Médicine

Lengthy Cancer Drug Approval Process Makes Me Fear For My Future

Natalie Richardson | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Richardson

I am a survivor of advanced melanoma: skin cancer which spread to my lymphatic system. I was able to receive eight powerful - and expensive - immunotherapy treatments which quite possibly saved my life. It never occurred to me that, should the disease come back, that I might not receive further treatment.

B.C. Patients' Charter Case Will Spur Overdue Health-Care Reform

Howard Anglin | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Howard Anglin

The plaintiffs' constitutional challenge is straightforward: if the government does not provide timely medical treatment, then it cannot at the same time legally prohibit patients who are suffering on long wait lists from taking control of their own health care and arranging treatment privately.

A Step-By-Step Method To Employ The Power Of Patient Activation

Dr. James Aw | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. James Aw

One of the buzzwords in the medical profession is something called "patient activation." That's the challenge of enlisting regular people in health maintenance. To state it more plainly, it's all about trying to get people interested in saving their own lives. Which seems like it should be pretty easy, doesn't it?

5 Ways You Can Help Prevent The Post-Antibiotic Era

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The concept of tolerance isn't relevant only in the microbial world. All biological life has the ability to tolerate, including humans. A perfect example of this phenomenon occurs in those able to eat hot, spicy foods. You might think they are simply born with stronger tongues. But that isn't the case. Instead, in most cases, a biochemical modification has occurred in one of the proteins found on the tongue.

I Was One Of The Many Students Facing Depression And Anxiety

David Easey | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
David Easey

The winter semester has just ended, and instead of feeling relaxed and elated, I feel tense, exhausted and utterly tortured. The last few months of university had proven to be extremely challenging for me. I could barely manage to stay afloat. The pressure felt overwhelming, and the cracks in my life were becoming fissures.

Change Starts At The Top, In Our Minds And Our Institutions

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

Over the past year, the Australian community has become uncomfortably aware of the pervasive culture of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment within the medical profession. To those of us within the profession, it is clear that this deeply embedded culture of sexual harassment is a symptom of a much deeper problem.

On July 9th, Celebrate Health The Nunavummiut Way

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Though Canada Day has come and gone, there's still a good reason to keep the good feelings alive. On July 9th, Nunavut will be celebrating its 23rd birthday and the rest of our country is invited to join in the festivities. Not only will it mark a special day for our youngest territory, but it will also laud the people who have lived the longest in this great land.

The Dangers Of Not Following Your Doctors' Prescription

Victor Wong | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Living
Victor Wong

With day-to-day demands, it's not surprising many of us forget to take a pill or put off refilling a prescription by a week or two. In other cases people stop taking their medication because they think it has done its job or is causing unpleasant side effects. I see this in my practice often, it's incredibly common but people often don't realize that these decisions could, in some cases, lead to serious complications.

Meet The Molecule That Supercharges Cancer-Killing Viruses

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Since the turn of the millennium, the fight against cancer has seen significant progress in all areas of treatment. One of the most promising routes happens to be through a process known as oncolytic virotherapy, or simply OV. The term may be a mouthful but the process at its core is incredibly simple and effective.

The Seesaw Effect Of Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

A few months ago, the discovery of the antibiotic resistance gene mcr-1 sent shockwaves through the public and the health communities. This piece of bacterial DNA, also known as plasmid-mediated colistin resistance, revealed bacteria had developed a mechanism to tolerate yet another antibiotic.

Fighting The Over-medication Of Canadian Seniors

Alan Cassels | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

The case of 'too much medication' in Canadian seniors is finally starting to be recognized for the serious problem it has become. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of too many prescription drugs because aging affects their ability to process medications.

Easy Ways To Improve Your Health With Nature

Dr. Alison Chen, ND | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Alison Chen, ND

Whether climbing a mountainous terrain, swimming in a serine lake, or catching a glorious sunset, being in nature fosters well-being in infinite ways, including balancing our nervous system, impacting cardiovascular health, and influencing our mood.

Our Opioid Epidemic Is A Symptom Of Pharma's Alarming Influence

Alan Cassels | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

Critics have begun pointing the finger at the medical system and its prescribers -- well-meaning doctors and specialists who've been giving too many patients excessively powerful opioid medications to deal with modest pain. But we can dig deeper and look at the relationship between medical education and pharmaceutical company influence as a significant contributing factor.

