IVIG: Panacea or pricey placebo?

By Dr. Janice Mann When most of us think of donating blood or receiving a transfusion, we tend to think of the transfer of red...

New drugs for chronic pain: The search continues for something better than opioids

By Barbara Greenwood Dufour When seeking treatment for chronic pain, many Canadians will be prescribed an opioid medication. However, the current opioid crisis in Canada...

Optimal strategies for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

By Sarah Garland The diagnostic approach for pulmonary embolism (PE), a condition referred to as “The Great Masquerader,” is controversial. PE has earned its moniker...

Special focus: Innovations in wound care

The pressure’s on: Seeking better options for bed sore prevention By Barbara Greenwood Dufour Most of us don’t have to worry about pressure ulcers, or “bed...

An innovation in cancer treatment: Do we need proton beam therapy here?

By Barbara Greenwood Dufour There has been a lot of interest lately about a newer type of radiation therapy for treating cancer. Called proton beam...

Weeding through the evidence on medical cannabis

By Dr. Janice Mann We call this column Evidence Matters. The reason is pretty simple. Evidence really does matter when making an important health decision....

Getting a sense of biosimilars

By Barbara Greenwood Dufour Treatments called biosimilars have been gradually entering the Canadian pharmaceutical market, adding treatment options for patients with chronic, difficult-to-treat diseases. But...

Worth a shot? A new way to treat opioid addiction

By Dr. Janice Mann When it comes to treating opioid addiction, preventing the severe symptoms of withdrawal – including drug cravings, anxiety, restlessness, diarrhea, sweating,...

A prescription for fluoroquinolones: Cure-all or curse?

By Michael Raj and Dr. Janice Mann Most of us, at some point in our lives, have been prescribed an antibiotic to treat an infection....

Topical NSAIDs: Right where it hurts

By Anna Liang We’ve all likely experienced a fall or injury that caused us some pain. Whether a strain, a sprain, or muscle pain, it’s...

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