Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Let's Talk About Colorectal Cancer

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Colorectal cancer is when cancer cells begin to grow in the colon or rectum, parts of the digestive system. The colon takes in water and nutrients from the food we eat and then passes the waste to the rectum (and voila -- poop). Because of its location in the body, colorectal cancer is an oft-shied away from topic.

A Drink To Brain Health? Don't Make It A Double

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Does alcohol consumption prevent Alzheimer's disease? The studies looking at alcohol use are generally observational in nature. They pick a given population without dementia, ask them about their alcohol intake, and then follow them over time to see who develops dementia.

The Truth About Hookah Smoking And Your Health

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I've heard before that smoking hookah is fine for your health and not at all like smoking cigarettes. To set the record straight and find out how hookah smoking can affect our health, I spoke to Bonnie Bristow, a Sunnybrook radiation therapist and leader on the Smoking Cessation Team.

Debunking 5 Myths About Bipolar Disorder

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Most teens with bipolar disorder have struggled with mood problems for years before they are diagnosed. Teens are often relieved to "finally have an answer" about the reason for their symptoms, and having an appropriate treatment plan instills hope that there can be smoother roads ahead.

Safe Spring Cleaning: What You Should Know About Chemical Burns

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

With the first official day of spring behind us, many people will be planning on doing a thorough spring cleaning around the house. But, did you know that some household cleaning products can become hazardous when stored or used improperly?

5 Things People Going Through Cancer Want You To Know

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Janet Ellis, a psychiatrist with the Odette Cancer Centre's Patient and Family Support program who specializes in psychosocial oncology, says it's best to be open and supportive of what is important or difficult for the individual, rather than making assumptions or giving advice to "think positive."

Use These Tips To Help You Quit Smoking

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.21.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

If you are reading this, chances are you are thinking about quitting smoking, or you'd like to find ways to help a loved one quit. And if so, congratulations on taking this first step! Quitting smoking is a journey, not an event. It can take time and require lots of support from family, friends or your healthcare provider.

Why You May Need Private Health Insurance When Travelling in Canada

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Unfortunately, only some medical expenses are covered when you are in another province. If you need to be seen by a doctor or visit a hospital emergency department, then your home province will pay for those services. But any extras -- such as an air ambulance flight back home -- are not included.

A Hysterectomy Is Not the Only Option for Treating Fibroids

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Some women need a hysterectomy because they have been diagnosed with uterine cancer. But, in the majority of cases, the operation is performed to treat other conditions such as fibroids.

Here Are Answers to Eight of the Most Common Drug Questions

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

What do you do if you forget to take a dose of your medication? Why does grapefruit juice affect the way certain drugs work? And should you hold on to your unneeded medications just in case? Sunnybrook experts in Pharmacy take on some common questions.

How Many Dental X-rays Are Too Many?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.27.2016 | 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?

Moving Provinces? You Can Transfer Your Prescriptions

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

In recent years, the provinces have introduced measures that make it easier for patients to transfer their prescriptions from another part of Canada. The process is fairly simple, but there are a few restrictions and other things you must consider.

Jogger Accused Of Crashing Remembrance Day Ceremony

Huffington Post Canada | Christian Cotroneo | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada

It's been two years since a man allegedly jogged right through a Remembrance Day ceremony in Toronto, kicked over Canadian flags and shot the bird to ...

How I Navigated My Mental Illness On and Off the Ice

Kendra Fisher | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Kendra Fisher

It took me almost 5 years to learn that I knew nothing about mental illness and I had no idea where to go for help. It all felt pointless, there was no "reason" left. At that moment I knew I had a choice to make -- I could accept there was no point, or I could find a way to make a point. I knew there had to be more; more help, more resources, more support -- I just had to find it.

Does Sunnybrook Care More About Quality of Death Than Quality of Life?

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Finlay

Should a hospital really have something called a "Quality Dying Initiative?" Apparently, Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre thinks so. And because it is Canada's largest teaching hospital, what it does carries considerable weight with hospitals across the country.

Hospital's Live Tweeting Of Open Heart Surgery Is So Much Better Than Grey's Anatomy

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Living

If you've ever wondered what it looks like inside an operating room, but didn't want to go the medical school route, Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital is ...

Hospitals Need More Common Sense, Not More Money

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada
Kathleen Finlay

Want to know another proven and really cheap method of improving patient safety? Wash your hands. So serious is the failure of doctors, nurses and other clinicians to follow this simple age-old motherly dictum, that the Ontario government requires hospitals to regularly report their level of pre-patient and post-patient hand hygiene compliance.

Hospitals Can Use Your Tax Dollars to Shut You Up

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Kathleen Finlay

One of the great unreported stories of the Canadian healthcare system is the avidity of hospitals to use limited taxpayer funds to hire lawyers, with the acquiescence of political leaders, in an effort to evade accountability or to silence families and others who raise inconvenient questions.

Air Ambulance CEO Removed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.03.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Two top officials have been formally removed from their positions at Ontario's air ambulance service.A statement from Ornge says Chris Mazza...

Married Men Seek Care For Heart Attacks Sooner: Study

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.17.2011 | Canada

TORONTO - Researchers say men who are married or in common-law relationships seek medical care for a possible heart attack sooner than men who are sin...