• 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 (2011), 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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  • 28 September 2021

    Chest colds: Do antibiotics help?

    Are antibiotics really necessary to treat acute bronchitis? Dr. Anthony Levinson and infectious disease expert Dr. Zain Chagla discuss acute bronchitis, what it is, how it is best managed, and the role that antibiotics might play in its treatment.
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  • 15 September 2021

    Blood pressure as we age: What is a healthy target?

    Curious about what healthy blood pressure targets are for older adults? Drs. Anthony Levinson and Richard Sztramko discuss high blood pressure and what is considered a healthy target in this video.
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