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Mark Elias’s Steadiwear invention will benefit millions of tremor sufferers When you hear that a 25-year-old entrepreneur was featured in Forbes magazine, you could be forgiven for assuming it was because he’d invented a flashy, trendy gadget aimed at Millennials. But Mark Elias is making waves for inventing a glove. His assistive technology is designed to improve the quality of...

Activist Ashton Applewhite Crushes 10 Myths About Aging

Sassy. Smart. No-nonsense. Empowering. Bold. Smart (we said that already?). That string of adjectives describes Ashton Applewhite, the U.S.-born writer-activist who originated This Chair Rocks, the hugely popular anti-ageism project, and wrote the bestseller, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She regularly engages, shocks, informs and delights on her blog, “Yo, Is This Ageist?”  “How ageism warps our view...

94-Year-Old Cookbook Author Continues to Share His Love of Syrian Cuisine

“Sharing a meal provides opportunities for understanding,” wrote Habeeb Salloum in the introduction of Arab Cooking on a Saskatchewan Homestead. His cookbook chronicles the Middle Eastern recipes he grew up in the dusty plains of Saskatchewan and shares his family’s journey from the village of Qaraoun, Syria. In 1925, Salloum, his older brother and his mother left French-occupied Syria and...

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...

Calgary Researcher Investigates How Vitamins and Minerals Impact Health

In an era when many people look down at their waistlines to assess nutritional health, Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, a researcher at the University of Calgary, is looking up instead. She calls it “nutrition above the neck.” It’s a field of medical study that is seeing rapid growth, thanks to a small group of committed disruptors like herself. They’ve overcome strong...

Canadian Comic Rick Green Finds Out How Humour Heals After An ADHD Diagnosis

Comedian and writer Rick Green is known to many Canadians as the bumbling Bill Smith on The Red Green Show for 11 seasons. But a diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as an adult changed his life. While ADHD in children is well understood and typically diagnosed between 6 to 8 years, according to the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance...

Dr. Marla Shapiro Encourages Women To Break Their Silence About Vaginal Dryness

Most women practise a ritualistic skincare regime that involves moisturizing everything from the delicate skin around the eyes to the cracks on the soles of the feet. But what about vaginas? Don’t they deserve a little TLC, too? Now before you roll your eyes and say, “Not another thing to add to my to-do list!” please note this isn’t about...

For Actor Donald Sutherland, Retirement is Not Part of the Plan

Some people work themselves into an early grave. Actor Donald Sutherland works at a feverish pace to ensure that he keeps himself out of it and stays healthy. Still, his approach can backfire sometimes. When he first met the press to promote his role as President Snow in The Hunger Games, he was wearing an eyepatch. And no, he wasn’t...

Words Matter: Language And Symbols Have The Power To Shape Culture And Instigate Change

Labels can be useful. Without them we wouldn’t know what’s in file folders or cans, whether food contains ingredients we’re allergic to, or whether we should launder or dry-clean our clothes. But words, images, signs and symbols that describe and categorize people – that separate one group from another – are also labels. They can be positive, but usually they’re...

Winnipeg Photographer Marks His 50th By Celebrating The Lives of Others Through Images

To celebrate his milestone birthday, Winnipeg-based photographer Ian McCausland opted for conversations instead of cake. In his compelling project, FiftyX50.com, he set out to interview and photograph 50 people in the year they turned 50. While all his subjects walked away with well-written profiles and stunning portraits, McCausland himself may have gathered the best gifts.  Q: Why did you decide to...