Monday, September 24, 2018

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...

Can A New eConsult Service Cure What Ails Health Care in Canada?

Limited access to specialist care is a major barrier to health care in Canada. But what started as a pilot project by two frustrated doctors from Ontario is now prompting healthcare providers to rethink the traditional (and time consuming) consultant referral model. Champlain BASE is a secure, web-based tool that allows family doctors to quickly access specialist care for their...

Bone Up On Calcium and Vitamin D For Optimal Health

Adults have more than 200 bones in their bodies. Each one is important. Bones help support the structure of the body, protect vital organs and allow us to move. We need to keep bones healthy with good nutrition. Bones are comprised of a protein called collagen and a mineral called calcium phosphate. Collagen provides structure while calcium phosphate gives our...

Arthritis pain. Grin and bear it? Absolutely not! Learn about today’s smarter options

Choosing “Tragically Hips” as the name for her team in the annual Walk For Arthritis was a no-brainer for Brantford, ON-resident Jane Grant-Henderson. “Not only was The Tragically Hip my favourite band, but I liked the idea of having a punchy reference to my knee and hip replacement – which turned my life around.” Maintain an upbeat attitude has been...

How To Combat Ageism In the Workplace? One Expert Says Communication Is Key

As authors Warren Bennis and Robert J. Thomas report in their book, Geeks and Geezers: How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders, each generation within today’s workforce is defined and influenced differently. That can create discord. Older workers may feel ignored. Millennials are targeted (unjustly at times) as “the privileged generation.” And there are the GenXers and GenYers who...

Fight For Answers: 10 Strategies To Master The Art Of Healthcare Advocacy

Ageism is pervasive in all aspects of our culture, and healthcare is not immune. Just ask Laura Fern, who for two years braved a host of increasingly debilitating symptoms, some of which fit with her existing medical conditions while others did not. With each baffling symptom came another medication (which Fern politely accepted), but few answers. Sound familiar? Finally, her...

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...

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...

Live Long and Prosper: Next Generation Medical Technology Revolutionizes Individual Care

In the popular Star Trek TV show and movies, a doctor (usually McCoy, or science officer Spock) could approach someone in need of medical attention, wave a tricorder over the person and instantly get a diagnosis. It was a fantastical idea that no longer seems far-fetched.  Breakthrough advancements in technology – such as artificial intelligence, robotics, sensors and enhanced connectivity,...

Adult Vaccines: A Healthier You Is Just A Jab Away

The Question: What vaccines should I be getting and when?  No matter your age, vaccines are an essential tool for maintaining good health and a key defence against serious illness.  However, the number of adults who are up to date with their vaccines is low, according to the most recent National Immunization Survey:  Less than half (40 percent) had a flu shot.  ...