Editor’s Note

Canadians not getting message about skin cancer
Canadians not getting message about skin cancer

Though I am embarrassed to admit, in my young and foolish days you may have found me at a tanning salon. I was not a regular like many of my friends, but I did admire the sun-kissed look. I thought ...

Posted: June 24, 2014|Editor's Note, Uncategorized|0 comments

Canadians need more healthcare and less politics
Canadians need more healthcare and less politics

It’s the end of an era. The 2004 Canadian Health Accord has expired and along with it we say goodbye to the Health Council of Canada – which was established as an oversight body, to assess and share progress (or lack ...

Posted: May 1, 2014|Editor's Note|0 comments

Technology abounds – time to embrace it
Technology abounds – time to embrace it

Hardly a day goes by that we don`t hear about some type of new technology. Newer and smarter smartphones, wearable glasses that serve as a computer, adjusting the temperature in your home while at work - the possibilities are endless. As ...

Posted: February 25, 2014|Editor's Note|0 comments

Healthy physicians equals healthy patients
Healthy physicians equals healthy patients

Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti is the President, Canadian Medical Association. The tragic death of a medical resident just before the start of the recent Canadian Conference on Physician Health in Calgary provided a powerful reminder of why the Canadian Medical ...


Health care transformation falling short
Health care transformation falling short

It’s hard to believe 2013 is coming to a close. With the ending of another year, we often find ourselves reflecting on the good, the bad and what we want to do better for next year. For Canada’s health care system ...

Posted: December 12, 2013|Editor's Note|0 comments

Through the eyes of a patient
Through the eyes of a patient

A photo taken at the Patient Experience Forum in Toronto. I recently attended the patient experience summit in Toronto. Over two days speakers from across Canada shared case studies, experiences and different ways to focus on and enhance the patient ...

Posted: November 12, 2013|Editor's Note, Featured|0 comments

The stigma of mental illness
The stigma of mental illness

While researching for this column, I came across a story about two British supermarket chains selling Halloween costumes that make “insensitive references to mental health issues.” Insensitive is not the word I would use to describe the costumes in question ...


Recovering from disaster – the healthcare response
Recovering from disaster – the healthcare response

  View from the High River General Hospital on June 20th. It seems that every time we turn on the news we are bombarded with details about the latest catastrophic event. Internationally, stories like the Boston Marathon bombings, Hurricane Sandy, the ...

Posted: August 20, 2013|Columns, Editor's Note|0 comments

Attacking the myths about heart attack
Attacking the myths about heart attack

A recent social networking post outlines a technique for surviving a heart attack while alone that involves vigorous coughing. According to the email, an un-named cardiologist has advised forwarding the message to others in order to save lives.  Truth or ...

Posted: July 5, 2013|Columns, Editor's Note|0 comments

Getting the Facts on Genetic Testing
Getting the Facts on Genetic Testing

Angelina Jolie’s recent editorial in the New York Times resulted in a whirlwind of discussion.  Her announcement to decide to undergo a double mastectomy was based on genetic testing that revealed she carried a “faulty” BRCA1 gene that significantly increases ...

Posted: June 11, 2013|Columns, Editor's Note|0 comments

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