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Column: Medical assistance in dying legal limbo awkward for docs

Column: Medical assistance in dying legal limbo awkward for docs

Court deadline to pass legislation has come and gone
Bill C-14 is a disappointment

Bill C-14 is a disappointment

Legislation proposed to keep illegal the resolution of intolerable suffering that is not at the end of life
College drafts assisted dying guidelines for doctors

College drafts assisted dying guidelines for doctors

I attended a presentation to the community on physician-assisted death. The panelists included Sudbury lawyer Michael Hennessy and Health Sciences North bioethicist Mary Huska. It also included Dr.
Column: Canuck docs making a difference around the world

Column: Canuck docs making a difference around the world

I have just returned from Halifax, where I attended a four-day course designed to prepare anesthesiologists who wish to volunteer for service in developing countries.
People have forgotten what infectious diseases can do

People have forgotten what infectious diseases can do

Medicine now has the opportunity to focus much of its research on the chronic diseases of aging: cancer, heart disease and dementia, to give some examples.
Column: Health Act suffering from system failure

Column: Health Act suffering from system failure

In 1966, the government of Canada declared that all Canadians should be able to obtain health services of high quality according to their need, irrespective of their ability to pay.
Column: No easy solutions to demographic crunch

Column: No easy solutions to demographic crunch

Mrs. B is 96. She lives in her own home, but she has been losing strength in the past six months. She was admitted to Health Science North recently with a bowel obstruction.
Column: Sun going down on  health-care miracle?

Column: Sun going down on health-care miracle?

We live on a planet covered by organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye. Humanity has its own unique collection. Each of us is composed of about 30 trillion human cells and more than 100 trillion bacterial and fungal cells. They grow quickly.
Column: Ebola crisis is a test of global priorities

Column: Ebola crisis is a test of global priorities

Picture the current conditions in Liberia. A sick patient is being readied for transfer to an isolation centre. Nurses are dressed in their full Ebola combat gear: body suit, apron, head-cover, facemask, goggles, face-shield, boots and rubber gloves.
Column: West must step up to battle Ebola

Column: West must step up to battle Ebola

Epidemics have cursed mankind for thousands of years. Ebola is new. It only appeared in 1976, in a village situated near the Ebola River in the Congo, hence its name.