Some 800,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year. Many suffer from untreated injuries and medical conditions, and more than 3,000 have died or gone missing at sea.
In this podcast, CMAJ News reporter Lauren Vogel interviews Dr. Simon Bryant, an Alberta physician who experienced the crisis first-hand volunteering on a Médecins Sans Frontières search-and-rescue ship.
Dr. Kirsten Patrick, deputy editor, interviews both Dr. Ronald Labonté, Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health and Professor at the University of Ottawa, and Dr. Raphael Lencucha, Assistant Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. In their commentary, published in CMAJ, Labonté and Lencucha propose a pragmatic approach to regulating electronic nicotine delivery systems in Canada: cautious measures similar to tobacco control, while using price incentives to shift tobacco users to electronic devices as a harm reduction mechanism until useful data accumulate on relative health outcomes. ...continue reading →