Managing Physician Relationships with the Pharmaceutical Industry

In Office Matters, Policy, Public Health | on August, 05, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

The pharmaceutical industry uses very sophisticated methods to market and distribute their products, both to physicians and direct to patients. It can become very problematic when physicians and other health care practitioners are used as instruments to carry out their marketing … Continue reading

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Home Pool Safety – What Parents Need to Know

In General Advice, Safety and Injury Prevention | on August, 04, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Note: This post was written by Kaleigh Briggs, a senior medical student at Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, class of 2015. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children under four, and home pools are where these children are most … Continue reading

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Life-Threatening Consequences – When School Boards Fancy Themselves Healthcare Providers

In Eating Disorders, Education, Healthy Lifestyle, Nutrition, Obesity | on June, 30, 2014 | by | 15 Comments

I met Madelyn for the first time last month in clinic. Six months prior, she was an otherwise healthy 14 year-old girl. One afternoon, Madelyn’s phys ed teacher led a gym class aimed at completing fitness and health assessments on … Continue reading

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Customer Service In Healthcare

In Public Health | on June, 23, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Free healthcare; isn’t that amazing? Well, healthcare in Canada is far from free. It’s actually rather expensive, costing $4,443, per Canadian per year (WHO, 2013). It just seems free because it’s paid for via taxation and not on a “per encounter” basis … Continue reading

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Kindercare Website Refresh

In Office Matters | on June, 14, 2014 | by | 1 Comments

This summer the Kindercare Pediatrics website will undergo a complete redesign and overhaul.  As part of the process, it would be helpful to obtain some feedback from existing practice and website users. If you have a moment, please help us … Continue reading

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The Missing Message From The Movie Fed-Up

In Eating Disorders, Healthy Lifestyle, Mental Health, Nutrition, Obesity, Video | on June, 09, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

While and after seeing the movie Fed Up last month, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something awfully important was missing from the message. Certainly, the immense problem of global obesity was emphasized as was the political gong show that has … Continue reading

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Parents Often Ask – Is It OK To Delay Vaccinating My Baby?

In General Advice, Immunizations, Parents Often Ask, Research | on May, 20, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Is it OK to delay vaccinating my baby? Parents are commonly asking me this question both in clinic and online.  Generally these parents are concerned about unfounded claims that young babies are too delicate and vulnerable to receive so many … Continue reading

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The Latest Canadian Nutrition Guidelines For Infants and Children 6 Months to 2 Years of Age

In Development, General Advice, Guidelines, Healthy Lifestyle, Nutrition | on May, 17, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

  Health Canada and the Infant Feeding Joint Working Group have recently released recommendation guidelines for the nutrition of older infants (six months – 12 months) and young children (12 – 24 months). We have summarized the recommendations below: 1. Human … Continue reading

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The Latest Meningitis B Vaccine – What Parents Need to Know

In General Advice, Immunizations, Infectious Diseases | on May, 11, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Earlier this year, Health Canada approved a new vaccine against a bacterium called Meningococcus type-B (MenBVax). Lately, parents have been asking me about whether I recommend that their children receive this new vaccine. To answer this question, we must take a … Continue reading

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New Childhood Immunization Requirements For Ontario Students

In Immunizations, Office Matters, Public Health | on April, 16, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

On April 16th, 2014, the Ontario Government announced stricter immunization requirements for children to attend any of Ontario’s public schools. Until now, Ontario children were required to receive the following vaccines as a pre-requisite to entering grade school: Five DTP … Continue reading

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