A new report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal describes a case of severe, life-threatening airway injury related to vaping that occurred in a Canadian youth. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Popcorn lung: Teen with severe vaping injury

Lung MRI of an ex-smoker of cannabis and tobacco, showing poor lung function and truncated airway tree. In vaping patients, oily substances have also been found inside their lung tissue and airways. (Parraga lab)

Vaping: As a scientist I fear the deadly impact

Although polyamorous families provide great support for themselves internally, they report experiencing marginalization within the health-care system and fear of judgment by health-care providers. (Shutterstock)

More romantic partners means more support

This is a medical illustration of an drug-resistant fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus. Stephanie Rossow/CDC

The threat of antibiotic-resistant fungal infections

Mention fungi and most people think of eating mushrooms or yeasts in bread or beer. But fungi are now on the CDC's list of public health threats as the number of deadly infections they cause rise.
Cannabis plants are seen during a tour of a Hexo Corp. production facility in October 2018 in Masson-Angers, Québec. The province is raising the legal cannabis age to 21. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Québec wrong to raise legal cannabis age to 21

Québec government policy is working against the objectives of cannabis legalization.
In a research study, 84 per cent of residents and families who received a pamphlet about end-of-life choices felt encouraged to think about their future care. (Shutterstock)

To die well, we must talk about death

The seriously ill and their families often want to protect each other from thoughts of death. Conversation about end-of-life choices are, however, essential to a good death.
California is implementing universal screenings for childhood trauma. wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com

Universal child trauma screenings could backfire

Universal screenings for childhood trauma, like the ones being implemented for California students, may cause more harm than good, a scholar argues.
Health Canada has some of the strongest limits on lead in the world, but they can’t be effective without testing and a plan to replace pipes. (Shutterstock)

Lead-tainted water: How to stay safe

An investigation showed that five Canadian cities had lead levels in their water on par with those in Flint, Mich. during its peak period of water contamination.
A partnership between Google and the Ascension hospital network in the United States has raised health data privacy concerns for citizens globally. (Shutterstock)

Understanding your electronic health data

Know the difference between an EMR, EHR and PHR? Our digital data expert sets the record straight.
Research has linked outdoor play among young children to improved self-confidence, self-awareness and decision-making. (Shutterstock)

Children in childcare not active enough

Experts in child health and physical activity offer recommendations for training of early childhood educators, and strategies to get kids moving.
Cataracts are a vision problem that can affect anybody as they age. It happens when the lens of the eye gradually loses its transparency. Shutterstock

Age-related eye problems and how to treat them

Cataracts, which can be experienced by anyone as they age, happen when the lens of the eye gradually becomes less transparent. There are ways, however, to correct this.
Jean Truchon, right, looks on as lawyer Jean-Pierre Menard gives their reaction to a Québec judge overturning parts of provincial and federal laws on medically assisted dying on September 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Latest MAID decision must be appealed

One judge must not be allowed to curtail parliament’s power to promote broader societal interests and protect people who are elderly, ill and disabled.
Research shows that cannabis use by people living with post-traumatic stress disorder may reduce their likelihood of depression and suicide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Cannabis shows potential for treating PTSD

Cannabis use is common among trauma survivors, and may improve some of the symptoms of those with PTSD.
One year after the legalization of cannabis in Canada, many questions remain unanswered about the risks and benefits of cannabis use in the presence of children. Shutterstock

Is using cannabis in front of children harmful?

Cannabis was legalized in Canada one year ago but we know little about the effects of parents using it in front of their children.
Mercury levels in Pacific sardines could rise by as much as 14 per cent if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. (Shutterstock)

Rising toxic mercury levels in fish

Regulations have lowered mercury emissions globally, but the risks to ocean ecosystems and human health may be getting worse.
Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau speaks about health care in Hamilton, Ont. in September 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

More doctors won’t fix our health-care woes

Canada has lots of doctors. The challenge is that the people who need health-care services cannot access the right care.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau delivers his speech in Montreal, on October 22, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Canada Votes

What a Liberal minority means for health

The election results could mean a national pharmacare program will happen, albeit slowly. Canadians can also expect more safe injection sites and money invested in the opioid crisis.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has passed a new policy with no requirement that doctors accept after-hours messages. (Shutterstock)

Seeing a family doctor just got harder in Ontario

Hospital overcrowding in Ontario is at an all-time high. And the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario just passed a policy that will make it worse.
A culture of perfectionism that begins in medical school is one reason why doctors and other medical professionals struggle to apologize for their mistakes. (Shutterstock)

Why is it so hard for your doctor to apologize?

Despite protective apology legislation across Canada, many doctors and other health-care professionals remain too afraid or ashamed to apologize after medical errors.
Protestors on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, May 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada Votes

Abortion in Canada: The election, law and reality

Election news coverage of party positions on abortion may confuse the public about the reality and legality of access in Canada.
Prevention of chronic disease can reduce the vast financial, social and environmental costs of many health-care interventions. (Shutterstock)

Social, environmental costs of health care

A triple-bottom-line approach can be used to evaluate health-care interventions, such as treatment for schizophrenia.
There are plenty of fish to choose from, but many aspects to consider. (Shutterstock)

How to eat fish responsibly

Consumers are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of their fish.

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