Understanding Dry Eye Disease And The Need To Address It Before Cataract Surgery

Many of us expect that the quality of our vision will change as we grow older. We're more likely to need reading glasses and face the potential of developing a variety of troublesome eye ailments. One of the most common is dry eye disease. “Dry eye is a condition that occurs when either the quality or quantity of tears is...

Expert Tips On How to Prevent Knee Damage Leading To Arthritis

While our knees may be among the most vulnerable joints to osteoarthritis, that doesn’t mean we can’t prevent damage that leads to the highly common and debilitating condition, according to a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. “Arthritis isn’t always preventable, and more than half of us will have signs of osteoarthritis by...

Shoppers Drug Mart Shakes Up Medical Cannabis Market

Canada’s more than 300,000 medical cannabis patients could soon have a new ally when filling their prescriptions. In September, Health Canada approved Shoppers Drug Mart’s application to become a licensed producer (LP) of medical cannabis under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). The approval paves the way for Canada’s largest drugstore chain to fill medical cannabis prescriptions...

Boomers “Reroute” To Bypass Healthcare Obstacles

It was a Wednesday in early summer 2017 when Tricia Ryan’s life changed forever.  The day before, the Toronto woman, who works as the director of food and beverage research at the Food Innovation & Research Studio at George Brown College, had visited her family doctor complaining of abdominal discomfort.  Ryan’s doctor sent her for an ultrasound, which revealed a mass...

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...

Bone Up On Calcium and Vitamin D For Optimal Health

Adults have more than 200 bones in their bodies. Each one is important. Bones help support the structure of the body, protect vital organs and allow us to move. We need to keep bones healthy with good nutrition. Bones are comprised of a protein called collagen and a mineral called calcium phosphate. Collagen provides structure while calcium phosphate gives our...

A Gerontologist/Author Offers Her Best Advice On Creating Long-Term Care Plans For Loved Ones

At some point, many adult children will find themselves in a position where they need to assist in the planning of long-term care for a parent. The choices are overwhelming. Mary Jo Saavedra, a gerontologist and Certified Aging Life Care Professional (CMC), wrote Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life, Planning, Care and Wellbeing. It provides comprehensive, straight forward...

Vanity Project: Not Your Grandma’s Bathroom

Style-savvy Boomers aren’t waiting for happenstance – hip replacement surgery, arthritic knees, a wipe-out in their shower – to redesign their bathrooms. They’re acting now, embracing simple solutions from designer grab bars to higher-tech products (think walk-in tubs with aromatherapy). The result? Beautiful spa-like designs that only get better with time.  William Wong, national manager, residential services at Wellwise by Shoppers...

Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook: Is It Time to Consider A Meal Delivery Service To Bring Dinner Home?

Canadians love food, but like cooking a lot less. In a 2017 study done by Dalhousie University in Halifax, 42 percent of respondents said that they don’t have time to cook. That same number said that they bought ready-to-eat meals, or ate at a restaurant once or twice a week. While that’s good news for some, dietitians are concerned that...

Changing the Way We Talk About Pain Can Help Soothe the Ouch

Pain is often the reason why people make an appointment to see their healthcare provider. If the feeling – the pain, the discomfort – is recent or acute, it is often easier for a healthcare professional to diagnose and treat the problem. You may have hurt yourself in some way, had an accident, are recovering from surgery, or getting the...