Health

  • Joint Health: Common Disorders and Prevention

    The joints are what form the connections between your bones and provide your body with support as well as help you move. When your joints become damaged, that movement is interfered and can result in pain. As for what causes damage to the joints, there are a number of reasons – though the most common include disease or injury. Below we take a look at a few of the specific joint-related diseases and injuries in depth, and what you can do to prevent them or find relief. Osteoarthritis OA is one of the most common disorders of the joints that people are diagnosed with. It occurs when the cartilage between…

  • Stress and its Impact on Our Skin

    If you’ve noticed recent acne breakouts or other abnormalities with the skin on your face (such as increased redness, psoriasis or eczema) that you don’t normally experience, there is a strong possibility that those breakouts could actually be caused by stress. This is because when you are stressed, two specific hormones known as cortisol and adrenaline increase, causing inflammation as well as contributing to the aggravation of many of the aforementioned skin conditions – in addition to decreased elasticity of the skin and an increase in lines and wrinkles. In general, stress can wreak havoc on the body, but there are certain things you can do to find relief and…

  • Anxiety Disorders in Canada

    In 2022, data revealed that over 5 million Canadians aged 18 or older met the diagnostic criteria for a mood, anxiety, or substance use disorder, a staggering number that highlights the pressing mental health challenges facing the nation. This statistic underscores the pervasive nature of mental health disorders in Canada and the urgent need for comprehensive understanding, effective treatment, and robust support systems to address these issues. The prevalence of these disorders can be attributed to a complex interplay of genetic, environmental, and societal factors, each contributing to the overall mental health landscape in Canada. It is essential to delve deeper into the most common forms of anxiety disorders, their…

  • Choosing the Right Footwear

    With summer just a couple of weeks away, Vancouver residents are starting to spend more and more time outdoors – especially when it pertains to their physical activity. Regardless of what it is you’re doing to stay fit (whether it’s running, jogging, walking, or partaking in outdoor sports), it’s important to ensure that you have good footwear…because what’s on your feet plays a much bigger role in your health than you might realize. Aside from the obvious (sore feet and blisters), lack of good footwear can also lead to problems with posture and your back. When it comes to choosing the right shoes (especially running shoes), there are some common…

  • Eye Exams Key to Early Cataract Detection

    Cataracts, a condition characterized by the clouding of the lens in the eye, affects more than 2.5 million Canadians. This number is projected to rise to an estimated 5 million by the year 2031. Cataracts are currently the second leading cause of blindness in Canada, surpassed only by age-related macular degeneration. Cataract development is generally a slow and progressive process, often leading to a gradual and painless decrease in vision. This slow progression can make it difficult for individuals to notice changes in their vision immediately, which underscores the necessity of regular eye check-ups to detect and treat cataracts at an early stage. One of the most common initial symptoms…

  • Brain Injuries in Canada

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) represents one of the most significant public health concerns in Canada. By 2031, TBI is expected to be among the most prevalent neurological conditions affecting Canadians, alongside Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, and epilepsy. The impact of TBI on individuals and society is profound, given its role as a leading cause of disability both globally and domestically. In Canada, approximately 2% of the population lives with a TBI, leading to about 18,000 hospitalizations annually. One-third of these individuals are women, with a notable prevalence of TBI during the early reproductive years (15-24 years), primarily due to intimate partner violence and accidents. Women with TBI are also more…

  • Nutritional Strategies for Stress Reduction

    Stress can impact us in a number of ways and for a number of different reasons. There are also many different ways to deal with stress, including everything from trying different relaxation techniques to speaking with a counsellor. Stress can also be a common contributor to both anxiety and panic attacks, which sometimes need to be managed with medication. What you might not be aware of, however, is the role your diet can also play when it comes to stress management. When you’re stressed out, your body produces hormones that can cause a temporary increase in your blood pressure. If your high blood pressure is, in fact, related to stress,…

  • The Connection Between Body and Mind

    Exercise has long been recognized as an essential component of physical health. From improving cardiovascular endurance to increasing muscle strength, the benefits of regular physical activity are well-established. However, the impact of exercise on mental wellbeing is a topic that deserves equal attention. This article delves into the multifaceted relationship between exercise and mental wellbeing, shedding light on how physical activity can enhance emotional resilience and cognitive function while preventing mental health disorders. The Science Behind Exercise and Mental Wellbeing To better understand the connection between exercise and mental wellbeing, it’s crucial to recognize the physiological processes that underlie this relationship. When we engage in physical activity, our body responds…

  • Why Sleep is Essential for Optimal Health

    Sleep is an essential component of human health, deeply intertwined with nearly every aspect of physical and mental well-being. While the importance of sleep is often underestimated in our fast-paced, modern society, scientific evidence consistently underscores its vital role in maintaining optimal health. Whether recovering from a mild cold or flu, preparing for and recovering from surgical procedures, or simply maintaining overall well-being, sleep is a cornerstone of good health. This article explores the multifaceted relationship between sleep and health, highlighting its importance across various medical contexts and elucidating why prioritizing sleep is crucial for achieving the best possible health outcomes. Sleep and Immune Function One of the most fundamental…

  • Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Awareness

    Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition marked by disruptions in thought processes, perceptions, emotional responsiveness, and social interactions. One of the key phases in the onset of schizophrenia is the early psychosis stage, a critical period during which initial symptoms of the condition start to appear. Understanding both early psychosis and schizophrenia can shed light on the complex nature of these disorders and highlight the importance of early intervention. What is Early Psychosis? Early psychosis, also known as the prodromal phase, refers to the initial phase of illness before the disease fully manifests. This phase usually occurs in late adolescence or early adulthood, a developmental period when individuals are…