The 2017/2018 Flu Season Was Nasty And “Unusual” – Now An Early Glimpse Of What’s Next

By all accounts, the 2017-2018 flu season was a nasty one. The CBC reported that, by January 2018, there were 20 times more detections of influenza B than for the same period in the preceding seven years. Even worse, some reports pegged the efficacy of the 2017-2018 flu vaccine at just 10 to 20 percent. Dr. Michelle Murti of Public...

Game Changers: 5 Fast-Forward Global Innovations

A round-up of technologies shaping the healthcare space 1. Red pill, blue pill, digital pill… It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, but ingestible pill sensors are here and being touted for treating a wide range of conditions, as well as health and wellness monitoring. These pills contain sensors that tell caregivers when and if you’ve taken medication - ideal...

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...

B.C. Inventor Develops A Stylish New Personal Mobility Device

Barbara Alink isn’t shy when it comes to talking about things she’s passionate about. That was hugely evident when she transfixed an audience during a 2016 TedX Vancouver talk on “Dignity Through Movement.” Her no-nonsense oratorical skills were at the fore yet again when she stood alone in front of a panel of hard-nosed financiers during a taping of the...

Women Who Take Charge Of Their Sexual Health Promote Lifelong Intimacy: Study

Sex & Relationships: Q&A with Damiva CEO Chia Chia Sun “Enough beating around the bush. Let’s talk about your vagina.” This is the call to action for Damiva, a Canadian women’s health company that develops 100 percent natural products for menopausal health. I stopped beating around the bush and asked its CEO Chia Chia Sun about the results of her...

Researchers Create “Electronic Skin” to Mimic the Real Thing

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have created electronic skin (or e-skin) that mimics the real thing. The breakthrough technology marks an exciting advancement that holds great promise for robotics, prosthetics and general healthcare. Their e-skin integrates all the major sensors of real skin, including an ability to heal and conform to the body. This could be the full...

Baubles with Brains: Smart Jewellery Unites Fashion and Function

As I sit at my desk, my fitness tracker buzzes every now and then to remind me to get up and move – after all, sitting is the new smoking, and long periods of inactivity are detrimental to health. While I appreciate the reminder, sometimes I can’t help staring at my trusty cheerleader and wishing it were a bit...

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 –...

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...

Flu shot? Done! Now Get Vaccinated Against The Dangers of Pneumonia

For many Canadians, the arrival of winter signals a season of the extra vigilance needed when it comes to taking precautions to protect their health. Fears of catching a cold or getting the flu, a simple cough or sniffle can send us running post haste to the pharmacy to stock up on vitamin C or sign up for the...