Health

Leading, designing and delivering care and services for seniors

Leading, designing and delivering care and services for seniors

Encouraged by qualitative research that shows art may be one of the ways to engage people living with dementia, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle are partnering in a study to explore ways to integrate this new knowledge into large care systems.

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Tackling common misconceptions to promote sun-safe behaviour

Tackling common misconceptions to promote sun-safe behaviour

Long and sunny summer days tend to promise opportunities for leisure and play. Yet when it comes to sun protection, people can be too relaxed. Many only pack the sunscreen on days when they’re heading to the beach. And once they have a tan, 60 per cent say they are not as diligent about sunscreen or forgo it entirely.   

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Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds

Highlighting ‘what mental health really is’ during Mental Health Week

We often automatically say “fine” when someone at work asks how we are. Yet the same question can trigger a more meaningful exchange – one that acknowledges how we truly feel and whether we reach out when we need support. What are some of the conditions that are conducive to opening up at our place of work on days when we’re not feeling like ourselves?

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Looking ahead to affordable medicines for all Canadians

Looking ahead to affordable medicines for all Canadians

The Canadian life and health insurance industry welcomes the renewed focus on finding a way to ensure that all Canadians can get access to affordable prescription drugs. We strongly support the need for comprehensive reform so that Canadians can have access to medicines and, equally importantly, Canada’s prescription drug system is put back on a secure financial footing for the foreseeable future.

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Gastrointestinal Health

Gastrointestinal Health

‘Not just a bathroom disease’ – timely treatment and awareness improving outcomes for people with inflammatory bowel disease

As a flight attendant, Adam Polak was flying high with a job he loved when a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis brought him down. “I love everything about being a flight attendant,” he says.

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Aging

Aging

Older adults at risk of experiencing harm related to substance use

When a 24-year-old person walks into a doctor’s office appearing confused, agitated or tired, the physician will know something is amiss and will explore the potential that this person has consumed drugs. But there is a good chance that the same symptoms will not raise red flags for a 74-year-old patient. In addition, an older adult’s dwindling social circle can increase the risk of challenges related to substance use going unnoticed.

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Vaccines

Vaccines

Don’t risk losing your quality of life to a vaccine-preventable disease

As children, about 95 per cent of today’s North American adults endured the itch and misery of chickenpox. And while we may not even remember being sick, we’re still harbouring its cause – the dormant varicella zoster virus – in nerve structures near the spine called the dorsal root ganglia.  

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Vaccines

Vaccines

There is less than a month to go before spring officially begins, yet people experiencing sniffles, coughs, fevers and chills are reminded that the flu season is far from over. True, these symptoms could also indicate a common cold, but it is the influenza virus that has captured international attention over the past month with its alarmingly high rates – and dramatic outcomes.

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Heart Health

Heart Health

Most patients opting for weight-loss surgery are more concerned about their overall health – including illnesses like heart disease and diabetes – than they are about appearances, says Dr. Chris Cobourn, medical director and CEO of SmartShape Weight Loss Centre with six locations across Canada.


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Indigenous elders take hope and diabetes education to northern communities

Indigenous elders take hope and diabetes education to northern communities

Evelyn Linklater sounds younger than her 70-something years when she talks about her early childhood near Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan. “We went out with my grandma to catch the fish we ate. My grandparents were old, but they were good paddlers, and we went fishing and camped. Those were awesome summers.”

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For a healthier population, make the healthy choice the easy choice

For a healthier population,  make the healthy choice the easy choice

With diabetes reaching epidemic scale, Diabetes Canada is advocating critical policy shifts it sees as essential to the health of Canadians. These include reducing the risks from sugar-sweetened beverages, implementing coherent policies for youth with type 1 diabetes in schools, ending marketing of food and drinks to kids, and more.

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Oral health for Canadians

Oral health for Canadians

Advances in drug therapies have improved the health and quality of life of millions of Canadians. Today, we have more options and more effective medications to treat and manage many serious diseases, including the most pervasive chronic diseases in Canada, such as heart disease and diabetes.

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How we see our pets (and what they do for us)

How we see our pets (and what they do for us)

The proverb “Home is where the heart is” is taking on a new twist for the growing number of people who welcome animal companions into their lives. And according to new studies, people who believe that “home is where the pet is” canreap numerous benefits from opening their hearts and homes.

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A mentally healthy workforce

A mentally healthy workforce

How companies small, medium and large can support employee well-being

The workplace isn’t the place for personal problems – or so we used to think. Now, many realize that hiding issues at home is even worse for productivity. It’s why Partners for Mental Health (PFMH) developed a program that helps workplaces large and small to support a mentally healthy workforce.

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Earth Day

Earth Day

Building a greener future for Earth Days to come requires commitment from individuals, businesses and governments on actions large and small. Mobilizing the power of our investments and introducing the next generation to the importance of the natural environment are just two of many initiatives gaining momentum in the effort to take action on climate change.

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