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Women and opioid addiction

The number of patients prescribed opioid pain medications has increased considerably in recent years. Along with the increase in prescriptions, there has also been an increase in the number of people – including women – who become addicted to these medications. Addiction of any kind may affect women differently than […]

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Watch your step: 10 most common causes of falls

Safe practices can help prevent falls in people of all ages. While many people are aware of fall risks in older adults, falls also affect about one-quarter of people in middle age, says Azeena Ratansi, occupational therapist with the Multidisciplinary Osteoporosis Program at Women’s College Hospital. The most common fall-related […]

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How to cut back on sodium

Sodium is a nutrient that your body needs, but modern eating habits make it easy – and common – to get more than you require. “It’s necessary for many functions in our bodies, such as maintaining fluid balance. But consuming too much of it is associated with high blood pressure, […]

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Omega 3 fatty acids: what they are, why you need them, and where to find them

Omega 3s are fatty acids, which are a type of polyunsaturated fat. An essential fatty acid is one that the body needs, but cannot make itself (that’s what ‘essential’ nutrient means). Essential fatty acids include omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9, but the omega 3 varieties get most of […]

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Exercise is strong medicine for heart health

One of the most powerful treatments to help prevent heart disease doesn’t need a prescription. Cardiovascular exercise – such as walking, swimming, and biking – can be a remedy for a major heart risk. “Physical inactivity is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. Thankfully that’s a risk […]

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Diabetes mortality risks have decreased

It has been well established that having diabetes increases the risk of dying, compared to not having the condition. This is in large part because diabetes increases the risk for cardiovascular issues, including heart attack and stroke. It is also a leading cause of kidney disease. However, new research suggests […]

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Who is at risk for postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is a depressive episode that affects a new mother. In many cases, it develops within 12 weeks of giving birth, but it can occur any time up to a year after the baby is born. This is a serious condition that affects not only the mother, but also […]

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Trout Spanakopita

Makes 4 servings 4 tsp Canola or olive oil 20 mL ½ cup Finely chopped onion 125 mL 2 Cloves garlic, minced 2 ½ tsp Freshly ground black pepper 2 mL 3 cups Lightly packed roughly chopped spinach 750 mL ¼ cup Crumbled feta cheese 60 mL 1 Skinless trout […]

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Exercise for better bone and joint health

Sonia Bibershtein, a physiotherapist with the Multidisciplinary Osteoporosis Program at Women’s College Hospital, discusses how exercise can enhance bone and joint health.

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Managing a new cardiac diagnosis

Jennifer Price, advanced practice nurse, cardiology, Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital, explains her tips for a better recovery after a heart health diagnosis.

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