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Doctors need to be truthful about obesity

Elaho Medical Clinic posts weekly articles from Squamish BCShannon Linden / Times Colonist - Recently, a physician I know treated a patient with multiple complaints. After a thorough exam and several tests, which proved negative for anything serious, the doctor delivered the good news - and a little bad. “You need to lose weight,” he told the 300-pound woman. Offended by the doctor’s callous comment, she responded with a letter of complaint. Was the heartless doctor guilty of fat-shaming or was an acutely sensitive woman unwilling to hear the truth?

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Obesity Can Shave Years Off Life, and Off Years of Life Lived Disease-Free

A new study suggests obesity can shave years off lives and - before it does, dramatically increase the time obese people spend dealing with two major chronic conditions.

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Depression Can Be Treated, but It Takes Competence

When the American artist Ralph Barton killed himself in 1931 he left behind a suicide note explaining why, in the midst of a seemingly good and full life, he had chosen to die.

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Half a million cancers worldwide linked to obesity Majority of cases occur in North America and Europe, according to study

A new study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer found that in 2012, about a half-million cancer cases worldwide are directly linked to excess weight. 

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Patient responsibility: At what point does the public at large finally decide that they hold the golden key to health?

Physicians, take your own pulse and realize that you are doing everything in your power for these patients but you may be going overboard in blaming yourself when things go wrong.

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Why ice doesn’t help an injury

New research shows that icing an injury may even make it worse

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Canadian task force advises against screening for prostate cancer using PSA test

A national task force that issues guidelines for doctors says PSA testing should not be used to screen men for possible prostate cancer because it can lead to more harm than benefit.

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How doctors die

Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist, and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He had a surgeon explore the area, and the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. This surgeon was one of the best in the country. He had even invented a new procedure for this exact cancer that could triple a patient’s five-year-survival odds—from 5% to 15%—albeit with a poor quality of life. Charlie was uninterested. He went home the next day, closed his practice and never set foot in a hospital again. He focused on spending time with family and feeling as good as possible. Several months later, he died at home. He got no chemotherapy, radiation or surgical treatment. Medicare didn’t spend much on him.


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MMRV Vaccine Not Without Risk

Monday, June 9, 2014 White Coat Black Art / Dr Brian Goldman / CBC News

A 2011 survey by the Public Health Agency of Canada found that one out of every three parents worry that vaccines aren't safe. That's despite reassurances from doctors. A study published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal looks at the safety of a relatively new vaccine to prevent four childhood diseases.

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