Institutional Betrayal, Medical Mistakes

CTV recently shared the story of Allison Kooijman, who suffered from a life-altering misdiagnosis, unnecessary surgery, and no answers when it was all over. Kooijman was the victim of something called “institutional betrayal.” In short, institutional betrayal is when an institution someone trusted in does not prevent or address a negative experience, which compounds the victim’s […]

The Basics: Understanding Ear Infections

What Is an Ear Infection? An ear infection is commonly referred as otitis media, where this type of infection or inflammation typically affects the region located in the middle ear behind the eardrum. An estimated 75 percent of children are known to have at least one episode of otitis media prior before three years of […]

Cognition: Children and Social Media

Social media is an increasingly common and integral part of people’s lives, including those of children, despite a minimum access age of 13 years for some platforms. The reach of social media has outpaced research into potential benefits and harms for younger users. To address this gap, the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, published […]

Our Delicate Ecosystem and Frisky Frogs

On New Year’s Eve, CTV broadcast a news story about the dwindling frog population and the biologist who is making a “love potion” for them. On the surface, this story sounds silly: kicking off the new year with a story about the reproductive habits of frogs sounds right up there with a tap dancing gopher. […]

Study: Women’s Health: More Pregnant Women Using Marijuana

An increasing number of women are using marijuana while pregnant, possibly for morning sickness or anxiety, a research letter published in JAMA suggests. From 2009 to 2016, marijuana use among pregnant women increased from 4.2% to 7.1% researchers found using a database of about 318,000 pregnant females from a California health care system. Those 18 […]

Seniors Health: Study: Air pollution kills many elderly people in the U.S even at standards the EPA considers safe

Even levels of air pollution deemed “safe” by U.S. government standards may shorten the life spans of seniors, new research suggests. In fact, hundreds of older Americans may die prematurely each year due to the effects of dirty air. A study of over 60 million American shows that long-term exposure to particulate matter air pollution […]

Women’s Health: Living Near Fracking Sites Linked to Low Birth Rates

Newborn babies face a greater risk of health problems if they live close to a fracking site, a large scale study contends. Women were 25 percent more likely to deliver low birth weight babies after hydraulic fracturing operations commenced within half a mile of their homes, said the study’s lead researcher, Janet Currie. She directs […]

Women’s Health: ADHD Medication During Pregnancy May Cause Addiction and May lead to Heart Defects in Baby

If you take Ritalin or Concerta for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and you plan to become pregnant you might want to talk to your doctor about switching your medication first. Two studies show the possible negative side effects of Ritalin on new born babies. The first study was published on December 13, 2017 and appeared […]