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Kidney troubles

Many conditions can affect the kidneys. more

Dining out, dining well

With a little creativity and some encouragement, you can eat well even if you’re on dialysis. For the rundown on dialysis and diet, more

Living with dialysis

You can live a full life while on dialysis. Here are some examples of how you can continue to work and travel and still receive your treatments. more

Chronic renal failure facts

Confused about the difference between chronic and acute renal failure? more

Stroke treatment and rehabilitation

There are many ways to make life easier after a stroke. more

Preventing strokes

You can cut your risk of having a stroke dramatically. more

Are you at risk for a stroke?

There are many things that put you at risk of a stroke. Some of them may surprise you. more

Stroke facts and warning signs

How can you tell if you're having a stroke? more

Do you have questions about HRT?

Are you confused about HRT? Do you have specific questions? Read on for our expert commentary, provided by Dr. Sandra Messner, Medical Director of Sunnybrook & Women's Health Watch Clinic in Toronto. more

Managing symptoms of menopause

HRT is not the only way to deal with menopause symptoms - you can also manage them through lifestyle changes and other medications. more

Alternatives to HRT

Even when advised not to panic about the study results, many women are considering other options to manage their menopausal symptoms and reduce their risk of osteoporosis, heart disease and breast cancer. What are your alternatives? more

What is HRT, and what was the new study about?

HRT has both risks and benefits. Find out what the recent study results mean for Canadian women. more

Help at Home

If you or someone you love has MS, you know that daily chores can sometimes be difficult. Make things easier and safer by arranging your home safely. more

Daily Activities

If you have MS, some daily tasks may be difficult or painful. Assistive devices can help people with MS perform many activities. more

In case of emergency

If you have MS, or if you are caring for someone who does, you should plan for emergencies and be prepared for crime, fire and accident prevention. more

Keeping it Simple

Living in comfort: Choosing a decorating and living style can help you live comfortably and peacefully. more

Benefits of Exercise

Regular, moderate physical exercise is good for your body, mind, and spirit. And exercise also has specific benefits for people with MS. more

Careful exercise is best!

Make sure you know some of the risk involved with exercise if you have MS. more

How to Make Exercising Easier

Get the benefits of exercise without feeling fatigued. more

Manage Fatigue with Exercise

Do you have MS and suffer from frequent fatigue? Learn how to conserve energy while exercising. more

Dangerous sugar high

Get the facts on impaired glucose tolerance, a condition related to type 2 diabetes. more

Know your numbers

Find out how IGT is diagnosed. more

Take control!

You can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. more

Be "sweet" to yourself – keep blood sugar levels in check

You can help manage your condition with nutrition tips. more

Maintaining a healthy sexuality

A variety of physical and psychological factors can affect your sex life if you or your partner have MS. There is no one definition of "healthy sexuality." more

Let's talk sex

If you have MS, problems of sexual dysfunction can arise and may feel too sensitive to discuss. It's time to talk and regain control of your sex life. more

MS and fertility, contraception and sexually transmitted infections

Does MS affect fertility in men or women with the condition? more

Psychological issues around sexuality and MS

Some people with MS experience depression, anxiety or a loss of self-esteem about their sexual relationships. more

What can I do to protect myself and where can I get information and updates?

The best protection is avoiding contact with people who are known to have SARS or who are experiencing symptoms of SARS. more

Travel: is it safe?

It is always wise to see your doctor or visit a travel medicine clinic before travelling to other countries. more

Symptoms and treatment of SARS

The main symptoms of SARS are high fever (higher than 38°C or 100°F), dry cough, and shortness of breath or trouble breathing. People with SARS require treatment in a hospital. more

About SARS: What is SARS and how does it spread?

SARS stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It is a severe pneumonia-like respiratory disease first seen in Southeast Asia in late February 2003 that spreads through close contact with an infected person. more

How MS affects sleep

If you have MS, you might find that some of your symptoms make sleeping difficult. Read on for more information about how multiple sclerosis affects sleep, and find ways to make sleeping easier. more

Tips for sound sleep

Improving sleeping habits will help you drift into the night towards a more restful sleep! more

What about sleeping medications or naps?

If you are constantly tired during the day because you can't sleep at night, give yourself a short resting period during the day. This might be more effective than napping or using sleep medications. more

When periodic limb movements during sleep affect you

Periodic limb movements, muscle spasms, and the need to urinate frequently at night may sometimes awaken people with MS. more

When someone has MS: Tips for at-home care

If you are caring for someone who has MS, there are practical solutions for making home care easier. more

Adapting to change

People with severe MS often lose their independence. Their caregivers sometimes take on more responsibilities and might need to adapt to changing roles. more

Get by with a little help... from your friends!

Family and friends can be an important source of care and support. The first step is to tell them that you need and welcome their help.


Handling stress and caregiver burnout

Providing emotional support and physical care to someone with MS is often rewarding, but may be sometimes overwhelming. more

If your parent has MS

If your parent has MS, you may find that the condition has a big influence on your life. Read on for tips for coping, which will also help the person you love who has MS. more

What is the role of climate and sunlight in psoriasis?

Find out how the weather might affect your condition. more

Would a day at the beach help manage my symptoms?

If you have psoriasis, should you be concerned about sunburn? more

Ultraviolet light

Can artificial light help treat psoriasis? more

Skin safety in the sun

If you have psoriasis, there are guidelines to help protect your skin from sunburn. more

Some other factors to consider this summer

If you are planning a summer vacation, learn how to better manage your condition. more


Constipation is of particular concern among people with MS, although diarrhea, loss of bowel control (incontinence), and other problems of the stomach and bowels can also occur. more

Constipation: If you need more help

If the suggestions in the previous section do not help with constipation, your doctor may suggest these remedies. more

Diarrhea and MS

Diarrhea is less of a problem for most people with MS than is constipation, but it may be complicated by loss of bowel control when it occurs. more

General tips for good bowel habits

You can help prevent bowel problems by developing good bowel habits. more

A recent case of mad cow disease

Contaminated feed is the primary means by which cattle contract the brain-wasting condition. more

More about BSE

What is BSE and how does it occur? more

Preventing BSE

What is being done in Canada to prevent the spread of BSE? more

Questions and answers about BSE and CJD

Do you have specific questions about mad cow disease? more

Complications of spasticity

Mild spasticity may affect how you walk, interfering with proper motion, or it may take more effort and limit how far you can go. more

Physical activity

The best way to manage spasticity is to find a team of experts who can help customize a treatment for you. more

Posture is important

Whether you're sitting up or lying down, proper body positioning will ease spasticity and improve posture. more

Some other options for managing spasticity

Spasticity may also be controlled with means such as medication and surgery. more

Timing your therapy

When should a person with MS begin taking medications? more

Evidence for early MS treatment

Recent research has focused on starting therapy early. more

The role of inflammation

Do you know how medications for MS work to reduce symptoms? more

More hope for people with MS

Preventing or delaying MS attacks will give a person with the condition more control over their life. more

How to talk about psoriasis

Talk to your children about psoriasis, and teach them about triggers and how to avoid them. more

Preventing and managing flare-ups in children

Help your child relieve psoriasis symptoms and prevent flare-ups with proper skin care. more

When to call a doctor

If your child has psoriasis, know when it's important to call your doctor or pediatrician. more

Mom and Dad, I have questions!

Your child may have questions related to their condition. Be prepared to help them with honest, clear answers. more

General tips to manage and prevent flare-ups

In addition to taking your medications as recommended by your doctor, dermatologist, or pharmacist, there are several things you can do to help manage your psoriasis flare-ups. more

Keeping your skin hydrated

Seal moisture into your skin to prevent psoriasis flare-ups. more

Medication reactions and psoriasis

Certain medications may be associated with worsening symptoms of psoriasis. more

Lifestyle modifications

Besides treating your skin with proper care and taking medications as directed by your doctor, dermatologist, or pharmacist, you can help manage psoriasis with a healthy lifestyle. more

Coping skills and your health

Many studies have found that coping skills have a positive effect on health - physically, mentally and emotionally. more

Facing challenges

Adapting to the progressive changes of MS can bring on anxiety and fear, which are perfectly acceptable - and often necessary - reactions to the unknown. more

What are your coping strategies?

Coping strategies are different for all of us, and you'll know which are best for you. more

Reach out to loved ones

Share your hopes and fears with family, friends and caregivers - it's an essential part of coping with MS. more

Keeping in mind

Mild difficulties with cognition, including memory problems, commonly occur in about 50% of people with MS. more

Demystifying the myths

Having memory problems does not necessarily mean you have Alzheimer's disease or a mood disorder, nor does it reflect on your intelligence level. more

From sticky notes to personal digital assistants

Everyone could use a little help once in a while. There are many simple (and some more elaborate) ways to jog your memory. more

Forget me not

Get it all out in the open – with family and friends, your health care team, your employer, and even others with MS. more

Winter skin care essentials

During the winter, most people find that their skin gets drier. This is partly due to the winter weather - cold air and winds dry out the skin. more

Sunscreen is for winter too!

You can still get a sunburn in the winter, as 80% of UV rays can be reflected off snow, while only 20% is reflected off water. more

Winter sports: saving your skin

Winter sports are a great way to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors. But cold weather activities can put an extra strain on your skin. more

When it's more than dry skin: eczema

For many people, the winter season brings dry skin. But for others, winter weather can cause or worsen other skin problems, such as eczema. more

Managing the emotional impact of psoriasis

At times, your psoriasis flare-ups may be mild and difficult for others to see, but at other times, they may be more serious and obvious to all. Medical conditions that are outwardly visible bring their own set of challenges. more

Turn down your stress meter

Stress is bad for your health - we've all heard this from our doctors or on TV. But did you know that stress directly affects your psoriasis as well? more

Caring for your psoriasis during the winter

Winter weather may make it harder to care for your psoriasis. Darker days and drier air can work against you. But there are ways to manage. more

Seniors and psoriasis

Living with psoriasis as a senior presents its own set of challenges. Make sure that you manage your condition as best as you can. more

Timing is everything

Since treatments can alter the course of MS, delayed therapy may allow damage to occur unnecessarily. There is more and more evidence that people with MS should use medications sooner rather than later. more

The past: news of recent research

Two main studies, CHAMPS and ETOMS, have focused on the effect of starting medications early. Read on to find out more about the results of these studies. more

The present: ongoing research

Several ongoing studies continue to evaluate the effect of starting MS treatment early. Read on for more information about these studies. more

The future: looking into the crystal ball

Experts are continuing their search for better ways to treat MS. Results from these studies are only preliminary. As researchers learn more about the benefits of MS treatments, they also find out about the side effects. more

The scoop on HRT: What is it, and why is it prescribed?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) replenishes the hormones your body has stopped producing during menopause. If you are prescribed HRT, the hormones recommended to manage menopausal symptoms will depend on your specific symptoms and your past medical history. more

Methods of hormone delivery

Estrogen replacement is available in many forms. Some women take estrogen as a patch, gel, vaginal cream, vaginal ring or tablet. more

Natural versus synthetic hormone replacement therapy

When reading about natural and synthetic hormones, try to determine what exactly is being discussed. more

Your health and HRT: Benefits, side effects, and risks

When making decisions about HRT, it's important to consider the benefits, side effects, and health-related risks. more

Is HRT appropriate for me? Things to discuss with your doctor

As you make your decision about HRT, know that you'll need to weigh the benefits and risks in relationship to your own personal health needs. more

Skin infections?

