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The unregulated world of medical devices

27:12 | Mar 16th, 2018

Could your hip replacement hurt you? Journalist Jeanne Lenzer explores the medical device industry in her new book, The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It. And Dr. David Urbac...Show More
Endometriosis: The painful search for answers

27:11 | Mar 9th, 2018

Endometriosis affects one in ten Canadian women, yet for the most part, it is invisible. It's a condition where the uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus, resulting in severe pain, and possibly infertility for those who have it. It takes on aver...Show More
One in a million

27:07 | Oct 6th, 2017

Ian Stedman had red eyes, migraines,skin rashes and joint pain all his life. Dozens of MDs failed to diagnose him. So, he lived with it. When his daughter was born with the same symptoms, he turned to "Dr. Google" and diagnosed his own rare disease.
Floods Fires Hurricanes and Hospitals

36:48 | Sep 22nd, 2017

As the Atlantic Hurricane season continues unabated White Coat, Black Art tells the story of how hospitals cope when natural disasters strike.
Meet the paramedic with a side hustle as the town mortician

30:05 | Apr 26th

Meet Matthew Sias: a small-town paramedic, deputy coroner and funeral assistant. Dr. Brian Goldman speaks to Sias about the tricky challenges when his different jobs collide.
Prescription for loneliness

27:15 | Apr 18th

White Coat Black Art looks at ways of dealing with loneliness in seniors. We visit roommates Cara Duncan, 23 and Lesly Adamson, 92. Dr. Mayur Lakhani, a family doctor and president of Britain's Royal College of General Practitioners, talks about the ...Show More
The measles comeback

27:15 | Apr 12th

Dr. Brian Goldman looks at the global spread of measles, what it means to Canadians, and how we went from believing the disease was cornered to a crisis point in less than 2 years. Brian speaks to Jayda Kelsall, an Ottawa cancer patient with up-to-da...Show More
Measles: How did we get here? Bonus Podcast

27:54 | Apr 11th

In this bonus podcast Dr. Goldman speaks to Donald G. McNeil Jr. a New York Times science reporter who unpacks how New York City ended up declaring a public health emergency over the measles, as well as revealing the factors at play in a worldwide re...Show More
'I didn't think I could have a baby': Toronto pregnancy clinic supports women with disabilities

27:14 | Apr 5th

Christine Lumilan wasn't sure she'd ever become a mother. The Toronto woman knew that having cerebral palsy, diabetes and polycystic ovaries could make pregnancy challenging. When she unexpectedly found herself pregnant, the 39-year-old woman turned ...Show More
What it's like growing up with FASD

27:15 | Mar 29th

A mom, a doctor and a person with FASD talk about living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Laurie Whyte talks about raising her son Richie. Dr. Ana Hanlon-Dearman explains the symptoms of the disorder and how best to support people with FASD. Myl...Show More
'I was still failed:' Despite regular screening Ontario woman faces late-stage cervix cancer

27:15 | Mar 22nd

Karla Van Kessel's GP failed to recognize she had symptoms of cervical cancer and her Pap smear results were misread causing a delay in diagnosis that took away her best shot at a cure. Now, she thinks women need to demand better screening tests and ...Show More
How Alan Alda went from TV doctor to teaching real doctors about empathy

27:16 | Mar 15th

Alan Alda is best known for his 11 seasons on MASH but he's also forged a second career as an expert in communication. He tells Dr. Brian Goldman it began with hosting Scientific American on PBS, where he talked to some of the world's smartest people...Show More
Palliative care team helps the homeless die 'with dignity.' A healing circle helps them grieve

27:08 | Mar 8th

After a homeless woman died of breast cancer, the doctors, nurses and shelter workers who helped to ease her final days gathered to remember her.
'I'm alive because of it': Ostomy advocate fights to dispel stigmas around the life-saving procedure

27:09 | Mar 1st

Dr Brian Goldman talks to Jessica Grossman, a twenty-nine year-old marketing executive with Crohn's disease. In an effort to battle the stigma of having an ostomy, she uses social media to post photos of herself with her ostomy clearly visible. Brian...Show More
Part-time MDs defend their work: 'It doesn't make us any less valuable'

27:08 | Feb 22nd

Not a lot of doctors expect to work part-time while in the throes of a demanding medical school education. But more are choosing to do so after they graduate. It's estimated that 15 percent of Canadian doctors work part-time. Some do it because they ...Show More
A meaningful life

