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Americans are depressed and suicidal because something is wrong with our culture.

Don’t pathologize the despair that is a rational response to a culture that values people based on ever escalating financial and personal achievements. In September of 2004, I received the call that every person dreads: My father had dropped dead of a heart attack at the age of 61. It came at a time when I […]

PC leader challenged to produce health care funding plan.

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) president Vicki McKenna, RN, has written an open letter to Doug Ford, calling on the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader to release a full-costed platform on health care and to show how the PC Party would fund its health care commitments if elected to govern. “Ontario nurses feel we can no […]

Why we need to clear our cluttered minds.

By: Jonathon Gatehouse If the world feels like it’s getting more complicated, that’s because it is—in ways both large and small, and with discombobulating speed. In 1976, the average supermarket stocked 9,000 different items. Today, its shelves are packed with 40,000. The spread of TV, video and computers—at work, at home and in our pockets—means that […]

‘My truly sick patients’ safety was at risk:’ Overworked nurses seek burnout relief.

By Ginger Christ, The Plain Dealer gchrist@plaind.com Eight years as a local emergency room nurse was enough. The high-stress career, coupled with staff shortages, pushed a local nurse to look for a different career in medicine. “It was too stressful and not worth it to me any longer. I felt like I was working so […]

Former NHL goalie shares struggles with mental illness, addiction.

Former NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk has gone through both physical and mental trauma in his life and, after two brushes with death, he’s sharing his story and advocating for better mental health support. Malarchuk endured one of the most horrific injuries in NHL history in 1989 when he was playing goal for the Buffalo Sabres. The skate […]

Life Updates.

It has been a crazy year to say the least. I think this is the first summer in at least 3 years where i’m not completely stressed about something. I don’t have to take summer school and finish my master’s while balancing full time work, i’ve moved into my third year of nursing, and my […]

Women deliver baby dolls to elderly dementia, Alzheimer’s patients.

“I can promise you that no matter what you got for Valentine’s Day, mine was way bigger and better than anything you could ever imagine. A few weeks ago, I told you about my dear friend and co-worker Sandy Cambron that gave my mom and her roommate babies. Today she delivered 28 babies and four […]

Think you’ve got a tough job? Try being a nurse.

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Modern-day nursing has come a long way since the days of its founder, Florence Nightingale. Today, the 400,000 nurses in health-care facilities […]

The controversy surrounding the death of British toddler Alfie Evans, explained.

Alfie Evans, the terminally ill toddler at the heart of a heated legal battle in the UK, has died. Almost a year after the controversial case of sick child Charlie Gard rocked the UK, Evans’s case galvanized the nation and the world. Alfie Evans was a nearly 2-year-old British child with a mysterious, terminal degenerative […]