Category Archives: Screening Tests

What you need to know about high blood pressure

On Monday, August 21st at 7 pm, I’m presenting “What You Need to Know About High Blood Pressure” at the Tommy Douglas Metrotown Library in Burnaby. This free presentation is sponsored by the Burnaby Division of Family Practice and the … Continue reading

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Empowering Patients with Knowledge

When you think about the work of your family physician, you probably envision the one-on-one care he or she gives to each individual patient. It may be a clinic, hospital or – more rarely – home visit. That still remains … Continue reading

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What you need to know about diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. So raise your awareness of this common condition by correcting these five common myths. Myth #1: I don’t need to worry about diabetes. Diabetes is a very common condition. The prevalence of diabetes in adults … Continue reading

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Become empowered in your own healthcare

At some time, we will each play the role of the patient. In the 1991 film, The Doctor, William Hurt plays an arrogant physician who gets a taste of his own medicine when he is diagnosed with cancer. His experience … Continue reading

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The evolving patient-doctor relationship

When I was in medical school, physicians used a now archaic term to describe patients who didn’t follow doctors’ orders: noncompliant. I laugh when I think about what the old time doctors meant. The patients didn’t bend to their will? … Continue reading

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How Do You Think About Your Health?

I have been a doctor for almost all of my adult life, but long before that, I was a patient. In grade 6, I missed three weeks of school when I was hospitalized with rheumatoid arthritis, and during my childhood, … Continue reading

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Screening Mammograms: When Should You Begin?

In a recent article on breast cancer screening, I noted recent changes in the recommendations of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. The national organization did not recommend regular screening mammograms for women under the age of 50. … Continue reading

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