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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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Separating Food Facts From Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2017 | 3:05 PM

Written by Marsha Feldt, RD, CDE, Annie Hoang, RD, CDE and Jill Zweig, RD, CDE, dietitians at Sunnybrook's Diabetic Education Centre program

It can be hard to get the facts when it comes to nutrition information. Here are some questions that people are often confused about:

Are nuts...

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The Positive Aspects Of Caregiving For Dementia

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 12:38 PM

Written by Dr. Nathan Herrmann, holder of the Lewar Chair in Geriatric Psychiatry and Head of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Question: Is "Caregiver Joy" an oxymoron?

Answer: I must admit that the good news is few and far between. So before I dedicate a...

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Let's Talk About Colorectal Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2017 | 2:00 PM

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Written by Alexis Dobranowski, a Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.

What's Your Poo Telling You?

Everybody Poops.

How to S*** in the Woods.

All great books about bowel movements. (Or BMs, or number twos, or poop. Or stool.)

And all just merely a way...

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How Lifestyle Changes Can Affect Breast Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 11:02 PM

Written by Dr. Ellen Warner, medical oncologist at Sunnybrook's Odette Cancer Centre.

I have treated patients with breast cancer for more than 30 years as a medical oncologist. And I have found that most of the women in my practice are desperately looking for things they can do beyond standard...

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HPV Isn't Just A Female Health Issue, Guys

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 3:03 PM

Written by Dr. Nancy Durand, a gynaecologist at Sunnybrook, with a clinical and research interest in minimally invasive surgery, HPV and colposcopy.

"You have an abnormal Pap test." Anxiety-producing words many of my female patients have heard. If you're sexually active in Canada, chances are you may hear them at...

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These Veterans Have Been Married For 71 Years. This Is Their Love Story

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2017 | 4:49 PM


Written by Jessica Lepore, a Digital Communications Specialist at Sunnybrook.

Bernice and Eddie Graf have been in love for 71 years.

Their seven-decade romance began overseas in the army, where Eddie was a musician in an Army Show, and Bernice was a dancer...

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

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2017 | 1:59 PM

Written by Dr. Nathan Herrmann, Lewar Chair in Geriatric Psychiatry and Head of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Sunnybrook.

Question: Does alcohol consumption prevent Alzheimer's disease?

Answer: The studies on the effect of alcohol consumption and the risk of dementia are complicated, confusing, and conflicted. What is known for...

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Why You Shouldn't Take The Salt And Ice Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2017 | 4:27 PM

Written by Sybil Millar, Communications Advisor for the Ross Tilley Burn Centre, Critical Care and Infectious Diseases programs at Sunnybrook.

If you've been on Youtube in the past few years, chances are you've seen videos of people participating in various "challenges", like the cinnamon challenge, the banana Sprite challenge, the...

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Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented?

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2017 | 2:17 PM

Written by Dr. Nathan Herrmann, Lewar Chair in Geriatric Psychiatry and Head of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Sunnybrook.

Question: Can Alzheimer's disease be prevented?

Answer: Not yet!

In spite of decades of intense and costly research, Alzheimer's disease cannot be prevented, its inevitable...

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Heart Attack 101: What Men And Women Should Know

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2017 | 3:21 PM

Written by Alexis Dobranowski, a Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.

Heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women worldwide. In 2016, actor Carrie Fisher died of a heart attack along with approximately 17.5 million other people around the world. Heart disease has edged out cancer...

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Grief Is A Process That Can't Be Rushed

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2017 | 12:48 PM


Written by Alexis Dobranowski, a Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.

When someone we love dies, we experience many different emotions, such as sadness, anger, shock, guilt or helplessness to name just a few.

"When a loved one dies, grieving is unavoidable," says Dr. Dori Seccareccia, psychosocial therapist...

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Why This Flu Season Seems So Much Worse Than Last Year's

(8) Comments | Posted January 19, 2017 | 12:04 PM

Written by Dr. Mary Vearncombe, Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

There are a few certainties in life: death, taxes -- and influenza, better known as the flu.

Flu season runs from about November to March in North America, and each year it varies in length...

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What's In My Food? A Guide To The Ingredients List

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2017 | 5:20 AM

Written by Andrea Ho, a registered dietitian with the Schulich Heart Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

The ingredients list on a food label is required by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to be listed on most packaged Canadian food products...

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The Princess At The Heart Of Bipolar Disorder

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 5:02 PM

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Carrie Fisher poses at the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Hollywood, California Dec.14, 2015. (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Written by Dr. Ben Goldstein, a psychiatrist and Director of the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder at Sunnybrook.

Although the cause of Carrie...

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Step Off The See-Saw Of Guilt-Inducing New Year's Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2017 | 4:23 PM


Written by Annie Hoang, a registered dietitian with the Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team

It is that time of year again -- when many of us have resolved to start doing what we have been meaning to do. The eggnog is gone, the sugar cookies have...

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Achieve Your New Year's Fitness Resolutions With These Tips

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 2:26 PM

Written by Natalie Chung-Sayers, Sunnybrook's Communications Advisor for the Holland Musculoskeletal Program and the St. John's Rehab Program.

Have you previously made New Year's resolutions to lose weight? This year, let's make it more about what's on the inside: improving your physical fitness and increasing your levels of activity.


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Coping With Cancer During The Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2016 | 3:53 PM

Written by Denise Bilodeau, a social worker at Sunnybrook's Odette Cancer Centre.

The holidays can be overwhelming for many people, but they can be especially tough for patients and their caregivers who are also dealing with doctor's appointments, treatment, side effects, and the emotional strain of a cancer diagnosis.


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Is Holiday Anxiety Normal?

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2016 | 5:43 AM

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Written by Dr. Sharon Domb, a family physician and member of Sunnybrook's Academic Family Health Team.

Question: As the weather changes and the holiday season approaches, I'm feeling kind of anxious. This happens each year (now that I...

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How To Decode The Nutrition Label On Food Products

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2016 | 4:05 PM

Written by Andrea Ho, a registered dietitian with the Schulich Heart Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Have you ever looked at the nutrition labels on a food product and wondered how to make sense of the information? If so, you're not alone! Food labels contain a lot...

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We Should Be Talking About Men's Mental Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 4:51 AM

Written by Dr. Ari Zaretsky, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, as well as a professor with the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

When it comes to Movember and men's health, the focus has typically been on prostate and testicular cancer. However, there is another...

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