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Did you hear about Chris’s mint condition 1963 Shelby Cobra? Mechanics say he didn’t check the oil for decades, and the engine just seized one day on the way to work. When they opened it up, they say there wasn’t much left. Such a shame really.

Said Nobody. EVER.

Jazlin Mayhue is a researcher in Victoria, BC

Peter Hobza is a family physician in Victoria, BC

Robert O'Connor is a family physician in Victoria, BC


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We all know folks who are not vigilant with preventive health for their body. However, a subset of them wouldn’t drive an irreplaceable million-dollar car until it was destroyed from lack of maintenance. A human’s life and body are irreplaceable, and worth at least a million dollars, when considering the price of an injury causing death. Therefore, it’s logical to help some people think of treating their body as well as a valuable car. ...continue reading

People who smoke tobacco may be interested in quitting, reducing their smoking or neither. Physicians can offer interventions for all of these groups. In this podcast interview, Dr. Robert Reid and Dr. Andrew Pipe – experts on smoking cessation from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation – offer practical advice to guide physicians in helping their patients. They, and co-authors, have reviewed evidence on smoking cessation initiatives in an article published in CMAJ.

Full review article (subscription required): www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.151510


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neilpollockNeil Pollock is a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, and an Associate Professor at Laval University, Montréal, Québec



Haiti has faced immense challenges since January 2010 when the impoverished nation was shattered by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that led to more than 100 000 deaths. After the quake struck, many Haitians lived in tents for years before being moved to cinder-block shantytowns barely better than the sweltering tent cities. At the same time, the country has been hit by outbreaks of cholera and tuberculosis, and currently has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.

Haiti’s First Lady, Sophia Martelly, has made the fight against HIV a priority, and the mission for which I am now preparing was initiated when she contacted Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine and public health at University of California at Los Angeles, and asked him to find an expert willing to train surgeons to carry out quick, safe and painless infant circumcisions. ...continue reading