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Pippa Hawley is the Head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of British Columbia


The recent headlines about legalization of cannabis in Canada - a subject already fraught with bias - has illustrated the need for care when reporting on statistical observations. An example of things going badly wrong is a recent Vancouver Sun column headline “Fatal car crashes triple among drivers high on marijuana after legalization in Colorado; double in Washington state”. This was based on an article in the October issue of the BCMJ. The headline would seem to indicate that there has been a dramatic increase in fatal car crashes in those two states caused by people driving high on newly-legal cannabis.

This would be very important information and a pretty persuasive argument against legalization of cannabis, if it were true. ...continue reading

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Highlights from the March 17th issue of CMAJ, presented by Dr. John Fletcher, editor-in-chief, and Dr. Domhnall MacAuley, associate editor.

Dr. Fletcher and Dr. MacAuley discuss the following:

  • How different duty schedules affect day-time sleepiness of residents (in-depth author interview)
  • Using the Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale (RUDAS) cognitive assessment tool for multicultural populations (in-depth author interview)
  • Who gets appropriate follow-up after visiting an emergency department for chest pain (in-depth author interview)
  • How to manage neonatal jaundice
  • Frequent night-time urination
  • Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome from daily cannabis use
  • Eruptive xanthomas in tattoos
  • Atrial mass in molar pregnancy

And more...


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