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The Dose is a weekly look at the health news that matters to you. Dr. Brian Goldman brings you the best science from top experts in plain language. He cuts through the BS and confusion to give you a dose of smart advice that you won’t find anywhere else.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.4, 142 Ratings

The Dose is a weekly look at the health news that matters to you. Dr. Brian Goldman brings you the best science from top experts in plain language. He cuts through the BS and confusion to give you a dose of smart advice that you won’t find anywhere else.

    I want life to get back to normal. How close are we to an effective vaccine against COVID-19?

    I want life to get back to normal. How close are we to an effective vaccine against COVID-19?

    As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us are anxious to return to normal life, when we can hug our elderly parents or grandparents and once again gather in large groups. Many experts say that can't happen safely until a coronavirus vaccine is developed. In this unprecedented time, researchers around the world are working toward that goal, but it has to be done safely and follow a careful scientific process. Dr. Natasha Crowcroft, a vaccine expert at the the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, joins host Dr. Brian Goldman to help explain how close we are to an effective vaccine against COVID-19, the barriers we must overcome to get there, and what we need to do in the meantime.

    • 20 min
    Introducing Season 3 of Other People’s Problems

    Introducing Season 3 of Other People’s Problems

    On Season 3 of Other People’s Problems, host Hillary McBride takes you where microphones rarely go, into her therapy office where her clients hurt, heal, and ultimately thrive. This is what people sound like when they talk with someone they trust about difficult childhoods, ongoing mental health struggles, and the sudden changes we’re all facing right now living through a pandemic. Here’s the first bonus episode of Season 3 of the CBC podcast, Other People’s Problems. More episodes are available at hyperurl.co/otherpeoplesproblems

    • 26 min
    How do I keep myself and my loved ones safe as restrictions around self-isolation are lifted?  

    How do I keep myself and my loved ones safe as restrictions around self-isolation are lifted?  

    As physical distancing, handwashing and staying home have helped to reduce the spread of COVID-19, public health officials are starting to cautiously relax some of the self-isolation measures Canadians have been under for two months. But we're still in a pandemic, with no vaccine or treatment for the coronavirus.  Host Dr. Brian Goldman welcomes infectious disease expert Dr. Allison McGeer back to The Dose to give you the latest facts about the risks and advice on how to stay as safe as possible in these uncertain times.  

    • 22 min
    I’m struggling with my mental health because of the ongoing pandemic. What can I do to cope?

    I’m struggling with my mental health because of the ongoing pandemic. What can I do to cope?

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, along with stressors from physical isolation to home schooling to grief, many people may feel their ability to manage is reaching its limits. Canadians are suffering from so much anxiety that Kids Help Phone has started a dedicated service to support adults, in addition to children and youth. Alisa Simon from Kids Help Phone joins The Dose host Dr. Brian Goldman to talk about issues you might be struggling with and ways to cope mentally and emotionally.

    • 21 min
    Fact vs. Fiction: What do we really know about kids and COVID-19

    Fact vs. Fiction: What do we really know about kids and COVID-19

    Of all the things we don’t understand about COVID-19, how it affects children is at the top of the list. There’s still a lot of confusion and misinformation about what role kids play in spreading the virus. That’s in part because there’s not a lot of strong science out there yet. In the meantime, parents are left to wonder about rare reports of severe cases and strange symptoms such as “COVID toes.' Meanwhile an Australian study published this week (not yet peer reviewed) suggests transmission of COVID-19 between teachers and students is rare in schools. So what does that mean for a potential return to the classroom, and does it signal anything about when it's okay to hug a grandparent or play with a friend? This week on The Dose, Dr. Goldman is joined by infectious disease specialist Dr. Shaun Morris from SickKids hospital in Toronto to answer the question “What do we really know about kids and COVID-19?” Dr. Morris is also a professor of paediatrics and public health at the University of Toronto.

    • 22 min
    Is it safe to go to the ER during COVID-19?

    Is it safe to go to the ER during COVID-19?

    Since the beginning of the pandemic in mid-March, patient visits to hospital emergency room have dropped by up to a half. It's not surprising since leaving the house, let alone a trip to see the doctor, is now one of many activities that Canadians may question, as we all try to avoid exposure to COVID-19. But emergency physicians are concerned people are too afraid to seek medical attention and that it could have a serious impact on their health. So today on The Dose, we’re asking the question, 'Is it safe to go to the ER during COVID-19?' Dr. Goldman is joined by Dr. Ken Milne, Chief of Staff at South Huron Hospital in Exeter Ontario. He is an adjunct professor in Emergency and Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He also teaches at Western University and is the creator of The Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

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Love this podcast!

Dr. Brian, you do such an amazing job with this podcast and it’s so important. Thank you!!!

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Good podcast

Nice overview of medical topics, made clear and concise for lay people.

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Helpful pandemic info

The dose manages to be smart but not talk down to you. Really valuable insights and an engaging g host who makes medical information accessible.

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