Her life shows how Ontario’s mental health system failed

On a frigid December morning, Flo Coulter drove an hour north from her Richmond Hill home to Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.She had just received a call that her daughter, Stephanie, had spent the night at the psychiatry unit after being dropped off by police. Coulter was worried. Stephanie had long struggled with her mental health, and had recently suffered a string of life-altering hardships. Her relationship of five years had ended; her Ontario disability payments had been cut due to a paperwork error; and she was on the verge of being evicted from her rented home.The night before, Stephanie...

‘Digital Babies’ and the Culture of Lifestyle Over a Culture of Life

“Could the future of parenthood be having virtual children in the metaverse?” An article featured in British newspaper The Guardian forecasts a world in which it is commonplace for young adults and would-be parents to opt toward raising “digital babies” over having real children of their own. Powered by virtual reality and artificial intelligence, these “programmable and highly realistic children” would simulate play, emotional feedback, and the tactile feel of caring for offspring. Cute, right? Not at all. What it says about us is deeply unsettling: that we are a culture of lifestyle as opposed to a culture of life...

The healing power of art: Indigenous artists bring to life Indigenous healthcare education resource | Faculty of Health Sciences |...

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the Indigenous artwork created for a new Queen’s healthcare education resource has a long, important story to tell.  From discrimination and healthcare rights to Indigenous ways of healing, the collection of artwork serves as a visual way for healthcare learners to meaningfully engage with the TRC’s Calls to Action on the path to Reconciliation and health equity.  Queen’s University recently launched the toolkit for students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Actions on education, health, and education for Reconciliation, the resource features modules on...

The secret to good health later in life? Researchers think it could be banking your poop now

A group of researchers has some counterintuitive advice: Saving your poop now could save your life someday.In an opinion paper published Thursday in the journal Trends in Molecular Medicine, the researchers make the case for autologous fecal microbiota transplantation, or FMT — using your own poop to restore your health later in life. They theorized that the secret to being healthy in the future could be the complex ecosystem living inside the human body now. “Considering the massive (and possibly permanent) loss of our microbial diversity due to industrial advances, the creation of a global ‘microbial Noah’s ark’ is warranted to protect...