The annual flu shot can be a dreaded battle for those with kids; tears and screaming as your little one is reminded of his/her last vaccine experience: a pointy needle and pain in the arm. But for those looking to escape the crying, screaming and the anxiety, there is another option.
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As a genetics counsellor, one of the most frequently asked questions I hear is, "Can I have a genetic test to see if I am predisposed to cancer?" The short answer: maybe.
10/14/2015 05:54 EDT
A year ago, 32-year-old Melissa Mok wasn't feeling well. She developed flu-like symptoms that quickly escalated into mysterious blisters that covered her entire body, head to toe, inside and out. Puzzled, Melissa's doctors placed her into quarantine while trying to figure out what was overtaking her otherwise healthy body.
10/02/2015 08:34 EDT
As a patient, you are entitled to a full discussion with your surgeon about the potential benefits -- and risks -- of an operation before you give consent to the treatment. "Patients certainly shouldn't feel intimidated or concerned about asking questions. It is ultimately their health that is at stake," says Sally Bean, a Policy Advisor and Ethicist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. In my experience, most surgeons are quite happy to discuss those types of things with you." So, to answer your question, it is okay to ask a doctor how often he or she has performed the procedure.
09/19/2015 09:09 EDT
Meal prep is the practice of preparing a week's worth of meals (usually lunch or dinner or both!) in advance. Health food blogs and Instagram feeds have been buzzing about this trend, sharing tips and advice for creating the ultimate meal prep menus.
09/16/2015 08:04 EDT
The doctor said my mother was "colonized" by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The bacteria didn't actually make her sick, but the doctor said the germs might spread to other patients. It seemed to be a lot of fuss over nothing. Did the hospital overreact?
09/10/2015 08:13 EDT
The freshman year produces a perfect storm of factors: new pressures, an abundance of unhealthy food options, a lot of sitting around in classrooms and, often, higher alcohol consumption. At a time when the body is still growing -- and when brain power is key to successful learning -- how serious is the problem of the proverbial Freshman 15?
09/03/2015 05:40 EDT
For parents with children away at university, it can be a giant leap of faith to step back and let their young adult children be independent, and know that they will be okay. Most young adults transition to university without difficulty and take charge of this new independent phase of their lives with motivation to do well and the skills to navigate their academic and social lives. But for some young adults, the stress of being on their own to manage the academic and social demands of university life may be a breaking point that heralds or worsens mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression.
08/26/2015 08:21 EDT
You can't choose your parents or age, but there are many things you do have control over. The secret lies in eating a varied and balanced diet, and making sure you put your body's needs are at the top of the list. Remember that if you have too much of one thing, you're likely missing out on another! Be wary of health crazes and fad diets. You need to ask yourself, "Can I do this forever?" Here are 10 top recommendations from Sunnybrook experts to help you achieve a long and healthy life.
08/19/2015 08:23 EDT
A decade ago, the average bill for a cancer patient's drugs amounted to $2,000 or $3,000 a month, says Dr. Maureen Trudeau, head of medical oncology and hematology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. "Now some of the medications cost $6,000, $8,000 or $10,000 a month," she says. Despite their big price tags, a lot of newer drugs don't actually cure cancer. They simply help the patient to live longer -- sometimes by just a few months -- or will ease the discomfort caused by the disease.
08/10/2015 04:57 EDT
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.
08/05/2015 08:28 EDT
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.
07/18/2015 08:37 EDT
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.
07/11/2015 08:56 EDT
If you're pregnant and wondering if you can still hit the gym, recent research answers with a resounding "yes." Researchers looked at 2,800 healthy pregnant women who enrolled in exercise programs. By exercising moderately, the women reduced their risk of gestational diabetes by more than 30 per cent.
07/08/2015 12:14 EDT
If you ever suspect that your doctor, nurse or other health-care provider forgot to use the hand sanitizer, by all means raise the question. But, in reality, most patients in your situation are reluctant to do so. Surveys going back almost a decade found that Ontario patients didn't want to be placed in the role of a police officer to ensure that doctors and nurses wash their hands.
06/25/2015 06:19 EDT
It's "no pain, no gain" when it comes to seeing results at the gym, right? Well, Sunnybrook physiotherapist Alicia Savona says this is true, but like most rules, there are exceptions. Below are some telltale ways to gauge whether or not the muscle pain you're experiencing is normal.
06/13/2015 10:01 EDT
My sister suffers from depression and she has been prescribed several different antidepressant medications. While she feels marginally improved, her doctor is about to start her on a new drug to see if she can do better. Why is it so hard for some patients to find the "right" antidepressant?
06/09/2015 05:52 EDT
Whether you are binge-watching your favourite show on your tablet, or can't seem to stop checking your handheld for information, your body may be suffering. Sunnybrook Physiotherapist Jaime Lau has some sound advice to ease any aches and pains.
05/29/2015 06:14 EDT
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?
05/27/2015 06:37 EDT
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.
05/20/2015 08:58 EDT
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