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Eye of the Omicron storm

The peak of Omicron means hospitals are bearing the brunt. They’re not just dealing with high rates of hospital and ICU admissions, but attrition among crucial front line healthcare workers. Dr. Brian Goldman speaks with the movers and shakers at two busy hospitals in hard-hit Ontario: Alex Munter, president and CEO of CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and Cyndi Davis, president and CEO of Lakeridge Health. They say this perfect storm has been brewing for years.

How can we protect kids in school against Omicron?

Dr. Brian Goldman speaks with infectious diseases pediatrician Dr. Fatima Kakkar about how parents can protect their kids in school against Omicron. Listen now.

Here's what you need to know about 4th doses of COVID vaccine

If you've heard that Israel is well underway administering fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine, you may be wondering if it will soon be time to hunt for another vaccine appointment yourself.

How nurse practitioners are bridging the gap between family doctors and the ER

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have completed additional training, education and nursing experience to diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medication and do other tasks similar to a doctor that a regular registered nurse cannot.

Faced with a difficult conversation? 5 tips to connect with empathy

Dr. Kathryn Mannix has had thousands of heart-wrenching conversations over her three-decade career as a palliative care physician, psychotherapist and trainer. She offers five tips for anyone who is faced with leading a challenging conversation.

Think you may have Omicron? Here are things you can do

The Omicron coronavirus variant is very transmissible, making it likely you or someone you know will catch it. Here's what to do if you think you have Omicron and when you might need to go to the hospital.

Crisis response teams achieve 70% reduction in people taken into custody under Mental Health Act

A program pairing a police officer with a mental health worker in Hamilton has reduced the apprehension rate under the Mental Health Act from 75 per cent of calls police respond to for people in crisis to 17 per cent.

3 steps to break the bad habit of worry

People who are anxious can rid themselves of the habit of worry by first learning to recognize the unhelpful thoughts and replacing them with more openness and curiosity, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist says. 

COVID-19 shows pharmacists have bigger role to play in Canada's health-care system, experts say

The pandemic has demonstrated how pharmacists can and should play a bigger role in Canada’s health-care system, because they’re an easily accessible source of essential medications, medical advice and referrals.

THE DOSE | Encore: How to breathe better and why it matters to your health

Learning how to breathe better can have real impacts on your overall health, says James Nestor, author of “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art”. He shares tips on how to harness the power of our breath, even when we're wearing a mask, and feel better as a result. This episode was originally published April 7, 2021.
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How you can take back control in this never-ending pandemic

It can be hard to feel like you have control right now amid rising Omicron cases and difficulties in accessing COVID-19 tests and third doses of the vaccine in many parts of Canada. Two mental health experts offer advice for getting through it and finding a sense of control.

THE DOSE | How much should Omicron affect your holiday plans?

The Omicron variant is sending COVID case numbers soaring, leading the federal government to warn against non-essential travel abroad and health experts to suggest keeping gatherings small. If you do decide to get together with loved ones for the holiday, infectious diseases specialist Dr. Andrew Morris offers some ways to stay safe.

Burned-out doctors feel 'emotional sucker punch' as more patients present with incurable cancers

Some palliative care doctors and nurses say they're burned out because more patients face incurable cancers. To cope, they're supporting each other through COVID-19's latest wave in Canada. 

THE DOSE | What do we need to know now about third doses of COVID vaccines?

Dr. Brian Goldman speaks with infectious diseases specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch about why it's so important to get a third dose now, if you're eligible.

Choppers, boats and grit: how some health-care workers are adapting to weather disasters

Health-care workers on opposite sides of the country were struggling to help care for patients as severe weather brought torrential rains, mudslides and washed out roads. Here's how some of those doctors got creative and continued to care for their patients.
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What do we need to know about the omicron variant?

Dr. Brian Goldman speaks with infectious diseases physician Dr. Zain Chagla about early indications on omicron, the new coronavirus variant of concern.

Hospital's friendly huddles persuade more staff to get COVID-19 vaccinations

Dr. Adina Weinerman is on a mission to get her fellow health-care workers at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Hospital vaccinated against COVID-19. The idea behind her work is that while vaccine mandates by themselves can generate angry compliance, some friendly persuasion can change minds.
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How do you make vaccinations hurt less for kids? Health-care experts share their tips

Dr. Brian Goldman, host of White Coat, Black Art, spoke with clinical psychologist Christine Chambers about techniques to make vaccines hurt less.
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Ottawa doctor calls for more protection from harassment and threats

Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth is one of many doctors and nurses dealing with harassment, hostility and threats of violence for promoting public health guidance and speaking out on the benefit of COVID-19 vaccines. She's calling for increased protection for health-care workers.

Late diagnosis of tumours in children collateral damage of COVID-19, doctors say

Dr. Sheila Singh has seen a big spike in pediatric brain diseases that could have been treatable if they had been diagnosed sooner. She says we need to critically evaluate our pandemic response to prevent these tragedies from repeating during the next pandemic.

Breast cancer meant confronting her worst fear: seeing a doctor

Iatrophobia, an extreme fears of doctors, can cause some people to delay seeking care. This can have devastating consequences.
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What do we need to know about how ventilation and air filtration can reduce the spread of COVID-19

Colder weather and relaxed pandemic restrictions mean more people indoors. This week, we’re asking how ventilation and air filtration can reduce the spread of COVID-19?
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Here's what's safe this fall when it comes to indoor activities

As society reopens and the weather gets colder, we're spending more time indoors in groups. If you're double vaccinated, you may be wondering what's safe when it comes to indoor activities this fall. 

Floods, fires, hurricanes and healthcare: How hospitals cope when disaster strikes

White Coat, Black Art tells the story of how hospitals cope when natural disasters strike - and what they've learned about keeping patients safe.
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Why tapping into your 5 senses with a walk in the woods can counter climate anxiety

Deadly floods, wildfires and heat-related events that hit Canada may make some people anxious enough to see a doctor. It's known as eco-anxiety — and here are some practical ways to cope.

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