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Words Matter: Language And Symbols Have The Power To Shape Culture And Instigate Change

Labels can be useful. Without them we wouldn’t know what’s in file folders or cans, whether food contains ingredients we’re allergic to, or whether we should launder or dry-clean our clothes. But words, images, signs and symbols that describe and categorize people – that separate...

Sounding Off On An Age-Old Question – Is Midlife Crisis A Myth Or A Reality?

In his 1965 article “Death and the Midlife Crisis” for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Canadian psychologist Elliott Jaques coined the term “midlife crisis” to describe the period in which one grapples with their place in the world, their remaining years and what’s left...

AGE-WELL 2018: Fostering Real-World Solutions To Support Healthy Aging

The fourth annual AGE-WELL conference in Vancouver made headlines around the globe. Canadian researchers came together with industry, non-profit and government sectors, and older adults and caregivers, united by a passion to change the future of aging through innovative technologies, services, policies and practices....

Class Acts: It’s Back To School For Grownups From PhDs To Pleasure Pursuits

Rock ’n’ roll legend Alice Cooper may equate learning with pencils, books and teachers’ dirty looks, but tens of thousands of Canadians – all flocking to embrace new challenges inside and outside traditional classrooms – couldn’t disagree more.  For some, returning to school in their...

Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Big Strides In Parkinson’s Research: “We’re Much Closer To Finding A Cure”

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...

Having Chicken Pox Puts You At Risk For Painful Shingles: Fight Back With A Vaccine

Most adults over the age of 30 can remember the pain of contracting chicken pox. The isolation from friends, the hideous red spots and the relentless, maddening itch that had parents constantly yelling to “stop scratching!” were the stuff of nightmares. Finally, after the...

Sleepless And Cranky, One Woman Finds Relief For Menopause Symptoms With Medical Cannabis

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...

Why Being A Good Canadian Means Getting A Flu Shot

Welcome to the 2018/19 flu season. It arrives each year with a bit of fanfare. Signs that say “Get your flu shot now!” are scattered across hospitals and pharmacies across Canada and a slew of news reports look ahead at what to expect. About 10...

Trailblazing Media Personality Valerie Pringle Broadcasts The Wonders Of Nature

Valerie Pringle is serious about hiking. When she is asked about her longtime commitment to The Great Trail, a network of 24,000 kilometres of recreational trails (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail) that links all 13 provinces and territories, she becomes poetic, quoting philosophers...

Stem Cell Therapy Now A Viable Option To Treat Chronic Back Pain

Our own cells may be the answer to eliminating chronic neck or back pain and repairing damaged discs in the spine. Spine and pain management specialist Jason Arora says that using a patient’s blood plasma, which is rich in antibodies, enzymes and proteins, or stem...