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Food as medicine: How this Newfoundland community got 'hooked' on plant-based eating

A growing number of people have moved away from eating meat after attending workshops in the Burin Peninsula run by two local doctors who champion a plant-based diet.
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A closer look at men who get breast cancer

You may not know this but a small percentage of men get breast cancer. A new study sheds light on intriguing findings on how men and women are treated differently for it.

It's time to break the taboo around pelvic floor health in Canada, say advocates

Pelvic floor issues are a common health problem, especially after childbirth, but patients and women's health advocates say not enough is being done to educate people.

Keeping patients from falling through the cracks in Canada's health-care system

The regulator of Ontario's doctors has new policies designed to prevent patients from falling through cracks in the healthcare system.

'The crisis is already here': Advocates say unpaid caregiving should be an election priority

Over 8 million Canadians have stepped into the breach to care for aging family members and loved ones who are chronically-ill or disabled. They are unpaid and overworked. This election, they want their work to be recognized, and to get meaningful support from the government.
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Should doctors prescribe heroin to curb opioid deaths?

Fentanyl overdoses deaths are on the rise in Canada. A new Canadian guideline calls on doctors to prescribe heroin to reduce street purchases.

Why patients are caught in the battle over treating chronic Lyme disease

Lyme disease is on the rise. Despite this, it's not well-understood and the chronic version of the tick-borne disease remains a controversial diagnosis, making it difficult for patients to get treatment. Dr. Brian Goldman examines how the so-called "Lyme Wars" developed and how patients have been caught in the crossfire.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Food as medicine: How this Newfoundland community got 'hooked' on plant-based eating

A growing number of people have moved away from eating meat after attending workshops in the Burin Peninsula run by two local doctors who champion a plant-based diet.

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.