Does my psoriasis make me more prone to skin infections? more


Can psoriasis develop around the site of an injury? more

Hair loss?

I have scalp psoriasis. Does this mean I'll lose my hair? more

Genetic predisposition?

Do race or skin colour play a role in developing psoriasis? more


Will swimming in chlorinated or salt water worsen my condition? more

Cosmetic options?

Are cosmetic options available to hide my condition? more

Adults don't eat enough fruit, veggies to fight cancer: Ontario survey

As many as 2.5 million Canadians could be at risk of developing cancer because they don't eat enough fruits and vegetables to reap cancer-fighting benefits, don't exercise enough and don't keep their weight in check, suggests a new study by Cancer Care Ontario. more

Separating side effects from symptoms

The first step? Discovering if it's a side effect of a medication or a symptom of MS. Read on to learn ways to take control of side effects. more

Is it the medication or the flu?

Muscle aches, fever, chills, and weakness may occur when you begin MS treatments. With certain MS medications, these effects usually disappear over time. more

Getting to the point of injection-site reactions

Injection-site reactions may include skin redness, swelling, itchiness, discoloration, and tenderness at the place where the injection is given. more

Follow your nose: a potpourri of other side effects

MS treatments may be associated with several other types of side effects. This article describes some of them. more

The basics of psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis that affects up to 30% of people who have psoriasis. What do you know about it? more

Different types of psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is just one of several kinds of arthritis. And within psoriatic arthritis, did you know there are five types that may appear? more

Diagnosing psoriatic arthritis

No single test exists to provide a conclusive diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. So how does your doctor arrive at this diagnosis? more

Treatment options for psoriatic arthritis

If you have been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, a variety of treatments exist. Know your options. more

Self-injection anxiety

Giving yourself an injection can be a difficult and frightening experience. Fortunately, help is available. more

Proper subcutaneous injection technique

Are you using an MS medication that is given by subcutaneous injection? Review your subcutaneous injection technique with our step-by-step guide. more

Proper intramuscular injection technique

Are you using an MS medication that is given by intramuscular injection? Review your intramuscular injection technique with our step-by-step guide. more

Injection safety: when to contact your healthcare provider

Injections may cause side effects. It is important to know which side effects may be warning signs of a more serious problem. more

Putting clinical trial results into perspective

If you've found a study that says a new treatment is effective, does that mean you should use the treatment? more

What is hormonal therapy?

Your doctor may recommend hormonal therapy. What is it? more

Adjuvant or "add on" therapy

Adjuvant therapy is recommended to help manage the cancer and reduce the likelihood of its returning. more

Hormonal therapy medications

What types of hormonal therapies exist? more

Early breast cancer and long-term hormonal therapy

What role can aromatase inhbitors play in long-term therapy for breast cancer? more

Useful tips and resources

Where can women find more information and resources about cancer, as well as links to support groups? more

Why do bladder problems occur?

Your bladder is controlled by your nerves. When MS attacks your nerves, it also affects your bladder control. more

What types of bladder problems can people with MS have?

People with MS may have trouble storing urine in the bladder, trouble emptying their bladder, or both. more

How are bladder problems treated?

Although bladder problems can be embarrassing, it is important to seek help from your doctor. There are many treatment options available. more

What can I do to cope with bladder problems?

Once you have gotten medical help for your bladder problems, there are a few things that you can do on your own to cope. more

Caring for your scalp psoriasis

If you have scalp psoriasis, you're not alone. About half of all people with psoriasis experience lesions on their scalp. more

Caring for your facial psoriasis

The face is a sensitive area for psoriasis scaling. Physically, the skin is delicate, and psychologically, we tend to be conscious of what others see on our face. So what can you do to help clear facial psoriasis? more

Caring for your hands and feet

Having psoriasis on your hands and feet can be hard. It can cause discomfort in these frequently used areas and can affect your life in many ways. Make sure you know about your treatment options. more

Caring for your nails

If you have fingernails and toenails affected by psoriasis, you'll know it's difficult to manage this condition. At this point, there is no "cure" to eliminate nail psoriasis, but there are steps you can take to manage it. more

Trans fat FAQ

Trans fats have been in the news a lot recently. Have you retained the important facts? Refresh your knowledge. more

The growing obesity epidemic

The World Health Organization tells us that there is a global obesity epidemic and, troublingly, children are also at risk. What are the causes and what are the counter-measures? more

DASH for high blood pressure relief

Experts say the DASH diet can help lower your blood pressure. If you or someone you love is at risk for high blood pressure, read on. more

What are the effects of MS on cognitive function?

MS can cause memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, and other changes in cognitive function. The severity of these changes varies from person to person. more

Why can MS cause changes in cognitive function?

MS causes changes in cognitive function through both direct and indirect effects on the brain. Learn more about how this occurs. more

How can cognitive function changes be treated?

Treatment of cognitive function changes depends on the type and severity of the change. Coping techniques play a role. Medications may too. more

How could cognitive function changes affect me in the workplace?

Cognitive function changes may affect your job performance. Learn about your rights and how to cope with cognitive function changes at work. more

About clinical trials

Do you know what the different types of clinical trials are and what they involve? more

Keeping track of the latest research

There are so many clinical trials for people with MS, it's impossible to keep track of them all. Find the trials that are most important and useful to you. more

How to read a clinical trial

The first thing you need to do when reading a trial is to decide whether you can trust the results. more

How weight loss works

One of the ways to maintain a healthy weight over the long haul is to follow some easy rules. It's all about keeping your energy balance! more

How do you know when to step in?

Your involvement in your parents' care may start very suddenly with an illness or an accident. Chances are, it will be clear at that time what you need to do. But if things progress more gradually, it can be difficult to know when you should step in and how much you should do. This can be made even more difficult if your parent or parents insist they can "handle it." How do you know when to step in? more

Early steps in caring for your parent

So far, things have been going pretty smoothly with your parent and you haven't had too many concerns. But you know the time is coming when you'll need to be involved in a more direct way. more

Taking care of yourself

As you embark on the journey of caring for your parents, your life may become very stressful. In order to ensure you are able to continue to fulfill your obligations as parent, spouse, and employee, you will need to take care of yourself. more

How to choose the right absorbent product

Well, first of all, you may find you need more than one type. There is a wide range of absorbencies available - from light to moderate to heavy. more

Can I still be social and not worry about embarrassment?

For Lily, treatment with incontinence medication and absorbent products has helped give her the confidence to keep up her social life without worrying about embarrassment. more

Helping aging parents deal with possible incontinence

If your parents are aging, learning about incontinence could help you help your parents should they experience a loss of bladder control in their later years. And since incontinence can be easily and effectively managed, it shouldn't become a barrier for them to have an active life. more

Caring for loved ones: Incontinence in the family

Caring for a loved one or family member who has incontinence can be demanding. Establishing a management plan - or a routine for care - is one way to help you organize your time and resources so that you are better able to care not only for your loved one, but also for yourself. more

How much do you know about incontinence?

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about incontinence. more

Living with incontinence

While urinary incontinence can be embarrassing, it shouldn't stop you from enjoying your life. Susan*, a 34-year-old mother of two, who developed stress incontinence as a result of having her two children, has refused to let it interfere with her active life. more

Tips for day-to-day management of incontinence

Check our list to make sure you're not missing any tips for managing incontinence. more

Will prostate surgery make me incontinent?

Most men do not have ongoing incontinence after prostate surgery. Nevertheless, being aware of the possibility of temporary urine leakage or ongoing incontinence after surgery can help you deal with it if it does happen. more

Working together to tackle incontinence

Janet and her husband work together to tackle her incontinence from an unfortunate accident. With his loving understanding and unwavering support, their marriage has grown stronger over the years. more

What you should know about head lice treatments

There are a number of treatment options for head lice. Find out the differences between them. more

Do home remedies for head lice work?

Here's a look at some of the home remedies used for head lice and their effectiveness. more

Head lice treatment precautions: what parents need to know

With any type of head lice treatment, you need to take a few precautions to ensure that you are using it safely. more

A pediatrician tells you about head lice

Dr. Mickey Lester is a consulting pediatrician for the Hospital for Sick Children and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto. more

A nurse's perspective on OAB

Learn more about how a nurse continence advisor (NCA) can help people with overactive bladder (OAB), how getting help can make a difference in your life, and what to expect when you see an NCA. more

How to tell if your man has OAB

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a medical condition that causes sudden intense urges to empty the bladder, frequent trips to the washroom, and even leaking of urine. Find out how to tell if your man may have OAB, and what you can do to help. more

Control your IBD

Is your Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis under control? Check for these warning signs to find out. more

Weight management and incontinence

Carrying extra weight can put a strain on your bladder and can lead to incontinence. Find out more about how weight management can improve incontinence. more

Men and incontinence

Are you a man suffering from urinary incontinence? Find out more information on the symptoms, the potential causes, when to see a doctor, and what contributes to urinary incontinence in men. more

Absorbent products

Using absorbent products or thinking about using absorbent products to help manage your urinary incontinence? Find out what your absorbent product options are and what might best serve your needs. more

Incontinence and bladder training

Can bladder training help my urinary incontinence? Find out what bladder training is and how it may benefit your urinary incontinence. more

Pelvic floor training

Can pelvic floor training help my urinary incontinence? Find out what pelvic floor training is and how it may benefit your urinary incontinence. more

Incontinence and dementia

Urinary incontinence associated with dementia is a situation that requires coping and management skills. Learn how to cope and what type of behaviours to expect. more

Are you your tooth enamel's worst enemy?

Enamel protects our teeth from cavities, sensitivity, and discolouration. How well do you treat yours? more

The healthiest you, in your 40s and beyond

As you age, your body changes. How much your health needs change may depend on the lifestyle choices you make every day. more

Pap Test 101

Do you know the single most important reason to get a Pap? more

Genital warts and HPV

Genital warts is not the easiest topic to broach, but it's a topic you should learn more about, including how to protect yourself from them. Genital warts are mostly caused by two types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Learn more about genital warts and what you can do to prevent it. more

Top 10 things you need to know about HPV vaccination.

Is HPV vaccination safe? Who needs to get vaccinated against HPV? Find out the 10 things you need to know about HPV vaccination. more

How well do you know your partner?

