This gory medical case shows why you should never, ever swallow a toothpick

(credit: Michael Galkovsky / Flickr) Toothpicks seem so innocent. Whether staking down juicy sliders on game day or harpooning fruits bobbing in happy-hour cocktails, the mini skewers often spike our festive occasions. But, make no mistake, they have a vicious side. Given the chance, they will mess you up. Of the poor souls who somehow […]

Why many Canadians face long waits or big bills to have painful medical devices removed

Women from across Canada describe how difficult — and expensive — it can be to get an implanted medical device surgically removed when it causes debilitating pain. They are four women from across this country who share one painful thing in common: Each had a medical device surgically implanted in them that was meant to […]

‘We’re guinea pigs’: Canada’s oversight process for implanted medical devices stuns suffering patients

Millions of Canadians rely on surgically implanted medical devices in order to function — to do everything from walk without pain to pump blood through their veins. But a new CBC investigation reveals some devices are approved with scant scientific evidence to show they are safe and effective.