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A Better Life

Over the last few decades, research has shown that joining the vasculatures of two living mice – one old, and one young – is remarkably effective at revitalizing tissues in the young mouse, effectively reversing many symptoms of aging. Old mice who undergo this procedure routinely see improvements to their liver and heart function, an … Continue reading A Better Life

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Humans of QMED

The Wellness and Mental Health Committee launched the Humans of QMED project in 2015 with the goal to showcase and celebrate the unique stories and views of the medical community. Beyond the everyday happenings we hear from the individuals we see every day, everybody has a story to tell. This project hopes to set aside … Continue reading Humans of QMED

Perceptions and Global Health: Reflections on Cross-Cultural Elective

By Alex Chase No matter how well it is taught, I have always found that a classroom setting cannot fully capture global health ethics. During our theoretical discussions regarding challenging situations in the 2013 population and global health course, our class always seemed to settle quickly on an ostensibly straightforward solution to each scenario. During … Continue reading Perceptions and Global Health: Reflections on Cross-Cultural Elective

Progress

By Chantal Valiquette What defines progress? Is it the Oxford Dictionary definition: “forward or onward movement towards a destination” or “development towards an improved or more advanced condition”? Do these meanings of progress truly embody the things we, as a society, consider to be progress? If so, how do we define when something should no … Continue reading Progress

The Flux in Perspectives on Psychedelics

By Benjamin Walmsley Here’s a study outcome to chew on: 67% of the volunteers ranked the intervention among the top five most meaningful experiences of their lives. In 2006, a team at Johns Hopkins (JHU) led by Roland Griffiths wrapped up a study of high-dose psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. Each participant ingested … Continue reading The Flux in Perspectives on Psychedelics

Interview with Mr. Brian Klooster, MDiv, a spiritual health practitioner at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ontario

By Sean Davison   QMR: What do you do as a spiritual health practitioner? BK: I am a part of Hotel Dieu, as a member of the healthcare team. This hospital is very unique – if you were to interview someone at KGH it would be very different. Because this is an ambulatory setting, we … Continue reading Interview with Mr. Brian Klooster, MDiv, a spiritual health practitioner at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ontario

The Role of Narrative in Defining the Self in Relation to Illness: An Analysis of Siri Hustvedt’s The Shaking Woman

By Ashna Asim Author Siri Hustvedt’s memoir The Shaking Woman explores the strange phenomenon of her undiagnosed symptoms. Hustvedt’s symptoms began when she started to shudder violently amid a talk in memory of her father, two and a half years after his death. Hustvedt’s book explores her journey to understand these shaking episodes – to … Continue reading The Role of Narrative in Defining the Self in Relation to Illness: An Analysis of Siri Hustvedt’s The Shaking Woman