Brain Injury

Diabetes Drug Could Rebuild Brains

Sean Mallen | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Sean Mallen

For half a century, a drug called metformin has been making life better for people suffering from Type II diabetes. Now, Canadian researchers are finding that it could also offer remarkable benefits for something completely different. There is evidence that metformin can help an injured brain repair itself.

You Can't Deny Marijuana Is Dangerous For Developing Minds

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.09.2017 | Canada Parents
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Physicians have not effectively confronted pot-related myths, nor have we adequately educated our patients. When I tell parents about marijuana's risks, they often express shock. Many believe it's like oregano... a safe "natural product" that adds a little spice to life. But pot is not benign.

How Many Deaths Will it Take Before We Redefine Masculinity?

Toula Drimonis | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

News that former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen's recent death was ruled a suicide saddened me. There is no doubt in my mind that competitive sports exact a physical and mental toll on professional athletes -- deaths are not just the consequences of a violent game and the long-term nefarious effects of injuries incurred on these athlete's bodies and brains, but a reflection of a society that does not allow for its men to be weak.

How to Prevent a Traumatic Brain Injury

Melanie Nathan | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
Melanie Nathan

Fortunately, there are several ways that you can help prevent head injuries from occurring to yourself. If you are a soccer player, simply doing neck exercises and practicing the safest way to do headers will help significantly.

Things I Learned While Recovering From a Brain Injury

Ovey Yeung | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ovey Yeung

Despite what the doctors call a "life long recovery," I am determined to move past the incident and accept it as a past.

Legal Issues Associated With Brain Injuries and Mental Capacity

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Living
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Lawyers often deal with the financial aspects of the consequences of mental incapacity resulting from brain injury. Lawyers may discuss with their clients the financial impact of an injury and any legal steps that may need to be taken to deal with the injury going forward.

What Bruce Springsteen Taught Me About My Brain Injury

Karen Conner | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Conner

I had just been diagnosed as having a traumatic brain injury and I was already playing games. My brother Keith, a family practice physician, didn't waste any time. "We need to determine the extent of your memory loss. This may feel a bit strange but if you can come up with the names of these songs, we'll have a better sense of your memory loss. Don't think of this as an exercise, think of it as an opportunity to play 'Name That Tune.' It will be fun!"

The Politics of Brain Injury and Concussions

Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Shireen Jeejeebhoy

This post originally appeared on Shireen Jeejeebhoy's political blog at talk talk talk. Summer is too nice to talk about the politics of the TTC or Pr...

I'm Saying Goodbye to My OCD

Karen Conner | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Living
Karen Conner

My OCD began manifesting itself after I processed the fact that I had been in a severe car accident which had resulted in my being in a coma for six weeks, a traumatic brain injury, and my almostdying. Since that time, I learned that unexpected, bizarre things can and do happen all the time.

How My Brain Injury Taught Me to Relax

Alana Hurov | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

I used to thrive on stress and deadlines. Everything changed a few years ago, when I suffered a concussion. I was forced to "live in the moment" and slow down. As a yogi for many years, I never truly understood the meaning of "letting go" and "being present" until my brain injury. I didn't have the choice, rushing through my life was no longer an option.

The Love of a Mother Can Move Mountains: My Interview With Dana Florence (VIDEO)

Shannon Skinner | Posted 09.15.2012 | Canada
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg When Dana Florence gave birth to triplets on January 1, 2008, life changed -- dramatically. The triplets were born 15 weeks premature and the fight for their lives began, enduring many procedures and surgeries to keep them alive.

Skier Still In Critical Condition

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2012 | Canada

SALT LAKE CITY - Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke remained in critical condition Thursday after a successful operation to repair a tear to an arte...