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Episode 23 – Rapid Fire!

by Karen Lawford Brintha Sivajohan

COVID-19 death highlights dangers of birth evacuation policy in Indigenous communities

The death of Silatik Qavvik is the result of Health Canada’s birth evacuation policy and an appalling lack of government-funded maternity care in rural and remote Indigenous communities.  

Cost, access are barriers to mental health services in Canada, international survey shows

The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a report that uses survey data to compare how Canadians experience the health-care system and their health behaviours to those of people abroad.

by Ben Huang

Residents warn of burnout as COVID-19, medical exams clash

Many internist residents are frustrated that the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has refused their requests to modify the timing of their exams to accommodate for the pandemic.

by Paul Taylor

COVID variants: Evolution at work

Why are the new variants of the coronavirus so contagious and how can I protect myself from them?

by Jim Woodgett

When research goes viral: Funding on COVID-19 variants is misdirected

As designed, the CIHR's funding opportunities to study the emergence of COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VoCs) are unlikely to achieve actionable results in a timeframe that could save lives.

by Seema Marwaha

Keeping pace with a changing landscape

Healthy Debate first launched 10 years ago. Today we relaunch, redesigned and reimagined. But the changes go beyond cosmetics.

by Gali Katznelson

MAiD debate must be paused until we have dealt with COVID-19

Rather than rushing to amend our Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) law, Parliament should be focused on expanding access to social services.

by Ahmed Bagit Amirpouyan Namavarian Abdulwahab Sidiqi Kashif Pirzada Saad Ahmed

Canada must double-down on mRNA production to overcome vaccine nationalism

What is our Plan B if future disruptions arise this year? Are we going to continue to wait, allowing community spread, more variants and more deaths?

by Joanna Cheek

‘This is a fight worth fighting’: Pushing back against misinformation

We are not hyper-rational beings who make decisions based on facts. Instead, we too often fall prey to misinformation from innumerable cultural, social and psychological forces that shape the decisions we make. 

by Danica Quickfall

Danica – Internal Medicine Resident

Writing the Royal College exam is a challenging time for residents in any circumstance, but having to do it during a pandemic is uniquely difficult.

by Hissan Butt Lwam Ghebrehariat Gaibrie Stephen

Resident doctors are humans, not heroes: It’s time to abolish 26-hour shifts

Amid the discussion and recognition of the vital role residents play in our healthcare system, little has been said about the 26-hour shifts they are required to work.

by Anjali Bhayana Alexandra Rendely

Ontario’s inadequate homecare forcing seniors into hospitals

Before the pandemic, we knew our discharged patients were falling through the cracks. It has become even more apparent now.

by Natasha Milijasevic Shannon Maier Terence Tang

Joy in work on a COVID Unit? Yes, Really

The leadership team knew that without creating a safe environment for our healthcare workers – both physical and psychological – we would not achieve the goals we had set for the newly implemented COVID wards

by Marcia Sokolowski Andria Bianchi

Informed Consent: Should geriatric populations be told about limited representation in vaccine clinical trials?

There are ethical questions over whether certain seniors in long-term care or their designated decision-makers have the information needed to give informed consent to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

by Mohcene Abdessemed Sandra Blais-Amyot

Pandemic, winter taking toll on Canadians’ mental health

Despite winter’s darkest days shortening, the vaccine rollout underway and restrictions lowering daily COVID-19 case counts, the pandemic is taking an ever-increasing toll on Canadians’ mental health.

by Cassandra Mayville-Fortin Leiya Dobson

Pandemic fears overshadowing need for primary care

The illness and the outcomes may differ between cases but the issue is ultimately the same – people are waiting too long to seek medical attention.

by Steven Parker Erin Tighe

Fighting fire with fire: Managed Alcohol Programs need to be widely implemented

I park my car but before I get out of the parking lot I need to check on the man and woman under their cardboard box to ensure they are still breathing.

by Ben Huang

Proposed B.C. med school will crowd out learning opportunities, students say

University of British Columbia medical students are voicing concerns about how a second medical school in BC might negatively affect their education and careers.

by Helen Senderovich

Intermittent Fasting: Changing the tides of dementia

IF has been shown to be an effective intervention against obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer. But what about dementia?

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