Adult Vaccines: A Healthier You Is Just A Jab Away

The Question: What vaccines should I be getting and when?  No matter your age, vaccines are an essential tool for maintaining good health and a key defence against serious illness.  However, the number of adults who are up to date with their vaccines is low, according to the most recent National Immunization Survey:  Less than half (40 percent) had a flu shot.  ...

The Future of Medical Cannabis in Canada Feels Good

Public attitudes toward cannabis have been shaped by any number of influences, from propaganda films such as 1936’s Reefer Madness (in which it is histrionically labelled a “violent narcotic” capable of driving its users to “incurable insanity”) to the Beatles getting high with a little help from their friends, the stoned hijinks of ’70s potheads Cheech and Chong and...

Smooth Moves: Half Of Canadians Don’t Get Enough Fibre And Half Do. Which Side Are You On?

Here's a fun fact: The adult digestive system can be up to 30 feet (9.1 metres) – about the same length as five refrigerators stacked up on top of one another. Every inch of it is important for breaking down our food and absorbing it to provide nutrition and energy.1 Eventually any undigested food passes through the body and is...

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...

Hope Or Hype? Do ‘Functional Foods’ Have More Health Benefits?

Most of us can probably share colourful stories about how food has personally and uniquely impacted our lives. While food choices have deep-rooted influences including cultural and social factors, the notion that food provides nourishment for the body is difficult to argue. The message that foods can promote well-being through disease prevention and therapeutic health benefits seems everywhere in...

Yes, You Can Enjoy A Robust Sex Life Despite Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Russer, now 66, developed erectile dysfunction after surgery for prostate cancer in 2011. “I never really experienced depression, which is a state in which far too many men find themselves stuck,” says the Santa Barbara, CA-based CEO of Russer Communication and cofounder of CancerIntimacyHelp.com. While depression can cause erectile dysfunction, it’s often the result of it, too. Many men...

Is It the Blues or Is It Clinical Depression? How To Spot a Mood Disorder

We all feel down, or blue, or sad, at times. Sadness is a natural human emotion, usually triggered by a loss, disappointment, or major life change. An estimated 5 to 10 percent of older Canadians will experience a depressive disorder that is serious enough to require treatment, according to Mood Disorders Disorders Society of Canada. Sadly, 90 percent will not...

Take A Nap And Reduce Your Risk Of Heart Disease And Diabetes

Go ahead and crawl into bed while the birds are singing and the sun is still up because naps are good for you. A growing body of scientific evidence says so. That’s why you’re seeing a nap revolution with celebrities like supermodel Heidi Klum, singers John Legend and Taylor Swift exercising their right to nap. Even corporations like Ben...

Wheelchair Users Enjoy New Freedom, Thanks to “Smart” Sensors from Braze Mobility

“Cars have sensors. Why can’t wheelchairs?” That was the question that consumed Dr. Pooja Viswanathan for almost a decade – so much so that she started Braze Mobility, a company that manufactures sensors for wheelchairs. As its CEO and co-founder, she is helping to revolutionize the industry and make the world a safer, more accessible place for people with disabilities. Seeking...

Predicting Dementia Earlier – in a Manner of Speaking

What speech patterns can reveal about brain health If dementia could be diagnosed earlier in patients, or even predict who might develop the disease later in life, it would mean nothing short of a revolution in dementia care. If caught early enough, steps could be taken that might prevent or delay its onset. With one in 10 Canadians at risk...