Fidelity doesn't stop the spread of HPV. more

Spice Up Your Sex Life

Having erectile dysfunction (ED) does not have to hamper a spontaneous, exciting sex life. Here are a few suggestions to heat things up. more

Winter safety outdoors

Oh, the weather outside is frightful! Brave the elements and avoid these 3 common wintry weather worries. more

Coping with grief

Reactions to grief run the spectrum of human emotion and affect a person in profound and wide-ranging ways. more

Erectile Dysfunction: Myths and Facts

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a complex problem with many different potential causes. Unfortunately, many people are misinformed about ED. Find out the myths and facts of ED. more

Making insulin injections easier

Make your insulin injections easier. more

Cholesterol and heart disease: Are you getting the latest treatment?

Are you doing everything you should to manage your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease? Learn more about how new cholesterol guidelines could change the way you and your doctor think about your heart disease risk and your cholesterol. more

Your pharmacist can help you quit smoking

Personalized counselling while trying to quit smoking can double your chances of becoming and staying smoke-free. Your pharmacist can help you kick the addiction! Find out how. more

Live life on your own terms

Have you experienced situations where you've had to change the way you normally do things just because you take insulin injections? If you have, you're not alone. more

The at-risk flu patient: what you can do

Do you fall into the group of people who are at increased risk for flu complications? Find out what you can do to protect yourself from the flu and what to do if you have the flu. more

Children and the flu

There's no need to panic if your child seems to have flu-like symptoms. Find out about flu treatment and prevention in children. more

Family care during the flu season

Taking care of our families is a role many of us take on during the flu season. Learn how to take care of your family this year. more

Focus on flu treatment

The flu virus changes constantly, making it difficult to come up with a cure for the flu. Learn what to do to for flu treatment. more

About fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain

What is fibromyalgia and how can it affect your life? more

Caring for your child's sensitive skin: 5 top parent tips

Learn how to give your child's sensitive skin the care it deserves. more

What to do when your child has a rash

Does your child have a rash? Here's how to handle it. more

Getting pregnant: Know the right time to try

Did you know that, out of the 20-something days of a typical woman's cycle, there are 2 days of peak fertility? Find out how to pinpoint your 2 best get-pregnant days. more

Planning for maternity leave

Learn how to plan ahead so your maternity leave goes smoothly. more

Increasing your chances of pregnancy before fertility treatments

After months of trying to get pregnant, you're ready to give in and visit a fertility clinic. Find out what else you can do to boost your baby chances before making that appointment. more

Kicks, rolls, and other in-utero moves

Your bump keeps growing. When should you expect to feel that first kick or spot the outline of baby's foot on your belly? more

Are you ready for another child?

How do you know when you're ready for another child? more

Waking up to a dry morning

Is there a better feeling than waking up to a dry morning? Find out how to help your child curb their night time wetting so that they are ready to start the day dry. more

How 4 facial treatments really work

You want to look younger, so you head to the Beauty & Skin Care aisle. But you could grow old while trying to make sense of all of the products lining the shelves! more

Exfoliation: Slough years off your skin's age

Remember that effortless, luminous glow your skin had when you were young? It may still be there - hiding beneath layers of dead, dry skin. more

12 secrets to smooth, supple skin

To get your skin back to its silken, plump, and more youthful glow, you'll have to work from the inside out. more

Skin care in your 30s and beyond

Reach your 30s, and you begin to see the effects of a life lived. And as your skin changes, you'll need to change your skin care routine to keep up. more

Dandruff FAQ

So, you spotted a few flakes and now you're scratching your head over what's causing your dandruff? Here are answers to 7 commonly asked questions about dandruff. more

Scalp care by the seasons

What to do come spring. Summer-proof your scalp. Fall - the scalp fixer-upper season. Don't let winter go to your head. more

Eat your way to a healthier-looking scalp

Since dandruff is actually a skin condition, foods that support healthy-looking skin will also support a healthy-looking scalp. more

Eat your way to a healthier-looking scalp

Since dandruff is actually a skin condition, foods that support healthy-looking skin will also support a healthy-looking scalp. more

Menstrual period: early bloomer?

Don't be embarrassed if you're an early bloomer. more

How to find the right absorbent product for you (Women's solutions)

Women with urinary incontinence have many absorbent product options to choose from. How can you find the one that's best for you? more

How to find the right absorbent product for you (Men's solutions)

Men with urinary incontinence have many absorbent product options to choose from. Find out how to pick a product that meets your needs and lifestyle. more

Incontinence: tips for a worry-free getaway

You deserve a worry-free vacation! Learn more about how to manage incontinence so it doesn't spoil your trip. more

5 things you can do to have a worry-free night out

You have the evening planned out: the perfect outfit, your favourite restaurant, the best company. Find out how people with incontinence can enjoy a worry-free night out. more

My doctor told me I have incontinence... now what?

Finding out you have urinary incontinence can bring up many different feelings and questions. Find out how to cope and what comes next. more

More time for your bucket list?

Are you living your life to the fullest? Have you done all the things you wanted to do? Don't let high cholesterol get in your way. Take control of your cholesterol so that you can live a healthy and full life. Find out about how effective cholesterol treatment can let you have more time for things you want to achieve on your bucket list. more

How do you know your treatment is working?

To find out if your cholesterol treatment is working, you need to know what your treatment targets are. Find out about setting treatment goals and objectives and how to track whether your cholesterol treatment is working. more

Recently diagnosed with AFib?

Have you recently been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation? It can be scary to think you have a heart condition. Here's what you need to know so that you can continue to enjoy living your life. more

Keeping the beat: Living with AFib

People with AFib can live active, normal lives. Learn how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. more

Your Heart and Summer Fun

Don't let AFib stop you from having an active, fun summer. Learn ways to enjoy the summer with atrial fibrillation. more

Childhood vaccines: Is your child fully protected?

Find out why it's so important to follow your child's immunization schedule correctly. more

Is your child at high risk for vaccine-preventable disease?

Some children may be at higher risk for vaccine-preventable diseases. Find out more information on who is at risk and how to protect your child. more

You and your child – coping with vaccine anxiety

You or your child may be experiencing anxiety about their routine scheduled vaccinations. Find out more about how you can reduce vaccination-related anxiety. more

10 Things you should know about your psoriasis medication

Find out the 10 things you should know about your psoriasis medication. more

Psoriasis treatment: Don't settle!

Do you have psoriasis but are not completely satisfied with your treatment? There's more you can do. Find out what. more

Overcoming common psoriasis treatment challenges

Find out about common psoriasis treatment challenges and how to overcome them. more

Psoriasis: How to get your life back

Psoriasis can have a huge emotional impact on your life. Find out what you can do to take control of psoriasis and get your life back. more

Do you need to see a dermatologist?

Is it time for you to see a dermatologist for your psoriasis? Find out now. more

Prevnar 13 and Pneumococcal Infections

Did you know that a group of bacteria known as Streptococcus pneumoniae can be particularly harmful to your child? Find out more information on Streptococcus pneumoniae and how to help protect your child. more

Work out your heart

Getting regular exercise is important, even if you have atrial fibrillation. Learn about ways to build exercise into your life. more

Are you at risk for atrial fibrillation?

Learn the risk factors for atrial fibrillation and what you can do to help reduce your risk. more

Bedwetting vs. Potty Training

Did you know that bedwetting is not the same thing as a potty training accident? Find out the difference. more

Talking to Your Kids About Bedwetting

Is bedwetting a taboo topic in your home? Find out how to talk to your kids about bedwetting. more

How to reduce your risk of a second stroke

If you've had a stroke, you have a 1 in 5 chance of suffering a second stroke within just 2 years. But you can reduce your risk by controlling risk factors. Find out how. more

10 easy ways to cut your stroke risk

The good news is that there are many things you can do to reduce your stroke risk. The bad news is that your stroke "to do" list can seem enormous! Try these 10 easy tips to reduce your stroke risk. more

Stroke risk: What every caregiver needs to know

Is the person you're caring for at risk of a stroke? Learn how to reduce the risk of a stroke before it happens. more

Don't let silent stroke risk factors sneak up on you!

Could "silent" risk factors be increasing your chance of a stroke? Find out how problems you may not even be able to see or feel could be putting you at risk, and learn how to reduce your risk. more

Reducing the risk of stroke related to atrial fibrillation: Know your options

If you are at risk of a stroke related to atrial fibrillation (AFib), your doctor may recommend medications and lifestyle changes. Learn more about your options and find out when to talk to your doctor. more

Stroke and atrial fibrillation: Are you at risk?

Did you know that with atrial fibrillation (AFib), the risk of a stroke caused by a blood clot is 3 to 5 times what it would be otherwise, and that up to 1 in 3 people with AFib don't even experience any symptoms? Learn more about AFib, stroke, and whether you could be at risk. more

Telling your partner about incontinence

Your partner can provide you with support if you open up to them. Learn how to talk to your partner about incontinence. more

Children's Flu Risk

Your child may be at risk of flu – at school, in daycare, and at home. Learn what you can do to help protect them. more

Your Child Has the Flu: Now What?

If your child has caught the flu, learn flu treatment options and what you can do at home to help them feel better. more

Beat the Flu Before it Beats You

Life's busy enough. Don't let the flu beat you down! more

Flu Myths: Busted

Find out the truth about some common myths about the flu. more

Quitting smoking: The road to recovery

Whether you're thinking about quitting or have quit, this article will give you valuable tips on dealing with cravings and weight gain. more

Air travel during flu season

Planning to fly during the flu season? With H1N1 worries, we should all take a few precautions to prevent infections while travelling by air. more

Cannabis FAQs

Curious about cannabis? Find out more information through the FAQs below! more

Should I get a seasonal flu shot?

If you're not sure whether you should get a flu shot this year, consider these answers to 6 frequently asked questions about the vaccination. more

The role of a pharmacist

Pharmacists are dynamic, patient-oriented professionals committed to fulfilling the health care needs of their patients. Pharmacy is a profession that is expanding in new directions to meet the health care needs of all Canadians. more

Allergy treatment basics

Sometimes, avoiding allergens is just not enough to prevent the troublesome symptoms of allergic rhinitis. When this happens, allergy treatment using medications may be necessary. There is a wide range of treatments available for allergy sufferers, including prescription and non-prescription products. more

Be confident in absorbent products

Using absorbent products for urinary incontinence is a good way to manage incontinence. Learn more about absorbent products. more

Life with incontinence

Life with incontinence can be a fulfilling and rewarding one. Learn how to manage incontinence so that you can enjoy living life. more

Incontinence 101

Incontinence is a lot more common than you think. Here are the facts you need to know about urinary incontinence. more

5 Tips for women on aging well

Here are some tips on healthy ways of aging well, including how to live life with incontinence. more

5 Tips for men on aging well

Here are some tips on healthy ways of aging well, including how to live life with incontinence. more

Dressing for all occasions

Going to work? Or getting ready for a night out? Don't let urinary incontinence stop you! Learn how to dress and prepare for different occasions. more

10 Heart Health Must-Haves

Feeling overwhelmed by everything you have to do to keep your heart healthy? Try these 10 simple tips that are easy to fit into your life. more

Your cholesterol: Who's in the driver's seat?

