What’s New — The Sickening “July Effect”

JULYWhile there are no hard numbers to support what’s known as The July Effect — when critical incidents spike because newly graduated medical students are entering the hospital to complete their hands-on training — it’s recognized anecdotally as a fact. But some medical professionals refuse to pin the blame totally on these newbies, citing rises in critical incidents during weekends and evenings, when senior staff are not readily available. Nevertheless, studies show some 35,000 Canadians die due to medical error every year, making it the third leading cause of death in this country. To read more about this sickening phenomenon, click here or on the icon above to read my latest piece for Yahoo!

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What’s New — Boiling Points

HeatAs the mercury rises, so too does the chance for what health professionals call “heat injury”. Know the three stages — heat cramps, heat exhaustion and the potentially fatal heatstroke — and how to avoid them by reading all about it in my latest piece for Yahoo! Click here or on the icon to the left.

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What’s New — Father’s Day With the Levys

LevyNot many sons can work so harmoniously with their dads, but Eugene and Dan Levy’s mutual admiration society is adorable. The two funnymen respect and admire each other — on and off the set of their hit series Schitt’s Creek — to near gushing.  Just in time for Father’s Day, check out what they had to say about each other by clicking here or on the icon at left to read my latest piece for Connected Rogers.

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What’s New — Living With Crohn’s

CrohnsOne in 150 Canadians lives with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Most are diagnosed before age 30, and the number of children diagnosed under the age of 10 has doubled since 1995. It can hit any gender or race, although Caucasians, particularly those of Jewish descent, get Crohn’s more often. New immigrants to Canada, specifically young Southeast Asians, are also diagnosed more often. The incidence of the disease in Asia, Africa and South America, however, is low. So why does such a wealthy, healthy, progressive country like Canada pump out such a nasty disease? To read all about it, as well as my interview with a young victim of the disease, click here or on the icon above to go to my latest piece for Yahoo!

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What’s New — Stomach These Remedies

StomachYour stomach is an amazing organ. It takes just about anything you throw at it, breaks it down and reroutes it through the proper channels for digestion, nutrient absorption, and toxin extraction. Once it’s squeezed out all it can from that sandwich you had for lunch, it kicks the leftover detritus out the back door. We rely on this remarkably efficient machine every time we stuff something in our mouths, and we rarely think about it — until the machine sputters and it turns on us by stabbing, churning or burning. That’s when we reach for something to soothe the pain, quell the nausea or stop up the diarrhea. But what medication works best on what bellyache? Click here or on the icon above to read all about it in my latest piece for Yahoo!

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What’s New — Hiring Seasonal Workers

BusySummertime and the living is easy — unless you’re scrambling to fill gaps in your staff during high season. Small businesses such as flower shops, landscapers and construction companies depend on seasonal staff for support. But where do you find them? And once you have recruited your backup, what are your responsibilities to them? What legal issues must you consider? I break down the basics in a story for Air Miles For Business Magazine. Click here or on the icon above to read all about it.

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What’s New — The Levys Talk Schitt’s Creek

Paddle UpDan Levy had quite ably carved a place for himself in entertainment by hosting MTV Live, acting in a handful of series, and appearing in a Tina Fey film, all without the help of his famous father. But when he came up with the concept for a TV comedy called Schitt’s Creek, about a wealthy family who suddenly loses their fortune and are forced to live in a motel in a backwater town they bought as a joke, he did what he’d resisted doing for years: he turned to his dad, legendary comic Eugene Levy. Click here or on the icon above to read all about how the series came together, in my latest piece for Emmy Magazine.

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