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Dr. Patrick Chin

Dr. Patrick Chin

MD, MBA, FRCSC,
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What can cause shoulder arthritis?

A:

There are a number of conditions that can cause shoulder arthritis. You could have arthritis set into the joint following an injury, or from some kind of inflammation. Certain sports and activities that place a high amount of stress on the shoulders can also result in arthritis developing over time.

shoulder xray

What is Shoulder Arthritis - Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Vivien Brown

Dr. Vivien Brown

MD,CM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP
Family Doctor
Toronto, ON
Q:

Which women should completely avoid taking birth control pills?

A:

There are certain health issues that women may have that could put them at an increased risk of complications if they take the birth control pill. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, breast cancer, or have a history of blood clots, it is likely that the birth control pill is not safe for you to take. If you are considering starting the pill, it is important to share all of your health history with your family doctor to decide the safest choice of birth control for you.

birth control pills

What Are Common vs. Rare Risks with the Pill?

Dr. Tony Taylor

Dr. Tony Taylor

MD, EMBA,
Emergency Physician
New Westminster, BC
Q:

Do all cat bites require treatment?

A:

If you have a superficial cat bite that has not broken the skin, you likely do not require treatment. However, cat bites easily puncture the skin so it is a good idea to have it checked out to prevent infection. 

taylor cat bites

How to Treat a Cat Bite