Healthcare

The neighbourhoods where we live, work and play strongly influence our health

The neighbourhoods where we live, work and play strongly influence our health

Why doctors and urban planners need to work together to improve public health and prevent chronic disease Since John Snow mapped out the large cholera outbreak in 1854 to where people lived in London, it has been known that where we live, work and play strongly influences people’s health. The way that our cities and towns […]

Our health system fails the elderly

Our health system fails the elderly

Solving long hospital wait times requires a fundamental shift in the way we care for the elderly Hospital overcrowding is not a new issue. Limited bed spaces have plagued Ontario hospitals for years and are increasingly straining our system. Not only are long wait times become a shameful expectation when patients arrive in the emergency […]

The dawning of a new age for persons with disabilities in Canada

The dawning of a new age for persons with disabilities in Canada

The recently proposed Accessible Canada Act and the just released Senate report on essential fixes for Revenue Canada concerning the disability tax credit, Breaking Down Barriers are stellar achievements for advocates with disabilities and the receptive politicians and public servants who listened. If both are implemented, they will remove the physical, social and financial barriers […]

Don’t dismiss Healthy Eating Strategy

Don’t dismiss Healthy Eating Strategy

Proposed new Food Guide and Nutrition Labeling policies are crucial steps in helping Canadians towards better health The long process of updating Canada’s Food Guide and reforms to nutrition labeling will soon become a reality. Collectively called Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy, the proposals by Health Canada have been open to public consultation — and, unfortunately, industry lobbying. […]

Medical errors too common

Medical errors too common

We have all been there: it is 3am and your partner, child, sibling or parent becomes ill suddenly and needs medical care. Will they be safe? The on-going Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System is shedding new light on the employment history of an Ontario nurse […]

More not always better for prescriptions

More not always better for prescriptions

Canadians are living longer than ever, and we are also taking more medications than ever before. And this can make us sicker, not healthier. A report released last week by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that one in four seniors in Canada are taking 10 or more medications. That’s a total of 1.6 […]

Cheap, fast, good — pick two?

Cheap, fast, good — pick two?

How to shorten hospital wait times in Canada Long wait times are the vulnerable soft underbelly of the Canadian health system. Canadians treasure our single-payer, publicly funded program of physician and hospital care, virtually as a defining part of our national identity. And yet, increasing legal and political pressure over quick access to elective surgeries […]

Ontario likely has enough doctors — if we make better use of our other health workers

Ontario likely has enough doctors — if we make better use of our other health workers

Does Ontario have enough doctors?  This question may have a surprising answer for some: yes, we may have enough doctors.  How is this possible when many don’t have a doctor or wait days, weeks or even months for a medical appointment? We have more doctors than ever before, but many aren’t located where we need […]

When siblings become caretakers they often lack adequate supports and resources

When siblings become caretakers they often lack adequate supports and resources

Individuals with developmental disabilities are living longer than ever A combination of better medical care and good lives in the community have led to longer life expectancies for individuals with a developmental disability – that’s a good news story. But many are now outliving their parents who have taken care of them over their lifetimes. […]

Here’s How to Tell if You Should Be Tracking Your Macros

Here’s How to Tell if You Should Be Tracking Your Macros

Counting macros, tracking macros, IIFYM—if it fits your macros. In the last few years, it seems our attention has shifted at least somewhat from calories to macronutrients, particularly when it comes to weight loss. But just because lots of people are talking about macros—counting them, hitting them, etc.—do we all need to? Many people already […]

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