Pilot Project Allows Nova Scotians To Age At Home With Google Home Device

As winter 2017 was approaching, John Hamblin decided to head south to Arizona. The Halifax entrepreneur expected to breathe a little easier in the dry, desert heat and spend well-earned down time relaxing in the blazing sun. Instead, he found himself actively reaching out to technology companies with an idea for reducing social isolation and making life a little...

How To Add More Plant-Based Foods To Your Diet, As Per Canada’s Updated Food Guide

When Canada’s Food Guide was updated in January 2019, some people were surprised to see a shift to a more plant-based diet. While the move upset the dairy industry in particular, Health Canada defended the move and said it was revised based on the best available scientific evidence. For those of us who are aged 50 and over, the switch to...

How Do You Spell Relief? Why One Woman Chose Medical Cannabis To Fight Menopause Symptoms

At 51, Tracy Edwards (not her real name) quit sleeping. There were the two hours of tossing and turning at bedtime, followed by perhaps two hours of fitful rest, then the dreaded lying awake for two more hours, only to fall dead asleep just as the 7 am alarm was ringing. The hormone replacement therapy she had started a couple...

The High Cost of Living With Pain – Emotionally, Physically And Financially

The statistics on pain and its impact are alarming. The Canadian economy takes a substantial hit because of it – more than $7-billion annually – according to the Global Pain Index. The study conducted by GSK found that Canadians are also missing work and family time due to pain. Its impact is multi-faceted and destructive physically, emotionally and financially. The research...

Here Comes The Sun: Are You Ready To Protect Your Skin Against ‘Age Spots’?

Few people are overjoyed with the aging process, but even less so if age spots show up. Fortunately, a wide variety of treatment options can remove these pesky-but-harmless dark areas on your skin, according to dermatologist Meryl Joerg of Advanced Dermatology P.C.  Colloquially called liver spots, though the liver isn’t involved in their development, age spots or solar lentigos typically...

Music Helps Those Living With Dementia By Hitting All The Right Notes

When words fail, music speaks. Currently, 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia. According to the Alzheimer Society Canada, that number will increase by another 66 percent by 2031. While the causes of dementia are not fully known, studies show the power of music can be benefit to those with the disease. Music helps with memory and attention, manage emotional and mental...

Heart Experts Say More Research Needed About Long-Term Cannabis Use

While some advocates contend marijuana is harmless, others are cautioning its long-term risks and benefits haven’t yet been carefully studied. One of the few things we do know is cannabis has notable effects on the heart, which, for some, are resulting in cardiovascular emergencies including heart attack, arrhythmias and stroke. Cannabis is a very complex plant. Containing over 400 individual...

Seriously. Why We Should Be Talking About Male Menopause

“We’ve always been kitchen-klatch people,” says 54-year-old Daniel Kenney about himself and his four older siblings, the eldest of whom is 64. “The kitchen is where we have the best conversations as grownups, just my brothers, our respective partners sans kids, nieces or nephews. Our monthly get-togethers typically involve a huge potluck, which means lots of dirty pots and pans,...

Are Elevated Uric Acid Levels The Culprit Behind Everything From Gout To Obesity?

Sixteen million years ago, our common ancestors were European apes living in subtropical Europe. A major global climate change occurred, cooling and altering the environment in which they lived. Evolution in its brilliant but blind way, adjusted and left man to evolve with a genetic change that is now haunting us. The change was a progressive sequence of loss of...

New Frontiers In Parkinson’s Research, Thanks To The Michael J. Fox Foundation

As the spotlight-seeking keener he portrayed as Alex P. Keaton on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, Michael J. Fox seared his boyish good looks and infectious energy into the minds and hearts of millions. Today, the 57-year-old is parlaying his enduring popularity into an even greater role – mobilizing patients and researchers to bring an end to Parkinson’s disease,...