Ottawa Heart Institute Debuts State-of-the-Art Facility

Robotics, 3-D imaging, and new operating rooms aim to address soaring demand for critical cardiac care The University of Ottawa Heart Institute was out of space and out of time as it struggled to deal with the increased need for cardiac care with an aging population. It needed to grow and right away. That sparked an ambitious expansion, featuring a...

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...

Caregivers Find Much-Needed Information And Support Through ‘Huddol’

When her mother needed to transition to a higher level of care, Donna Thomson reached out to Huddol members for advice on housing and care options in Montreal. After co-caregiving for his aging parents, Rick Lauber joined Huddol to share what he had learned with other caregivers. Huddol is the country’s first cross-disease, cross-platform, bilingual collaborative network that aims to...

Get A Leg Up on Compression Stockings – Fun, Fashionable and Potentially Lifesaving

If you’ve been ignoring your tired, achy or swollen legs because you’re worried compression stockings will make you look frumpy, it’s time to update your thinking. In terms of fashion and feel, they have come a long way. Thirty or 40 years ago, compression stockings “were not the prettiest, not the most comfortable the materials weren't as good,” acknowledges...

Could You Recognize The Urgent Warning Signs Of A Blood Clot?

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You’ve just returned home following hospitalization for surgery, when you notice your leg is swollen, and it is warm and sensitive to touch. Your initial thoughts are you bumped it in an unfamiliar space, or worse, it’s an infection. But do you consider the possibility of a blood clot? If you are like the majority of Canadians, you don’t know...

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,...

Fight Back Against Loss Of Muscle Mass With These Expert Tips

As we grow older, our bodies change and that's true of how we build and sustain muscle mass and strength. We sure had it easy in our twenties. At the peak of our physical prowess, our bodies could burn calories sitting still and they kept building bones until the age of 25. But once we hit our thirties, that’s when...

Dr. Elaine Chin ponders “If I Were Trump’s doctor…..”

While my practice is focused mainly on C suite and other high net worth clients, I’ve sometimes wondered what the most powerful people in the world do for their medical checkups given their access to people, services and money. Then came Trump. To say I was underwhelmed by the physical examination of President Donald Trump would be an understatement. The report...

Teva Canada Is Committed To Caring For Caregivers

For Canada’s 8.1 million caregivers, there are many moments when they feel truly fortunate to have an opportunity to help their loved ones. It’s both rewarding and challenging – an expression of love and dedication. Sometimes in the midst of carrying out daily responsibilities, the self-care of caregivers themselves slip far down on their list of priorities. That’s unfortunate because...

Changing The Future of Aging Through Innovative Technologies At The 2018 AGE-WELL Conference

In Vancouver last October, exhibitors at the AGE-WELL annual conference understood that Canada’s aging population continues to look for innovative ways to improve the aging experience, empower their independence and provide more choices. The creativity and ingenuity of these exhibitors demonstrated their devoted to creating a better quality of life for older adults and caregivers while generating social and...