Category Archives: Health More than Healthcare Podcasts

Understanding the opioids crisis in Canada

North America is grappling with an opioids epidemic. British Columbia has even declared a public health emergency because of a significant increase in opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Dr. David Juurlink, Head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at …

Why More Academics Should Engage with the Media, with Dr. Noralou Roos

Why more academics should engage with the media, a Policy Options Podcast. Imagine putting months of work into an article to have it read by only 10 people. This is the situation in much of academia right now, where the influx of new material is making it increasingly difficult for academics to get their research out to the public and to policy-makers.

Can filing taxes be a treatment for poverty? Here’s how doctors are helping their low-income patients

While the link between poverty and poor health outcomes is well established, experts say that many health care providers feel unequipped to intervene. Nancy McPherson, a Population Health Analyst, says that one solution is for health practitioners to diagnose and …

Culture is Healing in Indigenous Communities

While indigenous populations in Canada have higher risks of health problems, our usual treatments often focus solely on western medical approaches.

Why do Canada’s children lag so far behind?

A version of this podcast appeared in the Huffington Post In a recent UNICEF report, Canada ranked in the bottom half of the world’s richest countries in overall child well-being and child equality. Experts say that a lack of access …

Breaking the boundaries of complex care for children

A version of this podcast appeared in Progressive Bloggers, BLOOM, WIMS and CMAJ Blog The Complex Care Initiative at Sick Kids began in 2006, by the late pediatrician Dr. Norman Saunders. For ten years it has opened its doors to …

Implementing a basic income in Canada to improve health and reduce poverty

A version of this podcast appeared in Basic Income Earth Network and the Huffington Post Offering a guaranteed annual income to reduce poverty and improve health is not a new idea in Canada, but it is once again on the …

Ending homelessness through housing first initiatives

Up to 15 percent of the homeless population in Canada is struggling with mental illness. Could giving them a permanent home be a way off the streets and into a healthier life? Dr. Jino Distasio, Director of the Institute of …

How future doctors see social factors shaping their medical practice

A version of this commentary appeared in the Huffington Post Medical students learn how to manage and treat disease. But once they start meeting patients in clinics and hospitals, they are also confronted with the fact that social factors have …

When it comes to medical tests and treatments, more is not always better

A version of this podcast appeared in the Hill Times and Policy Options As technology and medical knowledge progress, doctors and patients have access to many more screening tools. But with the availability of more tests, also comes the risk of …


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