Médicine

How Much Health Care Is Too Much?

Wendy Levinson | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Living
Wendy Levinson

Unnecessary care could be a prescription drug, a diagnostic test or a medical procedure that does not improve a patient's health outcomes and is not backed by the best available evidence. It may also involve risks and harmful side-effects. In other words, this is medical care that offers no value to patients and strains health care resources.

There's An End In Sight To The Horror Of Flesh-Eating Disease

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's a scenario straight out of a horror movie. You start with a normal bout of strep throat and figure you're going to have to deal with that week-long stretch of pain and difficulty swallowing. But after a few days, things get much worse. You are diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, better known as flesh-eating disease.

Fats Could Reduce The Need For Stronger And Stronger Antibiotics

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

We are facing an antibiotic resistance crisis. Almost every health authority has sounded the alarm and the most recognized authority, the World Health Organization, is doing all it can to slow the arrival of the post-antibiotic era. Yet, even as these calls are made, the use of these drugs continues to be unacceptably high.

Curing The 'Addiction' Of Antibiotic Resistance

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

At its core, antibiotic resistance is merely a coping mechanism. Bacteria are faced with a rather dire form of stress and need to find a way to cope. They can take the biological route of genetic mutation to render the drug useless. They also can gain a plasmid from the environment or another bacterium, to gain resistance mechanisms.

Abolishing Quebec Medical User Fees A Step Toward Fairer System

Amélie Quesnel-Vallée | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Politics
Amélie Quesnel-Vallée

It's a good news story in many ways. Abolishing these user fees puts an end to an unfair and inefficient system where money or private health insurance allowed one to jump the queue and get in front of the line, regardless of whether they had more urgent medical needs.

Here's The Reason Mumps Has Made A Comeback

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Despite the success of vaccines, mumps wasn't eradicated. Small pockets of infection continued to appear. These small outbreaks were difficult to control but eventually burned out such that they disappeared. For the most part, these isolated events were considered part of the ongoing reality of an ever-present virus.

It's Time For Us To Be Honest About Our Own Mental Health

Ingrid Bergman | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Living
Ingrid Bergman

In teachers' college, I had an excellent professor who talked about removing oneself from a situation before it became critically difficult to deal with. I'll call it the 60 per cent rule, although he may have given a different number. Don't wait until you are at 99 per cent of what you can handle, when you are dealing with other people.

We Are One Step Closer To A Syphilis Vaccine

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.13.2017 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg As Valentine's Day approaches, most Canadians turn their thoughts to love and all that comes with it. However, for public health officials, this year is particularly worrisome in the love department. It's all due to the rather unwelcome realization sexually transmitted diseases are continuing to rise in this country and are showing no signs of slowing.

4 Ways To Save Money On Prescription Medications

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

As Canadians, we are proud of our universal health care system, which provides publicly-funded essential doctor and hospital care based on need and not ability to pay. Unfortunately, our health system falls short when it comes to prescription medication.

In-Bed Exercise Makes Fitness Accessible To Frail And Critically Ill Patients

Michelle Kho | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Michelle Kho

Why throw in a fitness plan for patients who already have so many critical medical issues? The reason is because patients who are stuck in bed are precisely the patients who need in-bed cycling the most.

We May Soon Have A Trojan Horse To Defeat Cancer

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Until about ten years ago, the only weapons we had against this internal enemy were surgery, chemicals and radiation. But around that time, researchers began a quest to use more natural means to identify these antagonistic agents and rid them. Two very different strategies were initiated in the process. One relied on repurposing an already known enemy while the other utilized our own internal defense forces.

Want To Feel Lucky? Watch The American Health Care Debate

Danielle Martin | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Danielle Martin

As his first act in office, Donald Trump signed an executive order, taking the first step to repeal the Affordable Care Act. With the stroke of a pen, 20 million Americans may soon find themselves without health insurance.

Canada Needs A Strategy To Improve Senior Drug Safety

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Nicole F. Bernier

Many drugs prescribed to seniors have either not been adequately studied for this age group or have not been formally approved for the conditions they are being prescribed to treat. They are sometimes prescribed without any evidence they are safe and effective for them, and in some cases, even when they are known to present a possible risk (antipsychotics prescribed to older patients with dementia, for example).

Reducing Gap Between Research And Practice A National Priority

Daniel Niven | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Daniel Niven

Not many patients would be happy to hear that there's a lag of about 17 years between when health scientists learn something of significance through rigorous research and when health practitioners change their patient care as a result, but that's what a now-famous study from the Institute of Medicine uncovered in 2001.

Pipeline Projects Threaten Canada's Land, Health And Future

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as barely one year has elapsed since the historical COP21 agreement to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), we are deeply shaken by the federal government's approval of the proposed extension of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and the replacement of Enbridge's Line 3.

Secure Attachment As The Ultimate Preventative Health Strategy

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada
Dr. Brenna Velker

In family medicine we have a responsibility, a unique and critical role in helping shape the next generation. We are facing a crisis in primary care, and in medicine, especially in Ontario. Our system is not sustainable, wait times are increasing, patients are sicker but trust their doctors less, physicians are unhappy, burned out, and disenfranchised.

The Flu May Be Trickier Than We Thought

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's the middle of flu season and as expected, the virus is making its way through Canada. Thousands of people are struggling with the coughs, fever, and fatigue and looking for ways to deal with the weeks of suffering. Recently, a group of American researchers have shown a new means by which flu can survive and spread.

Medical School Culture Puts Students' Well-Being At Serious Risk

Tarun Rahman | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Living
Tarun Rahman

When medical students don their white coats for the first time, they take an oath to devote themselves to the care of their future patients. My oath carried a commitment to 'ensure patient well-being as my main focus and my primary obligation.' Although I wholeheartedly appreciate the notion of caring for my patients with all my energy, to state that one's health aside from my own is my primary obligation speaks to the dangerous sacrifices expected of medical students.

Universal Pharmacare Would Make Medicine More Affordable In Canada

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

Why? Universal drug plans mean national bodies negotiate fairer prices for prescription drugs. The results are dramatic. So, while some critics claim that universal prescription drug insurance is a nice idea, but not affordable - it's very clear that universal prescription drug insurance is actually the key to affordability.

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.