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Reducing risk of lymphedema after breast cancer treatment

Breast cancer survivors who have undergone radiation treatment or surgery may be at risk of developing lymphedema – an accumulation of lymph fluid that can cause swelling, pain, hardening of tissue and infection. The most common site for lymphedema in breast cancer patients is in the arm on the side […]

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Being more active and getting fitter: starting from scratch

For someone who has been inactive for a while – maybe even for years – adopting a more active lifestyle can seem like a challenging ambition. Setting attainable goals and making small, incremental changes makes becoming more active achievable. The big goal is to meet the Canadian Society for Exercise […]

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Summer fitness: what you need to know about warm weather workouts

Summer is a great time for outdoor activities: the days are long and warm, and there are plenty of things to do, whether it be swimming, cycling, kayaking or going for a walk. But summer has its own hazards that can present challenges: extreme heat, humidity, poor air quality and […]

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Checklist: reducing sitting time at home, at work and travelling

Even for people who exercise regularly, spending too much time sitting may be a health risk. Research has linked sedentary behaviour, or regularly sitting for long periods of time, to increased incidence of certain cancers and chronic diseases, and higher mortality. Physical activity and sedentary behaviour are two separate health […]

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Frances Stewart, RN, advanced practice nurse and nurse continence advisor at Women’s College Hospital, outlines two of the main types of urinary incontinence (bladder leakage).

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Birth control options: fertility awareness

Fertility awareness relies on tracking a woman’s fertile times, and either avoiding intercourse or using a barrier method of birth control on fertile days. Every month, changes in a woman’s hormone levels direct her body to release an egg from the ovaries. In order for a woman to get pregnant, […]

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Birth control options: the ring

The birth control ring NuvaRing is a hormonal method of birth control, like birth control pills or the Evra patch. The ring contains synthetic forms of the female hormones progesterone and estrogen. Each month, a new ring is placed in the vagina, where it releases a continuous low dose of […]

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Birth control options: permanent methods

Permanent methods of birth control involve creating a surgical block or an occlusion to prevent a woman’s egg from coming in contact with a man’s sperm. Although they may be reversed in some cases, they are usually called permanent because reversal is difficult and cannot be guaranteed. These procedures do […]

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Making decisions about birth control

There are several decisions a woman needs to make when choosing a method of birth control, and her choices will change with her needs and her life situation. Fortunately there are many birth control options. Some of the decisions a woman can make about birth control include: Reversible or permanent? […]

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PCOS after menopause: an ongoing metabolic condition

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is the most common hormonal condition in women of reproductive age, affecting between five and 10 per cent of women. PCOS is the most frequent cause of irregular periods, but it’s more than a reproductive condition. It’s a metabolic condition that is linked to health […]

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