Are you in charge of your cholesterol? Find out how to get in the driver's seat to set and achieve your cholesterol treatment goals. more

Cholesterol treatment: What's in it for me?

Ever wondered whether managing your cholesterol was worth all the effort? Find out what's really in it for you. more

The truth about wetting the bed

Bedwetting is different from daytime accidents. Find out what the best thing is to do about it. more

Top bedwetting falsehoods – busted!

Don't fall for these myths that can turn a harmless development stage into a nightmare. more

Bedwetting first response: "do's" that work

How you handle bedwetting is important to your child's well being. Learn how to boost in-the-moment confidence. more

Like night and day: the bedwetting underwear difference

Nighttime underwear outperform training pants at night, helping to keep your child dry. Plus, they're the grown-up option. more

Answers to all your bedwetting concerns

New to helping your child cope with bedwetting? Not to worry. For every question bound to arise, there is a simple answer. more

Bedwetting underwear buying guide

Choosing the right bedwetting products can be confusing. Here are some shopping essentials to help ensure a worry-free night's sleep. more

Surprising facts about bedwetting

Understanding bedwetting is half the battle - here's what you need to know to cope more

Five nighttime routines that reduce bedwetting

From bed mats to bonding: bedtime bedwetting strategies that work more

Bladder Control Tips

Learning a few simple bladder control tips can help you manage incontinence. Here are 5 tips you can try today! more

Travel Tips

Don't let incontinence spoil your trip! Try these simple travel tips. more

Types of Incontinence

Did you know that there are different types of urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control)? Learn about the 3 main types of incontinence, how they are different from each other, and how they are treated. more


Learn all about this very common – and highly contagious – skin infection. more

Why do people get allergies?

To someone with allergies, the tiniest thing can cause the biggest trouble. A seemingly harmless bit of dust, a strand of fluffy cat dander, or a puff of pollen floating in the air can lead to allergy symptoms. Ever wonder why the human body reacts the way it does? Why do we sneeze? Why do our noses run and our eyes tear up? Basically, an allergy is the body's over-eager reaction to a misinterpreted threat. more

Avoiding indoor allergens

For some people, allergy season lasts all year and its symptoms strike close to home. It can be challenging to avoid your allergy triggers when they're all over your house, but it can be done. Deal with dust. Keep the house as dust-free as possible. When dusting, use a damp cloth. The dust will cling to the cloth better this way, keeping it from floating off into the air. more

Avoiding outdoor allergens

How can a person prone to seasonal allergies coexist with nature without sneezing, sniffling, and coughing? Know your triggers. more

Allergy signs and symptoms

Allergy symptoms may include the following: sneezing runny nose itchy throat, nose, roof of the mouth itchy, watery or red eyes congestion Although allergies and colds have similar symptoms, there are some telltale signs that can help you differentiate between them. If you aren't sure whether you have allergies or just a cold, ask your health professional. more

Sleeping through the night with colds or allergies

Don't let colds and allergies steal your good night's sleep. Find out how to get through the night. more

Allergy treatment basics

Sometimes, avoiding allergens is just not enough to prevent the troublesome symptoms of allergic rhinitis. When this happens, allergy treatment using medications may be necessary. There is a wide range of treatments available for allergy sufferers, including prescription and non-prescription products. more

Diabetes prevention: Be more physically active

You can add "reduced risk of type 2 diabetes" to the long list of benefits of getting regular physical activity. Learn more about what to try and how to safely get started. more

Diabetes prevention: Eat healthier

Examining your diet and eating habits is a great first step to reducing your risk for type 2 diabetes. That's because what you eat – or don't eat – directly affects your risk. more

Diabetes prevention: Manage your weight

Find out how your weight impacts your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and how to choose a safe and realistic weight loss plan if you are overweight or obese. more

Diabetes prevention: Quit smoking

An increased risk of type 2 diabetes is just another of the many, many reasons that might motivate you to quit smoking. more

Preparing to quit smoking

The most common reasons for relapsing to smoking are a lack of commitment, a lack of preparation, and unexpected situations/stressors. Of these 3 reasons for relapse, lack of preparation is the most common. more

Is this normal? A closer look at MS symptoms

Multiple sclerosis can have a variety of strange and unpleasant symptoms. But whatever you're experiencing, you're almost certainly not the only person experiencing it. Let's look at 7 of the most common kinds of symptoms. more

Decision time: How to prepare for the treatment conversation

There are many options for treating multiple sclerosis. Your doctor will want to talk with you about your options and preferences. Here are 7 important questions to ask. more

Managing MS: Let's get tracking!

There are many health tracking devices and apps available now. But how useful can they be for people with multiple sclerosis? more

"Trust me, I'm a Doctor": Being honest with your health care professional

When you're talking with your doctor, there may be things you would rather fudge or avoid talking about. But your doctor can't help you find the best solution for your health without knowing the truth. more

Probiotic basics

Probiotics are your intestine's good bacteria. Learn how to maintain a healthy gut flora and where to find probiotic foods. more

COVID-19 and Face Masks: What You Need to Know

Should I wear a face mask when I go out in public during the COVID-19 pandemic? more

Clean hands prevent infection outbreaks

Whether you feel sick or not, hand-washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of major diseases like the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). more

How to wash your hands

Follow these five steps for clean hands every time. more

The important stuff to know about hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is a popular alternative to hand-washing, but doesn't provide the same level of protection as simple soap and water. more

COVID-19: What to do if you get sick

A guide on what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. more

Maintaining Recovery and Staying Safe While Social Distancing

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on our everyday lives. With many businesses and public places closed, and people encouraged to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible, many feel more isolated and stressed than ever before.  more

Probiotics and your gut

There's lots of buzz these days about the human “microbiome”. But what exactly is it anyway? The microbiome is a collection of all the different microorganisms, like bacteria and fungi that live inside and on the human body. The gut microbiome is specifically all the microorganisms living in the gastrointestinal tract. You can “supplement” your gut microbiome with probiotics. more

The pros of probiotics

Everyone you talk to these days seems to be taking a probiotic. Should you be taking one too? more

What are probiotics?

Did you know that trillions of bacteria and other organisms live in your gut? Probiotics play an important role in helping you maintain a healthy gut. Here are some important facts about using probiotics, and where to find them. more

Financial and Mental Health

.According to a survey done by the Financial Planning Standards Council, 44% of Canadians believe their mental health has been negatively impacted by their financial situation. Many Canadians even say their financial worries overtake stress from other parts of their life like work, personal health, and relationships. Anyone who manages their own money or has limited access to funds can struggle with financial stress. more

Benefits of financial well-being

Financial well-being is having the ability and confidence to meet your financial commitments both over the short and long term. It includes the knowledge and skills to make responsible financial decisions such as managing finances, overcoming financial setbacks, and achieving financial goals to allow you to enjoy life. more

Financial and Physical Health

At its most basic, your body is composed of many overlapping systems that feed and support each other. Stress, like water running over a rock or rust in an engine, can wear down those systems over time, and that includes financial stress. In a Manulife study only half of Canadians who were financially unwell reported that they were in good physical health. Those dealing with financial stress were also reported to be twice as likely to have poor overall health and four times more likely to suffer from sleep problems, headaches, and other illnesses. more

Financial Self-Care Tips

All the demands and priorities of your day are stressful enough without having to worry about your finances too. Practicing self-care for your finances can be just as vital in managing stress and preventing burn-out as caring for your mental, emotional, and physical needs. When it comes to managing your financial health, you should choose activities that lay a foundation and incrementally build your savings so you can support your needs and eventually reach your goals. more

ADHD and your family

Having ADHD can affect many areas of a person's life. Families play a vital role in encouraging and supporting children with ADHD to do their best. Families can give hope to their children by seeking treatment for their child's ADHD symptoms. Fortunately, treatment and support can help manage the symptoms and problems that the child with ADHD experiences. more

Recommended amount of physical activity based on age groups

Getting enough exercise is more important now than ever to improve your overall health and to reduce quarantine stress . more

Should you exercise outside during the COVID-19 pandemic?

While some people can go outside for a walk or a run, others should stay home. more

Exercising in public indoor and outdoor spaces

Want to go back to the gym or playground? Here are some ways to stay safe while doing so. more

Indoor and outdoor activities

Find other ways to stay active during COVID-19. more

Staying Up-to-Date with Your Adult Vaccinations

Adults need vaccinations too. Find out why and which vaccines are important for you. more

Picking the Right Vaccination for Specific Adult Populations

Certain people are at high risk of vaccine-preventable diseases. Find out which vaccines are important for you. more

How to take care of yourself when you are sick

When you are sick, it may be challenging to keep your blood glucose under control. This is why you need to have a sick day plan. more

Top 10 COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Debunked

Hesitant about getting the new COVID-19 vaccine? Here are some common myths about the COVID-19 vaccine, debunked. more

Preparing for Our First COVID-19 Winter Holiday Season

Tips for celebrating the holidays safely this year more

Diabetes and foot care

Diabetes can put your feet at risk – and where your feet go, the rest of you goes too. Here are key facts and insights into taking care of them. more

What risk does COVID-19 pose?

What are the risks associated with COVID-19? more


As Canadians continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is yet another virus season right around the corner: influenza. more

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a newly identified infectious disease that is part of the larger family of viruses called Coronavirus. more

Diabetes and weight management

Diabetes and excess weight go hand in hand. But you can help keep diabetes under control by managing your weight. more

What you need to know before starting a new workout

Get the details behind the four letters – FITT – that can help you zero in on realistic fitness goals. more

Healthy foods: Salmon

Learn more about salmon, a versatile, highly nutritious source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. more

What is a common medication mistake that people with Allergies make?

People with allergies often take their medications only when they have symptoms that bother them. But to get the most out of your allergy medication, it's best to take it regularly, even when you are not experiencing symptoms. This ensures that you get optimal relief from your medication. more

What EDSS score and relapse rate mean for people with MS

Learn more about why EDSS score, relapse rate, MRI lesions, and brain changes are important. more

Power of Four: Four Indicators of Multiple Sclerosis Activity

To monitor the progression of MS, neurologists normally watch for specific indicators. Do you know what they are? more

What's in Your Head? MRI and MS

MRI is an essential tool in the arsenal to fight MS, but do you know how it works? more

What, Where, Who? Why Some People Get MS and Others Don't

There are a number of factors that can influence your chances of being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). more

Eye symptoms and signs

Eye symptoms can be signs of infection, irritation, or injury that has occurred directly to the eye or surrounding tissue. In other cases, the condition of your eyes can reveal an underlying health problem. more

What is psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriasis doesn't just affect the skin – it can also affect the joints. Do you know what to watch out for? more

Control your psoriasis triggers

Flare-ups aren't always unpredictable. Avoid these known causes. more

Living well with psoriasis

Use these strategies to tackle the social and emotional impact of psoriasis symptoms. more

Are you keeping up with your psoriasis?

