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Why it is critical we learn from past healthcare mistakes

March 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Why it is critical we learn from past healthcare mistakes

Failures in healthcare are part of the process of improvement By Joshua Tepper and Danielle Martin for Troy Media Forty is the new 30. Orange is the new black. And failure is the new success. It seems that, these days, no success story is complete without a failure (or two) along the way: the bankruptcy that […]

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4 ways to make pharmacare work for Canadians

March 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
4 ways to make pharmacare work for Canadians

Lack of pharmacare system impacts health and economic wellbeing By Steve Morgan for Troy Media A growing number of health professionals, patients, community groups and even politicians are calling for national pharmacare. But many Canadians likely wonder what pharmacare is and whether Canada is ready for it. Let’s start at the beginning. Affordable access to safe […]

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No health benefits from eating small meals frequently

March 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
No health benefits from eating small meals frequently

There is little scientific evidence that eating small meals six times a day offers any health benefits By John Sloan for Troy Media A few years ago I dug into and ended up debunking a large number of diet and food myths. Alongside the main course of fat, sugar, salt, and so on, I looked […]

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Childhood abuse linked to depression, anxiety in later life

March 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Childhood abuse linked to depression, anxiety in later life

Childhood abuse or neglect can permanently alter an individual’s physiology By Dr. Paul Latimer for Troy Media In my last column, I pointed out that nature and nurture should not be regarded as enemies or polar opposites. Rather, they are two intertwined realities that work together to make up the human experience. Nature was designed for […]

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Vaccines: Getting a grip on the risks

February 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Vaccines: Getting a grip on the risks

Risks of vaccines are very small, benefits are overwhelmingly significant Every day when I see patients in my surgical clinic, some are offered a procedure to help them feel better. Whether it is a minor surgery like a tonsillectomy, or something larger scale such as tumour resection, I have a full discussion with the patient […]

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Lack of palliative care in Canada could lead to more requests for assisted suicides

February 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Lack of palliative care in Canada could lead to more requests for assisted suicides

Dying badly in Canada a result of inadequate palliative care By Harvey Max Chochinov for Troy Media A few days after the Supreme Court of Canada overturned the prohibition against doctor-assisted suicide, I received a note from a wonderful colleague of mine saying that her closest friend’s 53 year old son had just died of […]

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Canadian doctor recalls measles toll before MMR vaccine

February 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Canadian doctor recalls measles toll before MMR vaccine

Kids suffering from measles had 40° temperatures, were miserable Dr. Frank Jagdis knows measles. As a medical student in the pre-vaccination 1960s and later as a practising pediatrician in Victoria, he saw the toll that measles took on children who came down with the viral infection. “Measles was commonplace in those years,” says Jagdis, 71, […]

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Modern healthcare: Sometimes turning healthy people into patients

February 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Modern healthcare: Sometimes turning healthy people into patients

In modern healthcare, the over-treatment of risk factors for some conditions is doing more harm than good By John Frank for Troy Media Modern healthcare is engaged in a battle, not for hearts and minds, but for the conversion of perfectly healthy people into patients. However, a substantial majority of these people, labelled “at high risk” of […]

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HPV vaccine: Risks with infection greater than risks associated with vaccine

February 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
HPV vaccine: Risks with infection greater than risks associated with vaccine

169 million HPV vaccine doses administered worldwide By Juliet Guichon and Dr. Rupert Kaul for Troy Media The HPV (Human papilloma virus) vaccine was created to prevent an infection that causes cancer.  That is pretty exciting. Given the power of HPV vaccine to prevent disease and death, a recent article in the Toronto Star, which appears to […]

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End of life care in Canada needs another look

February 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
End of life care in Canada needs another look

End of life care: When is it ok for doctors to let someone die? By Charles Wright for Troy Media The long overdue public, medical, legal and political debate on end of life care is now well underway in Canada. Medical journals and the general press are commenting regularly on the subject, the Canadian Medical […]

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