Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cut the TTC... and introduce fighting the schools?

The Ford administration in Toronto has done it again. Beyond the absurdity of cutting service to the TTC when ridership is at all-time highs, Doug Ford now wants to bring UFC to Toronto schools.

I can't wait until 2014.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Shame on you Rob Ford

TTC is forced to cut back service on 62 busy bus and streetcar routes because of Rob Ford's budget knife.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Man in testicle

The Globe and Mail has published an amusing picture of a scrotal ultrasound, originally published in journal Urology.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pusateri's is shut down!

For all those who like gourmet food, beware: Pusateri's Avenue Road location is shut down by health inspectors because of rat and cockroach infestation.

I like my No Frills!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nutrient supplementation and mortality

A large cohort study from Iowa found an association between use of certain nutrient supplements (multivitamins and iron in particular) and overall mortality. Calcium had a protective effect, though there was no dose-response relationship. The authors adjusted for a number of other variables, including age, education, geography, medical comorbidities, and other factors.

Considering that millions of people take vitamin and mineral supplements with the intention of reaping health benefits that may not actually be present, this study provides some food for thought.

Link: Arch Intern Med 2011;171(18):1625

Monday, August 29, 2011

Embedded acupuncture needles on plain x-ray

CMAJ has a brief, interesting article showing a plain chest radiograph of a patient who has innumerable fine acupuncture needles embedded in her skin. You definitely don't see this every day...

CMAJ 2011. doi:10.1503/cmaj.110128

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Margaret Atwood on democracy

In response to Margaret Atwood's criticism against Rob and Doug Ford's ignorant and shortsighted plans to close Toronto libraries, they suggested she run for mayor.

“I am not running for mayor yet. But if it comes to be true that people cannot voice an opinion unless they have been elected, then we are no longer in a democracy,” - Margaret Atwood

It's about time for someone to speak out against the Ford oligarchy!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The emotional toll of cancer

The Globe and Mail has a good Facts and Arguments article written by a young patient about the social and emotional consequences of developing and surviving cancer.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Quincke's Pulse

Here is a video of Quincke's Pulse, a eponymous term used to describe pulsating and alternating colour and pallor in distal capillary beds found in patients with aortic regurgitation.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

High demand, no jobs

The irony of the Canadian health care system is that patients can wait years for a consultation with a foot surgeon, and yet there be a job shortage for orthopedic foot surgeons. The reason? Hospitals have a disincentive to hire more surgeons because each operation increases the hospital's operating expenditure. This is in contrast to, say, joint arthroplasties, which governments have made a priority by providing bonuses to hospitals for performing. Is this fair?

The job shortage extends to nephrologists and community medicine physicians. For more, see tomorrow's Globe article.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A not-so-simple love story

Just ahead of Valentine's Day, The Globe and Mail publishes a moving story that is just different from the typical February 14th fare.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Confidentiality and public figures

Are there guidelines regarding medical confidentiality and public figures? Although it is remarkable to see and hear how Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' improvement in medical condition, I am surprised to see so many details and play-by-play developments reported in the news media regarding her changing health. Did her husband authorize the release of health information? If so, this important fact should be made clear in the news media.