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  • 19 January 2022

    Turning on the tunes: 3 evidence-based benefits of music

    Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do! Research lends support to the use of music for improving our mental and physical health.
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  • 19 January 2022

    Insomnia: Are sleeping pills the answer?

    As we age, it is common for us to experience changes in our sleep. It may become harder to fall asleep, or you may wake up more often during the night and earlier in the morning. But what can you do when a good night's sleep is hard to get? In this video, Dr. Tricia Woo talks about sleep in older adults, lifestyle changes to promote good quality sleep, and the use of sleeping pills for insomnia.
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  • 12 January 2022

    Misinformation, disinformation and infodemics

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, people began to use the term ‘infodemic’ to capture the parallel between the rapid spread of the virus and the rapid spread of misinformation about both COVID-19 and measures to respond to the pandemic. But what can be done to counter misinformation?
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  • 5 January 2022

    Can satisfying your sweet tooth with sugar substitutes help with weight loss?

    Sugar substitutes are widely available, but can they help those of us looking to lose weight achieve this goal? It turns out, modest benefits may exist for some, but not others.
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  • 5 January 2022

    Vegetarian diets: Will they help me lose weight?

    Maintaining a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk for many health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, mental illness, and cancer. In this video, Dr. Megha Poddar discusses vegetarian or plant-based diets and their potential impact on health and weight loss.
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  • 29 December 2021

    Dogs: Companions for life

    "Man's best friend" is a common phrase referring to the close relationship of loyalty and friendship between dogs and humans. The physical and psychological health benefits of owning a dog appear to be numerous. But does owning a dog lead to a longer, healthier life?
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  • 29 December 2021

    Mental health and the pandemic: What do loneliness, caregiving, and family conflict have to do with it?

    In this video, Dr. Parminder Raina discusses the recent findings on the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on middle-aged and older adults. Hear how loneliness, caregiving, and family conflict are associated with a higher likelihood of depressive symptoms and how these symptoms persist and may worsen over time.
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  • 22 December 2021

    ‘Brushing up’ on options for toothbrushes: Manual vs. powered

    Interested in how manual and powered toothbrushes compare? Both are good for helping to improve or maintain aspects of oral health, but powered toothbrushes may hold a slight edge when it comes to plaque removal.
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  • 15 December 2021

    Renewal plans in long-term care: where are we at

    The long-term care sector has been hit very hard by the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and abroad. Many policymakers and stakeholders are now turning their attention to renewing the long-term care sector and exploring alternatives to long-term care homes.
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  • 9 December 2021

    Evidence-based insights on 3 types of cancer screening

    Do you have questions around cancer screening? See what the research has to say about screening for prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. Sneak peek: the answers are not always so cut-and-dry.
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  • 8 December 2021

    Low-Risk Drinking: How Much is Too Much?

    Any amount of alcohol consumption can have risks for your health. In this video, Dr. Sophiya Benjamin talks about Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines, what a 'standard drink' is, and how following the guidelines can help to reduce both the short- and long-term risks of alcohol use.
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  • 1 December 2021

    Therapeutic rituals to overcome grief

    If you have lost a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic or any other traumatic event, you may still be struggling to grieve. Can rituals used in a therapeutic setting help people overcome prolonged and complicated grief?
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  • 24 November 2021

    Looking to catch some quality zzz’s? Let’s talk music!

    They say if "you snooze, you lose”. But getting enough sleep, as well as good quality sleep, is important for our mental health, cognitive health, and physical health. Some evidence suggests that music may be a promising non-drug-based strategy for improving sleep quality in older adults.
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  • 24 November 2021

    Driving: The super-activity of daily living?

    Driving is a complex task that involves many different skills and body functions. Dr. Brenda Vrkljan discusses how cognitive decline can impact driving safely and how healthcare professionals can help evaluate a person’s fitness to drive and support them in maintaining their mobility and independence for as long as possible.
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  • 17 November 2021

    Emotional closeness between grandparents and grandchildren

    Sometimes a unique bond develops between grandparents and their grandchildren. But what factors can influence this emotional closeness, and what impact can it have on grandparents and grandchildren?
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  • 10 November 2021

    Finding success with non-drug treatments: 4 common conditions that can benefit

    Are you living with dementia, high blood pressure, or urinary incontinence? See what the research has to say about your options for non-drug treatments. Hint: promising possibilities lie ahead.
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  • 10 November 2021

    Treating hypertension: Lowering your blood pressure with medications

    What role should medications play in managing high blood pressure? In this video, Drs. Anthony Levinson and Richard Sztramko discuss when and what to consider when lifestyle changes alone are not enough to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
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  • 3 November 2021

    Competitive sports can be healthy at all ages

    Competitive sports can be done at all ages. But what is known about the factors influencing older athletes to take part in competitive sports?
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  • 27 October 2021

    Screening for breast cancer: What you should know about mammography

    Do you have questions about mammography? See what the evidence says about this form of breast cancer screening for women with an average risk for breast cancer.
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  • 26 October 2021

    Medical cannabis: A solution for chronic pain?

    Is medical cannabis effective for the treatment of chronic pain? Dr. Anthony Levinson and Dr. Jason Busse discuss how cannabis works to relieve pain, what the research says about its effectiveness and potential side effects, and what benefits there may be compared to opioids for chronic pain relief.
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