Archive | 2013

The Game Changers: MaRS EXCITE

All too often, innovators develop breakthrough technologies and then hit a major roadblock when they go to market because their brilliant new medical tools don’t fit well into the healthcare system. Ontario’s MaRS EXCITE (Excellence in Clinical Innovation and Technology Evaluation) program hopes to change that by providing comprehensive pre-market assessments to enable new technologies to […]

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Rights of Passage: Integrating Palliative Care

It’s always a thrill for writers to see their work in final published form, but I’m especially pleased that my story, ‘Rights of Passage: A New Approach to Palliative Care’ is the cover feature for the November 2013 issue of Canadian Nurse. The story is about a new approach to hospice palliative care that could […]

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Are e-cigarettes safe?

They are gaining in popularity but are e-cigarettes safe? After spotting a young woman ‘vaping’ on the Toronto subway line a few weeks ago, I decided to take a look at the topic. An electronic or e-cigarette is a cylinder-shaped canister made of plastic or stainless steel that looks like a regular cigarette. A little […]

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The Fear of Holes

Do you know someone who has a fear of holes just looking at Cheerios, Swiss cheese, or Aero chocolate bars?  If so, you may have already heard about a phobia called trypophobia. As reported by NPR, 16 per cent of the 286 adults who participated in a recent study reacted with anxiety and revulsion to […]

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Concussion Season Opens With a Head Bang

Concussion season began with a head bang last night in the NHL season opener as Montreal Canadiens player George Parros was knocked unconscious during a third-period fight with Toronto Maple Leafs player Colton Orr. Parros was transported off the ice on a stretcher. He suffered a concussion and is reported to be out of the […]

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September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Many people think that breast cancer is the number one cancer killer, but actually, respiratory cancer tops the list; followed by digestive cancer, then blood cancers. Breast cancer is actually in fourth place; due in large part to significant medical advances over the last several decades. Right now, you might be surprised to learn that […]

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The Health Benefits of a Mini Vacation

June whizzed past in a blur and July was showing no signs of slowing down. When the heat wave finally ended two weekends ago, it was the perfect opportunity to break free and take a two-day mini vacation on the Bruce Peninsula, one of my favourite places. There are two National Parks at the tip […]

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My Pick: Fitbit Flex Fitness Band

There are some great smartphone apps for tracking physical activity, heart rate and sleep habits, but it becomes a bit of a drag after a while to keep entering data manually in all those different apps. Enter fitness tracker bands, wearable bracelet devices that passively track a combination of health behaviours while you get on […]

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is the gluten-free diet a fad

Is the gluten-free diet just a fad?

Thirty percent of adults are now avoiding gluten, but less than 1% actually have celiac disease. So do the rest have gluten sensitivity or are they just jumping on the latest health bandwagon? Gluten is a protein commonly found in whole grains like wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where […]

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The Juggler's Children

The Juggler’s Children by Carolyn Abraham

How appropriate that Carolyn Abraham’s new book, The Juggler’s Children was launched this April, a month of famous genetic research anniversaries. Sixty years ago, in April 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick published their paper in Nature about their discovery of the double helix structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid, DNA. And ten years ago, in April 2003, the Human Genome Project sequenced […]

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