Help bring Dr. Loubani home

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on August 18, 2013 - 13:58
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Dear Open Medicine community,

Curing what ails us

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on August 7, 2013 - 12:07

Who will champion the CMA’s health policy recommendations?

The Canadian Medical Association, which has lately been taking a far more social determinants-focused approach to health, has come out swinging with a report clearly titled “Health Care in Canada: What Makes Us Sick?”, which identifies poverty as one of four fundamental factors external to the health care system that underlie ill health among Canadians.

Synchronizing research into HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on July 22, 2013 - 10:18
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The latest issue of Open Medicine is not our usual research paper or comment piece. This week, we are proud to feature the proceedings of the Afri-Can Forum, which took place in Entebbe, Uganda in January of this year.  Researchers from African and Canadian institutions as well as senior officials of public funders and NGOs met for three days.

Open access and academic freedom

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on July 12, 2013 - 22:46
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This week The Guardian has an insightful piece on the risks and rewards of open access publishing for academic freedom. It's a thoughtful take on it all and worth reading in its (not very long) entirety. Careful readers will notice a reference to an article that members of Open Medicine's editorial team published in the Canadian Journal of Communication on the occasion of the launch of our journal.

Obesity, disease and the social determinants of health

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on July 4, 2013 - 14:32

With the American Medical Association’s recent decision to reclassify obesity as a disease (it was previously "a condition"), the Canadian Medical Association may well begin considering a similar stance beginning at their August meeting and continuing into the fall. In practice, doctors in Canada may already treat obesity as a disease; however, a formal decision to label it as such would have policy implications.

Overstating the case

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on June 21, 2013 - 11:23

Andre Picard has a great piece in today's Globe and Mail. It's summed up pretty well in the headline, "Take news of cancer 'breakthrough' with a big grain of salt". He looks at the coverage of the recent research from renowned cancer researchers Tak Mak and Dennis Slamon that was described breathlessly--both in the press release from Princess Margaret Hospital and in subsequent media reports--as a "breakthrough" drug.

Media release: Herpes zoster as a marker of underlying malignancy

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on June 18, 2013 - 06:51

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Herpes zoster as a marker of underlying malignancy

Today, Open Medicine <http://www.openmedicine.ca/> published a study assessing whether a diagnosis of herpes zoster is a risk factor for subsequent malignancy.

Media release: Probiotics vs. C.difficile and diarrhea—a systematic review

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on June 4, 2013 - 10:41

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Probiotics for the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and Clostridium difficile infection among hospitalized patients: systematic review and meta-analysis

Good night Dr. Morgentaler

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on May 29, 2013 - 14:09

Henry Morgentaler died this morning, at home, at 90.

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