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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 […]

‘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 […]

Delirium ‘a dreaded scourge’ underdiagnosed in hospitals.

By: Kas Roussy Robert Van Herpt was 53 when he decided to overhaul his life. A heavy drinker and smoker, he quit both at once cold turkey. He started a new antidepressant. It was, in many ways, a new beginning. But it didn’t go according to plan. Before long, Van Herpt stopped sleeping. And that’s when he […]

‘I want to talk!’ Waterloo students demonstrate for better mental health support

Months of waiting for counselling and the culture of high productivity has University of Waterloo students demonstrating at arts quad Thursday morning. “I want to talk!” One student chanted. “We want to listen!” The crowd answered. WaterlooWalkout for Mental Health was organized after a 22-year-old student in his fourth year of study died by suicide on […]

Antidepressant drugs do work, review on almost 120,000 patients concludes.

A vast research study that sought to settle a long-standing debate about whether anti-depressant drugs really work has found they are indeed effective in relieving acute depression in adults. The international study — a meta-analysis pooling results of 522 trials covering 21 commonly-used antidepressants and almost 120,000 patients — uncovered a range of outcomes, with some drugs proving […]

Empathy Bad For Moral Decision Making?

Paul Bloom says empathy is a capricious feeling that plays on our prejudices. By empathy, the Yale psychology professor does not mean kindness or generosity, but the process of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes as a moral guide. In his book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Bloom argues empathy, as an emotion, often leads […]