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Refresh Your Driving Safety In Time For The Summer

Refresh Your Driving Safety In Time For The Summer Sun

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 car surrounded by darkness.
05/19/2017 02:30 EDT
What Are Clinical

What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials, unlike other research, always involve humans. The studies are thoroughly reviewed by trained staff who decide whether or not the research is safe and ethical to perform on humans. These studies are performed with patient safety and confidentiality as a priority and you are always given a choice whether or not to participate.
05/17/2017 01:38 EDT
These Plants And Fruits Can Cause Severe Skin

These Plants And Fruits Can Cause Severe Skin Reactions

These are beautiful plants, some flowering, further masking their sinister side effects. And they are an invasive species, meaning they are increasingly found in many parts of Canada. If you are gardening, hiking or cottaging this summer, it's advised you familiarize yourself with what these plants look like so you can steer clear.
05/01/2017 10:41 EDT
Access To OCD Treatment Is Limited. And That's A

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

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. Most community doctors aren't fully informed on the ways to diagnose and treat OCD and related disorders, and patients are often going undiagnosed for years.
04/27/2017 09:44 EDT
The Truth About Nutrition Claims On Packaged

The Truth About Nutrition Claims On Packaged Foods

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 free," "low sodium," or "light."
04/21/2017 05:03 EDT
Mental Health Literacy Can Potentially Save

Mental Health Literacy Can Potentially Save Lives

We should be talking about brain health the same way we do, say, heart health. In school, we're taught about heart disease and stroke, and how healthy eating and exercise can help us combat and prevent these diseases. And that's very important, but we should be doing the same when it comes to mental health.
04/19/2017 03:10 EDT
The Dark Side Of Medicine

The Dark Side Of Medicine Residency

This job doesn't make you a bad person. You don't lose your empathy or your goodness. It's just hard to care about other people when you don't feel cared for, or are not caring for yourself. Knowing what refuels you back to your normal, good self is as important as knowing how to resuscitate someone who is sick. What makes you feel better, like the real you?
04/17/2017 01:57 EDT
For The Love Of Feet, Clean Out Your Shoe

For The Love Of Feet, Clean Out Your Shoe Closet

A good shoe provides support for your feet, cushions impact of hard walking surfaces and spreads the pressure of the weight of your body. So if you are getting a head start on your spring cleaning, what better place to start than your shoe closet.
04/07/2017 02:25 EDT
How Youth Can Find Mental Health

How Youth Can Find Mental Health Help

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 the appropriate services? Sometimes there seem to be too many options and you may not know where to start. To make things more challenging, you may be directed from door to door to door, making it feel like no one wants to let you in.
04/05/2017 02:56 EDT
Separating Food Facts From

Separating Food Facts From Fiction

A small handful of nuts (30 grams) eaten each day may reduce your risk of developing heart disease and has been linked with lower body weight and lower risk of obesity. Use a handful of nuts as a substitute for unhealthy snack options such as muffins, cookies, chips and chocolate. A 30 gram serving is about the size of a golf ball.
03/17/2017 03:05 EDT
The Positive Aspects Of Caregiving For

The Positive Aspects Of Caregiving For Dementia

The study of the positive aspects of caregiving has received little attention. What has become apparent, is that being able to find and focus on the positive aspects of caregiving has important outcomes including reducing caregiving stress, improving emotional status, and possibly reducing the likelihood of institutionalization.
03/13/2017 12:38 EDT
Let's Talk About Colorectal

Let's Talk About Colorectal Cancer

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.
03/03/2017 03:00 EST
How Lifestyle Changes Can Affect Breast

How Lifestyle Changes Can Affect Breast Cancer

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 treatment to increase their chance of cure. Unfortunately, many fall prey to false claims they read over the Internet or hear from well-meaning friends and relatives. They adhere to extremely strict diets -- no meat, no dairy, no sugar -- or turn to various "supplements" with unproven effectiveness and often even unproven safety.
02/24/2017 12:01 EST
HPV Isn't Just A Female Health Issue,

HPV Isn't Just A Female Health Issue, Guys

There are over 100 types of HPV. About 40 infect the anus and genitals, or anogenital tract. In both women and men, infection with high-risk HPV may cause cancer. For men, there is a risk of cancer in the anus and penis. In women, there is a risk of abnormal cervical cell changes, as well as anal cancer.
02/21/2017 04:03 EST
A Drink To Brain Health? Don't Make It A

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

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.
02/10/2017 02:59 EST
Why You Shouldn't Take The Salt And Ice

Why You Shouldn't Take The Salt And Ice Challenge

The salt and ice challenge involves putting salt and water on your skin (usually the arm or hand), and then seeing how long you can hold a piece of ice against it. Many people, particularly teens, have been recording themselves taking the challenge and then posting it on social media.
02/08/2017 05:27 EST
Can Alzheimer's Disease Be

Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented?

In spite of decades of intense and costly research, Alzheimer's disease cannot be prevented, its inevitable progression cannot be halted, and even its symptoms cannot be dramatically improved. Research continues however, though this past year has seen a large number of very notable treatment failures, with drugs, vaccines and non-drug interventions.
01/27/2017 03:17 EST
Heart Attack 101: What Men And Women Should

Heart Attack 101: What Men And Women Should Know

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 as the leading killer worldwide for the past few years.
01/25/2017 04:21 EST