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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.

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.
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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.
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Surprising lack of confidence in doctors, U.S. poll suggests

Most surveys say Canadians put a lot of trust in their doctors, but Americans may not feel the same way. Dr. Brian Goldman has the results of a revealing new poll.

'I could do it all so well before': Patients struggle with brain injury after fentanyl overdose

Advocates say more support is needed for opioid overdose survivors left with brain damage.
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Organ donation after medical assistance in dying offers possibilities

A proposed new set of guidelines could enable Canadian patients to consent to medical aid in dying and organ donation in one go.
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Surprising number of people with pancreatic cancer may miss out on life-prolonging treatment

Do patients with pancreatic cancer know their options?

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.

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.