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Thoughts on Reading for Pleasure

A good book takes us to other worlds and allows us to walk in the shoes of people who are very different from ourselves. We read in order that in one lifetime we may understand the many experiences and possibilities of humanity. A book can open our minds to new ideas, liberates us from conventional wisdom, relieve daily tedium or transport us to new worlds. For those with children, reading aloud, reading together creates enduring memories of voice and togetherness.

Finding things hard to swallow? A POEM for you

Q: What benign condition causes weight loss, difficulty swallowing solids and liquids, regurgitation, and retrosternal chest pain? A: Achalasia Q: Where in Canada can the latest, nonsurgical treatment for achalasia be found? A: Queen’s University (Kingston General Hospital, KGH) Spring has arrived and with it the welcome influx of talented new faculty and new Programs of Distinction.

Zika, Chikungunya and Mosquitoes: To the Vector goes the Spoils

The emergence of these novel viral pathogens underscore the fact that we have entered into a brave new world of infectious diseases, some of which are far more likely to decimate humankind than a rogue asteroid or other cataclysmic event -Gerald Evans, Chair, Infectious Diseases, Queen’s University   The 21st Century sometimes seems like an era of free-floating anxiety. Television, radio and news media bathe our brains with stories of global warming, guns, terrorism, despots, and bizarrely unpleasant presidential candidates.

What is the Opposite of Schadenfreude?

It is December 3rd, 2015. I am standing in Grant Hall at Queen’s University, surrounded by students, faculty and reporters. Faces are illuminated with smiles. There is palpable feeling of happiness and contentment in the room. A colleague takes the stage. People are on their feet. The circumstance of this happy gathering was a send off for one of our own, Dr. Art McDonald, who departed days later for Stockholm to be acknowledged on the world stage as co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.

A Snapshot of Physician Happiness: The Department of Medicine’s GNH in 2015

The Kingdom of Bhutan measures their national wealth in terms of GNH: Gross National Happiness, rather than money.

I'll be me: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease Through the Music of Glen Campbell

Glenn Campbell

The Arts reveal the impact of disease with clarity that no medical paper or scientific presentation can achieve

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