‘So many barriers’: Support for teen dads lags behind help for young moms


Many Canadian organizations help teen mothers but there is a gap for young fathers

By Nicholas Chadi, CBC News – Mar 19, 2017

Michael Moze was 18 when he learned that he was becoming a father. Five months into the pregnancy, the Edmonton teen decided to quit school, find a job and moved in with his girlfriend.

“I got excited about becoming a dad,” Moze says, and he was determined to provide for the family.”I didn’t have custody for the first two years, but I bottle-fed him from the hospital.” Read more

When doctors know that they don’t know

Medical Uncertainty imageBy Nicholas Chadi

Boston Globe – February 25, 2017

IMAGINE THAT you are a medical doctor. You need to tell one of your patients that he has advanced-stage pancreatic cancer, an almost incurable condition. You learn that your patient’s only daughter is getting married five months from now. Without treatment, your patient has about a year left to live. Chemotherapy would increase his chances of being alive in five years by about 20 percent but would also double his chances of dying before his daughter’s wedding. Read more

How Canada should care for young caregivers

This country has more young carers per capita than any other in the world — but is it doing enough to support them?

Published on Dec 19, 2016

Q&A Teen obesity and sleep apnea can be connected problems, pediatrician says

Sleep disorders in teens difficult to diagnose and often overlooked, Dr. Nicholas Chadi says.

CBC News – November 16, 2016

In the fight against obesity in teens, we’ve considered a number of different strategies — taxing sugary drinks, rewriting food labels and encouraging young people to cut down on screen time.

But one expert says we also need to look at how much sleep teens are getting.

Dr. Nicholas Chadi is a pediatrician and researcher specializing in adolescent medicine in Toronto, and a fellow in global journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

As he told CBC Radio, he’s looking at why sleep apnea is a major issue for teens, and how it connects to the obesity problem. Read more

Meet Mirena and its ‘little sister’ Jaydess. They’re tackling teen pregnancy, one IUD at a time

Nicholas Chadi, Special to National Post | September 28, 2016 12:35 PM ET

The 14-year-old twin girls are on their way to the Planned Parenthood sexual health clinic near the University of Toronto downtown campus.

It’s September and they’ve just started Grade 8. They may not be ready for sex yet, but Kaylee and Sara (not their real names) have made up their minds: they want a Mirena.

Mirena and its “little sister,” Jaydess, are small plastic Ts, each about the size of a toothpick. The intra-uterine devices (IUDs) are up to 10 times more reliable than the birth control pill. Read more

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