loved ones with severe brain injuries. So do doctors, says a new Canadian study.

Amid U.S. anti-abortion laws, 1 of Canada's earliest pro-choice doctors says 'you always have to be on guard'

Dr. May Cohen, who fought for legal access to abortion, says that the fight for women's rights and access to safe abortion is never over.

'It's not the dream they had': Futures shattered by overdose-related brain damage

Survivors of fentanyl-related overdoses are largely forgotten, according to doctors and advocates, even as they're left struggling to deal with the life-changing aftermath.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Poetry and peer support: How Amy Willans remade her life after mental illness

At 22, Amy Willans was a driven nursing student and champion figure skater. In 1996 she began to experience paranoid thoughts and depression and was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. The poet and acclaimed peer support worker talks to Dr. Goldman about living with mental illness and her journey to recovery.

Meet Dr. Michael Klein, Canada's father of family-friendly births

To sustain Canada's health-care system, most births should be in the hands of midwives and family doctors, leaving obstetricians to attend births requiring more complex care, says Dr. Michael Klein.