27:11 | Feb 8th

Elizabeth Rathbun is one of more than 77,000 Canadians who live with Multiple Sclerosis. She shares her 30-year journey with the disease, and offers insight into what it's like to live with MS, and into the health-care system.
Medical Muses & listener feedback

27:12 | Feb 1st

Vivian Tam's older brother Stanley died in 2016 of cancer, while she was a medical student. She speaks to Dr. Goldman about how his illness and death have shaped her as a physician. We also hear from listeners on everything from low-carb diets and re...Show More
Why bringing room service to hospitals helps patients convalesce

27:12 | Jan 25th

Hospital chefs and medical students make a hands-on connection to put food at the heart of preventative care.
After breast cancer and failed reconstruction, this mom found beauty by going flat

27:09 | Jan 18th

Joanna Rankin, a 40-year-old Calgary woman, is not only a survivor of breast cancer, but of breast reconstruction that went wrong. She found emotional and physical healing in going flat.
Doctors who champion low-carb, high-fat diets go against the grain

33:00 | Jan 11th

Meet three doctors who eat a low-carb, high-fat diet, and find out why they'd like to see it more commonly prescribed to patients who are facing metabolic disease, even though some critics call it a fad.
Astronaut and ER doctor Dave Williams on success and setbacks

27:10 | Jan 4th

Astronaut and ER doctor Dave Williams shares stories of his successes and setbacks with Dr. Brian Goldman. Williams says that failure is a key part of success.
Wounded healers - repeat

26:51 | Dec 28th, 2018

How peer support workers help people with mental health crises in the ER of the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
They taught me how to be a doctor

26:51 | Dec 20th, 2018

Dr. Julia Orkin's life - and the course of her medical career - changed when she met a very special patient and her family in 2010.
Xavier's long road back

26:51 | Dec 15th, 2018

Rachelle Downton hoped her son Xavier, 4, would take a few steps with a walker for Christmas. That likely won't happen, and doctors say his recovery from AFM, a frightening and mysterious ailment may take much longer.
Why more needs to be done in end-of-life care for adult patients with complex needs

26:51 | Dec 7th, 2018

Tristan Lederman, 34, spent his final months in pain and distress before he died. His parents say he got inadequate palliative care from his doctors. One expert says gaps in both the health-care and educational systems have left doctors unprepared to...Show More
Poet, peer support worker and advocate: How Amy Willans remade her life after a mental illness diagnosis

26:52 | Nov 30th, 2018

Amy Willans was a driven nursing student and champion figure skater in 1996 when she became depressed and began to experience paranoid thoughts. She would eventually be hospitalized and diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Now a published poet an...Show More
Early therapy is best after a stroke, but many rural Canadians are missing out

27:14 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Dr. Brian Goldman speaks to Linda Windross from Castor, Alberta about her husband's frustrating wait for stroke rehabilitation. Dr. Anita Mountain of Dalhousie University in Halifax and Heart and Stroke's Patrice Lindsay tell Dr. Goldman that the goo...Show More
Dr Burnout

27:14 | Nov 16th, 2018

Dr Shelly Dev shares her story of burnout.
Prescription for loneliness

27:10 | Nov 9th, 2018

White Coat Black Art looks at ways of dealing with loneliness in seniors. We visit roommates Cara Duncan, 23 and Lesly Adamson, 92. Dr. Mayur Lakhani, a family doctor and president of Britain's Royal College of General Practitioners, talks about the ...Show More
The dissident doctor who put women and children first

27:09 | Nov 2nd, 2018

You may not know Dr. Michael Klein's name, but if you've had a child in the past 30 years, he may have played a key role in how that baby came into the world. Klein was a pioneer in pushing the medical system to put the needs of mothers and babies f...Show More
Why every cancer patient in Canada deserves a cancer coach

27:06 | Oct 26th, 2018

Dr Brian Goldman heads to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation to learn about an emerging health care profession: cancer coaches.
The cannabis question show

27:06 | Oct 12th, 2018

Recorded at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario, scientists and physicians from the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research tackle questions ranging from whether it's safe to drive after using cannabis, the dangers of second-hand pot smoke ...Show More
Of Monsters and Medicine

27:13 | Oct 5th, 2018

This week: The surprising intersection between the worlds of medicine and monsters
What families can learn from Wettlaufer inquiry into nursing home care

27:12 | Sep 28th, 2018

'Provide good quality care, not just any care,' nursing home advocate says of Wettlaufer inquiry lessons
How Alan Alda went from playing a doctor on TV to teaching doctors about empathy

