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  • 5 November 2022

    Cannabis use for common conditions: Research, fact and fiction

    The use of medical cannabis has dramatically increased in the last few years, and with the legalization of recreational cannabis in 2018, there has been an increased interest in therapeutic uses for cannabis. In this video, Drs. Jason Busse and James MacKillop discuss what the latest research says about the potential for cannabis to help with common medical conditions.
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  • 12 October 2022

    Managing anxiety with cognitive behaviour therapy: What is it and how can it help?

    In this video, Dr. Randi McCabe discusses cognitive behavioural therapy, how it is used to target anxiety symptoms, as well as available resources, including self-help and therapist-assisted treatment. Learn about the nature of anxiety and its disorders and how to determine when the experience of anxiety warrants intervention.
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  • 8 June 2022

    Type 2 diabetes: Can it be reversed?

    In this video, Dr. Diana Sherifali discusses what type 2 diabetes is, its symptoms, and how it can be managed and, in some cases, put into remission. Learn how excess sugar in your blood acts as an 'aging accelerant' resulting in both 'micro' and 'macro' complications throughout the body.
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  • 25 May 2022

    Prediabetes? How to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes

    Prediabetes refers to blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. In this video, Dr. Diana Sherifali discusses how lifestyle changes, regular monitoring of blood glucose levels, education, and medications can help someone with prediabetes prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
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  • 11 May 2022

    Diabetes: Types, tests and what to do if you are at risk

    Diabetes is a chronic disease that disrupts the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. In this video post, Dr. Diana Sherifali discusses the different types of diabetes and how it is diagnosed. Learn what prediabetes is and how lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the onset of diabetes.
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  • 27 April 2022

    Acupuncture for joint pain: Does it work?

    Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body and is most commonly used to treat pain. In this video, Enoch Ho discusses how acupuncture is thought to work, the potential risks of treatment, and the research evidence to support the use of acupuncture to complement traditional approaches to pain relief treatment.
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  • 13 April 2022

    Aphasia after stroke: Regaining communication skills with speech-language therapy

    After a stroke, depending on the area of the brain affected, various communication problems may occur, including creating sentences, using incorrect words, repeating words or sentences, misunderstanding others, inability to read and write, or slurred speech. Aphasia is the term given to problems with language expression or comprehension. In this video, Dr. Wes Oczkowski discusses the importance of speech-language therapy to help regain language after a stroke.
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  • 29 March 2022

    Deep vein thrombosis: Symptoms, causes and treatments

    Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, typically in one of your legs. In this video, Dr. Rick Ikesaka talks about the signs and symptoms of DVT, how to reduce your risk, the role that compression stockings can play and treatment options, such as the use of blood thinners.
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  • 16 March 2022

    Frozen shoulder: Do steroid injections help?

    Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a painful condition that can be triggered by an injury or surgery and can be associated with certain conditions such as diabetes, thyroid problems, and Parkinson disease. In this video, Dr. Raj Carmona discusses what causes frozen shoulder, the three distinct phases, and the range of treatment options, including the evidence for the use of steroid injections. Meet Glenda and find out what advice Dr. Carmona has for her.
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  • 1 March 2022

    Alcohol and surgery: A dangerous combination

    People who drink alcoholic beverages are at higher risk of complications during and after surgery. Alcohol consumption can reduce heart and immune system function, prolong bleeding time, and increase the body’s stress response. The less alcohol you drink before surgery, the better. In this video, Dr. Leslie Martin discusses the potential surgical and post-operative risks for people who consume alcohol in the days or weeks leading up to surgery.
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  • 16 February 2022

    Dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis? An itch by any other name

    Seborrheic dermatitis is a common rash characterized by redness, scaling or flaking, or itching. It mainly affects the skin on the scalp (as dandruff), face, chest and joints. When adults get seborrheic dermatitis, the condition can come and go for the rest of their life. Flare-ups are common with weather changes, and other factors such as stress can also be a trigger. Proper treatment can reduce flare-ups and bring relief. In this video, Dr. Hermenio Lima talks about the different causes and treatment options for seborrheic dermatitis.
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  • 2 February 2022

    Vitamin D: Should I be taking a supplement?

    Vitamin D plays an important role in many functions of your body. Getting a healthy, daily dose of vitamin D can be challenging and a common problem for many Canadians. In this video, Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou discusses the sources and health benefits of vitamin D, who should take supplements and how much.
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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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  • 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

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 13 October 2021

    Hypertension: Effective ways to lower high blood pressure without medication

    Drs. Anthony Levinson and Richard Sztramko discuss what lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce your blood pressure or lower your risk of developing hypertension in the future.
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