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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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Microbiome: It Takes Guts

The maxim “you are what you eat” might be truer than we think. Leading health experts have been saying for years that maintaining a healthy weight is complex and not just a simple matter of eating less and exercising more. Part of the answer may lie in our microbiome, according to a new documentary called […]

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AnoDyne microneedle for pain-free injections

I love writing about health innovations that can help people, especially if they are simple solutions with thoughtful design. The anoDyne™ microneedle is a nifty Canadian innovation that promises pain-free injections. If you know someone who has to take daily medication injections, or just plain hates getting poked with needles anytime, read on. Inventor Dr. […]

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Protect your kids’ hearing

I was watching the Rugby World Cup 2015: Samoa vs. Scotland game on television this weekend and noticed this happy baby among the Scottish fans. Kudos to his parents for protecting his hearing! Repeated exposure to loud sounds leads to hearing damage, and that damage is painless, irreversible and cumulative over your lifetime. The noise […]

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Addyi FDA Approval: Premature Approbation?

On August 18, 2015, the FDA approved Addyi (flibanserin), a drug to treat “acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women.” The FDA defines HSDD as “low sexual desire that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty and is not due to a co-existing medical or psychiatric condition, problems within the relationship, or the […]

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Vitamin D: Pros and Cons Redux

Given that fall is just around the corner and those of us who live in northern latitudes are heading back into the seasons where we will have little to no chance to get natural vitamin D from the sun, I am revisiting a story I wrote more than a year ago: Vitamin D: Pros and […]

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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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