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At His High School Reunion, One Man Has A Revelation About The Worth Of Work

The email confirming the time and date of my high school reunion informed me that the organizing committee was expecting a very large crowd and I should consider that “good news.” They weren’t wrong. It was a very big crowd. Bigger than I expected. On...

Medical Breakthrough: Researchers Develop A Material To Repair Cardiac Tissue After A Heart Attack

Scientists at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) have cooked up the first human protein gel material capable of repairing damaged heart tissue after a heart attack. The gel, made from recombinant human collagen in the BioEngineering and Therapeutic Solutions (BEaTS) laboratory of the...

Reality Check: Not Just Women Are Affected By Osteoporosis. We’re All At Risk.

Osteoporosis? Not me. Some people believe that they are not at risk for this disease behind a loss of bone density, both in quality and quantity – a precursor to potential fractures that can seriously impair our ability to live life to the fullest. Myths...

How To Bring More Kindness To The World With A Smile, A Compliment And Giving Spirit

In the 1980s the phrase, “Practice random acts of kindness,” was popping up everywhere – bumper stickers, billboards, decals on mailboxes and elsewhere. I remember the first time I saw it. I was in my car and read it on the bumper sticker of the...

What Are Your Blood Pressure Numbers Telling You About Your Health?

Here's a sobering fact: Heart disease, including coronary heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and stroke, remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Hypertension is a top risk factor for developing the condition. The good news is that it is preventable and treatable. Time to cuff...

Are You Getting Enough Protein To Maintain Good Health And Help Reduce Muscle Loss?

Protein plays an integral role in your health. The body needs it to build bone, muscle, cartilage, enzymes, organs, hormones and skin tissue. Its importance is well understood, including how the need for protein changes with age. Available scientific data notes that inadequate protein intake,...

Aging In Place For Homeowners Is Within Reach With Universal Design

When kids leave home or retirement begins, homeowners often downsize or build their dream home as part of the next chapter of their lives. Yet have we thought enough about whether the living space is ready for this next chapter? Will the next home...

Never Forget Taking Your Medication Again, Thanks To New Apps And Smart Tech

“Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” This well-known quote from C. Everett Coop, former US Surgeon General, reflects a simple, yet empowering message. Considering that 30 per cent of Canadians between 65 to 74 years of age are taking at least five prescription medications, but only...

Break Myths, Not Bones: Why Understanding Osteoporosis Is Critical For Healthy Aging

Bone health is a cornerstone of good health. Yet it’s not something we give much thought to until it is too late and suffer a fracture. Myths endure around osteoporosis, preventing us from making good nutrition and smart lifestyle choices to keep the disease...

Personal Mobility Devices Get A Stylish Makeover By A BC Inventor

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...