27:10 | Sep 21st, 2018

Alan Alda is best known for his 11 seasons on MASH but he's also forged a second career as an expert in communication. He tells Dr. Brian Goldman it began with hosting Scientific American on PBS, where he talked to some of the world's smartest people...Show More
The hidden dangers of dense breasts

27:09 | Sep 14th, 2018

More than 40 per cent of Canadian women have dense breasts that increase the risk of breast cancer and render many of those cancers invisible on a mammogram. It's a surprisingly common problem that experts say should be getting much more public atten...Show More
Planet Youth: How Iceland turned around a crisis in teen drinking

26:54 | Sep 7th, 2018

Dr. Brian Goldman travels to Iceland to find out how they turned around a culture of binge-drinking among youth, and discovers what we can learn from their incredible public health turnaround, just as Canada prepares to legalize cannabis.
How safe is your medical device? Even regulators may not really know (Encore)

27:05 | Jul 11th, 2018

Could your hip replacement hurt you? Journalist Jeanne Lenzer explores the medical device industry in her book, The Danger Within Us.
Seniors tell Dr. Brian Goldman what it's really like to live in long-term care (Encore)

27:06 | Jul 5th, 2018

Sharron Cooke and Devora Greenspon speak frankly about life in long-term residential care, from the loss of freedom to advocating for those who can't do it themselves.
She hid it for years, but now this doctor is talking about her own disability

27:29 | Jun 28th, 2018

Dr Paige Church, developmental paediatrician talks about her life as a doctor with spina bifida.
Season Finale: #Metoo in Medicine Part 2, reaction to our town hall and a follow up our first story of the season

27:28 | Jun 22nd, 2018

This week: A follow to our #metoo in medicine show - A senior MD goes on the record about her experience being sexually harassed by a mentor, and details what she and others are doing to change the culture that allows for abuse. Reaction to our our C...Show More
Crisis of Care: A town hall meeting for families and their disabled children who are aging out of the system

54:27 | Jun 15th, 2018

On June 12, White Coat, Black Art hosted a town hall meeting on 'aging out' at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Parents, caregivers gathered to talk about the crisis of care they face when children with disabilities and complex ...Show More
Cake and balloons and goodbye: Gilly's story

27:10 | Jun 8th, 2018

Dr. Goldman spends a day with Gilly, a teen with autism and developmental delay. Gily is on the cusp of aging out of the programs that support her, and her parents are struggling to figure out how the family will manage when that happens.
Falling Through the Cracks: Greg's Story

27:10 | Jun 1st, 2018

Greg Price, a 31-year-old Alberta man fatally fell through the cracks of the health-care system after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. After his 2012 death, his family advocated for change by continually telling his story. This week, we explor...Show More
Music as Medicine & Medicine as Musical

27:06 | May 25th, 2018

Professor Michael Thaut, explores how music can be used to treat cognitive ailments from dementia and Alzheimer's disease to brain injuries. Dr. Michael Ehrenreich, a dermatologist based in New Jersey, wrote Medicine: The Musical opens off-Broadway t...Show More
Adventures in medicine

27:10 | May 18th, 2018

Dr. Lori Regenstrief took a job as the doctor on a luxury cruise liner and ended up having to treat herself. Astronaut Dr. Bob Thirsk tells Brian about practising in zero gravity. And Brian has his own tale of intrigue about visiting Russia and helpi...Show More
'I was sobbing uncontrollably': Patients say antidepressants difficult to quit

27:08 | May 11th, 2018

When antidepressants first came on the market in the late 1980s it was recommended patients take them for six to nine months to relieve symptoms. But in 2018, in the US alone, 15.5 million people have been on anti-depressants for five years or more. ...Show More
The Elephant in the Room

25:31 | May 4th, 2018

Host Brian Goldman travels to Ottawa to meet two extraordinary women who share a common bond. Kim McLeod and Julie Drury were both mothers to children who doctors call “medically fragile”: two kids with rare diseases so complicated they need nearly r...Show More
Paramedics hone in on 9-1-1 "hotspot" buildings to help isolated residents

27:07 | Apr 27th, 2018

Each year Toronto’s Central Ambulance Communications Centre responds to more than 400,000 calls for 9-1-1 emergency care, but not everyone calling in has a critical emergency. After taking a closer look, one paramedic discovered that some buildings ...Show More
Allergy Bullying: It's real, and it's dangerous

