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'Undignified' 100-year-old hospital gown design in desperate need of redesign, doctor says

Likening the 100-year-old hospital gown to a prisoner's orange jumpsuit, a prominent British doctor says the "alien, open-at-the-back garment" is in desperate need of a redesign. 
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How I'm taking small steps to feel comfortable around people again post-pandemic

Kealey Pringle, who lives in Saanichton, B.C., has health risk factors for COVID-19 and has been dealing with anxiety during the pandemic. As cases come down, she's taking steps to re-enter the world outside her home and create more connections with people.

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.

Called out for wearing a mask? You're not alone. What may be driving this kind of pandemic aggression

As masking in public places shifts from being a requirement to a recommendation, experts say an uptick in negative comments directed toward those wearing face coverings may be part of a larger trend of increased aggression — such as air rage and domestic violence — during the pandemic.
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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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Why is it important to maintain my sense of balance as I age?

Balance is crucial to our overall well-being. But it can be challenged at any age, and we start to lose our balance in our 50s. The good news is that simple exercise can help maintain and even restore balance. Lisa Hoffart, a physiotherapist with Canadian Sport Institute Calgary and Group 23 Sports Medicine gives us the lowdown on balance.

Hard-to-reach Vancouver patients find compassion, care in mobile clinic

The Kilala Lelum mobile health-care unit in Vancouver that offers everything from stitches to prescribing treatment for opioid addiction is providing a way to reach patients who may otherwise avoid doctors and hospitals.

These easy wins could alleviate wait times at hospital ERs, experts suggest

Online triage, rapid assessment zones, and more accountability could decrease record-high wait times at emergency rooms.
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What do I need to know about IUDs?

Intrauterine devices, also known as IUDs, are a popular form of birth control in this country. This week on The Dose, Dr. Renée Hall, medical director of Kelowna General Hospital's Women’s Services Clinic, shares what you need to know about IUDs.
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The trouble with IUDs (Part 2)

After hearing from dozens of women about their experience with IUD pain in Part 1, we find out how some gynecologists like Dr. Fiona Mattatall are making the experience of getting an IUD more comfortable, though there’s no standardized pain control methods proven to work for everyone.
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What should I do when the mask mandates are lifted?

Mask mandates have been lifted in several provinces, though some hospitals and long-term care homes are still insisting on masks. Omicron and subvariants have not disappeared. So this week we’re asking: What should I do when the mask mandates are lifted? Raywat Deonandan, an epidemiologist and associate professor at the University of Ottawa, helps us navigate.
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Neuroscientists offer 3 lifestyle choices to help boost your memory

Worries about dementia often rank high in polls of Canadians' health concerns, but a neurologist says there are ways to keep our cherished memories strong.

Women have sucked up the pain of birth control devices for decades, but do they have to?

A growing chorus of women are demanding better education and pain management for those who experience discomfort during the insertion of the tiny T-shaped birth control devices known as IUDs.
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How much could drug decriminalization help with harm reduction?

British Columbia has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to legalize the possession of small quantities of hard drugs, which means no criminal penalties for carrying small amounts of street drugs like crystal meth. This move is part of a big idea called harm reduction. So how much could drug decriminalization help with harm reduction? Dr. Hakique Virani, an addiction medicine and public health physician in Edmonton, explains.
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The Recovery Sessions

The Recovery Sessions explores the challenges of Canadians as they deal with collateral damage from the pandemic: anxiety, weight gain and other health effects. We chose three volunteers and paired each with a health professional for coaching sessions on moving forward.
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Sonali's story

On his 45th wedding anniversary, Ramesh Karnick was at home with his wife, Sandhya, when he appeared to lose consciousness. He was taken to a hospital. Ramesh was in a coma for five weeks before he passed away. His daughter Sonali has spent years trying to answer the question: how did her father die?
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Foreseeable deaths

Canada's assisted dying law now includes deaths that are not reasonably foreseeable for people with serious and incurable illnesses or disabilities who aren't dying in the near future. Dr. Stefanie Green, president of the Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers, and Dr. Naheed Dosani, a palliative care physician and health justice activist, share how the law opens the door to Canadians seeking MAiD as a means of escape from intolerable lives.
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What do I need to know about monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a viral infection that’s usually found in parts of Africa. But the current outbreak has shown up in countries including the U.K., Spain, Portugal, Australia, the U.S. and Canada. That’s just one of several things that has doctors puzzled. So this week we’re asking: What do I need to know about monkeypox? We get some clues from Lynora Saxinger, an infectious diseases specialist with the University of Alberta.
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How I'm taking small steps to feel comfortable around people again post-pandemic

Kealey Pringle, who lives in Saanichton, B.C., has health risk factors for COVID-19 and has been dealing with anxiety during the pandemic. As cases come down, she's taking steps to re-enter the world outside her home and create more connections with people.
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Maria Boutilier: housekeeper and health-care hero

Maria Boutilier is an unsung hero of the pandemic for keeping up with the frenetic pace of cleaning and getting rooms and stretchers ready for patients sick with COVID.
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The Recovery Sessions 1 - Kealey and AnnMarie

BONUS PODCAST: Listen to the one-on-one coaching sessions between Kealey Pringle and AnnMarie Churchill, a social worker in St. John’s. She's helping Kealey take baby steps towards overcoming her COVID fears and rekindling her in-person social life.
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What do we know about severe acute hepatitis in kids?

More than a dozen possible cases of severe acute hepatitis in children have popped up in Canada and many –including parents and researchers– are trying to figure out why.

She was sterilized without her consent at 14. Now she wants the practice made a crime

Author and activist Morningstar Mercredi is calling for an end to forced and coerced sterilization, in the hopes that women — especially First Nations, Inuit and Métis women — will never suffer the physical and mental trauma it inflicted upon her.
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Q&A: What running can do for your health, according to a sport medicine physician

Running is said to be one of the best cardio exercises you can do to stay in shape. One sport medicine physician speaks to the research.

Q&A: Two family doctors on why they needed to cut back

Some family doctors are struggling with huge patient loads, paperwork and the pandemic and have opted to cut back or cut out of medicine altogether.

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