Psoriasis treatment plans may need to change over time. more

5 psoriasis skin care tips

Soaps, moisturizers, TLC: all help manage your psoriasis symptoms. more

Treating Psoriasis with Biologics

What are biologics? Find out more about them and how they work. more

MS and your relationship

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can put a strain on any couple's relationship, but it can also bring couples closer together. Find out how to fight MS as a couple. more

How MS affects the brain: silent changes

Did you know that MS could be silently damaging your brain even between relapses? Learn more. more

Overcoming guilt about COPD

Could guilt be holding you back from getting the help you need for your COPD? Find out more about feelings of guilt with COPD and what you can do to overcome them. more

About MS progression

Learn more about multiple sclerosis (MS) progression and how noticeable symptoms are just the tip of the iceberg. more

MS treatment: Start early and stick with it

Learn some important facts to help you get the most from your multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment. more

Relapses and MS progression: What you need to know

What are relapses, and what do they mean for your risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) progression? Get the answers you need to take action against relapses. more

Overcoming guilt about COPD

Could guilt be holding you back from getting the help you need for your COPD? Find out more about feelings of guilt with COPD and what you can do to overcome them. more


Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. more

What is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of over 100 different types of arthritis. While most types of arthritis become more likely to occur as we age, RA can attack at any age. more

Physical activity with RA

Exercise can help reduce pain, and may slow joint damage and allow you to maintain a healthy weight. more

What EDSS score and relapse rate mean for people with MS

Learn more about why EDSS score and relapse rate are important. more

How MS affects the brain: silent changes

Did you know that MS could be silently damaging your brain even between relapses? Learn more. more

Sunscreen: a user's guide

Find out more about sunscreen, an essential when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun's harmful radiation. more

24 ways to ease up

Discover some of the little things you can do to relax and take it easy. more

Iron deficiency anemia

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition where the body doesn't produce enough hemoglobin. more

What is asthma?

Asthma is a lung condition that affects the airways (bronchial tubes) of your lungs, causing the tissues lining the airways to swell and become narrow. more

Avoiding indoor allergens

For some people, allergy season lasts all year and its symptoms strike close to home. It can be challenging to avoid your allergy triggers when they're all over your house, but it can be done. Deal with dust. Keep the house as dust-free as possible. When dusting, use a damp cloth. The dust will cling to the cloth better this way, keeping it from floating off into the air. more

Avoiding asthma triggers

One of the ways you can control asthma symptoms and reduce your need for medication is to avoid exposure to common asthma triggers. more

Osteoporosis: what is it?

We all get osteoporosis as we age so it is important that we learn about it and try to do something to slow it down or reverse the process. more

Osteoporosis: prevention

Prevention and treatment of osteoporosis have drawn a good deal of attention over the last few years. There have been a number of multinational studies about osteoporosis that have demonstrated the value of medical treatments. more

Depression: treatment

The most common treatment for depression is a combination of antidepressant medications and psychotherapy. Other individuals seek treatment in complementary and alternative medicine. Antidepressant medications Antidepressants successfully elevate mood in 60% to 80% of people who use them as directed. more

Alzheimer's disease: risk factors

Although the cause (or causes) of Alzheimer's disease remains unknown, certain risk factors may increase your chances of developing the disease. more

Caring for your feet when you have diabetes

Don't forget your feet! Foot care is an important part of diabetes management. more

AFib: 5 outdoor exercise ideas!

Try these 5 outdoor exercises. more

How to get ready for good oral health while travelling

Learn how to prepare and what to pack to maintain oral health while you're travelling. more

Oral care during pregnancy

Are you expecting? Good oral health is important during pregnancy. Find out about oral care during pregnancy. more

Dental scaling and root planing

Learn about dental scaling and root planing. more

Why teeth become sensitive

Discover what causes tooth sensitivity. more

Your prostate and incontinence

Having a prostate doesn't necessarily mean you're at risk for urinary incontinence.1 But it can affect your bladder patterns. Learn why. more

Heart-healthy BBQ and summertime tips

Find out ways to enjoy the season with heart-healthy and summertime tips. more

Depression symptoms: Not just feeling blue

Depression is not just "feeling blue," nor is it just "in your head." Depression symptoms may include physical pain, problems sleeping, difficulty concentrating, and changes in appetite. But these aren't the only symptoms. Learn more about the emotional, behavioural/cognitive, and physical symptoms of depression. more

How common is infertility?

Find out just how common infertility is. more

The flu and diabetes

People with diabetes are at increased risk for flu complications. Learn what you can do to protect yourself. more

GoodNites® Bed Mats: A new way to protect your child's sheets and confidence

Learn more about GoodNites® Bed Mats, a new product that helps protect your child's sheets and confidence for a better night. more

Bedwetting: Nighttime survival strategies

Is bedwetting giving your family some sleepless nights? Learn some simple strategies that can help you cope. more

Incontinence: Staying active

Don't let incontinence stop you from exercising! Find out ways you can stay active despite incontinence. more

Indoor exercises for seniors

Find out the many indoor exercises that seniors can do. more

Incontinence: Get active outside!

Incontinence doesn't have to mean being cooped up at home. We already spend a lot of time indoors in our offices, our car, and at home doing housework. Find out how you can enjoy the great outdoors and get some much needed exercise! more

How to get through a busy day with a cold

You've got a miserable cold, but your day is booked solid. Find out how you can get through your busy day, even with a cold. more

Benefits of a fertility clinic

Learn more about the benefits of fertility clinics, the services they offer, and your chances of getting pregnant with the help of a fertility clinic. more

Should I call in sick?

You're starting to show symptoms of the flu, but you have so much to do at work. Should you call in sick? more

When your child has the flu: How to help

Having the flu can be difficult for a child. Find out what you can do to help them feel better. more

Interesting ways to prepare for flu season

Are you ready for this year's flu season? Have you thought of all the ways to be prepared? Learn more about preparing for the flu season. more

Tips for caregivers: Taking care of someone with the flu

You may have to take on the role of caregiver this season when someone you know catches the flu. Learn tips on how to take care of a flu patient and what you can do for yourself. more

How flu antivirals work

Antivirals, as you can imagine, work against viruses. Learn how antivirals work to fight the flu virus. more

5 Heart healthy resolutions: Stay on track

Learn how to stay on track with 5 popular heart healthy resolutions. more

5 Winter heart risks

Learn how to enjoy winter activities and stay healthy with atrial fibrillation. more

Heart facts: 7 Things you never knew

Find out 7 fun heart facts that you may not have known. more

What are plant sterols?

Find out what plant sterols are and how they can lower your cholesterol. more

Fitting insulin at mealtimes into your life

Are you concerned about fitting insulin injections into your daily routine? more

Rejuvenate with exfoliants

Thinking of using an exfoliating product? Get a better understanding of how exfoliation works and which kind of product you should try. more

Cholesterol medications: are you on the right dose?

If you’re on the wrong dose of your cholesterol medication, you may be at a higher risk of side effects or cholesterol-related problems (such as heart disease, strokes, circulation problems, or heart attacks). Find out how to tell if you’re on the right dose, and what to do if you’re concerned about your medication dose. more

Understanding medication side effects

Serious side effects from cholesterol medication are rare. But it’s important to understand why side effects occur, how they can be related to your medication dose, and what to do about side effects. more

Rare diseases: why diagnosis can be so difficult

Learn more about the challenges you may face if you suspect that your symptoms could be due to a rare or "orphan" disease. more

Are you showing your age?

When you gaze at your reflection in a mirror, you most often look at your face. But the mirror of time reveals several places on your body that can really give away your age. more

The 10 commandments of a healthy digestive system

You can keep your digestive system steady and balanced and avoid many of the rumbling, tumbling, and unpleasant symptoms of indigestion if you follow these 10 commandments. more

5 ways to avoid digestive problems on the go

Are you left with precious little time for meals and snacks? It's time to adjust your priorities so healthier eating habits are a little closer to the top of your to-do list. more

Could my child have eczema?

Concerned that your child's itchy rash might be more than just ordinary dry skin? Know the causes, risk factors, and symptoms of eczema – "the itch that rashes."


What causes wrinkles?

How does our skin go from smooth and taut when we're young to crinkled and saggy as we age? Is there any way we can avoid wrinkling? more

7 secrets to a comfy shoe fit

When you wear shoes that don't fit you well, you run (and walk) the risk of all sorts of foot problems. more

Hearing during the holidays

Do you suffer from hearing loss? You can still enjoy the sights - and sounds - of the holiday season. Learn how. more

Hoping to avoid crow's feet?

Crow's feet mark the passage of time across the delicate skin beneath your eyes. Find out how to minimize these crinkly eye wrinkles. more

Everyday scalp rituals

Take a little time in each day to pay your scalp some much-needed attention, especially if your scalp feels dry, itchy, or sensitive. more

Recognizing the signs of dandruff and flaky scalp

Dandruff and flaky scalp can cause symptoms that you might feel before you even notice your first flake. more

Diagnosing fibromyalgia

How can you tell if you have fibromyalgia? Find out how fibromyalgia is diagnosed. more

Children's medical conditions at school

Find out how schools, parents, and children can work together to make sure school is fun, safe, and simple for kids with chronic conditions. more

The healthiest you, in your 50s and beyond

As you age, your body changes. How much your health needs change may depend on the lifestyle choices you make every day. more

Food storage: Meat, poultry, fish, and dairy

The items you purchase in the refrigerated sections of the market naturally need to be refrigerated at home. But for how long should you keep that raw chicken? How long can you freeze a steak? more

Food storage: Fruits and vegetables

When it comes to storing fruits and vegetables, what works for an apple may not work for an orange. more

The nutritional profile of cow's milk

For many people, milk stirs up memories of childhood, of cafeteria lunch trays, of a tall cold glass accompanying a plate of fresh-baked cookies. But is gulping glasses of milk a habit we should let spill into adulthood? Is milk really all that good for us? more

Understanding miscarriage

Miscarriage occurs when there is a loss of pregnancy before Week 20 of the pregnancy. Find out more about miscarriage, its symptoms, and how it's diagnosed. more

Car seat and booster seat safety

Get your tot to their destination safely with this guide to car seat and booster seat safety. more

Causes of adult acne

You peer sleepy-eyed into the mirror in the morning. And what a rude awakening: wrinkles and pimples? more

Getting that celeb makeup artist look

In-demand makeup artists - the ones who jet between Paris and Milan for the fashion shows and to New York and Los Angeles for movie premieres, award shows, and photo shoots at a moment's notice - know a thing or two about pressure. Celebrity makeup artists reveal their get gorgeous secrets. more

Why does memory decline?

Our brains age right along with the rest of our bodies, but time is just one reason the memory wanes. more

Cookware for a healthy kitchen

To cook up healthful food, you need the right tools. Do any safety risks hide in those piles of pots and pans stowed in your cupboard? more

Thyroid disease: what is it?

