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...

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...

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...

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...

Asleep On the Job: Innovators Dream Up Smarter Slumber Solutions

Forget envying youth for their youth; it’s their deep sleep we most desire. Increased waking in the night, or waking earlier in the morning, just seems to come with age, but it’s not because we need less sleep. In fact, as we age, we need the same amount of sleep as all adults — between seven and nine hours....

Fasten Your Seatbelts: Boomers Are A Driving Force Behind Auto Innovations

Boomers grew up idolizing automobiles – the ultimate symbol of independence, swagger and style. Whether their first car was a sporty Mustang, a muscle car or a hipster Beetle, this generation of drivers continues to influence the auto industry more than any other, demanding innovation, performance and luxury.  From Tesla’s autopilot driver assistance to built-in WiFi hotspots, push-button starts, windows...

Male Call: 15 Health Facts Guys Probably Don’t Know That Prolong – Or Shorten – Their Life

Did you know that 85 percent of Canadian men exceed their daily recommended sodium intake or that smoking doubles the likelihood of a guy experiencing erectile dysfunction? Were you aware that 80 percent of suicides in Canada are men? These health factoids can be bitter pills to swallow – but men need to listen up. Much of what ails the...