Having Chicken Pox Puts You At Risk For Painful Shingles: Fight Back With A Vaccine

Most adults over the age of 30 can remember the pain of contracting chicken pox. The isolation from friends, the hideous red spots and the relentless, maddening itch that had parents constantly yelling to “stop scratching!” were the stuff of nightmares. Finally, after the weeks of torment were over, we breathed a sigh of relief knowing we could finally...

Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research Funds Canadian-US Brain Project

During its 18-year history, the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) has funded some 130 research projects at Canadian institutions focused on Parkinson’s research – totalling more than $30 million. Among the current projects being supported by the MJFF, is one led by Dr. Neil Vasdev, director, Azrieli Centre for Neuro-Radiochemistry and associate director and chief radiochemist at the Centre for...

Why Your Doctor’s Advice Might Change Between Visits

Often in medicine, when physicians give advice, it is clear cut, precise and meant for a particular patient or group of patients. However, the message can be misunderstood or misused. Patients may have concerns when that advice may be different than it was from previous visits or not what they expected it to be. Are doctors changing their minds...

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...

The Competitive Edge: Athletes Over The Age Of 40 Train Smarter And Push Harder

When it comes to sports and physical activities, I am a competitive person. It’s just how I’m wired. I grew up in a time when being competitive and female wasn’t always viewed as being proper. As a result, a lot of my sports role models as a kid were male. Among my idols were Patrick Roy (hockey), Steve Podborski...

New Approaches For Treating Chronic Pain From the President of the Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine

Chronic pain is the number one cause of disability in older adults 1and the number two cause of workplace absences and of visits to the family doctor. As an interventional physiatrist based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, and the Canadian Centre for Integrative Medicine in Markham, ON, I see firsthand the toll chronic pain takes on individuals...

A Gerontologist/Author Offers Her Best Advice On Creating Long-Term Care Plans For Loved Ones

At some point, many adult children will find themselves in a position where they need to assist in the planning of long-term care for a parent. The choices are overwhelming. Mary Jo Saavedra, a gerontologist and Certified Aging Life Care Professional (CMC), wrote Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life, Planning, Care and Wellbeing. It provides comprehensive, straight forward...

Changing the Way We Talk About Pain Can Help Soothe the Ouch

Pain is often the reason why people make an appointment to see their healthcare provider. If the feeling – the pain, the discomfort – is recent or acute, it is often easier for a healthcare professional to diagnose and treat the problem. You may have hurt yourself in some way, had an accident, are recovering from surgery, or getting the...

Technology For the Ages: ‘We ain’t seen nothing yet’

Dr. Alex Mihailidis
When I think about the technologies revolutionizing our world, it’s amazing to see how they keep evolving. We’ve come a long, long way from dial-up internet and flip phones (though I suspect more than a few of us would confess a nostalgia for Pong, the first video game), and you’d be right to think that “we ain’t seen nothing...

Since You Asked: By the Numbers

Dr. Elaine Chin
Staying Healthy is Up to Doctor You The question: Why is it important to know my lab numbers and how can I use them to benefit my overall health? Dr. Chin: Information is power. If you’re looking for a picture of your true total health and what the future may hold, it’s all in your numbers. What numbers? Your health numbers revealed by...