Archive | 2011

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Strange Health News Headline – Fizzy Drinks May Make Teens Explode

As a freelance health journalist, I cruise the digital headlines looking for story ideas about health news and medical innovations on a regular basis. Here’s one strange health headline that grabbed my attention last week – “Fizzy Drinks May Make Teens Explode.” A closer look at the study abstract from the journal Injury Prevention revealed […]

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10 freaky facts about food

We rounded up the bizarre things you may not know about some common foods. All foods mentioned are considered safe to consume, but these freaky facts may lead you to think before you eat! 1. Shellac is made from bug excrement Jellybeans are a tasty treat and come in many flavours, but did you realize their […]

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The guts to go grey

I remember exactly where I was when I found the first one. I was the ripe old age of 19, taking a break from studying for exams in first-year university. I looked in the mirror and reeled in horror. There was a completely white bolt of lightning sticking out against the night sky of my […]

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Medical Writing Tips from 2 Pro Writers

Recently I attended a professional development session about medical writing tips for success, held as part of the Professional Writers Association of Canada’s annual conference in Montreal.  The two presenters provided a thorough overview about what it takes to be successful in the field, and shared great ideas for places to consider selling health and […]

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Pardon Me? How Spin Class led to Tinnitus

I love the pumping beat of rock music in my spin cycle class. It keeps me on pace, ensuring a good cardio burn. The instructor cranks up the stereo in the small room that holds 15 bikes, donning her microphone so the class can hear her instructions over the music. It’s a blast, literally. I’m […]

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How to keep your workout gear from stinking

Ever notice that after a while, your workout gear smells, well, a little funky? How can you keep your workout gear from stinking? A friend at the gym told me she throws out all of her Lululemon gear after a year or so ands buy all new pieces, because her old gear smells bad, even […]

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Fast food nutrition facts are not enough

Fast food nutrition facts on food labels in Canada right now is voluntary. Many places provide this information, but it can be hard to find or simply not available. Among retailers who do tell, nutrition facts are found in all kinds of different places – websites, posters near the restrooms, tray liners, brochures, or in […]

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Canadian Discovery Turns Skin Into Blood

Canadian researchers at McMaster University have successfully turned skin into blood by bypassing the embryonic, stem-cell state. Mick Bhatia and colleagues at the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine created blood progenitor cells that were then turned into all three blood cell types – white, red, and […]

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Blackwater Rafting, Kiwi-Style

On the South Island of New Zealand, JANE LANGILLE and her family enjoy blackwater rafting in a surreal underground landscape, drifting in pitch black darkness under thousands of glow-worms. Originally published in The Globe and Mail Travel, Saturday January 6, 2007 Our half-day adventure started early in the morning in a van, careening around the […]

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Welcome to

Welcome to, my new website launching today with a fresh focus on writing about health, wellness and active living. There is a plethora of information about health – information that deserves a critical eye, an expert interview and an intelligent, balanced perspective. I enjoy writing about topics that can help people. My latest work […]

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