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The Daily Battle

By P.J. Ellison
Spring 2017, Vol 9 N°2

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. At present, there is no cure, but not all the news is bad at Cystic Fibrosis Canada...


Mental Hurdle

By George M. Withers
Spring 2017, Vol 9 N°2

April 2016 was recently declared Rosacea Awareness Month in Canada. And the fact that it’s featured in Health Canada’s calendar of health promotion days is a good thing...


Seeing Red

By Jason Santerre
Winter 2017, Vol 9 N°1

When it comes to cancer, Dale Boidman knows a thing or two. Not only did she battle breast cancer twice, but her husband had to fight through muscle-invasive bladder cancer. Mrs. Boidman says her husband’s plight perfectly illustrates one of the many differences between the sexes: Women are more open when it comes to health matters. Men? Not so much....


Rescue Mission

By Jason Santerre
Winter 2017, Vol 9 N°1

For 40 years now, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has brought emergency medical and humanitarian relief to nearly 70 countries, many of them in the midst of war, famine and unspeakable atrocities. Montreal nurse, Elizabeth Hinton, recently found herself aboard an MSF ship off the coast of Libya. Ms. Hinton shared her experience with us....


Easing the Stigma of Psoriasis

By Jason Santerre
Fall 2016, Vol 8 N°4

Dry, red skin covered with silverywhite scales. Rashes, itching, and swelling. Pitted and discoloured nails. How horrific. How debilitating. If you’re one of 500,000 Canadians living with psoriasis, you feel like a pariah. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, many sufferers feel mental anguish due to their afflicted skin, even if it’s not contagious...


McGill IBD Centre of Excellence

By Jason Santerre
Fall 2016, Vol 8 N°4

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), comprised of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is the most common disabling chronic bowel illness. The incidence is increasing and Canada has the world’s highest rates of new cases of Crohn’s. It most often affects children and young adults in the prime of life. Treatment needs to be personalized because of the unique situations of each case...


Cancer Survivor's Corner

By Geneviève Chaput, M .D.
Summer 2016, Vol 8 N°3

Lolitta Dandoy was an increasingly recognized fashion blogger when diagnosed with breast cancer. At just 30 years old, Lolitta was facing the terrifying reality of having cancer. Looking back, she says her doctor’s words haunted her: chemotherapy would cause her hair to fall out. “Looking back, it felt like an irrational, shameful fear,” says Lolitta today. Her concerns about hair loss were almost as distressing as her diagnosis. She recounts the strenuous 21-day countdown until her hair began to fall. Profound sadness and loss were overwhelming but there was also confusion and embarrassment for feeling distraught about losing her hair...


Montreal’s Metal Queen

By Jason Santerre
Summer 2016, Vol 8 N°3

Life on the road is tough. Now consider the toughness level of a woman in a Heavy Metal band, touring the world, and singing extreme vocals in a predominantly male genre of music—from the road crew and fellow musicians to the fans. It’s a lifestyle with many casualties, both mental and physical...


Suddenly Single

By Dr Laurie Betito
Summer 2016, Vol 8 N°3

Navigating sex and dating is hard enough for the young and inexperienced. It can be just as challenging for older folks to find themselves in the dating game again. Things like safe sex, dating etiquette, and communicating personal boundaries can be daunting. After all, if you were monogamous for many years, that partner likely knew how you liked to be touched, what buttons to press, and got into a habitual routine of just respecting your boundaries without you having to remind him or her. Safe sex was never an issue...


Wonder Weed

By Jason Santerre
Spring 2016, Vol 8 N°2

Whether you inhaled in college or not, there’s no denying cannabis smoke has wafted its way throughout human history. The very pages of the first history books were made from hemp, the fibrous part of the cannabis plant. One such book, Pên-ts’ao Ching, is attributed to Emperor Shen-nong from 2,000 B.C. It lists many medicinal uses for marijuana, including alleviating menstrual fatigue, gout, rheumatism, and constipation...


