6 Essential Apps To Help Chart, Monitor And Tackle Chronic Pain

Six million people in Canada live with some form of chronic pain, according to recent estimates by Statistics Canada. Long-term chronic pain can be complex, and the causes varied – including inflammation, injury, an underlying medical condition such as cancer. Other times, there may be no defining cause, such as in the case of fibromyalgia or chronic headaches. “A pain...

Separating Hype From Hope: How Nutrition Affects Arthritis And Joint Health

More than six million Canadians live with arthritis. It can occur at any age, but the likelihood increases with age. It can be painful and debilitating because it causes inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues.1 It can affect any part of the body; however, the most common areas are the hip, knee, spine or fingers.2 There are many different types...

Doctors Ponder Ending The Medical Cannabis Stream With Expanded Legalization

With the legalization of recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has renewed its calls for the medical stream introduced in 2001 to be discontinued. Speaking with CBC News Calgary in August, Dr. Jeff Blackmer, the CMA’s vice president of medical professionalism, said that the majority of its members have always had concerns about medical cannabis. He...

Top Tips From A Dermatologist For Tackling “Age Spots.” Are Lingonberries The Answer?

When it comes to eliminating “liver spots,” those skin blemishes that multiply with age, the oil and nutrients derived from berries, including lingonberries, seem to be all the rage. But Judy Hu, MD, board-certified dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC in Ridgewood, NJ, advises patients to exercise caution when it comes to treatment fads claiming to lighten or rid the...

How Medicine Is Tackling Lyme Disease for a Brighter, Healthier Future

When Katie Murray* first sought medical attention for a growing constellation of concerning symptoms, doctors didn’t know what to offer her. Before suddenly falling ill, the then 50-year-old was an active, healthy, full-time nurse who loved her job and lived life to its fullest. That changed in the blink of an eye after an outdoor adventure trip canoeing and...

Do The New ‘Anti-Aging’ Pills Offer a Silver Bullet? The Jury Is Still Out.

If your dream is to stop aging altogether, there are some media stories that you might find intriguing. Headlines about anti-aging pills draw eyeballs and set expectations high, but how viable are they, and what exactly do they do? As our population grows older, more research time is being dedicated to minimizing the biological impact of aging. One approach is...

AGE-WELL Announces Eight Finalists in its National Impact Challenge

It started as a challenge to Canadians to come up with great new ideas to support healthy aging. The AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge triggered a flood of submissions. After a round of public voting, AGE-WELL is pleased to announce the finalists. Eight finalists will compete for over $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes at a live pitch event in Vancouver,...

Dr. Goldie Nejat Builds Socially Assistive Robots For An Aging Population

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Dr. Goldie Nejat’s earliest memories illustrate her innate curiosity about what makes machines tick. At age six, she was fascinated with remote-controlled cars; today, she’s building robots.  “I started taking things apart to figure out how they work,” recalls Dr. Nejat. “Everything that looks like a black box, I like to reverse-engineer. I really want to know what is driving...

Clinical Trials Help Reinvent Medicine And Lead To Better Patient Outcomes

As a scientist, patient advocate and healthcare consumer, I know clinical trials are essential in the research and development of new treatments that encompass everything from drugs, to innovative medical devices, lifestyle changes and other valuable healthcare interventions. While most people think of scientists and doctors developing life-changing treatments, in reality, people like you – healthy people and those of...

The Future of Medical Cannabis in Canada Feels Good

Public attitudes toward cannabis have been shaped by any number of influences, from propaganda films such as 1936’s Reefer Madness (in which it is histrionically labelled a “violent narcotic” capable of driving its users to “incurable insanity”) to the Beatles getting high with a little help from their friends, the stoned hijinks of ’70s potheads Cheech and Chong and...