Blood, Sweat, and Tears

FROM THE CBC: It was probably one of the most bizarre medical cases a team of Italian doctors had ever seen. A 21-year-old woman was admitted to hospital with a condition that caused her to sweat blood from her face and from the palms of her hands. This despite any sign of skin lesions. The case was highlighted Monday in the CanadianContinue reading “Blood, Sweat, and Tears”

CFP Cannabis: Global Histories

19-20 April 2018 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow In cooperation with Wellcome Trust The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare would like to invite papers for Cannabis: Global Histories at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) on 19-20 April 2018. One outcome of the recent Alcohol and Drugs History Society meeting (ADHS) in UtrechtContinue reading “CFP Cannabis: Global Histories”

Cancer controversies and traditional medicines

Today I write for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post. The story of cancer patient Ric Richardson, a Métis man from Green Lake, challenges us to think about patient autonomy, medical traditions and Saskatchewan health care. Just as crucial, his story forces us to reconsider the use and acceptance of traditional Aboriginal knowledge — notContinue reading “Cancer controversies and traditional medicines”

Immoral or Merciful? Canadian Doctors Divided on Medically Assisted Death — Longreads

Some doctors are struggling with allowing Canadians to die on their own terms. via Immoral or Merciful? Canadian Doctors Divided on Medically Assisted Death — Longreads Here I share a powerful article by Krista Stevens.

Cocaine Fury

It was tight. It was very, very close. However, Colombians rejected a peace deal to end 52 years of war with Farc guerrillas, throwing the country into confusion about its future. With counting completed from 98% of polling stations, the no vote led with 50.23% to 49.76%, a difference of 61,000 votes. Not much. AccordingContinue reading “Cocaine Fury”

Cocaine and Colombia

The first line of a recent Washington Times story about cocaine in Colombia spells the country incorrectly. ‘Ninety-five percent of the cocaine sold on the streets of the United States today comes from Columbia.’ Don’t get me wrong, we all make mistakes. But c’mon. Really? Then, the rest of the article mixes the spellings. It’s weird.Continue reading “Cocaine and Colombia”

Vape Fear – Updated

November 25, 2016 – CBC NEWS Vaping, e-cigarettes to be regulated by Health Canada The federal government plans to regulate e-cigarettes to make vaping products less accessible to young people. “The proposed act amends the Tobacco Act to regulate vaping products as a separate class of products,” Health Canada said in a statement on Tuesday November, 22.Continue reading “Vape Fear – Updated”

Sports and Sports Medicine in CBMH/BCHM

Do you have an Olympic hangover? Missing the thrills and excitement? You’re not alone. People are clearly pining for more of Bolt and Biles, Phelps and the Fijians. But fear not. You can get your fix in CBMH/BCHM. Back in 2011, the journal held a special issue on sports and medicine. The editors, Eileen O’Connor and PatriciaContinue reading “Sports and Sports Medicine in CBMH/BCHM”

Drug History in CBMH-BCHM

The Drug Policy Alliance, an organization dedicated to the promotion of drug policies based on science, compassion, health, and human rights, recently published an article entitled the “The Real History of Drugs.” The author, Tony Newman, asks “why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest approximately 600,000 Americans each year for marijuanaContinue reading “Drug History in CBMH-BCHM”

The Weight of History/The History of Weight in CBMH/BCHM

Or, History has Heft: On Public History and Debates about Weight Loss ***** Trying to lose weight isn’t a new phenomenon. Consumers have long searched for a safe and effective approach to lose weight. At the same time, a strong debate persists about the genetic component of obesity, new scholarly sub-fields (see Fat Studies) are emergingContinue reading “The Weight of History/The History of Weight in CBMH/BCHM”