By Guylène Thériault and Wendy Levinson antibiotics, Family Doctor, flu season, Misuse of Antibiotics, overuse of antibiotics, viral prescription pad, World Antibiotic Awareness Week
Cold and flu season for many Canadians means getting ready to have their lives and routines thrown off by painful and annoying symptoms. This can mean days off work or school dealing with sore throats, nasal congestion and fever. For parents, it can be challenging to try to comfort young kids with fever, coughing or […]
By John Conly and John Prescott antibiotic resistance, antibiotics, health, Health Canada, livestock, medicine, overuse of antibiotics, resistant bacteria, super bugs, Veterinary medicine, WHO, World Health Organization
At the beginning of the last century, illnesses due to bacterial infections ranked as the most common cause of death in Canada. By the latter third of the century, the diagnosis, prevention and management of infectious diseases had advanced dramatically, raising hopes that many of these infections would be consigned to history. The dramatic improvements […]
By Elnaz Shadabi antibacterial, antibiotics, antimicrobial, antiviral, Canada, infection, older adults, over medicalization, over-prescribing, overuse of antibiotics, pre-existing condition, prescribed drugs, resistance to drugs, seniors, tolerance
It is estimated that around 700,000 deaths occur annually as a result of infections by resistant bacteria – known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Without effective approaches to combat AMR, it is projected that by the year 2050, the rate could reach as high as 10 million deaths per year. From an economic standpoint, AMR is […]
By Lynn Wilson clinical conversation, ECGs, health care provider, MRI, overuse of antibiotics, pap smear, x-ray
Many people see physicians as experts in “the science” of medicine. In my three decades of practising as a family physician, I have learned that being an expert in “the art” of medicine is of equal importance.