With Altitude and Preparation, You Can Avoid A Financial Disaster

In 2008, an Air Canada Airbus 330 flying from Toronto to Lisbon lost power over the Atlantic due to a fuel leak. Fortunately, Captain Robert Piché and First Officer Dirk DeJager were both very experienced flyers with thousands of hours in the air. When the incident happened, they had two things on their side—altitude and preparation. After both engines flamed...

We Want To Know: What Do Those Lab Numbers Mean?

Question: Why is it important to know my lab numbers and how can I use them to benefit my overall health? Dr. Elaine Chin: Information is power. If you’re looking for a picture of your true total health and what the future may hold, it’s all in your numbers. What numbers? Your health numbers revealed by simple tests – many of...

Give Thanks: Adopting an Attitude of Gratitude is Good for Health and Healing

When I was growing up, my parents constantly reminded my brothers and me to say, “Thank you.” It became so automatic that I didn’t appreciate what it meant. I thought it was their way of teaching us good manners. However, as I grew older, I understood the significance of these words. My parents were Holocaust survivors, and expressing gratitude was part...

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...

How Daring To Travel Off The Grid Can Be A Spiritual Journey Leading To A Stronger Self

I don’t adapt easily to travel because I enjoy the comfort of my home and daily routines. Travel takes me out of my comfort zone into a world filled with unexpected experiences. That being said, I decided to accept an invitation to spend two weeks in Hawai'i on the islands of Oahu and Maui. I believe that this experience came...

Class Acts: Ryerson Becomes Canada’s Largest Age Friendly University

Along with an aging demographic comes meaningful new opportunities for inclusion. This is an idea that is being embraced by some Canadian universities who have set out to ensure that older students feel welcome and supported. Whether it’s post-retirement or once the kids have grown up and ventured out on their own, enrolling in a program can be a satisfying...

7 Fabulous Women Celebrities Who Just Keep Getting Better With Age

Celebrities who make it big often seem to be blessed with talent and good looks from the get go and yet there are some stars who just seem to get better with age. And we’re not talking strictly about their appearance, but rather in terms of their both their career and personal growth. With their lives constantly scrutinized, these celebs...

Expert Jim Danahy On Tackling The Challenges of Meeting The Needs Of The Boomer Pharmacy Customer

Pharmacists know too well the ongoing challenge of bridging the gap between being a clinician and a healthcare provider in a retail setting, where patients see themselves as consumers and have high expectations – not to mention high-levels of skepticism about service and advice. To gain insight into this new type of consumer, pharmacist Rosemarie Patodia spoke to retail and...

Missed Medical Appointments Is An Issue That Demands Smarter Solutions

Whether due to long wait times or a lack of after-hour availability, 68 percent of Canadians have missed at least one doctor’s appointment, according to a 2017 Ipsos poll. Unfortunately, missed appointments can lead to delays in treatment and add costs to the healthcare system. Last year, Health PEI boosted awareness of the issue by posting publicly the number of missed...

The Great Debate: Pharmacy and the Well-Informed Patient

Professor Zubin Austin and Samier Kamar
Professor Zubin Austin and pharmacy student Samier Kamar tackle the realities of engaging (and disengaging) the new healthcare consumer. How do you deal with the well-informed patient: one that is smart, well-researched and comes to you with his or her own opinions and questions? Samier Kamar, 4th year PharmD student Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto The well-informed patient is an asset to healthcare. It’s...