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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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Show Your Heart A Little Love

February is Heart Month. Let's show our hearts a little love. Do something healthy for your heart. What do you want to do to love your heart? Cut down on alcohol? Train for that couch-to-5K? Walk to school once a week with your kids? Make a pledge and share it with your family and friends so they can support you in your effort.
02/19/2016 02:56 EST

What's A Legume And Why Should I Eat It?

Legumes are high in fibre. Meat is not. Fibre helps lower cholesterol, which is helpful in the prevention of heart disease. Fibre also helps us have regular bowel movements, and helps control blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and keeps you feeling full for longer.
02/08/2016 06:22 EST
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Use These Tips To Help You Quit Smoking

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.
01/21/2016 04:49 EST

What Your Nails Say About Your Health

Nails are like 20 small snapshots into your overall health, and can actually tell quite a story. The first step in evaluating your nail health is by having a close look at your nails' overall shape, colour and texture.
12/18/2015 04:47 EST
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Getting Through The Holidays After Losing A Baby

The holidays are a joyful time of celebration and coming together with friends and family. But for families who have lost a loved one, the holidays can be especially difficult. Old memories and traditions offer reminders of loved ones no longer there. Families who have lost babies can find the holidays particularly bittersweet.
12/11/2015 12:48 EST
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How To Manage Your Fear Of The Dentist

About one in five people have some fear of going to the dentist, often stemming from a traumatic experience. Even general life anxiety can manifest into fear of the dental chair. Many of these people cancel appointments or avoid dental visits altogether. And for those who do come in, it's often when a dental issue is far more advanced and harder to treat.
12/04/2015 01:10 EST

Should I Have My Baby Circumcised?

For some of my patients, there are religious or cultural beliefs that will guide their decision. For others, it may be that the baby's father is circumcised, or not, that is the driving force in their decision. As an obstetrician, I'm often asked, "What does the science say?"
12/03/2015 12:07 EST

What You Need To Know About Clinical Trials And Cancer Treatment

Clinical trials are designed to test new ways of treating, diagnosing or preventing cancer against the best available standard of treatment that is currently available. From questions about safety, accessing newer treatments, to wondering about the benefit to your own treatment, exploring what clinical trials actually involve can help you determine if one is worth considering.
11/25/2015 11:22 EST

Is Your Doctor Superstitious?

While interviewing a Sunnybrook surgeon a few months ago, the topic of superstitions came up. He told me that similar to the general public, superstitions are common among medical practitioners. Studies have shown that superstitions are more prevalent in professions and circumstances with higher degrees of uncertainty.
10/30/2015 04:16 EDT