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Alan Cassels is a researcher and author.

Editor’s Note: Health journalist and author Alicia Priest died on Jan. 13, 2015, three years after receiving a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She documented her experience with ALS for CMAJ; “Living with ALS” was the last article she ever wrote. Alan Cassels writes here about his former neighbour, friend and colleague.

I met Alicia fifteen years ago when she interviewed me for a major story she was working on for Vancouver’s Georgia Straight about the world of prescription drug information. The resulting piece — entitled “Possible Side Effects” —showed a huge graphic on the cover of a nurse cracking open a giant capsule, alongside the words “As many as 10,000 Canadians die each year from medications doctors say will help. What’s going on?” ...continue reading

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Moneeza cropMoneeza Walji is the CMAJ Editorial Fellow 2014-15

You’ve likely been nominated by someone in your family, your group of friends or in your organization to do the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease characterized by the progressive degeneration of motor neurons. The cause of the disease is unclear and it has no known cure. Approximately 2,500 to 3,000 people in Canada are affected by ALS according to the ALS Society of Canada. As the ALS Ice Bucket challenge has taken Facebook - and the world - by storm, social media is abuzz with a new term: "Slacktivism". ...continue reading