How Beneficial is IV Vitamin Therapy?

I did a quick TV spot for City News in Toronto about the growing trend of IV vitamin therapy. You can watch the video here: http://www.citynews.ca/video/2017/03/13/video-how-beneficial-is-iv-vitam... The interview was based on an article I had written for the Montreal Gazette about 2 years ago.  You can read the original article here: http://montrealgazette.com/health/diet-fitness/opinion-intravenous-vitam... *********************************************************************************************************** There is a new fad that has wormed its way into Canada from south of the border. The intravenous vitamin industry has found its…

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Video helps the shelter dog (more than photos)

Adoptable dogs seen in video get more positive ratings than those seen in photos, according to new researchA new study by Chloe Pyzer et al (Hartpury College) compared people’s perceptions of adoptable dogs when they were shown video or still photographs. The results showed that video is the best way to show people adoptable dogs.Dr. Tamara Montrose, one of the study authors, told me in an email,“In our study, we found that viewing dogs in…

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From organ survival to organ revival – how patients can regenerate their own donor lung prior to surgery

image courtesy of John O’Neill, first author For most areas of medicine, the supply of a treatment can easily meet demand (access issues aside). Need an antibody? A steroid? Millions of pills are manufactured every day. The case could not be more different for solid organ transplantation, for which the list of patients with end-stage organ failure vastly exceeds the number of organs available for transplant. If that weren’t bad enough, the situation is even…

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Should the wealthy be allowed to buy their way to faster health care at private clinics?

I had a small role in a Toronto Star story looking into the "executive physicals" provided by some private clinics. With a high price tage, little benefit, and potential risks, these clinics may do more harm than good. You can read the story here: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/03/18/should-the-wealthy-be-all... ************************************************************************************************************ A growing number of boutique medical clinics is establishing a second tier of health services that critics say encroaches on Ontario’s public health system by charging as much as $4,500…

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Weekend Warriors

For a long time, it was thought that weekend warriors were putting strain on their heart by going all out once a week. But new research suggests the opposite may be true. You can read my latest piece for the gazette here: http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-on-exercise-its-ok-to-be-a-we... ******************************************************************************************************* There should not be much doubt that exercise is good for you. When it comes to food, the medical literature is all over the place. In 2013, John Ioannidis published a paper showing that…

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A spotlight interview with Dr. Sally Thomas of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service

As a member of the Alliance of Blood Operators, Canadian Blood Services is fortunate to engage with dedicated and forward-facing colleagues from around the world. This spotlight interview was published in our internal newsletter and we have graciously been given permission to repost on this blog. 

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Reminder: Abstract deadline ends in 10 days

The 7th International Barcode of  Life Conference will be held from November 20 - 24, 2017 at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza, located within the heart of African wildlife at Kruger National Park, South Africa. On March 31st the abstract submission will end and because I know that we researchers like to cut it close I like to remind you to send in your's quickly. How about setting aside a couple of minutes this week…

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