Dr. Brian Goldman

Dr. Brian Goldman is a veteran ER physician and an award-winning medical reporter. As host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art, he uses his proven knack for making sense of medical bafflegab to show listeners what really goes on at hospitals and clinics. He is the author of The Night Shift and The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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Early appointments mean better care from your GP

If your doctor doesn't screen you for cancer, you may be booking the wrong appointment time slot.

Health professionals face an increased risk of suicide. Let's confront it.

Suicide is an occupational hazard for physicians and other health professionals with implications for the health-care system.
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Hospitals helping patients recover faster from surgery

Chewing gum following surgery helps patients get out of hospital sooner. Seriously.
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Mandatory added sugar labelling may benefit health

A study suggested that mandatory added sugar labelling for packaged foods may improve health and save lives.
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Early detection could avert the dangers of sepsis

When it comes to diagnosing life-threatening sepsis, minutes count. A new way to help doctors clue in to the deadly diagnosis could save lives.