Thyroid disease is one of the most common hormonal diseases found in our society today. more

Brushing and flossing around braces

With braces, oral hygiene is more important than ever. Braces have tiny spaces where food particles and plaque get trapped. Follow our braces care guidelines for a simple and effective way to brush and floss around braces. more

Choosing a good toothbrush 101

How do you go about choosing a toothbrush? With the many choices available, it may not be as easy as you think. Find out what to look for when choosing a toothbrush. more

When to start flossing

Parents should start to get their children in the habit of flossing daily. Learn when your child should begin flossing and how to teach your child to floss. more

The benefits of good posture

Can't be bothered to think about your posture? You might want to sit up and ponder these proper posture payoffs. more

Choosing a battery-powered toothbrush

Power toothbrushes add a bit of oomph to your tooth-care routine. Get the buzz on choosing the brush that suits your needs. more

Ovulation induction (OI): the basics

Ovulation induction (OI) is used to help women with ovulation problems get pregnant. Learn more about OI and how it works. more

Good grieving

While there's no absolute prescription for a perfect grieving process, there are some ways to make it a more cathartic and enriching experience. more

Bring your winter workout indoors

Harsh winter weather shouldn't keep you from healthy levels of physical activity. Here are a few ideas for a cozy winter workout. more

6 habits that help your skin

Just like the rest of your body, your skin benefits from healthy habits and smart choices. more

Understand the "Nutrition Facts" box

You eyeball that box marked "Nutrition Facts" on packaged foods, right? Be sure you know the essential elements of these mandatory food labels. more


The holiday season inspires feelings of euphoria and nostalgia in some people - and feelings of dread, panic, and stress in others. How can these annual events cause such diverse responses in people? more

Winter safety indoors

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but what's the situation indoors? Check these 4 behind-closed-door dangers off your winter home safety checklist. more

Social networking: give a lift to your life

Ever wonder if social networking is for you? Online networks, forums, and blogs can offer you loads of benefits. Depending on how they're used, sites and services like Facebook and Twitter, online forums like MS Village, and even your own blog can be a source of valuable support and information. more

4 healthy habits to boost your immunity

Your body may let down its guard when you neglect a few simple, healthy, day-to-day habits. more

The importance of adhering to MS treatment

Why is adhering to MS treatment so important? more

Your 40s: body basics

Sway with the shifting hormone tides and body changes that come to pass when a woman enters her 40s. more

Drinking habits that erode enamel

Certain drinks that you let your teeth touch could do more damage than you think. more

HPV vaccine: One death raises safety concerns

The death of a teenaged girl after receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine raises concerns. Let’s look at how this affects Canadians. more

Erectile Dysfunction: A Guy's Perspective

Erectile dysfunction is a major downer (pun intended - talking about it gets easier, I promise). Having ED is not the end of the world, and my advice is simple. more

10 tips for staying healthy with MS

Want to maintain your ability? Here are 10 things you can do right now to reduce MS symptoms, stay healthy and feel great. more

Make it easier to take your MS medication

If you have MS, you likely want to do everything you can to stay in your prime. That may include taking medication. Adding medication to your lifestyle can come with its own challenges. Fortunately, there are many ways you can make your medication easier to take. more

A guide to good hand-washing hygiene

Teach your children the steps to a thorough hand-washing. more

Hand sanitizer tips

Show your children how to properly and safely use hand sanitizer. more

Trying to get pregnant is stressing me out!

Have you been stressed because you've been trying to become pregnant? Find out about the stress that can accompany trying to get pregnant and what you can do to cope with it. more

Busting breast myths

We look at 7 rumours about breast cancer that abound – especially online. more

Incontinence: avoiding triggers

Do you know what some common triggers of incontinence are? Knowing what they are can help you learn to avoid triggers. Find out more. more

Your doctor should understand your MS priorities

What's the number one priority in managing multiple sclerosis? A positive attitude. Your second priority is talking to your neurologist about your condition. Learn how to communicate your MS priorities to your doctor. more

H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu): the basic facts

Find out what H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu) is, how it's spread, and who is most at risk. more

Childbirth and incontinence

Can childbirth cause urinary incontinence? Find out why urinary incontinence is common during and after pregnancy. more

Constipation and incontinence

Can constipation cause urinary incontinence? Find out the effect of constipation on incontinence. more

Shopping list for cold season

During cold season, you may be tempted to stock your medicine cabinet, but perhaps you should stock up your pantry, too. more

Fall for 10 healthy autumn eats

As the season changes from summer to fall, enjoy the nutritious bounty of autumn fruits and vegetables. more

H1N1 and your child

Sending kids back to school during a pandemic requires a little extra care and caution – not panic. more

Does commuting take a toll on you?

Stuck in traffic or crammed into a crowded train, the time spent commuting to and from work can affect your health. more

Fact or fiction: getting the sleep you need

What do you know about getting to sleep, catching up on sleep, and how sleep needs change throughout your day – and your lifetime? more

Misconceptions about bedwetting

Many people have misconceptions about bedwetting and don't understand what causes it. Learn the facts about the causes of bedwetting. more

Are you a shopaholic?

Dressing sharp and looking good certainly can improve our confidence and give us the boost we need to go after success. But when do we become too reliant on the clothes, the newest electronic gadgets, and the other must-have purchases to feel good about ourselves? What are the warning signs and the shopping patterns of a shopaholic? more

Weighing in on infertility

You've been so good. You've given up coffee, said no to wine, refused to take a cold remedy. You're doing everything you can to get pregnant. But did you know that maintaining a healthy weight is one more thing you can do to tip the scales in your favour? more

Your bedwetter can be a happy camper

Camping is a fun time for children. For some children going to summer camp, though, the thought of wetting the bed is a nightmare. Read about some of the challenges faced by young campers who wet the bed. more

Talking to your doctor about allergies

Find out whether you should talk to your doctor about your allergies and what information you should be ready to share. more

How sleep-friendly is your bedroom?

Scan your bedroom for these sleep-friendly factors. more

The year in food and nutrition

The year 2008 brought some surprising news about nutrition and food. more

Do a cosmetic case clear-out

What to watch for when cleaning out your makeup bag. more

What do the cholesterol targets mean?

Cholesterol targets are the cholesterol levels you need to reach in order to reduce your risk of heart disease and its complications (such as heart attacks and strokes). Learn more about cholesterol targets and why it's so important to reach them. more

Multiple births: what's new?

How many embryos should a woman have implanted in a cycle of in-vitro fertilization? more

What's new and emerging in MS therapy?

Finding new medications for MS is a hot topic among researchers. Find out about new and emerging therapies. more

Self-massage: give yourself a "me"-ssage

Try out these simple "me"-ssage methods to soothe pain and tension. more

Sunburn relief toolkit

Add a few sunburn-soothing items to your summer survival kit. more


What makes a superfood "super" anyway? Should certain plant chemicals get all the credit? more

Social networking: Faces, spaces, and connections

We get online to share our faces, we create our own spaces, we stumble, we tumble, we twitter. It's fun, it's easy, but what benefits can we gain in this limitless connectivity? more

Drug indications and the Canadian consumer

You may have heard the term "drug indication" before, but what does it refer to and what does it mean to you? Find out more. more

Make your voice heard: market research

Want to make sure your opinion is heard? Learn more about health care market research and how to get involved. more

Salmonella and salmonellosis

Nobody likes to be caught with a case of food poisoning. Here's what you need to know about salmonella and the common symptoms of an infection. more

Allergies vs. intolerances

One friend says he has a food sensitivity, another says she has a food allergy. What are they talking about? more

How to be a fit flyer

Before take-off, check this list of 5 tips for being a fit flyer. more

Understanding myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome

What do you know about chronic fatigue syndrome? Is it more than just persistent, low-level tiredness? Learn more about this condition and its symptoms. more

Male infertility facts

Did you know that male infertility occurs just as often as female infertility? Learn more facts on male infertility and its causes more

What do I need to know about RSV?

Virtually all infants will have been infected with RSV by the age of 2, and two-thirds of them before they even reach their first birthday. Learn more about RSV, how it is spread, symptoms and possible complications, and when RSV season occurs in Canada. more

Carve with care

Pumpkin carving isn't child's play! more

The itchy and the scratchy

Where does itch come from and why does scratching feel so good? more

How menopause affects women

The transition through menopause signals change in a woman's life. Learn from an expert what kind of impact menopause can have. more

Be good to your skin this winter

Break bad winter skin care habits. more

What is CRP?

CRP (C-reactive protein) is a protein your body produces during inflammation. Learn more about CRP and its link to heart disease. more

A urologist's perspective on OAB

Urologist Dr. Kevin Piercey answers some frequently asked questions about overactive bladder (OAB), including the causes of OAB, how it can affect your life, and what you can do about it. more

Having sex to get pregnant

To get pregnant, we all know that a man's sperm must meet a woman's egg. But for many couples trying to conceive, they are not aware of the best time to have sex. Learn about having sex to get pregnant. more

Why run?

Why would an unathletic 50-year-old want to go running? Why would anyone? more

Courteney Cox-Arquette: from Friends-ship to motherhood

The infertility struggles of her character on Friends mirrored her own. But Courteney Cox-Arquette's story is different from her fictional counterpart's. more

The stress of infertility

Couples going through infertility and fertility treatment may have many concerns. Find out how this experience can be a stressful time. more

The little things you can do to deal with PMS

Making a few small adjustments to your lifestyle can be a big help during the days leading up to your period. more

What was the year's biggest health news story?

The health news story that dominated the headlines in Canada in 2008 is a true kitchen table issue. more

IBD's personal toll

Find out how IBD can affect your quality of life. more

Getting to know your hair

Ever wonder why your hair doesn't all grow at the same time or same length, or shed at a certain season each year, like sheep and poodles? Here's a quick lesson on hair anatomy and how your hair grows. more

How much water do I need?

Is 8 the magic number? We're told over and over again that we need to drink the equivalent of eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. But is this theory all wet? more

My child needs injections. What now?

Your child has recently been diagnosed with a condition that requires regular injections. Learn about what you can do to incorporate this into your family's daily routine. more

The healthiest you, in your 20s and beyond

As you age, your body changes. How much your health needs change may depend on the lifestyle choices you make everyday. more

Heart attack prevention: get a head start

You're never too young to start thinking about heart attack prevention. Find out how to get started. more

The heart attack prevention lifestyle

Find out how you can change your lifestyle to help prevent a heart attack. more

Medications to help prevent a heart attack

Medications can help you prevent a heart attack. Find out what you can do to manage your heart medications. more

Heart attack prevention: options for women

Did you know that women are more likely than men to die after their first heart attack? Learn more about how heart attacks differ between women and men. more

Why should I take a nap?

