What’s Your Gut Telling You? How To Boost Your Health With Probiotics

In the nutrition world, there is a new spotlight on gut health – and that’s a good thing. Your gut is comprised of your stomach, small intestine and large intestine. Studies show an imbalance of the “good” and “bad” bacteria in your gut could play a key role in diabetes, heart disease, your mood and inflammatory bowel diseases1. Having good...

Regrets? He’s Had A Few, But Not Eating S’mores And Taking That Trip To Spain

My life would have been so much better if I hadn’t asked the hot person out. I wish I didn’t take that trip to Spain. If only I hadn’t gone on so many walks. I wish I hadn’t applied for that intimidating job. Eating s’mores was my biggest mistake. I wish I hadn’t been so generous. Have you ever heard anybody say any of these...

Is Coffee in the Running to Become a Superfood?

Judging by the latest research, it’s not hard to imagine a day in the near future that coffee producers may start touting the health benefits of the beverage. From improving cognitive abilities to lowering the risk of some types of cancer (like liver, for example), type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s, it seems that there are some powerful properties packed...

What You Should Eat To Boost And Maintain A Healthy Brain

The research is clear. Nutrition has a huge impact on brain health. Eating the right foods, and in the right combination, can help you build new brain cells, preserve or enhance memory and possibly prevent disease1. A diet rich in fish, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables can help to maintain your brain health and may even reduce the...

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...

Older Torontonians Feel Connected And Engaged With Their City, According To NIA Study

The National Institute on Ageing is excited to announce the launch of the ground-breaking new report, Toronto Social Capital Study. Conducted by the Environics Institute for the Toronto Foundation’s annual Vital Signs program, it is a first of its kind research on levels of social participation, trust, and engagement in Toronto. The Toronto Foundation’s Vital Signs reports have challenged the idea...

Meet KGB84, Japan’s Pop Group Sensation – Members Under Age 80 Need Not Apply

When they take the stage at venues in places like Singapore and Tokyo, they are greeted with enthusiastic applause and screams of excitement. They are one of the hottest pop groups in Japan and the median age of 84. Look on YouTube for videos feature KGB84 and you’ll be tapping your toes to the catchy, energetic dance tunes with...

Experts Shine A Light On How Good Lighting Supports Aging In Place

“I know very few vision scientists who know – or care – about lighting,” said Dr. Frances Wilkinson at the recent Integrative Lighting Conference hosted by the Smart Sustainable Lighting Network at the University of Toronto Impact Centre. “And that needs to change if we’re going to enable aging Canadians – especially those who live with visual impairments –...

Medical Cannabis E-Commerce Website Launched By Shoppers Drug Mart

Canada’s more than 300,000 medical cannabis patients now have a new ally when filling their prescriptions, with Shoppers Drug Mart unveiling its new e-commerce platform devoted to medical cannabis. Product information is available nationally, but Shoppers Drug Mart can initially only sell medical cannabis to patients in Ontario. Patients will be required to take a medical document similar to a prescription...

Columnist Robert Hawke Asks, “Want a Better Life?” His Answer: Get a Dog!

I envy my dog. He has the best life of any creature I know. In his last incarnation he must have saved a bus load of children from careening off a bridge to deserve the life that he has now. It’s nothing short of incredible. You see, my wife and I are working towards retirement. We are dreaming of a...