Are influenza vaccine policies based on good science?

It’s almost flu season and public health departments all over the world are fervently promoting influenza or flu vaccines. Like in the US, the Canadian government recommends the flu vaccine for the entire population over the age of 6 months. However, the majority of Canadians pass on getting a shot. Less than one-third of Canadians […]

Is your grandma on dangerous meds?

Many people can relate to this story: my grandma was suffering from chronic pain from arthritis, anxiety and insomnia. On top of her blood thinners, cholesterol drugs and other medications, her doctor prescribed Ativan (a benzodiazepine) as a sleeping aid and anti-anxiety medication, and OxyContin (an opioid), which is at the root of our current […]