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Sunnybrook is the largest-single site hospital in Canada. Our mission is to care for our patients and their families when it matters most; our vision is to invent the future of health care. With these goals in mind, we provide interactive web tools – from blogs, to social media, to YouTube videos and more – to connect with and educate patients and families.

Our health tips are for informational purposes only, and they are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.
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Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

I walked through a cloud of tutti-frutti smelling smoke the other day, and it got me wondering about e-cigarettes. Are they safe? Are the bad for you? Why do they smell like fruit? So, I spoke with Leslie Gibson, occupational therapist and member of Sunnybrook's Smoking Cessation Committee, to answer some common questions about e-cigarettes.
09/28/2016 02:36 EDT
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'Healthy Work Lunches' Aren't Just A Myth

In my years of nutrition counselling, I have noticed that lunch often seems to be the forgotten meal. People say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and dinner is almost always the biggest meal of the day. But what about lunch? Lunch should make up almost one-third of your daily nutrition intake -- shouldn't that be important?
09/21/2016 11:15 EDT
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Will You Get Alzheimer's If Your Parent Has The Disease?

Let's start with some basic numbers. Excellent data from Canada indicates that eight per cent of people over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with dementia, and about two-thirds of those will have Alzheimer's disease. The risk of developing Alzheimer's disease doubles for every five years of life beyond age 65, making older age one of the most significant and predictable risk factors.
09/14/2016 01:59 EDT
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6 Heart-Healthy Dinner Time Savers

Going back to the school and work routine after the summer holidays can be both exciting and exhausting. Dinner can easily become an afterthought during this busy transition time, but it's important to keep your energy up! Skip the drive-thru and try these heart-healthy tips to speed up your weeknight dinner prep time.
09/08/2016 04:36 EDT
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To Gord Downie, The Hip, And Canadians: Thank You

I've had the honour and privilege of treating Mr. Downie over the past few months, and working with his health-care team during this summer's tour. When the band stepped on stage in Victoria, B.C. for the tour's first stop, like many others in the audience, I cried. I've been asked a lot this summer if I'm a Hip fan, and I am. I treat 250 new patients year, and I'm a fan of all of them -- for the strength they show and for the determination they have to make the cancer journey better for those who face it after them.
08/30/2016 12:29 EDT
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How To Practice Sun Safety And Protect Your Skin

The sun. It's a beautiful thing, and when it's shining, the streets, parks and beaches get really busy. The city comes alive! But it's not all good. The sun can burn! And, a history of sunburns increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanomas. Sun exposure can also cause wrinkles, dry skin and age spots.
07/26/2016 03:32 EDT
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Dementia And Driving: When It's Time To Hang Up The Keys

As a memory doctor, the most difficult thing I have to do is to tell the patient and their family about the diagnosis of dementia. The second most difficult thing I have to do is recommend driving cessation. There's no question that driving cessation has potentially dramatic effects on independence and quality of life for patients (and their spouses).
07/12/2016 03:34 EDT
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What To Eat In The Heat

This heat makes me want to find the nearest lake and jump right in. Or lay under a shady tree with a sprinkler near by. Registered dietitian Daphna Steinberg says the hot weather is no reason not to enjoy good food. Daphna and her colleague Katherine Vandenbussche, registered dietitian, have a few tips for eating in the heat:
07/08/2016 02:55 EDT
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The Best (And Worst) Exercises For Arthritis And Joint Pain

Activity is a natural remedy for arthritis. It helps feed the joint cartilage, keeping the joints moving freely. Activity maintains muscle strength that is important for balance and decreases the overall risk of falls. It makes everyday activities easier by decreasing stiffness and boosting energy. Staying active also opens the door to, quite literally, exercising some control over your condition.
06/17/2016 12:40 EDT