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I'm Grieving One Birthday, Anniversary and Holiday at a Time

Robin Summerfield | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

Three months ago, my love died. Today is our seventh wedding anniversary. I am miserable. Distraction and over compensation has been a great (if not especially healthy) strategy for me. If I can't face the pain of loss at the moment, why not flip the script.

5 Slow Carb Swaps for Energy, Weight Loss and Health

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

With slow carbs, your blood sugar will go up slowly, won't go up as high, and will peter off gradually, looking more like a gentle wave than a tsunami. This means you avoid the Spike-Crash-Crave cycle. Research suggests that the most effective long-term weight loss diet features moderate amounts of protein along with slow carbs.

This Canadian Doctor Could Change Lives Of Women Fighting Cancer

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada

Dr. Ophira Ginsburg says in low- and middle-income countries, breast cancer is a rapidly growing problem.

The Legacy of the Pan Am Athletes' Village Is a Healthy, Active Community

Shelly Jamieson | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Living
Shelly Jamieson

The West Don Lands site, which includes the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village, has sidewalks double or triple the usual size, designed to promote more walking and cycling. At its heart is the Corktown Common, a leafy green park with walking trails and splash pad, around which the neighbourhood radiates.

Why Do Cancer Drugs Cost More Than Gold?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

A decade ago, the average bill for a cancer patient's drugs amounted to $2,000 or $3,000 a month, says Dr. Maureen Trudeau, head of medical oncology and hematology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. "Now some of the medications cost $6,000, $8,000 or $10,000 a month," she says. Despite their big price tags, a lot of newer drugs don't actually cure cancer. They simply help the patient to live longer -- sometimes by just a few months -- or will ease the discomfort caused by the disease.

Canada Takes Long to Approve New Drugs - and That's Good

Alan Cassels | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Cassels

Provinces are clearly voting with their budgets, going slow and low on approvals and coverage of new therapies. Canada is not wrong to be prudent in taking our time to decide how, or if, a new drug needs to be covered -- a precautionary approach is just the smart way to go.

Please Don't Tell Me You Can Cure My Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Writing about mental illness invites information -- sometimes informed, sometimes not so informed -- from people who will claim that they too once suffered from depression, anxiety, OCD, ADD, bipolar types I or II, schizophrenia; and will claim to have the cure to one or all of these.

I Don't Feel Like a Widow, But I Am One

Robin Summerfield | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

The truth is I don't feel 44 and I don't feel like a widow. I feel married and 80-years-old. In the past four years, I have aged tremendously, both physically, emotionally and mentally. And in my mind, I am still married. Mike has just been gone a little more than a month.

One Girl's True Wish to Go Camping

Chris Pon | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Chris Pon

For the most part, Hailey is just like any other seven-year-old. However, this past December, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Hailey's wish is to have a pop-up camper so that she can go camping with her family and friends and play in the woods, stare up at the stars, stay up past her bedtime.

Canada's Largest Health Research Platform Has Arrived

Shelly Jamieson | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Living
Shelly Jamieson

Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is a landmark pan-Canadian population health research platform that can be used to explore how genetics, environment, lifestyle and behaviour interact and contribute to the development of cancer and other chronic diseases. Researchers in Canada and around the globe now have access to health and lifestyle surveys and in the future will have the ability to link it to health outcome data and even biological samples like blood and toenail clippings.

Quebec-Style Pharmacare Program Won't Work for the Rest of Canada

Marc-Andre Gagnon | Posted 07.01.2015 | Canada Business
Marc-Andre Gagnon

Eight provincial health ministers organized a roundtable with healthcare professionals and academic experts on June 8 to discuss how we should transform drug coverage in Canada and several are now calling for a national pharmacare program. The question now is, what kind?

How the way We Fight Cancer Is Changing

Dr. James Aw | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. James Aw

Oncology, or the branch of medicine that deals with tumours and cancer, is leading the profession's charge toward precision medicine -- a new approach that places the focus on the individual patient and all the ways that patient is unique.

Can Avocados Cure Leukemia?

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living

The University of Waterloo announced on Monday that the school of pharmacology has made a breakthrough in leukemia research. Professor Paul Spanguo...

Cuba Has A Lung Cancer Vaccine, And It's Coming To America

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Impact

Despite 50 years of the U.S. embargo, Cuban doctors have developed cancer drugs that are getting worldwide attention

How Many Dental X-rays Are Too Many?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Question: Every couple of times that I visit my dentist's office, she asks me to submit to more dental X-rays. I seem to be getting an awful lot of them. I don't want to increase my chances of getting cancer. How often should I be getting dental X-rays?

Cancer Cases In Canada To Rise 40 Per Cent By 2030

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - The annual number of new cancer diagnoses in Canada will increase by 40 per cent by 2030, the Canadian Cancer Society predicted in a report ...

How to Reduce Wait Times in Canadian Health Care

Robert McMurtry | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert  McMurtry

Wait times have long been a source of concern for Canadians, and in some jurisdictions, remain a significant problem. Recently the Canadian Institutes of Health Information (CIHI) released their report for 2015. There is both encouraging news and areas in need of attention.

5-Year-Old Victoria Girl Who Beat Cancer Twice Relapses

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"Our greatest fears have come true," said Hannah Day's mother.

Find Your Funny Bone and Enjoy Life

Anne Day | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Living
Anne Day

Research has since shown that laughter is good for you. So my advice? Find your funny bone. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

I've Beaten the Odds and Survived Terminal Brain Cancer

Zbigniew Jack Wendolowski | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Zbigniew Jack Wendolowski

This year, I decided to participate in my first Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. I want to bring hope to those living with cancer and the people who surround them. I was given three to five years to live, and today I am living stronger, healthier and happier then ever, five years after my diagnosis.

When Our Daughter Became Sick, We Found Strength in Nature

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

In 2010, our five-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Whenever Lily was released from the hospital, and the weather cooperated, we headed outside. We really started to depend on these adventures, these outdoor excursions, to get us through the bad days and help Lily along her road to recovery. According to the National Environmental Educational Foundation, exposure to nature can reduce stress levels by as much as 28 per cent in children. Health benefits of nature may include reduced anxiety and depression, increased energy and immunity, decreased stress and improved mental health.

Learn to Be Savvy and Detect Bogus Health News

University of Toronto News | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Today it seems that we're bombarded with news about some great new medical hope or fear of the moment, and I worry that we are all suffering from health-information overload. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps we can take when reading medical news that will help us to put it all in perspective.

What Exactly Is A Tumour? (Read This Before You Freak Out)

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living

When most people hear the word tumour, cancer fears aren't far behind. But what exactly is a tumour? How do you get one? And how can you treat it? ...

China's Disastrous Pollution Problem Is a Lesson for Canada

David Suzuki | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The global atmosphere is being loaded with the sum of all nations' activities. And while Canada's air quality is better than many places, half of us live in areas where we are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution. We can and should do more to curb pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Menopause in Your 30s: Nine Things That Can Age Your Ovaries

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

What causes early menopause or premature ovarian aging? This unique situation may occur from lifestyle factors, medical treatment or genetic predisposition. Early menopause can also be the result of an autoimmune disease.