Archive | 2014

Beyond gender stereotypes in medical labs

Much has been written this year about the need to move beyond gender stereotypes to improve women’s leadership and participation in various health and science fields. In this story for the Winter 2014 issue of the Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, I look at the other side of the coin and explore gender diversity issues […]

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Revisited: Should men have a PSA test?

In many ways it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since I wrote the post Should Healthy Men Have a PSA Test for GE’s Healthy Outlook blog. At the time, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force was on the brink of recommending against routine screening for men who have no symptoms of prostate cancer, regardless […]

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The ethics of using stem cells for enhancement

On October 9, 2014, the Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) held a Café Scientifique called Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger — Are Stem Cells the Answer? at the Hard Rock Café in Toronto, sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Three experts discussed the ethics and likelihood of using stem cells to enhance human performance. Stem […]

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Digital health tech startup dos & don’ts

At the recent Health 2.0 Toronto: Product Innovation in Digital Healthcare event held at Toronto’s MaRS Centre on September 16, 2014, Palo-Alto based Geoffrey Clapp (CEO of Better and Health Hero, and Advisor at Rock Health) delighted the room full of 100 digital health startup entrepreneurs. Clapp drew from his experience with healthcare startup business models and the challenges […]

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Will NuSI studies find obesity’s causes?

Do we get fat because we overeat or do the foods we eat make us fat? Experts don’t agree on what’s driving obesity. Both the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society recommend a diet low in saturated fat, to thwart obesity and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Yet a recent meta-analysis, […]

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In search of the best running playlist

A few years ago I would run with a friend a couple of times a week. We both listened to our own music and could be pretty focused. During one morning run, someone in a car flagged me down. The driver told me that my friend was waving for me to stop. I looked back and she was two blocks […]

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No harm, no foul: The benefits of simulation education

After the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, there was a huge influx of patients to local hospitals, yet all of the 140 victims treated in the aftermath of the incident lived, thanks in part to mass casualty simulation training that had taken place years before. Simulation education is a vital tool for all healthcare […]

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Mental illness and the justice system

This is my third feature in a series about mental health for Canadian Nurse magazine, in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. All too often, people with mental illness who have been in trouble with the law or incarcerated are assumed to be likely to reoffend at the drop of a hat. This stereotype does […]

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3D printer makes robotic fingers and hands

Given the advances in 3D printing technology in the last year, it’s no surprise that in the season finale of the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Cristina Yang leaves Seattle to continue her cardiac surgery research at a fictitious state-of-the-art facility in Zurich — a facility equipped with dozens of 3D printers. In the real […]

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Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives

This is my second feature in a series about mental health for Canadian Nurse in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Suicide is a devastating tragedy — not only for those who take their own lives — but also for the family and friends left behind. Around the time this story was published, I […]

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