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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...

The Great Debate: Pharmacy and the Well-Informed Patient

Professor Zubin Austin and Samier Kamar
Professor Zubin Austin and pharmacy student Samier Kamar tackle the realities of engaging (and disengaging) the new healthcare consumer. How do you deal with the well-informed patient: one that is smart, well-researched and comes to you with his or her own opinions and questions? Samier Kamar, 4th year PharmD student Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto The well-informed patient is an asset to healthcare. It’s...

Technology Analyzes Speech to Detect Alzheimer’s

WinterLight Labs
Although a cure for dementia is many years away, exciting Canadian research has the potential to transform dementia care. YouAreUNLTD caught up with WinterLight Labs president Frank Rudzicz and CEO Liam Kaufman to talk about their groundbreaking tablet-based speech analyzer, which can detect Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages. The technology works by extracting variables from recorded speech snippets...

Watch Now: Pharmacy and the Well-Informed Patient

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To kick off the YouAreUNLTD White Coat debate series, we invited professor Zubin Austin and his protégé Samier Kamar to discuss the realities of engaging (and disengaging) the new healthcare consumer. The duo tackled the hot topic: How do you deal with the well-informed patient: one that is smart, well researched and comes to you with his or her own...

Predicting Dementia Earlier – in a Manner of Speaking

What speech patterns can reveal about brain health If dementia could be diagnosed earlier in patients, or even predict who might develop the disease later in life, it would mean nothing short of a revolution in dementia care. If caught early enough, steps could be taken that might prevent or delay its onset. With one in 10 Canadians at risk...

Scientists Studying DNA Discover How to Slow the Aging Process

Despite our best efforts, the quest for immortality has been fruitless and the fountain of youth remains undiscovered. Instead, science has focused on slowing the clock. Now, researchers at Arizona State University have discovered a new method that promises to delay the rate of aging with a greater understanding of the mechanics behind DNA. It’s a discovery that represents...

Google Banks On Healthcare Tech Adopting Smart Medical Devices

Google has signed a major cloud computing deal that promises to set the stage to make a transition from traditional medical devices to smart ones that track and evaluate data. The company’s partnership with Flex, a $9.5 billion electronics manufacturer, is poised to accelerate change in healthcare tech and lead to more rapid and informed medical diagnoses. The solution is...

Dawn P. Richards: The Patient as a Person

The following post originally appeared at BMJ Opinion. Re-posted with permission. We need to recognize individuals as more than simply a patient Wife. Scientist. Daughter. Aunt. Friend. Entrepreneur. Volunteer. Advocate. Consultant. Traveller. Person who lives with rheumatoid arthritis. Patient. These are all words I use to describe myself. However, when I enter the healthcare system or am part of a patient...

Beauty for All Ages

69-year-old model Maye Musk becoming the latest CoverGirl face Some things are simply timeless, real beauty being one of them. Maye Musk, a 69-year-old Canadian-born model – and mother of three, including Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur – proves that a successful modelling career can span decades. Recently, she has added the badge of becoming a brand ambassador...

The Home You’ll Want Tracking You

An Ottawa-based apartment laboratory is testing embedded smart-sensor technologies From touchless soap dispensers, motion-activated lights and assistance with car parking, sensors and sensor-activated technology have been helping us in everyday life for years. Health and healthcare are also benefiting from this technology, with innovation targeting older people being one of the fastest-growing areas. In Canada, we now have an apartment...