Healthy Living

Ottawa area hospitals take measures to protect against winter viruses

Dec 14th, 2017 | By

‘Tis the season for influenza and gastroenteritis (stomach flu).  We have been told that there will be higher levels of virus activity this season, and  a joint message from the Ottawa area hospitals: Bruyère Continuing Care, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Hôpital Montfort, The Ottawa Hospital, The Royal Mental Health Care and Queensway Carleton
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Holiday help for caregivers

Dec 14th, 2017 | By

Planning ahead can keep stress in check By Lisa M. Petsche The holiday season is a hectic time for many of us. It’s even more challenging when you’re caring for a chronically ill or frail relative, a demanding role at the best of times. To keep stress manageable and make your holidays more meaningful, follow
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Flu shot helps us stay healthy and active

Dec 14th, 2017 | By

(NC) As the weather gets colder, people make certain changes — dressing warmer, drinking hot beverages and staying healthy by getting the flu shot. Getting the flu shot boosts your defense against the illness. Before each flu season, a vaccine is developed to protect against the most common, expected flu viruses. That’s why it’s important
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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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