Healthy Living

Breast awareness: no one knows your breasts as well as you do

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

By Women’s Health Matters For most women at average risk, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) recommends a mammogram every two years from age 50 to age 74 to screen for breast cancer. Women ages 40 to 49 are advised to talk to their doctor about mammography to decide if they would benefit from screening. However, breast
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Fewer than one in five Canadian women have breast reconstruction after mastectomy

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

By The Canadian Cancer Society An estimated 26,300 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada this year, making it the most common cancer in Canada. Of those, about 6,000 women have mastectomies every year. Yet surprisingly, fewer than one in five (16%) of women undergo breast reconstruction after mastectomy, which is less than
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Why diabetes is a greater heart health risk for women than men

Sep 14th, 2017 | By

By Women’s Heath Matters Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease in both men and women. However, it has a greater impact on women’s heart health than men’s. “Diabetes appears to be a stronger risk factor for cardiovascular events in women than in men,” says endocrinologist Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, director of the Centre
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Bone health: be aware of osteoporosis risk factors

Aug 11th, 2017 | By

By Women’s Health Matters Osteoporosis is a condition in which loss of bone density and deterioration in bone quality causes bones to become weaker and more fragile. This decrease in bone strength increases the risk of bone fractures. It is a very common condition in older adults, especially women. Osteoporosis Canada’s statistics show that one
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Friends of caregivers can help – 10 ideas for providing support

Aug 11th, 2017 | By

By Lisa M. Petsche In approximately one-quarter of households, care is provided to someone age 50-plus. In most cases, family members and friends provide all assistance. These unpaid helpers enhance the quality of life for ill or frail older people who might otherwise require placement in a long-term care facility. Typically, they are spouses or
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Help wanted – needs not being met for Canadians living with stroke

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

In a recent press release, The Heart & Stroke Foundation unveiled it’s 2017 Stroke Report, which it states reveals extensive gaps in recovery support and services for Canadians who experience stroke at any age. According the Foundation, half of stroke survivors need help with daily activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, going to the washroom
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What are your rights as a patient?

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

(NC) Ontario has more than 300,000 practising healthcare professionals, which are governed by health regulators called colleges. The colleges enforce standards, like how a provider should relate to patients and how providers should work with one another. The colleges protect the public by holding their members accountable for their conduct and practice — whether it’s
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Living your best life

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

By Jayne Rooney This year, for the first time, Ontario is home to more people over 65 than children under 15. Children born today have the prospect of living a longer life than any generation before them. Every year the percentage of people in our province who are 65 or older increases slightly. June is
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Exercise as medicine

May 12th, 2017 | By

By Womens Health Matters When cardiologist Dr. Paula Harvey, director of the cardiovascular research program at Women’s College Hospital, says that exercise is medicine, it’s not just a clever reminder that physical activity is good for you. Research has shown that exercise is a powerful therapy that can help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and blood
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The mental health benefits of exercise

Jan 19th, 2017 | By

By Women’s Health Matters A good workout doesn’t just benefit your physical fitness. Exercise also has a positive effect on mental health, providing benefits that range from improving sleep to easing anxiety. Research has shown that exercise is beneficial for everyone’s mental health, whether or not they have a mental illness. For those with conditions
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