The Digital Divide: telemedicine and the elderly.

There has been a rather seismic shift to telemedicine across the healthcare in response to the challenges the pandemic brought. I have written about my experience with telemedicine here. Many clinicians wrote back. Not surprisingly, they reported, younger patients seemed to embrace telemedicine more easily and even enthusiastically. Within the right set of circumstances, telemedicine can work really well for most. For example, see this. … Continue reading The Digital Divide: telemedicine and the elderly.

Cannabis and cancer pain. The search for relief continues.

There are a few basic observations (regulatory issues aside) that shape my thinking about the use of cannabis, cannabinoids, or cannabis-based medications (for simplicity, I’ll stick with “cannabis”) for pain. There is a significant interest among patients, especially patients with cancer, in using “cannabis” for a variety of clinical problems, with pain being the most commonly cited. According to a recent Canadian survey, 1 in … Continue reading Cannabis and cancer pain. The search for relief continues.

Dr. Azra Raza: is this time to change the way we fight cancer?

While in his late 50s, my dad was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). His course of illness was rocky. He spent a few tough years in and out of hospitals. He died suddenly, at 62, because of an intracranial bleed when MDS transformed itself into acute leukemia – a common pathway (I wrote about it here). During his illness he was under the care of … Continue reading Dr. Azra Raza: is this time to change the way we fight cancer?