Illness

Why You Need To Get a Flu Shot ASAP

University of Toronto News | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Very soon, people of all ages across Canada will roll up their sleeves for their flu shots. The vaccine is already available in many doctors' offices...

Adding More Psychiatrists to a Flawed System Won't Help Anyone

Paul Kurdyak | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Paul Kurdyak

How should psychiatrists' roles be defined in order to provide as much specialist care to as many high-needs individuals as possible in the most cost-effective way? Because psychiatrists appear to be organized in a far less than systematic fashion within Ontario's mental health system, there is a fairly steady level of unmet need no matter how many psychiatrists practice in a region.

Give Seniors "Homes" Instead of "Institutions"

Verena Menec | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living
Verena Menec

Should we really be talking about how many nursing home beds are needed as politicians, media and health policy people all do? Or should the question be: "How many more homes are needed for frail older people who need care?"

5 Tips From a Physician to Help You Breeze Through the ER

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Brett Belchetz

Summer is fast approaching. Days full of swimming, sports, alcohol, and hot weather create a perfect storm of conditions for accident and illness. Here are five simple tips, based on my 10 years of working in the ER, which will make a huge difference to both the speed and safety of any ER visit.

All You Need To Know About the MERS Virus

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada
Dr Dina Kulik

The only treatment to date for the MERS virus is supportive care to help relieve symptoms. This is similar to the treatment of the SARS virus. Patients with MERS often require fluids, oxygen, fever-lowering medication, supplemental nutrition and care for secondary bacterial infections. Some individuals with MERS have suffered kidney failure and required dialysis.

U.S. and Canadian Health Care Have More In Common Than You Think

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Trudy Lieberman

As in the U.S., there's much soul searching about whether the country is getting as much bang for the bucks it spends. Does the quality of care match the country's outlay? A number of studies, including the latest international comparison from The Commonwealth Fund, show that Canada and the U.S. both fall down on several dimensions of care.

Breaking Free of Chronic Pain Might Mean Thinking Outside the Box

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Chronic Pain is a vicious cycle for so many people on the planet. We can feel like we are shuffled on and off medications with no real relief. I stumbled across the mind-body medicine and through yoga and meditation I started my own journey of self-healing.

Lather Up for Global Handwashing Day

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg October also brings in a day that commemorates what should be a part of our daily activities but for many is either forgotten or simply ignored: handwashing. It's not a surprise as handwashing is not considered -- other than perhaps in the public health field -- to be an incredibly important part of living.

Sticky situation: Bad News Guide - What to Do and Say

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky situation: In our daily lives, from work to the community and even within our very own family, we regularly receive news that may make us uncomfortable and will at times, leave us speechless and paralyzed. To enlighten you, and hopefully prepare you for what to say and do, here are some suggestions.

The Reason You're Gaining Weight

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

People get fat from eating too much and exercising too little. At least that's the most widely held explanation for the growing obesity crisis around the world. But it's not that simple, says Dr. Achim Peters, a professor of neurology at the University of Lübeck in Germany.

Can Nature Keep Medical Costs Down?

David Suzuki | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

It's easier, more effective, and cheaper to let healthy bodies fight off disease and infections than to weaken those defence mechanisms and then compensate for them medically. If we want a stable health system, we must put more resources into reducing pollution and environmental degradation and creating a way of life that keeps bodies and minds happy and in good health.

How Destroying the Environment Destroys our Health

David Suzuki | Posted 10.15.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

According to an article in the New York Times, "emerging diseases have quadrupled in the last half-century." The increase is mainly due to human encroachment into and destruction of wildlife habitat. For example, one study concluded that a four per cent increase in Amazon deforestation led to a 50 per cent increase in malaria because mosquitoes, which transmit the disease, thrive in the cleared areas.

The Hotdog Condiment That Can Fight Cancer

Harriet Sugar-Miller | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada Living
Harriet Sugar-Miller

Like other fermented foods, sauerkraut contains hefty amounts of beneficial bacteria -- and those bacteria ferment the fiber you eat to produce butyrate, a powerful fatty acid. That's right! The stuff that you lather on top of your hot dogs actually fights cancer, and here's how!

Under The Weather? The Flu Is On The Way

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Were you out of commission for most of the holidays? Laid low by some alien that invaded your throat and-or chest and-or sinuses and wouldn'...

Nine Lessons From My Sick Bed

Anne Day | Posted 02.28.2012 | Canada Living
Anne Day

There is nothing like being sick to make you focus on what is important and what you want out of life.