Why Being Canadian Has a Survival Benefit in Cystic Fibrosis (Hint: Rhymes With “Insurance”)

OK, I’m going to stipulate right off the bat that I am allowed at most three jokes related to Canadian stereotypes throughout this piece. Gotta ration them out, wouldn’t want to go overboard like a Canadian at Tim Horton’s. OK that’s one. I’d apologize for it, but I don’t want to blow my second Canadian joke […]

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My Last Night in the Hospital

Hi all, So it’s Memorial Day, and coincidentally I am in the process of finishing my last inpatient shift of residency. I have decided to take a moment here to reflect on my training and what I’ve learned. I feel pretty good about what I’ve written here, and I think it could be interesting (and hopefully […]

Even Short-Term Corticosteroid Use Is Associated With Significant Adverse Events (Not Just Stretch Marks)

Things corticosteroids have been shown to be effective for since I started my medical training: community-acquired pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, and (just for kicks) sore throat. Seems like a little prednisone can make just about anyone feel better, and while the long-term adverse effects of steroids are well-documented, the collective wisdom of physicians seems to be that […]