Category Archives: Health and medicine

Posts about topics of health and medicine, either the science or the practice.

Organ donation and presumed consent

by | January 12, 2017

A small but important law changed in France on January 1st. Prior to 2017, deceased persons were assumed to have opted out of organ donation. Now, unless they have registered against it, everyone is presumed to have opted in.

Indigenous Science – Other Ways of Knowing?,

by | April 23, 2016

Guest post by Derek Gray Last week I listened to the CBC Radio program, Unreserved, hosted by Rosanna Dearchild. In her interview with indigenous doctor Marcia Anderson DeCoteau, I was a little shocked to learn that I may be an epistemic racist. I had to transcribe the controversial parts of the interview myself, as they… Read more »

John Hofsess’ Assisted Voluntary Death in Basel, Switzerland

by | March 5, 2016

The title of this post comes from an email I received from my friend and colleague Richard Thain. The information in the email is summarized by Krista at Longreads, “On the Right to Die: John Hofsess’ Secret Assisted Suicide Service“: At Toronto Life, John Hofsess posthumously reveals the secret assisted suicide service he offered to… Read more »

Water you doing

by | February 25, 2016

Protecting kids from homeopathic stupidity, that’s what. Under the new policy, Health Canada will no longer approve any health claims for homeopathic cough, cold and flu products aimed at children unless they are backed by scientific evidence. The change will end the near-monopoly that homeopathic manufacturers have in marketing cough and cold remedies to children.… Read more »

Atheist Breast Cancer Support Group

by | July 29, 2015

Diana MacPherson‘s January 14, 2015 post “An Atheist’s Perspective on Cancer” received comments today from reader Karla. In her first comment, Karla replied to an earlier comment from Iwona who says, I would like to be able to find a group of people (women) that are going through the same problems and are not constantly talking… Read more »

Health Canada: Public Consultation Survey

by | April 21, 2015

On April 16, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an article advising of an opportunity to inform government of “what information people want about drugs, how it should be available and who should provide it. The survey is open to anyone.” There is a survey which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and includes an introductory question… Read more »