Naps are the habit of little kids and the lazy, right? Not so. There are benefits to even the shortest of cat naps. more

The healthiest you, in your 30s and beyond

As you age, your body changes. How much your health needs change may depend on the lifestyle choices you make everyday. more

How do dreams happen?

Dreams originate from within our brains. But what are the mechanisms of the dreaming state? more

HPV: Liz's story

When she was 24, Liz Ellwood was diagnosed with cervical cancer, which she was shocked to find out may have been caused by HPV. Learn more about her fight with the disease and what you can do to get informed. more

Taking control of incontinence

Incontinence can be embarrassing, but you can take control and stop letting it get in the way of your life. more

Talking to your doctor about incontinence

Find out why it's worth talking to your doctor about incontinence, how you can get the conversation started, and which questions to ask your doctor. more

Incontinence at work

Incontinence can affect you in the workplace in many ways. Find out how to cope. more

Fix 5 foot flaws

Foot conditions like athlete's foot, bunions, and corns may cause you to keep your feet hidden. Set your feet free by taking care of your foot flaws. more

Don't let incontinence get in the way of summer fun!

Are you ready to enjoy all that summer has to offer? Learn more about how to manage incontinence so it doesn't ruin your summer fun. more

Incontinence: Why me?

If you've started having bladder control problems, such as leaking urine, you may be wondering, "Why me?" There are many possible causes of incontinence, and your doctor can help you manage it. more

Don't let OA spoil your fun this winter!

Find out how people with osteoarthritis (OA) can get active during the winter. more

Get active this spring, OA or no OA!

Learn more about how to get active this spring - with or without osteoarthritis! more

The healthy pantry makeover

A smart pantry makeover can put nourishing meals and wholesome snacks within your reach. more

What are autism spectrum disorders?

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have gained a lot of attention in recent years, and the more we know about these mental health disorders, the better the chances for people with autism to reconnect with their loved ones. Find out more about ASDs and how they can affect your child. more

Managing colorectal cancer

Knowing your treatment options, finding support, and working with your doctor can all help you to cope with colorectal cancer. more

Managing prostate cancer

A diagnosis of locally advanced or metastatic prostate cancer can be tough to hear, but there are several treatment options available. more

The health benefits of gardening

Get down in the dirt and discover the health and fitness benefits that come with gardening. more

Making babies: a quick biology review

Trying to conceive? It seems like a simple equation: sperm plus egg equals baby. But it's not always as easy as it sounds. Here's a quick review of baby-making biology. more

Incontinence facts and myths

Incontinence is a condition that affects millions of people, yet many myths exist about incontinence. Learn the facts as we debunk some common myths about incontinence. more

Incontinence and the holidays

The last thing you want to worry about during the holiday season is incontinence. Find out how to manage incontinence so it doesn't ruin your holiday season. more

Incontinence and your independence

You can be independent even if you have incontinence! Discover how you can remain independent and active. more

Incontinence: You're not alone

If you have incontinence, you're not alone. Find out more about this common problem and how to get the help and support you need. more

Incontinence and your sex life

Having incontinence can affect your sex life. Find out how and what you can do about it. more

Speaking up about incontinence

Do you feel too embarrassed to talk about your incontinence? Find out how speaking up can help you, and what you can do to feel more comfortable. more

Prevent summer skin setbacks

You change your wardrobe as the temperature soars, and your skincare routine may also need to shift as summer approaches. more

The goal is asthma control

Many people with asthma are not aware of their level of asthma control. Are you in the know? more

Types and causes of tremor

Learn more about the different types of tremor and why people with multiple sclerosis may experience tremor. more

What's the latest on MS risk factors?

Our knowledge of MS causes and risk factors is growing every year. Find out what's new. more

The highs and lows of asthma

Asthma is a variable condition, so expect the unexpected. The first step is to recognize what an asthma attack (exacerbation) looks like. more

Your "secret weapon" to fight MS

Exercise has special benefits for people with MS. Find out why exercise could be your "secret weapon" to fight MS. more

Todd's fight with OA

After making Canada's national alpine ski team in 1977 at the age of 17, Todd Brooker was on top of the world. Learn more about his fight with osteoarthritis, which started early in his career. more

What to expect: Breast-feeding FAQ, part 1

If you have questions about breast-feeding, we have answers! Find out more about breast-feeding benefits and the answers to some common breast-feeding questions. more

Calling in the pros: Lactation consultants

Need help with milk supply and feeding issues? Learn more about what you can do, and when to call a lactation consultant. more

Heartburn: the acid connection

Find out more about the connection between stomach acid and heartburn, and how acid suppression can help heartburn. more

MS and vision problems

Learn more about the types of vision problems that MS can cause, and how they occur. more

Presents for the pantry

Nudge your loved ones toward good nutrition with these healthy gifts. more

Sticking to treatment: Why it can be hard

If you're having trouble sticking to your cholesterol treatment, you're not alone. Find out what can make it so hard. more

Reset your body

Feeling overstuffed after too many big holiday meals? Lighten up with these 8 tips. more

What is financial planning and how can it help me?

Financial planning helps people manage their income, investments, and expenses. Learn more about how financial planning can be useful for people with MS. more

The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables come in their own natural packaging of skins, shells, rinds, and peels, but they don't come with nutritional info labels. Find out what's so healthy about produce. more

How high cholesterol affects your blood vessels

Over time, high cholesterol can damage the blood vessels, leading to serious complications. Learn more about how this happens and how it could affect your body. more

Worry-free winter getaways

There's nothing like a trip to liven up a dull, dreary winter! Learn how you can stop incontinence from spoiling your winter getaway. more

How speaking up can help

It's not always easy to talk to your friends and family about multiple sclerosis (MS), but speaking up has its benefits. more

Expert opinion on asthma treatment

Dr. Louis-Philippe Boulet, a leading asthma specialist in Canada, provides his expert opinion on controlling asthma and how to make asthma treatment easier for some people. more

When should I start treatment for MS?

When is the best time to start MS treatment? Based on what we know now, the sooner the better! more

Bedwetting and travel planning

Getting ready for a family vacation? Don't let bedwetting spoil your trip. more

Under pressure: facing up to stress

We all have to deal with stress in our daily lives – but how do we handle it? Let's look at stress, what it does to your body, and how to stop it from taking over your life. more

Cataract surgery: what to expect

Wondering what to expect during cataract surgery? We answer some frequently asked questions about cataracts and cataract surgery. more

How do ADHD medications work?

How do medications used to treat ADHD work? more

What are the trends in cosmetic surgery?

Just how much do you know about cosmetic surgery? Who's doing what and why? more

MS and your sex life

If multiple sclerosis (MS) is putting a damper on your sex life, you're not alone! Learn more how MS can affect your sexuality. more

Nathalie's experience with OA

Learn more about world-class speed skater Nathalie Lambert's fight with osteoarthritis (OA). more

Why people get diarrhea

Understanding what is causing your diarrhea is the key to finding relief. Learn more about the causes of diarrhea. more

Twelve fast facts about avian flu

This primer provides answers to a dozen key questions about avian flu. more

A tale of 3 injections

Learn more about the different types of injections used for MS medications. more

Ruth's diagnosis

Ruth Clausen started getting headaches in her early teens. But it wasn't until she was nearly thirty that she was finally diagnosed as having migraines. Learn more about how Ruth discovered the cause of her headaches. more

More than just a sore knee: Danny's diagnosis

What started as a sore knee turned into an illness that kept Danny off work for over 2 years. Learn more about how Danny was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). more

Multiple risk factors for heart disease

Knowing your personal risk for heart disease is the first step in prevention. Find out what may be putting you at risk. more

How much do you know about HPV?

Learning the facts will help demystify HPV (human papillomavirus) and give you the tools and knowledge to talk to your doctor about prevention. more

Facts about HPV vaccination

HPV vaccination helps protect against certain types of HPV. Who should get it - and when, and why? more

Preparing for your visit

Find out how to get the most out of a doctor's visit to discuss HPV, cervical cancer, and genital warts. more

What is indigestion?

If your stomach is upset, you are not alone. Millions of Canadians suffer with indigestion. Find out what causes indigestion and when to see your doctor. more

Getting started on MS research

You're interested in doing your own research to learn more about MS. But where do you start? more

The MS healthy weight challenge

Weight management can be a challenge for everyone, and people with MS can find it even tougher. Find out how even a small weight loss can help improve your life. more

Taking bedwetting medications with ease

Unlike the familiar song, sometimes a spoonful of sugar doesn't make the medicine go down. Did you know that there may be more than one option for your child when it comes to taking medications? Find out what options your child may be missing out on. more

Pheromones: Chemical attraction?

You can't see them, feel them, or smell them, but they may have a huge influence on whom you find attractive. more

Stage frightened?

A Gallup poll of Americans found glossophobia – fear of public speaking – to be the second most common phobia. But why? And what can you do about it? more

Tysabri: A new MS treatment

Tysabri, a new medication for MS, has recently become available in Canada. Learn more about this new MS treatment option and how it works. more

Bedwetting: help for the holidays

Ah, the holidays - a time for family fun and celebration! But families affected by bedwetting can face some unique holiday challenges. Find out how to manage them. more

What are infusions? Why are they used?

An infusion, also called an IV infusion, is a way of giving medication. Learn more about infusions, why they are used, and which multiple sclerosis (MS) medications are given by infusion. more

Migraine: Alison's story

Alison's life and work were being severely affected by intense headaches. Find out how she managed to deal with them. more

Asthma control: facts and myths

There are many misconceptions about asthma control. Find out whether some popular beliefs about asthma are facts or myths. more

The real deal on detoxing

More and more people, especially the overstressed, time-strapped, and nutrition-starved, are turning to detoxification to improve their diets and cleanse their systems. But what is detoxing really all about? more

Home gym on a shoestring

You don't need to break the bank to break a sweat. If you are on a budget, follow these simple steps for an effective workout at home. more

Getting a grip on withdrawal

You've tossed out your cigarettes… now comes the hard part: grumpiness, headaches, and "nic fits." Dr. Norman H. Edelman, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association, explains what to expect during withdrawal. more

Does my baby have colic?

Is your baby crying and fussing a lot? Find out if your baby has colic. more

Should you self-diagnose a yeast infection?

Vaginal itching, burning, and unusual or excessive discharge can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Find out why it's important to see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment rather than trying to manage the problem yourself. more

Introduction to MS medication reimbursement

Medication reimbursement is the process of having some or all of your medication costs paid for by an outside source, such as an insurance company, government, or other program. Find out how MS medication reimbursement works in Canada. more

Be the queen of hygiene

Are you a regular shopper in the feminine hygiene aisle? You may think you're doing everything you should to keep your vagina clean and healthy. But if you're stocking up on products like douches and deodorant sprays, you should think again. more

About MS bowel problems

People with MS may be prone to bowel problems such as constipation and diarrhea. Learn more about what can happen and why. more

MS: What will happen to me?

