Remember Canada’s Food Guide? Learn About Its Extensive New Makeover Here

You may remember learning about Canada’s Food Guide in school and its brightly coloured rainbow depicting the types of foods and the number of servings you should have per day. It may surprise you to learn that this version of the food guide had not been updated until 12 years ago. With chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and...

Take It Outside: Whether Hiking Or Walking, Research Shows ‘Green Exercise’ Elevates Workouts

Christine Andersson calls it her Isaac Newton moment – you know, the guy who allegedly discovered the law of gravity while sitting under a tree. “Except in my case, it was more of a self-discovery, but I really was sitting under a tree.” Upon taking early retirement, the 54-year-old lost one of the best perks of her former job as...

Snore No More: How I Hooked Up For Life With A CPAP Device And Finally Slept Well

I well remember the day I cycled home with my new Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) device because I tangled with a pedestrian and ended up in Emergency getting stitches in my forehead. Ouch. So my first week as a CPAP-user was all strap and tape and bandages on a very swollen face. Add in my retainer and ear plugs,...

Sleep On It – Practise Snooze Control to Treat Snoring

For 30 years, Santina Nato snored and for much of that time, she had no idea just how bad it was. Her partner was the first to break the news. “I really didn’t know,” says the 57-year-old sales associate from Paris, ON. “I’d get an elbow the ribs and be told to turn over, but it didn’t make me...

Fight Back Against Phone Fraud By Blocking Robocalls And Scammers With New Technology

Remember when answering the phone was a pleasure? When you looked forward to finding out who was on the line? These days, it feels like a game of Russian roulette. Will it be your favourite sister? An old friend? Someone wanting to clean your air ducts? Or, worse yet, a sophisticated telephone fraudster bent on scamming you, or someone...

Are You Eating Smart For Your Heart?

Most likely you know someone affected by heart disease. Today, about 2.4 million Canadian adults (that is one in 12 people) suffer from conditions such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, angina, arrhythmias, and heart failure.(1)  Certainly there are some risk factors that you cannot control such as your age, gender, and genes. But what about the risk factors that you...

5 Innovations To Prevent, Predict and Manage Pain

For 11 years, Sarah Graff walked with a cane to help ease the debilitating pain in her leg. No longer. Today she walks freely, swims and has returned to something she never expected to do in middle age, her passion as a youth – ice skating. Graff credits innovations in pain treatment for her new lease on life: “Medical...

Employee-Caregivers Need Companies To Step Up With New Guidelines

Gary Leblanc knows the trials of juggling work and domestic responsibilities. The 58-year-old full-time waiter in an upscale Ottawa restaurant is the primary caregiver of his wife, who has Parkinson’s disease. “I have to cook all the meals, bathe her, get her dressed,” he says. While a paid caregiver comes in two hours a day, Leblanc devotes several hours...

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...

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...