The Med Thread

The Med Thread
From opium poppies to sleeping pills, from sucking to infusing, from insomnia, anemia, auto immune diseases and beyond - we discuss the threads that led to current trends and research in medication therapy. Listen to The Med Thread monthly, as we sew a patchwork quilt with squares of history, mythology, research, sciences and technological advances. The show is produced at CHMR studios in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

About us
For questions and comments about our podcast or if you have topics you would like us to talk about, contact us at

Mike Chong and Cathy Balsom (co-hosts)

Mike Chong
Drug Information Pharmacist at the School of Pharmacy and drug history enthusiast! Answering questions about medications, treatments and all drug-related curiosities from health care professionals across the province!  

Drug Information Centre
(709) 864-4736
Tweet @MUNDruginfo
Dr. Cathy Balsom
Clinical Pharmacist at the Medication Therapy Services Clinic and self-acclaimed trivia fact connoisseur. Provider of medication advice, smoking cessation counsellor and deprescribing advocacy through the MTS Clinic and community pharmacy!
MTS Clinic
(709) 864-2274
Tweet @MTSClinic

*NEW* Series 2, Episode 6 - Pharmacy Bites Finale

Full transcript and references

We'll be back in July for a chat about QT!

Series 2, Episode 1 - Vaping: Clearing the Smoke, Part 1

Full transcript and references
Helpful links:

Health Canada Vaping Information

NL Smokers' Helpline

Series 2, Episode 2 - Vaping: Clearing the Smoke, Part 2

Full transcript and references
Helpful links:

Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS)

Series 2, Episode 3 - Weight Loss: Pills and Pounds

Full transcript and references
Helpful links:

Obesity Canada

Series 2, Episode 4 - Pharmacy Bites: Depression

Full transcript and references
Helpful links:

Canadian Mental Health Association

Bridge the gApp: NL's online mental health resource

CANMAT Guidelines

Series 2, Episode 5 - Pharmacy Bites: Contraception

Full transcript and references

Past episodes: The Med Thread Series 1

Medical Disclaimer: While all presented information is checked to the best of our knowledge, the podcast and transcripts are not intended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. Nor are they endorsements for any specific product or therapy. Please consult appropriate healthcare professionals for any medical issues.


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Tel: (709) 864-8000