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...

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...

At-Home Testing To Diagnose Dementia In Early Stages Is On The Horizon

With dementia rates rising sharply in Canada and around the world, it’s not surprising that researchers have been focusing on ways to spot the condition earlier. Globally, someone is diagnosed with dementia every three seconds and there are 10 million new cases each year – truly alarming statistics. At-home tests have become increasingly popular. One of the latest to be...

Go Strong: Savvy Exercise and Nutrition Strategies For Fighting Loss Of Muscle Mass

As we grow older, our bodies change and that's true of how we build and sustain muscle mass and strength. We sure had it easy in our twenties. At the peak of our physical prowess, our bodies could burn calories sitting still and they kept building bones until the age of 25. But once we hit our thirties, that’s when...

Brace Yourself! Your Guide To Helping Joint Injuries Heal

Oh no. It’s happened again. That painful little twitch in your knee has returned. Naturally you want to help the healing process along, but where do you start? While nobody likes to think about getting an injury, it’s comforting to know there are a growing number of options to help you recover quickly and comfortably. Two of the most...

AGE-WELL, Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, Makes Plans For a Bold Future

What does renewal look like? If you ask any of the participants who attended the recent AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence: Creating the Future 2020-2025 consultation session at the University of Toronto in June 2018, their answer would perhaps resemble this: Renewal is a room of 100 or so engaged, passionate stakeholders from all walks of life, who...

Everything Under The Sun: Your Guide To Savvy Sunscreen Strategies For Healthier Skin

The most powerful skin-health boosting product you can own and wear is sunscreen. Yet many people are reluctant about applying it, citing fears over the chemicals it contains, a dislike of how it feels on the skin, or just forgetting to apply it. Some people also believe that they need to skip sunscreen to allow for vitamin D from the...

Breathe Easy: Late-Onset Asthma Need Not Disrupt Your Life

Chris Haromy has lived with asthma since childhood. He is also a registered respiratory therapist and certified respiratory educator with The Lung Association – Ontario. “I’ve learned to stay on top of my asthma, constantly monitoring my health, taking all of my medication as prescribed, and living a healthy lifestyle.” When he’s not in the office, he is often...

‘B’ Aware: Deficiencies Of These Important Vitamins Lead To Poor Long-Term Health

Add this new study from Ireland to a growing pile of evidence that confirms that older adults are not getting enough vitamin B12 and folate (also known as vitamin B9). These important nutrients are essential to brain health, nerve function, and the production of red blood cells and DNA synthesis. Folate is essential for health blood vessels and heart....