27:19 | Apr 20th, 2018

The new movie Peter Rabbit didn't get great reviews from critics - but it got a unanimous thumbs down from kids who have anaphylaxis and their parents. The movie features a scene in which the animated rabbits pelt a character with blackberries - kno...Show More
Monsters and medicine

27:09 | Apr 13th, 2018

There's a surprising intersection between the world of medicine and zombies. Yes, the flesh-eating undead of The Walking Dead, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, and of course Shaun of the Dead. The iconic re-animated creature pops up in some...Show More
The stupid rules edition

27:02 | Apr 6th, 2018

We asked listeners to tell us about the seeming "stupid rules" that frustrate them when it comes to our health-care system. We got a barrage of emails, tweets and posts ranging from gripes about getting kicked off a GP's roster for being "too healthy...Show More
Still Kathryn

27:03 | Mar 29th, 2018

Kathryn Fudurich was 21-years old when her 55-year-old mother Pat was diagnosed with dementia. Pat's memory loss began with small things, like leaving the TV remote in the pantry. But soon, she was forgetting to take her medication. Then she could no...Show More
My Son was in the ICU and I got PTSD: Why the emotional cost of surviving serious illnesses is rarely treated

27:02 | Mar 23rd, 2018

What happens when the health-care system heals you but leaves you with emotional scars?
#MeToo in Medicine

27:12 | Mar 2nd, 2018

This week, White Coat, Black Art has stories of up-and-coming female doctors who have been harassed, abused and even assaulted by the higher-ups who are supposed to be mentoring them into the world of medicine. Many of the women say they were too afr...Show More
'The hardest conversation we can have': The San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety program confronts racism in health care

27:03 | Feb 22nd, 2018

The big "H" sign for the hospital signals safety to most patients. But many Indigenous Canadians have a different reality. The San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program uses blunt talk to confront racial biases in medicine in a bid to make ...Show More
Gilly's Story - Clare and Ellery

27:04 | Feb 16th, 2018

Last week we told you the story of Ian and Rachelle Geddes, middle-class Canadian parents working flat-out to care to care for their 18-year-old daughter Gillian., who has low-functioning autism, meaning she'll never be able to work or live independe...Show More
Cake and balloons (Gilly's story)

27:05 | Feb 8th, 2018

A day with Gilly, a teen with autism and developmental delay on the cusp of aging out of the system – and her parents who are expected to pick up the slack.
The Flu and You

27:12 | Feb 2nd, 2018

The latest report on Canada's flu vaccine shows the shot is less than 20 per cent effective against the most common strain.. Some public health officials are questioning the focus on a seasonal flu vaccine that delivers unreliable results. We speak t...Show More
One year after MAID: A husband talks about being the spouse left behind

27:12 | Jan 26th, 2018

In our second show exploring the impact of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) we speak to Clifford Campbell. His wife Noreen was among the first to be approved for and to receive MAID. He tells Brian what it's like to be the witness to suffering, par...Show More
'I'm going out with my boots on':Tim Regan used his last days to lobby for a clearer path to assisted death

27:12 | Jan 19th, 2018

Tim Regan had a medically assisted death on Dec. 12, 2017. Dr. Brian Goldman spoke to him the day before he died.
Every patient that could have been saved we saved

27:12 | Jan 12th, 2018

Dr Kevin Menes was on duty as an ER doctor after the worst mass shooting in US history.
Adventures in Medicine

27:06 | Jan 4th, 2018

We hear from doctors whose medical degrees took them places they never expected...from cruise ships to space ships.
Dear Brian, I am writing in response to your episode on...

27:05 | Dec 29th, 2017

This weel, it’s all about you. You have sent us a ton of emails, letters, tweets and Facebook posts about what you heard on the program so far this season. We share some of them.
A midwife an obstetrician and a mother-to-be

27:06 | Dec 21st, 2017

In 2011, Dr Brian Goldman travelled to Nelson, a city of just over 10,000 located in BC's Southern Interior. This picturesque region boasts one of the most successful groups of midwives in all of Canada.
Just Ask Me - Seniors talk about long-term care

27:06 | Dec 15th, 2017

Sharron Cooke and Devora Greenspon speak frankly about life in long-term residential care.
WCBA - Wounded Healers

27:06 | Dec 8th, 2017

How peer support workers help people with mental health crises in the ER of the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
Why fake news is bad for your health

27:06 | Dec 1st, 2017

A Canadian doctor is caught in the eye of a fake news storm. Snopes Science editor Alex Kasprak tells us how to sniff out fake health newse. And why stem cell stories are so vulnerable to becoming fake-news clickbait.
The Age of Anxiety