Sneezing Fit

By George M. Withers
Spring 2016, Vol 8 N°2

Do you hear that? Sounds like there are a lot more people sneezing this spring. That’s because more and more of us suffer from some sort of airborne allergy. According to Health Canada, between 20 and 30 percent of Canadians show a slew of symptoms come springtime...


Healing Hand

By P. J. Ellison
Winter 2016, Vol 8 N°1

By now you’ve come to the realization that masturbation will not cause blindness, hairy palms or madness. As one psychologist put it, for most of us, self-gratification is our introduction to sexuality. But what about masturbating as we age? Well, practice makes perfect. And there’s no shame in that. After all, just a little self-love goes a long way in improving our general wellbeing...


Tampons & Toxic Shock Syndrome

By Sylvie Arvanitakis
Winter 2016, Vol 8 N°1

Feeling like she may have contracted the flu, all Lauren Wasser wanted to do on the night of October 3, 2012 was collapse into bed. The next day paramedics found the 24-year-old unconscious in her bathroom with a fever of 41.7 C. She had suffered a massive heart attack and her organs were shutting down. The tampon she was wearing when she was brought to an emergency room tested positive for toxic shock syndrome (TSS)...


Terry Fox, Boy Hero

By Jason Santerre
Fall 2015, Vol 7 N°4

In 1977, Terry Fox was 18 years old and living with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer known to attack the young. Osteosarcoma invades the area where bones meet, like the end of Terry’s right femur at the top of his...


Smarter Snacking

By Robert Beauchamps
Fall 2015, Vol 7 N°4

Binge eaters beware. More to the point: be aware. With every hankering comes the potential for disaster.

Break the Binge

Nothing helps break a bon bon binge like a tall glass of water. Next time you feel a snack attack coming ...


Once Bitten, Twice Shy

By Dr Mitch Shulman
Fall 2015, Vol 7 N°4

David *, a healthy 25-year-old man, entered the emergency room looking terrified. While David was out jogging earlier that evening, he felt something small and furry hit him on his right arm. When he looked up, he saw a bat flying away from him. He called Info-Santé and was told to get to the emergency room at once. He needed to rule out rabies ...


First Aid First

By Dr Mitch Shulman
Summer 2015, Vol 7 N°3

The Hormier* family cut short their camping trip and came directly to the emergency room. Violet, the mom, was running a fever and experiencing chills. She cut her forearm a few days earlier while setting up camp...


Like a Fine Wine...

By Dr Laurie Betito
Summer 2015, Vol 7 N°3

So here you are, a woman over 50, likely experiencing night sweats, hot flashes, dryness that can lead to painful intercourse, and dwindling mojo to boot. The good news? There are remedies, both hormonal and nonhormonal. Keep in mind that not everyone needs medical help...


Focus on Strength

By Jason Santerre
Spring 2015, Vol 7 N°2

World Meningitis Day falls on April 24 this year. Anne Geddes, world-renowned photographer, philanthropist and mother of two, hopes we circle that day on our calendars and focus on one particularly savage strain: meningococcal disease...


Pet Therapy

By Zöe Mintz
Spring 2015, Vol 7 N°2

My mom can’t get enough of Ringo. His wet nose, poofy tail, and contagious smile get her every time she returns home – especially after treatment. For the past two years, in her ongoing fight against breast cancer, my mother has endured a mélange of chemotherapy cocktails, scans, and biopsies...


Let There Be Light

By P. A . Sévigny
Winter 2015, Vol 7 N°1

Even though it’s only been a few days since he had surgery to remove the cataract from his left eye, John Mulik, a 74-year-old golfer, can see the ball in the air before it hits the green. “It took them longer to prepare me for the surgery than it did to actually do it,” says Mr. Mulik. “There was no pain, and I was out of there [St. Mary’s Hospital] in less than an hour...


Best Foot Forward

By George M. Withers
Winter 2015, Vol 7 N°1

The human foot is a marvel of engineering. Think about it: 26 bones, 33 joints, and a network of hundreds of tendons, muscles, ligaments and nerves all working together to get you from point A to Z. Is it any wonder why foot ailments are so common...


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