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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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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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.
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The downside of 'one issue per visit' medicine

The policy of "one issue per visit" is impractical and could be putting some patients at risk.
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Night time urination could mean your blood pressure's up

If you've been getting up to pee at night a bit more often lately, you might want to see your GP.
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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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The promise and the peril of Dr. Robot

How soon will robots pick up a stethoscope and start treating patients? Soon though not until some ethical kinks can be worked out.
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What role do parents play in exposing children and teens to vaping?

When it comes to the growing ranks of teens who use e-cigarettes, a new U.S. study says some parents may be lax about vaping in the home or in the car.
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More support needed for unpaid caregivers in Canada

More than one in four Canadians provides unpaid care to family members and friends with chronic illnesses or disabilities. An editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says all the work they do takes a toll on their finances and personal health.
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Long-term exclusive breastfeeding may have a downside

A new study suggests that the duration of breastfeeding and when solid foods are introduced could have an impact on the development of food allergies.