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Jack Layton Faces Battle Of His Life: Is Private Treatment On The Table?




Jack Layton recently announced his “temporary” hiatus from politics to deal with his personal health crisis. I was flipping through the channels when I came across a sickly looking man who very much resembled Jack Layton. To my surprise, it WAS Jack Layton. His face was thin and bony in appearance and caked with makeup hiding what must have been an even more unsightly look.  I’m not a tailor, but I could see that his suit was at least one size too big on him. He walked to and from the press table with a limp; reliant on the very same cane he held during the election campaign (which was more of a prop than a necessity back then). Read more

Ontario Doctors prohibited from “Pulling Plug” Without Consent



The Ontario Court of Appeal recently dealt with the issue of whether consent is required from a patient or his/her substitute decision maker for the withdrawal of treatment in an end of life situation.


The Facts:

This case involves Mr. Rasouli, a patient who has been kept alive since October 2010 on a mechanical ventilator while being fed through a feeding tube inserted into his stomach. He developed bacterial meningitis and ventricultitis following surgery, which caused a severe and widespread brain injury as well as damage to the brainstem and the spinal cord. Read more

Genetic Discrimination Debate: Should your DNA cost you?

Should insurance companies be permitted to charge higher premiums to those at greater risk for developing genetic diseases; or is this pure discrimination? Read more

Medication Errors Cause For Concern: Think Before You Pop That Pill



With approximately 422 million prescription bottles being filled up in Canada each year, it’s no wonder why medication errors are becoming very real concerns. The causes for these errors are still being researched further, but illegible doctor handwriting is likely one of several contributing factors.

One 81-year-old British Columbia woman, Nesta De Roy learned the hard way when she visited her pharmacist for a refill on blood pressure medication. Her pharmacist provided her with a bottle of new pills-identical in appearance to her last prescription, which she was to take every morning for two weeks. Unknown to her, these new pills were actually heavy sedatives-not the blood pressure medication she was expecting.  After complaining to family and friends about feelings of dizziness and drowsiness, she just assumed these were a normal part of  aging and didn’t think much of it. One day shortly after, she got behind the wheel of her car and crashed into a car dealership window. She lost consciousness for 15 minutes and narrowly escaped death. Read more

When Is Palliative Care Murder?

The Baby Boomer demographic accounts for one-third of the Canadian population and is fast approaching retirement. The Canadian Health Care System has seen its share of legal challenges but the issue of end of life care is deserving of greater attention in the coming decade. Read more

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