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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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Refresh Your Driving Safety In Time For The Summer Sun

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2017 | 2:30 PM

Written by Alexis Dobranowski, Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.

If I asked you to close your eyes and imagine a car crash, it might play out like a movie scene in your mind: a car skidding down the road on dark, stormy night or rain pelting the windshield of an out-of-control...

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What Are Clinical Trials?

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2017 | 1:38 PM

Written by Alexis Dobranowski, Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.

How you are diagnosed with an illness and treated for that illness is based on years of research and evidence. That evidence is constantly being revisited by researchers who are searching for the best and safest ways to find, diagnose and treat...

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Marianna Shares Her Story To Raise Awareness About Postpartum Depression

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2017 | 12:56 PM


For Mental Health week, Marianna is sharing her journey with postpartum depression to help raise awareness for maternal mental health.

Marianna is mom to James, a happy and active 20-month toddler. She wrote the essay below when James was five months old. Marianna...

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These Plants And Fruits Can Cause Severe Skin Reactions

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2017 | 10:40 AM

Written by Monica Matys, a Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.

Katie Turnbull is a project manager for the Toronto and Regional Conservation Authority (TRCA). Nature is her livelihood, and she harbors equal parts love and respect for it. She has seen many times what happens when you have a...

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Access To OCD Treatment Is Limited. And That's A Problem.

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 1:44 PM

Written by Dr. Peggy Richter, head of the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre at Sunnybrook.

There's a serious gap in the health-care system when it comes to treating patients with obsessive compulsive and related disorders. And limited knowledge is to blame.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has always...

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The Truth About Nutrition Claims On Packaged Foods

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2017 | 5:03 PM

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

You've probably noticed nutrition claims on packaged foods when you've gone grocery shopping. Boxes, cartons, cans and bags filled with some of our favourite foods all seem to be screaming "fat...

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Mental Health Literacy Can Potentially Save Lives

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2017 | 3:10 PM

Written by Dr. Mark Sinyor, staff psychiatrist in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

We all have a mental health.

Which is why we should be talking about brain health the same way we...

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The Dark Side Of Medicine Residency

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2017 | 1:58 PM

Written by Dr. Shelly Dev

This is the first in a series of articles exploring physician wellness that will be out next month in U of T Medicine, the alumni magazine of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

I think of my second...

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For The Love Of Feet, Clean Out Your Shoe Closet

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2017 | 2:25 PM

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Written by Alexis Dobranowski, Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.

Soon -- I hope -- spring will truly hit, and it'll be time to free my feet from the constraints of my clunky boots. Bring on the sandals...and unfortunately the accompanying foot pain.

A little bit of...

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How Youth Can Find Mental Health Help

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2017 | 2:57 PM

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Written by Dr. John Teshima, a youth psychiatrist at Sunnybrook.

Finding mental health help for youth and their families should be simple, but it can actually be complicated and confusing. Which professional will be most helpful? Which program will provide...

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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

(0) 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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