Friday, December 12, 2014

Brian Sinclair's death preventable?

The inquest into the death of 45-year-old double amputee Brian Sinclair in a hospital waiting room in Winnipeg has found it was not homicide and doesn't require a public inquiry.

Inquest report here and here

A shortcoming of self-regulation?

Monday, October 06, 2014

Dangers of pharmacists' alert fatigue.

When I saw this article, it isn't just a pharmacist trouble area but that of doctors as well.

As one's age becomes more "golden" the number of medications on the shelf seems to increase at an alarming rate. This make one wonder if there there are adverse drug interactions that we should pro-actively investigate on our own!

Jan 19, 2015

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Reversal sought in California girls' brain-death diagnosis

The family of Jahi McMath posted two videos on YouTube they say show the teen responding to her mother’s voice. In the first video, Jahi moves her foot, and in the second, she moves her hand.

Death determination debate rages on in science, medicine
Uncertainty influences disconnecting life support, organ donation

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Stephen Harper chided Canadians for not listening to scientific evidence

A guest post

I met a mother at HDH on Friday who was getting her 1 year old baby an x-ray to have his lungs checked for possible pneumonia.  He was COVERED in bruises, I have never seen bruising on a child this severe, even at the cancer clinic during the almost three years I sat there with my daughter while she had cancer treatments.  Bruising was a common side effect of chemo, low platelets were almost the norm :(  I didn't ask this mom what happened, but she eventually told me his story.  Her baby had his MMR vaccine 24 hours ago and developed severe thrombocytopenia, by the way the pneumonia (not a minor health concern) is a result of the thrombocytopenia.

According to "The official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics" For vaccines routinely administered at 12 to 19 months of age, there was a significant association of  ITP with MMR (IRR, 5.48, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.61, 18.64).

" We found no increased risk for most of the vaccines in the childhood series, an unsurprising finding of an increased risk of ITP after MMR, and, less expected, we also found possible increased risk of ITP for
Hep A, VAR, and T dap in older children."

I am so tired of people touting the wisdom of vaccines as the responsible and hounourable thing a parent and dutiful citizen would do.. not to mention for the greater good!   I am a mother who watched helplessly as my child had seizures after his vaccination at age 4, not being able to rouse him and rushing him to hospital.  If vaccine reactions are so rare and harmless, my child has been harmed by vaccination maybe a fluke? . I know of other children who have been harmed by vaccinations another fluke?? and I keep meeting more mothers with similar stories, just more flukes???  Am I just destined to meet all the children who have experienced the extremely rare and serious cases of vaccine reactions?  I suppose the DIE hard vaccinate or else folks will chalk up my misadventures in vaccine reactions a complete and " indisputable " coincidence.  Oh and the coincidence is that all these rare cases reside in my neck of the woods?

Imagine being that mum waking up in the morning to find her child bruised and bleeding internally?

She told me, "The doctor said it was safe"

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Choosing Wisely Canada

Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.

Thanks to the Consumer Reports Health Team for their alert to this new site. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Medical debate over defining death

Doctors need to harvest organs within two hours after the heart stops or they may deteriorate beyond use.


The standards for defining death in Canada vary so much that the hospital where a dying person ends up may affect when they are declared dead.

Are there standards?

Paralysed stroke victim experiences every patient's worst nightmare as he hears doctors discussing whether to donate his organs but couldn't speak out

3 April 2014

Donation After Cardiac Death (DCD)
The Fifth Estate's "EPISODE - Dead Enough" can be viewed, by clicking here, for a limited time.
Short ones - Benefit of doubt

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Baby born after confounding medics

Told her child had died and had returned to hospital to begin taking a series of abortion pills.
Inaccurate diagnosis!
Baby girl born alive weeks later!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Effective, Ethical Self Regulation Has Been Achieved‽

Maybe not!
But we are almost there, aren't we?

The News continues to reassure us that all is well!
Cancer patient misdiagnosed, then denied treatment

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Man’s plea for unborn son

Click here for information on the Baby Iver Fund

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Judge carefully, slowly

 Don't always believe what you think you have seen, heard or read.

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