high heels hurt more than your feet

High heels hurt more than your wallet

At my son’s recent graduation, I couldn’t help wincing as I watched almost all of the women graduates teetering on 4″ (or higher!) high heels. As you would expect with our cultural norms, all of the men wore flat dress shoes. Why do women wear high heels? Bet your answer is one of these: Because […]

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The Gene: An Intimate History Book Review

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee is a fascinating read about the journey scientists have traveled to unlock the mysteries of the gene, the master code that defines all forms of life. As with his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Mukherjee interweaves dramatic stories about scientific discoveries and patient journeys […]

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The ethics of human embryo gene editing

Right now, scientists can edit the genes of human embryos. Using an exciting technology called CRISPR (clustered randomly interspersed short palindromic repeats), they can make precise cuts in targeted sections of DNA and paste in new code. But should they? Editing the genes of human embryos could prevent debilitating disease, but those changes will alter the germline […]

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ASJA 2016 Health and Medical Writing

ASJA 2016 Health & Medical Writing: No Science Degree Required

At the ASJA 2016 conference in New York for the American Society of Journalists and Authors, I organized and spoke on a panel about how to prosper as a freelance writer specializing in health and medical writing, without having a science degree. Joined by two friends and colleagues, Maureen Salamon and Marijke Vroomen Durning, we shared […]

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The Obesity Code: Can fasting reset your metabolism?

I went to the gym this morning for what my husband calls “double potions” — spin class followed by a muscle-mix session with free weights. His joke is a reference to the class timetable for Gryffindor House in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which included a double-length class for potions once a week. I […]

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The Death of Cancer

The Death of Cancer: Book Review

Cancer affects everyone. Maybe you have had a personal experience, or perhaps you know a family member, friend or colleague who has faced cancer head-on, or you’ve had a positive screening test or biopsy result that kept you up at night. In spite of media headlines lamenting that we don’t yet have a cure for […]

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Wasted: New hope for addiction treatment

Do you know someone with an addiction problem? Last October, I attended a lecture at the University of Toronto given by Mark Lewis, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology. A former addict himself and author of The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is not a Disease, Lewis said that addiction is not a […]

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Productivity resources for independent communicators

Well, here we are! Before us lies a bright and shiny new year. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the past year and implement some new strategies, tips and tools to increase our productivity. On January 5, 2016, I gave a presentation for Professional Independent Communicators (PIC), a subgroup of IABC Toronto that provides professional […]

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New jobs in regenerative medicine

Canada is a hotbed for the commercialization of regenerative medicine and stem cell discoveries. How appropriate, since two Canadian doctors, James Till and Ernest McCulloch discovered transplantable stem cells at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto in 1961. Accelerated growth in this industry sector is opening up new job opportunities for medical laboratory technologists. The […]

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Health risks of wearing high heels

Do you know that there are several health risks from wearing high heels? I used to wear them daily when I had an office job, even though they hurt my feet sometimes and I didn’t need the extra height. Now it hurts to wear them at all because I have worn flats for so long. […]

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