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The Ethics of Using Untested Ebola Drugs in Africa

Marilyn Linton | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada
Marilyn Linton

Toronto's Dr. Jim Lavery has brought up another important issue that goes well beyond containment and tracking: ethics. Among the various questions: Should we consider this so-called drug which has been tested on monkeys but never on humans an actual therapy? And is it ethical to give it to Americans and not Africans?

Go Nuts -- Eating More Is Good for You

Marilyn Linton | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Contrary to our common perception of nuts as unhealthy, Dr. Sievenpiper found a modest decrease in blood fats known as triglycerides and blood sugars among people who added tree nuts to their diets compared to those who ate a control diet.

Read This Before You Opt For Chemotherapy

Marilyn Linton | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Dr. Bombard said women she interviewed understood the concept that the test could indicate whether chemo would be beneficial or not. But she also found that many women thought the test reflected their own unique circumstances and did not understand that their test result was actually based on larger population statistics.

Underweight People Have a High Chance of Dying Too

Marilyn Linton | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

We all know that to lower our risk of some conditions and diseases the advice given is usually to drop some pounds. But many of us take dieting too far and forget that there is a difference between lean and skinny, the former a reflection of robust health and fitness, the latter frankly potentially unhealthy and frankly unattractive.

Having Police Shoot the Mentally Ill is Cost Effective But Absurd

Marvin Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Marvin Ross

When someone is severely troubled, delusional, and potentially violent and we have no beds for them in our hospitals, they may get to deal with the police who are likely to shoot them. Not exactly a humanitarian way of dealing with the seriously mentally ill but one that is likely cost effective. We are not providing appropriate care and resources to the seriously mentally ill and we need to.

What May Be Causing Your Heavy Period

Marilyn Linton | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Holly Bridges was plagued by periods so heavy that she was afraid to walk across a room for fear of flooding through her clothes. She committed herself to learning all she could about her condition. Was she unique? Was she normal? And were there any alternatives to the treatment advice her gynecologist had given her?

What Women Need to Know About Heart Attacks

Marilyn Linton | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Not only does someone die every seven minutes in Canada from heart disease or stroke, but these are also equal opportunity killers. What's scary is that the death rate from cardiovascular disease in women is on the rise.

Toronto Hospital Forges Innovative Path For The Homeless

The Huffington Post Canada | Dileen Simms | Posted 03.14.2013 | Canada Impact

Despite all the advantages we have in Canada, homelessness is a reality for far too many citizens — and besides being a serious social problem, it's...

Doctors Disrupt Pan Am Games Event In Toronto

CBC | Posted 09.09.2012 | Canada Politics

Doctors concerned about the Harper government's recent cuts to refugee health benefits have disrupted another public appearance by a cabinet minister....

Rachel Mendleson

Rich Patient, Poor Patient: The Link Between Income And Health Care | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Business

Income is a significant factor in determining why people are hospitalized in Toronto, where the richest and poorest patients are being admitted for ve...

Some Toronto Neighbourhoods Are Better For Your Heart Than Others

CBC | Posted 03.07.2012 | Canada Living

A new study suggests that where you live may be a contributing factor when it comes to assessing your risk of cardiac arrest. The study, d...