A Low Income Shouldn't Cost Ontarians Their Health

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr. Joshua Tepper

While the incomes of Canada's wealthiest are increasing, the absolute wealth of our poorest is decreasing. As this gap grows, so too do the differences in people's health risks, care and outcome. The poorer people are in Ontario, the more likely they are to have shorter lifespans, to be overdue for screening tests and to suffer from multiple chronic health conditions.

Why Medical Cannabis Users Aren't Just "Getting High"

Dave Murphy | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Living
Dave Murphy

Cannabis has been a medicine for far longer than it has been a drug. There are many different theories of its history, and signs of it date back to the old testament and ancient europe, all over Asia, and spread down into Africa. Ancient history is a matter of interpretation and the details remain in debate, but cannabis use was a huge part of culture and medicine in distant parts of the world. As a medical user, I do still get high some times for fun. But that's not the whole picture.

Seekers, Shamans And The Call Of The Vine

Mara Raye Munro | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Travel
Mara Raye Munro

In this post-colonial era, we now look to the ancient wisdom cultures we once ignored, scorned and at worst, destroyed, for answers. The Western world is growing a seemingly unquenchable thirst for Buddhism and Yoga from the East and from the Americas, Shamanism and plant medicine.

Cannabis' Cancer Treatment Potential Is Finally Being Recognized

Dave Murphy | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Dave Murphy

Since I posted the letter that has spread further than I ever expected, I have received a few private responses on Facebook. They have all been touching and meaningful, and I appreciate everyone who has reached out to me. However it was today I received the most significant one.

A Brief History Of Medicinal Tattooing

Mara Raye Munro | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Mara Raye Munro

Tattoos have long been considered to be much more than body decoration. The spiritual, social, personal and political significance of getting inked is an indelible aspect of body art, and most people who have undergone the uncomfortable, to outright painful procedure attest to it's intrinsic spiritual experience. But what about tattoos as a form of healing? What if there was a medicinal and curative element to this global ritual?

'Manopause' Is Real And Should Not Be Ignored

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A 65-year-old man notices he's feeling more tired lately. He's gaining weight and losing muscle. He can't get as many erections, and generally feels foggy and unwell. His family doctor takes some blood tests and rules out thyroid problems, high cholesterol and blood sugar issues. The only finding is low testosterone -- but that's a normal part of aging, right?

It's Time For Big Pharma To Open Up About Drug Safety And Effectiveness

Matthew Herder | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Matthew Herder

If Canada is to implement national pharmacare, surely we want to know more about the drugs we'll be paying for. To this end, we must tackle a pre-existing challenge: we must open up the evidence our drug regulator houses concerning drug safety and effectiveness. For decades Health Canada has kept that information confidential at the behest of drug manufacturers. This practice limits the ongoing evaluation of a drug's safety and effectiveness and, in turn, provincial and territorial governments' decision-making about which drugs to pay for, not to mention physicians and patients who make decisions about which drugs to prescribe and take.

There's No Excuse For Treating Patients According To Race

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Living
Amitha Kalaichandran

Race medicine promotes the false belief not only that human beings are naturally divided into races but also that racial inequality is caused by innate racial differences we must accept rather than social inequities we must change. Race is not a biological category that produces health disparities because of genetic differences, but racism has negative biological effects on people's bodies.

Race Still Has A Place In Modern Medicine

Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi

As members of ethnic minority groups have suffered historically because of what has erroneously and malevolently been ascribed as innate inferiority, should physicians avoid reifying race by espousing a "colourblind" practice? It depends.

A 1,000-Year-Old B.C. Remedy May Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's been nearly two years since the World Health Organization called the rise in antibiotic resistance a crisis. Since that time, public health officials have sought new answers to prepare for an uncertain future. While the idea of making new and stronger antibiotics continues to explored, its popularity has faded.

Health Ministers' Meeting Is A Chance To Talk Expanded Access For Patients

Gail Attara | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Gail Attara

Canada's health system needs reform -- although provincial and territorial ministers might think reform is about cost cutting, I would argue that real reform is about putting patients first. As the chair of an organization representing 23 patient groups from across the country, I have seen too many conversations focused on reducing the budget impact of medications through pricing.

Medical Want Or Medical Need? Our Healthcare System Hangs In The Balance

Brian W. Rotenberg | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada Living
Brian W. Rotenberg

As patients are becoming more knowledgeable about their own care, and as doctors develop a wider array of options available to treat diseases, the costs are increasing. So it may be time to better distinguish between medically necessary care and optional care, for the sake of our country's limited health care budget going forward. It's a discussion worth having.