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Because of stigma and deeply rooted implicit bias, people who suffer chronic and unexplained pains are often characterized as complainers, malingerers and drug-seekers. (Shutterstock)

Why stress-related illness is so hard to diagnose, and how a patient-centred playful approach can help

Psychosocial and economic stressors can affect health, but neither our doctors nor our health-care system have the tools to integrate these factors into diagnoses or care. Play offers an alternative.
PM Scott Morrison after a National Security Committee meeting on March 1. Morrison later tested positive for COVID. Mick Tsikas/AAP Image

Scott Morrison has COVID. It’s a big deal but not how you think

Imagine if the PM had caught COVID two years ago? We knew so little about COVID with certainty back then, and what we did know was truly frightening. Here’s what’s changed since then.
Paramedics and ambulances spill out of the Emergency ramp at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Tips for navigating an emergency department visit: Who you’ll see, what to ask and why it matters

Almost half of patients have poor understanding of their emergency department visit. Being aware of how the emergency department works can give patients the tools to have a smoother experience.
Gene-based vaccines had never been approved for humans before the coronavirus pandemic. Juan Gaertner/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

3 medical innovations fueled by COVID-19 that will outlast the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has driven a lot of scientific progress in the past year. But just as some of the social changes are likely here to stay, so are some medical innovations.
Given the observed and anticipated growth of telemedicine since the beginning of the pandemic, it would be a good idea to clarify and co-ordinate the rules applicable to it in Canada. Shutterstock

What the rise of telemedicine means for Canada’s legal system

The legal uncertainty surrounding telemedicine services is not without consequences. Patients may not have access to public protection remedies.

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