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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 […]

Nursing Theory: An Application of Watson’s Theory of Caring Model

Nursing is a profession that often advocates for professionalism, collaboration, prevention, and education to promote and meet a high standard of care. There are many reasons that propel an individual into becoming a nurse, but the trait of caring is often commonly noted. Under the theory of Jean Watson, the essence of nursing involves caring. […]

Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories

In a widely read article on antidepressant withdrawal published on April 8, The New York Times invited readers to describe their experiences coming off the drugs. More than 8,800 people responded — teenagers, college students, new mothers, empty-nesters, retirees. Dozens did write in to say the drugs had been lifesaving, literally so. “You fail to […]

Using Chosen Names Reduces Odds of Depression and Suicide in Transgender Youths.

AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the largest and most diverse studies of transgender youths to date, researchers led by a team at The University of Texas at Austin have found that when transgender youths are allowed to use their chosen name in places such as work, school and at home, their risk of depression […]

‘You feel like your world is over’: Problems and solutions for medical graduates without residencies.

Record numbers of Canada’s best and brightest medical graduates are having their careers stalled by a lack of residency spots, a problem that could snowball for doctors and their patients. Medical school graduates have an MD after their name. But they still need to complete years of supervised training, or residency, in specialities such as […]

The Mistake I Made With My Grieving Friend.

A good friend of mine lost her dad some years back. I found her sitting alone on a bench outside our workplace, not moving, just staring at the horizon. She was absolutely distraught and I didn’t know what to say to her. It’s so easy to say the wrong thing to someone who is grieving […]