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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.

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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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Vitamin D Pros and Cons

In the last several years, there has been a flood of health news about studies linking vitamin D deficiency with cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, metabolic disorders, depression, infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, mortality and even autism. A search on PubMed for vitamin D finds more than 1,400 papers listed from January to April 2014 alone. As […]

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Ebola Scare in Saskatoon

You have probably heard about the Ebola epidemic that began in West Africa in early 2014 and continues today. But I bet you have never heard about an Ebola scare in Saskatoon that happened only a few days after the outbreak began in March 2014. For this story for The Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, I […]

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The Multitasking Myth

Feel as though you are constantly juggling too much on your plate? You’re far from alone! We have two big problems today: the amount of information we deal with in a day has grown significantly vs. even a few years ago we think we can keep up by doing many things at once Neuroscience finds that […]

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Beyond gender stereotypes in medical labs

Much has been written this year about the need to move beyond gender stereotypes to improve women’s leadership and participation in various health and science fields. In this story for the Winter 2014 issue of the Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, I look at the other side of the coin and explore gender diversity issues […]

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No harm, no foul: The benefits of simulation education

After the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, there was a huge influx of patients to local hospitals, yet all of the 140 victims treated in the aftermath of the incident lived, thanks in part to mass casualty simulation training that had taken place years before. Simulation education is a vital tool for all healthcare […]

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Mental illness and the justice system

This is my third feature in a series about mental health for Canadian Nurse magazine, in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. All too often, people with mental illness who have been in trouble with the law or incarcerated are assumed to be likely to reoffend at the drop of a hat. This stereotype does […]

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Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives

This is my second feature in a series about mental health for Canadian Nurse in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Suicide is a devastating tragedy — not only for those who take their own lives — but also for the family and friends left behind. Around the time this story was published, I […]

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