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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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The Diet Fix: The weight is over

It’s March, which means many of us are cursing the bathroom scales because the diet we started in January didn’t work — again! Need some tips about what really does work for lasting weight loss success? Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, a family doctor based in Ottawa and one of Canada’s most outspoken obesity experts, has just […]

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Let’s Talk: Mental Health and Stigma

As today is the annual Bell Let’s Talk Day to raise mental health awareness, I’m sharing my recent feature about mental health and stigma for Canadian Nurse magazine.  Stigma is one of the main reasons why those who are suffering from a mental health issue do not reach out for help. Reducing stigma among health-care providers, one […]

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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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Technology Innovations for Independent Aging

Meeting Baby Boomers’ expectations for long-term independent aging.  There are 77 million American Baby Boomers and they are turning 63 at a rate of nearly one every seven seconds. Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., and Director of AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), refers to Baby Boomers as “generation expectation” because they expect to live […]

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Does Having a Sweet Tooth Make You Sweeter?

A quirky study suggests that people with a sweet tooth do indeed have sweeter dispositions. Even more surprising, those who momentarily savor sweets are more likely to volunteer and actually help others. We often refer to a loved one or someone who is caring and compassionate as “sweet,” “sweetheart,” or “sweetie.” The word “sweet” can […]

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The Anti-Diet: Winning the War on Obesity

The obesity problem is huge, literally. A new report funded by the CDC estimates that 42 percent of American adults could be obese by the year 2030, compared to 33.8 percent in 2007-2008. Obesity is responsible for staggering costs: an extra $190 billion a year in healthcare and more than $73 billion a year in lost productivity. […]

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Social Media Can Help Reduce Caregiver Stress

Perhaps you or someone you know is a caregiver, as there are more than 34 million Americans who are providing care for older, chronically ill or disabled family members at home. Caregiving can be deeply rewarding yet highly stressful, as caregivers face many day-to-day challenges that can lead to exhaustion, feelings of helplessness, unspoken heartache […]

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Addressing Men’s Hidden Health Concerns

A large majority of men’s hidden health concerns are not being addressed, according to a new Canadian survey. Their top five health concerns were: mobility impairment; memory loss; medication side effects; vision loss; and hearing loss. With the exception of medication side effects, only 9-40% of the men reported that these top issues had been […]

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