Technology’s Stand On Fall Prevention

When it comes to falls, especially those that irreparably sideline people’s lives, Canadians needn’t take it lying down. Innovators across Canada are developing wearable sensors, technological devices that incorporate artificial intelligence, and re-engineered footwear to disrupt the crisis of falling.   When Dr. Alex Mihailidis spoke at the Falls Prevention Conference in June 2018 in St. John’s, NL, his audience didn’t hear...

Baubles with Brains: Smart Jewellery Unites Fashion and Function

As I sit at my desk, my fitness tracker buzzes every now and then to remind me to get up and move – after all, sitting is the new smoking, and long periods of inactivity are detrimental to health. While I appreciate the reminder, sometimes I can’t help staring at my trusty cheerleader and wishing it were a bit...

Boomers “Reroute” To Bypass Healthcare Obstacles

It was a Wednesday in early summer 2017 when Tricia Ryan’s life changed forever.  The day before, the Toronto woman, who works as the director of food and beverage research at the Food Innovation & Research Studio at George Brown College, had visited her family doctor complaining of abdominal discomfort.  Ryan’s doctor sent her for an ultrasound, which revealed a mass...

AGE-WELL 2018: Fostering Real-World Solutions To Support Healthy Aging

The fourth annual AGE-WELL conference in Vancouver made headlines around the globe. Canadian researchers came together with industry, non-profit and government sectors, and older adults and caregivers, united by a passion to change the future of aging through innovative technologies, services, policies and practices. For full coverage including the keynote address from Telus Health's Dr. Brendan Byrne, visit youareunltd.com....

Light Therapy and 7 More Ways to Brighten Dark Winter Days

Lori Dudley remembers thinking: “I just want to leave on a one-way ticket somewhere and not come back.” At the time, the 53-year-old Ottawa-area resident was experiencing severe fatigue, moodiness and a lack of motivation. The normally driven and energetic healthcare executive eventually recognized a pattern to these symptoms. They would hit her like a ton of bricks in...

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...

Stem Cell Therapy Now A Viable Option To Treat Chronic Back Pain

Our own cells may be the answer to eliminating chronic neck or back pain and repairing damaged discs in the spine. Spine and pain management specialist Jason Arora says that using a patient’s blood plasma, which is rich in antibodies, enzymes and proteins, or stem cells, harvested from a patient’s bone marrow are proving effective therapies for eliminating discogenic pain...

Brush Up On Your Oral Care Health Facts

It’s time to sink our teeth into an important topic – oral health care. A healthy mouth is, quite simply, something to smile about. At one time, getting older meant getting dentures. That is no longer the case. “There is no reason we have to lose our teeth as we get older,” notes Halifax dental hygienist Careen McNeil, owner of...

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...

Smile! Straight Talk about Orthodontics After Age 45

If your smile is less than dazzling, brace yourself: Adult orthodontics is a hot trend. Today’s materials are lighter, cheaper and more effective than the ‘metal mouth’ options we grew up with. The number of adults choosing to straighten their teeth and improve their smile has increased by 40 percent in the past two decades, according to the American...