Research Challenges Longstanding Classifications of Diabetes With the Discovery of Five Unique Types

According to data from the World Health Organization, the number of people with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980. The condition is predicted to become the seventh leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. Up until recently, the understanding and approaches to management of the disease has rested upon its classification into two types. Type 1 is an autoimmune condition...

Happy Bladder = Happy Life: What You Need To Know

Bladder health is something we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about until something goes awry. It’s an important component in overall health that becomes increasing crucial as we age when problems like incontinence become more prevalent. The good news is that adopting some easy lifestyle habits, from improving hygiene to simply drinking more water, can make a...

The Struggle Is Real: 5 Ways For Women To Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can impact everything from your mood, to your sleep to your social life. “The first things we lose are fun activities and leisure and we end up only doing what we have to do,” says Sarah Sheffe, an occupational therapist at the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute. One in five Canadians experience chronic pain and the majority of...

Understanding Blood Pressure By the Numbers: What Do Yours Mean?

Each May, health professionals hold blood pressure screening events across Canada to mark Hypertension Month. “The main thrust of the campaign is to make sure people are testing their blood pressure regularly,” says Angelique Berg, CEO, Hypertension Canada. Being proactive is important. Hypertension is the leading cause of death and disability. But the good news? It is preventable. Time to cuff...

It’s Never Too Late To Butt Out: Better Health Is Within Reach For Smokers Who Quit

Toby Turner, an office manager from St. Boniface, MB, is looking forward to Thanksgiving 2018. “The Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend 10 years ago – that’s when I was able to butt out for the last time. I remember my last cigarette. I leaned against the hood of my daughter’s car in the driveway, enjoying one last puff while the...

Brain’s Ability to Repair Itself After a Stroke Linked to Nutrition

Living well after a stroke is possible, thanks to earlier detection, better recognition and treatment options. But one Saskatchewan researcher is taking a different tact and looking at the role that nutrition can play in how well or how poorly those who have had strokes can recover. Dr. Phyllis Paterson, a professor of nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, is...

Activist Ashton Applewhite Crushes 10 Myths About Aging

Sassy. Smart. No-nonsense. Empowering. Bold. Smart (we said that already?). That string of adjectives describes Ashton Applewhite, the U.S.-born writer-activist who originated This Chair Rocks, the hugely popular anti-ageism project, and wrote the bestseller, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She regularly engages, shocks, informs and delights on her blog, “Yo, Is This Ageist?”  “How ageism warps our view...

A Healthy Sex Life Boosts Wellbeing And Social Connectedness

Healthy aging is not only about our physical health, but also our emotional and social wellbeing. Interestingly, sometimes it all overlaps and our physical, social and emotional wellbeing depend on each other: An important part of healthy aging, we call this “social connectedness.” Are we participating in our community with lots of friends and interests? Do we share with our partners...

Actor Sean Hayes Funds Innovative App For Those With Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be debilitating and alienating. It affects not only daily interactions, but enjoyment from movies and TV shows because the focus is on reading captions and not what is being said. Fortunately, there is one newly available solution to address this – one that does not require hearing aids. Sonic Cloud began as an app that allowed the hard...

Feed the Need to Read: Research Shows It Keeps Your Brain Sharp

Some of the benefits of reading are well known. It’s a perfect way to gain knowledge, keep current or be entertained, too. Its health boosting qualities are less known, but a growing body of research is pushing them into the forefront with news about reading’s ability to improve brain health, from creating new neuro-pathways to strengthening short-term memory recall...