Monday, August 26, 2013

Leaving AMA? A bad idea.

A newly published CMAJ study confirms what we probably all intuitively know: leaving hospital against medical advice (AMA) is bad for your health.

This CMAJ study by Garland et al. (DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.130029) used multiple demographic, socioeconomic and clinical factors in consideration of the risks of leaving AMA; the odds ratio of 90-day mortality was 2.51. The effect on mortality persisted 6 months post-discharge.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cultural diversity & medical practice

This helpful Globe and Mail article provides insights into culture-specific practices and how they could impact on delivery of medical care in Canada.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Calculate your daily sodium intake

Health researchers in Ottawa and Ontario have teamed up to create an online calculator for your daily sodium intake. Find out how much sodium is in your diet: BiGLiFE Salt Calculator.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Want a free ultrasound with your flight?

Kenya Airways is now offering free medical tests in India with your flight. The package includes:

  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Echocardiography
  • PFTs
  • Treadmill test
  • ECG
  • Labwork
I wonder if they will throw in a free biopsy for your occult incidentaloma?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Make Health Last: Heart & Stroke Foundation

As a resident physician, I see the consequences of poor health in old age. This video does a very good job of comparing and contrasting the difference between aging well and aging in sickness. To learn more, visit the Heart & Stroke Foundation's Make Health Last website.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Maybe we're doing something right?

The Globe and Mail assesses the Fraser Institute's Provincial Healthcare Index 2013, which provides a favourable assessment on Ontario's health care system.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


The Globe and Mail reports that flu season is in full swing. This is also evident from a graph from Google Flu Trends (below) - it appears we are approaching peak influenza activity.

It's still not too late to get immunized against influenza (Toronto Public Health)!

For more information: FluWatch (PHAC)