27:08 | Nov 24th, 2017

White Coat Black Art looks at the growing number of kids with anxiety and why the healthcare system is largely failing to help them.
Paige Church on being a doctor with a disability

27:07 | Nov 17th, 2017

Dr Paige Church, developmental paediatrician talks about her life as a doctor with spina bifida.
Doctor Burnout

27:08 | Nov 10th, 2017

Health professionals are hurting like never before. Studies show close to half of Canada's doctors are burned out and the numbers are going up.
Getting to Zero

00:32 | Nov 3rd, 2017

The story of Kirk Foat, who shocked his doctors by coming up with his own successful plan to wean himself off prescription opiods. And a Toronto doctor who has become an expert in "de-prescribing' patients like Kirk, who want off opioids.
Outbreak of doubt

00:32 | Oct 27th, 2017

Vaccine hesitancy means that 11 per cent of Canadian 2 year olds are not fully immunized against measles, and 23 per cent don’t have all the recommended doses for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus.
Dancing Queen

00:32 | Oct 20th, 2017

As Canada mourns Gord Downie, we share the inspirational story of Catherine Wreford-Ledlow. The Winnipeg woman is facing a similar diagnosis with the same kind of courage and intention - to do good in the world before she leaves it.
Family Tree Helps Solve Eight-Generation Mystery Disease

27:07 | Oct 13th, 2017

Meet the family with FCAS, a disease so rare that just six hundred people on the planet have been diagnosed with it. Lynn Bidner, the matriarch reckons it goes back at least eight generations.
From ER to office How the practice of medicine is changing

27:03 | Sep 29th, 2017

As part of CBC's Workshift series: medical scribes making a doctor's job easier, a family MD who records office visits so patients can listen back from home and Dr. Brian Goldman weighs in on the fax machine.
They never should have let him go

27:02 | Sep 15th, 2017

Bonnie Bricker's son, Reid had serious mental-health problems. When he became an adult, she was often left out of the loop when it came to his care. She's now working to change the system to help others in distress – and their loved ones.
Can you be addicted to food?

27:10 | Sep 8th, 2017

Is being addicted to food the same as being addicted to crack?
Reaching the person inside the dementia

26:31 | Dec 30th, 2016

Therapist Naomi Feil helps people with dementia find peace by using Validation. It's a method she developed that uses empathy to make a breakthrough connection with patients.
I'll Never Forget You 2016

31:47 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Your letters of gratitude for that special health care worker. And from our side of the gurney, letters from health care workers to that special patient they’ll never forgot.
I'm a white settler: Why that matters in healthcare

26:39 | Dec 16th, 2016

The San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program uses blunt talk to confront racial bias in Canadian health care, with the goal of making healthcare safer and more accessible for Indigenous patients.
Parenting your parents

26:30 | Dec 8th, 2016

Most Canadians will, at some point, care for an elderly family member. It can be a stressful and difficult experience.
The doctor speaks English. The patient doesn't. Now what?

26:30 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Bridging the language gap in medicine. We visit the Crossroads Clinic, a first stop for many refugees arriving in Toronto. A medical interpreter tells us why you shouldn't let kids interpret for parents. And, using Google Translate in the Dr.'s offic...Show More
I was his wife and a witness: Dr. Lucy Kalanithi reveals how dying taught her husband to live

26:39 | Nov 25th, 2016

Dr. Lucy Kalanithi reveals how dying of terminal cancer taught her husband,author of the best-selling memoir "When Breath Becomes Air" to live well.
Tired of waking up tired? Here's help

25:53 | Nov 18th, 2016

Sleep disorders affect up to 40 per cent of Canadians. Find out how Dr. Brian Goldman won the battle against sleepless nights. And then: Why so many Canadians can't get help for sleep apnea, and what one Canadian sleep expert is doing to change that.
Hospital noise is putting patients at risk. Here's why.

27:33 | Nov 11th, 2016

A noisy hospital makes it hard to sleep.Studies show it makes it hard to heal too, and when hospital staff experience 'alarm fatigue' it's dangerous. Find out what alarm fatigue is, and meet an MD making a quieter, safer ICU, modelled on your iPhone.
Into the breech

26:30 | Nov 4th, 2016

Ottawa midwife Betty-Anne Daviss is a rare breed in health care. She does vaginal breech births.
Still Kathryn

26:30 | Oct 28th, 2016

Meet a young caregiver who her life on hold to help her mother with early-onset Alzheimer`s.