Liver transplants double for alcohol-related liver disease

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The proportion of U.S. liver transplants for alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD) has doubled in the last 15 years, in part due to broader acceptance of waiving the mandated period of sobriety before transplants for this population, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco. However, the study showed ongoing … Read moreLiver transplants double for alcohol-related liver disease

Ron MacLean evades the real problem of Don Cherry’s ‘you people’ remarks

The firing of Don Cherry and the ongoing aftermath reveals deep divisions across Canadian society. He has been known for decades as someone who speaks his mind. Some even call him an “icon.” His recent remark about “you people” resulted in his termination from Sportsnet as long-time co-host of Coach’s Corner. Targeting immigrants and newcomers … Read moreRon MacLean evades the real problem of Don Cherry’s ‘you people’ remarks

Evaluating the first NHS-funded sore throat test and treat service in the UK | Correspondence

In Wales, people with a sore throat may be offered advice and symptomatic treatment free of charge in community pharmacies through the common ailment service (CAS). However, antibiotics cannot be supplied and this can limit patients’ perceived value of the service. As a result, some patients continue to seek a GP appointment when they have … Read moreEvaluating the first NHS-funded sore throat test and treat service in the UK | Correspondence

B.C. takes historic steps towards the rights of Indigenous Peoples, but the hard work is yet to come

British Columbia recently introduced groundbreaking provincial legislation to implement global standards for upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Those rights are set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. At the time, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs called it such a positive development that … Read moreB.C. takes historic steps towards the rights of Indigenous Peoples, but the hard work is yet to come

The new NHS Patient Safety Strategy has a big hole in it | Correspondence

In August 2018, I expressed my concern in Clinical Pharmacist that the NHS, described as ‘an organisation with a memory’, was losing its patient safety memory and not addressing many important risks effectively[1]. Other reports from the Care Quality Commission[2] and the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch[3] also identified shortcomings in how patient safety was being managed … Read moreThe new NHS Patient Safety Strategy has a big hole in it | Correspondence

Kristallnacht of 1938 shattered glass — and unleashed a brutal fascist masculinity

Many people are familiar with the archival photographs depicting the brutality that swept across Germany and its annexed territories during the nights of Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. They depict the aftermath of the destructive forces that descended upon Jewish businesses, homes and places of worship by the men of the SA (Sturmabteilung) and the … Read moreKristallnacht of 1938 shattered glass — and unleashed a brutal fascist masculinity

Individualised approach to care reduces overtreatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus in frail older people | Correspondence

Intensive treatment with insulin and sulfonylureas in older people with low HbA1c (<53mmol/mol) can increase the risk of hypoglycaemia, morbidity and mortality. Older people are less likely to benefit from the long-term protective effects of good glycaemic control and are at risk of inappropriate polypharmacy owing to co-morbidities.  Severe hypoglycaemia is the second most common … Read moreIndividualised approach to care reduces overtreatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus in frail older people | Correspondence

Personal data isn’t the ‘new oil,’ it’s a way to manipulate capitalism

My recent research increasingly focuses on how individuals can and do manipulate, or “game,” contemporary capitalism. It involves what social scientists call reflexivity and physicists call the observer effect. Reflexivity can be summed up as the way our knowledge claims end up changing the world and the behaviours we seek to describe and explain. Sometimes … Read morePersonal data isn’t the ‘new oil,’ it’s a way to manipulate capitalism

Reviewing the safe and appropriate prescribing of antipsychotic depots | Correspondence

Antipsychotic medicine is prescribed to treat many mental health conditions, alleviate suffering and improve daily functioning[1]. However, a significant barrier to the successful treatment of psychotic illnesses is medication adherence. Antipsychotic medication in the form of an intramuscular depot is one way to overcome this[2]. Depots have been shown to improve patient adherence and have … Read moreReviewing the safe and appropriate prescribing of antipsychotic depots | Correspondence

What a minority government could mean for affordable housing in Canada

Along with climate change, affordable housing was one of the big issues of the recent Canadian federal election, with political parties scrambling to catch up with public opinion. The widespread concern among the electorate should not have come as a surprise to politicians. Only in three per cent of neighbourhoods across Canada can a full-time … Read moreWhat a minority government could mean for affordable housing in Canada