MS is a long-term health condition. Because it can be so unpredictable, it's hard to know exactly what you can expect over the long term. But there are a few clues that can help you. more

Prepare everyone emotionally well in advance

How will decisions be made, how much do siblings want to be involved, and how much can they be involved? What does your parent want? How will it all affect your own family? Here are some ways to help you answer these and other questions. more

What are NAbs?

NAbs stands for "neutralizing antibodies." But what exactly are they? more

Integrative medicine: sorting out the terminology

Conventional medicine, alternative medicine, complementary medicine, integrative medicine... can you keep all the terms straight in your mind? more

Why do asthma attacks occur?

What causes an asthma attack? And how can you avoid them? more

Frequent yeast infections? Why me?

If you suffer from frequent vaginal yeast infections, you may be wondering: Why me? Find out more about why frequent yeast infections occur. more

MS diagnosis and your emotions

After you've been diagnosed with MS, you may go through a variety of different emotions. Learn more about what to expect and how to cope. more

Diarrhea? Why me?

If you're suffering from diarrhea, you may be wondering "Why me?" Learn more about what the trigger may be. more

The case of the broken toe

Angelica Beissel, an elementary school teacher from British Columbia, noticed pain and swelling in her right foot. At first, her doctors thought it might be a broken toe. But then other symptoms developed. Find out how Angelica and her doctors figured out what was really wrong. more

What will RA do to my joints?

Rheumatoid arthritis can cause joint pain and damage, resulting in loss of joint function. The severity of symptoms varies from person to person. What will RA do to your joints? more

How do I know if my RA treatment is working?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment should do more than just relieve your symptoms - it should minimize joint damage as well. How do you know if your treatment is working? more

Preemies: special babies with special needs

Premature babies often have special needs because their bodies have not had time to fully develop. Find out more. more

RSV and your preemie

RSV is a common virus that can put preemies at risk for serious lung infections. Find out how to protect your preemie from RSV. more

Blood pressure: out of sight, out of mind?

Find out what high blood pressure can do to your body, and why it's so important to find a treatment that works for you. more

Taking your medication matters

Many of us don't use our medication properly. This can lead to serious consequences. Find out why it's so important to take your medication as directed. more

Foods that heal? Debunking MS diet myths

Fact or fiction? Learn the truth behind some common MS diet myths. more

Back-to-school stress and MS

Back to school can be a stressful time for parents and students alike. And MS can add extra challenges to the mix. more

What are triptans and how do they work?

Triptans are a group of medications used to treat migraine headaches. Find out how they work and how they are used to treat migraines. more

Before help arrives – what you can do

On your way home from a party, you come across a traffic accident. The police and ambulance have not yet arrived. You pull over to help. What should you do next? more

Partnering with your doctor to treat OA

As in many areas of life, teamwork is the best approach to treatment of OA. Your doctors and other health professionals have been trained to identify and treat your condition, and have treated many others that are in the same circumstances as you are. However, it is up to you to make choices and carry out your treatment plan! more

Hearing loss: are you at risk?

10% of Canadians have some type of hearing loss. Could you be at risk? more

Pills can be such a pain!

Having to take your blood-pressure medication every day can feel like a pill. But taking it as prescribed can also keep you healthy over the long run. more

The personal side of IBD

Sharon's IBD was so bad her doctor recommended surgery. Find out why, and what it entailed. more

Bedwetting and back-to-school time

Bedwetting can add extra challenges during the school year. Learn more about these challenges and how you can deal with them. more

How topical psoriasis treatments work

Wondering how topical treatments work and what their role is in psoriasis therapy? Learn more from these frequently asked questions about topical treatment. more

MS fatigue: Why me?

Why do so many people with multiple sclerosis suffer from fatigue? Find out more about how MS can cause fatigue. more

Packing healthy lunches

Want to pack a school lunch that's nourishing for your kids to nosh? Want to make sure your child actually eats it, instead of trading or trashing it? more

How you can help when he has ED

If your man is having difficulties in bed, don't turn your back on him. It isn't just his problem. more

What is AS?

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis affecting the spine and other joints. It can cause joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Learn more about AS. more

Understanding MS medication effectiveness

If you want to know more about balancing effectiveness and safety, it's important to understand what it means for an MS medication to be effective. more

What is rehabilitation for MS?

Rehabilitation is the key to maintaining or improving your ability to function with MS. Want to meet your full potential? Learn more about the rehabilitation services available to people with MS. more

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a useful procedure to help doctors diagnose and prevent problems in your lower intestine. And you are not alone; hundreds of thousands of Canadians have colonoscopies every year. more

How psoriasis treatment works

When you know how medications fight psoriasis, you have a better idea of what to expect from treatment. Learn more about how different psoriasis medications work. more

A case of hormones

Many people don't know that men experience declining sex hormone levels as they age. Learn what's going on, how it can affect sex drive and relationships. more

Your skin cancer treatment arsenal

What's out there in skin cancer treatments? more

MS in the workplace

What effects can MS have on your ability to do your job? Should you continue working if you have MS, and for how long? more

"You have prostate cancer"

Doug was 49 years old when he was diagnosed with Stage II prostate cancer. His experience can help you learn more about prostate cancer screening and diagnosis. more

Let's talk about sex

ED can take a toll on your relationship in ways that you may not even realize. Find out more about how ED can affect your relationship and what you can do about it. more

What is primary health care?

What's primary health care all about? Find out about its principles and practices. more

Why yoga for people with MS?

The thought of bending and twisting into strange poses may sound intimidating, but yoga offers a wealth of benefits for people with MS. more

HT: The hype

You may have heard about studies on the risks involved with using hormone therapy to manage menopause. But what does it all really mean? more

What was the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study?

What was the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study all about, and why was it important? more

Searching for a cure

By understanding how MS damage occurs, and how the body tries to repair it, researchers are on the road to discovering a cure. more

Crossing the addiction line

What differentiates addictive behaviour from other behaviour? more

Giving life to others: Tani's gift

Tani Goodman died when he was 17, but he has given life to others. more

Will you get breast cancer?

Does breast cancer run in your family? Has someone you know been diagnosed? If so, you may be wondering about your own risk of breast cancer. Here are some answers to questions you may have been asking yourself. more

The link between depression and MS

People with MS are at a higher risk of depression. more

Better health care can save money too!

Like many Canadians, you may be concerned about the future of the health care system. Find out how strengthening primary health care (PHC) can help build a system that provides better, more cost-effective care. more

Bedwetting: the emotional toll

Alan's childhood battle with bedwetting was a tough, emotional experience. more

Making full use of a valuable resource: Your doctor

When it comes to staying healthy or living with a medical condition, your doctor is one of the most valuable resources you have. But a visit to the doctor's office is a wasted opportunity if you don't talk about what's really troubling you. more

Helping a loved one with MS

If someone you care about has MS, you may be wondering what you can do to help. Here's how you can get started. more

What is chronic constipation?

When it comes to bowel movements, what is normal? What does chronic constipation mean, and how can you tell if you have it? more

What is early aggressive treatment of RA?

Early aggressive treatment is a new approach to treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that involves using stronger medications earlier in the disease. more

How do TNF blockers work?

TNF blockers are a new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Find out how they work. more

What are the CHEP recommendations and why are they made?

What are medical guidelines and recommendations? Why they are developed? Find out about the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) recommendations.nd why they are developed. more

Life after breast cancer: Ask the experts

We asked two leading breast cancer specialists to answer some questions of importance to breast cancer survivors. Dr. Karen Gelmon is an oncologist practicing at the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre. Dr. Mark Clemons is a Staff Medical Oncologist and Clinician Investigator at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, Toronto. They both have busy breast cancer practices. more

A doctor's diagnosis of migraine is mandatory

Whatever your type, headaches can be a pain. But determining whether yours is a migraine is the first step towards finding the right treatment for you. more

The MS medication challenge

People with MS may be on several medications. But many are missing out on medication benefits because they don't take them as directed. Why is it so hard? more

Diagnosing colorectal cancer

A number of symptoms, such as changes in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation), blood mixed in with stool, and abdominal pain, along with your age, family history, and overall health, may prompt your doctor to suggest diagnostic tests to check for colorectal cancer. more

Your new best friend... your rheumatologist

Your rheumatologist could just be your new best friend when it comes to managing your rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Find out how to work with this healthcare professional to get the most out of your visit. more

Medication testing

Before a medication can be sold in Canada, it must go through extensive safety testing. Find out more about how medications are tested for safety before they are licensed for sale in Canada. more

The benefits of quitting smoking

Quitting smoking isn't only good for your own health - it can also benefit your friends and family. more

Reducing cancer's death toll through prevention

Ever heard the saying "prevention is the best medicine"? A recent study found that this strategy could dramatically reduce the number of people who die of cancer every year. more

Appetite and willpower

Can't stop eating? Ever blame lack of willpower or lack of self-control? To what extent does being able to control your appetite have to do with mind over matter? more

About atherothrombosis

It's really about what's going on in your blood vessels. Preventing blockage and interruption of blood flow is the key. more

What is a stem cell transplant?

Could getting a "new immune system" be a cure for MS? Find out more about stem cell transplants. more

Choosing an appropriate treatment

How does your doctor decide which type of cholesterol treatment is right for you? more

About psoriasis

Here's a quick primer on psoriasis and its treatment. more

Psoriasis causes and treatment

What's going on in the body when someone has psoriasis? What can be done to treat it? more

Telling your children you have MS

What's the best way to tell your children about your MS? more

Let it snow...

Love that white, fluffy stuff that covers the trails and slopes? What about all that snow that covers your driveway? A few tips on safe shovelling. more

Fat vs. fiction: What diets work?

How can you tell the difference between a fad diet and a reliable one? more

Planning ahead for a trip

Whether it's a Caribbean cruise, a ski adventure, or a week in Paris, planning ahead can help you have a safe, enjoyable trip. more

ED: A 20-year perspective

Erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment has come a long way in the last 20 years. Learn more about how times have changed from the days when penis implants were the only solution. more

MS relapses: the basics

What is a relapse, and how does it happen? more

Healthy mouths, healthier bodies – is there a link?

Here's a reason to smile: Taking care of your gums and teeth can prevent health problems and ward off complications from some existing conditions. more

New topical treatments for psoriasis

Topical treatment refers to creams, lotions, or ointments that are applied to the skin or scalp to treat psoriasis. Learn more about newer topical treatments. more

Clothing that works with MS

Whatever your style, make your clothing work for you. more

Estrogen: friend or foe?

Why are anti-estrogen medications used for breast cancer? Learn more about the link between estrogen and breast cancer. more

Which contraceptive should you use?

Finding a method of birth control that fits your lifestyle is important. Do you know what your options are? more

Don't get bugged when you travel

You've decided to take that trip of a lifetime! Travelling to new countries requires research into customs, places to visit, and new languages to tackle. But other countries also have different health risks. Read on for some advice on avoiding health problems when you travel. more

Sex and menopause: What's changing?

What's going on in your body during menopause, and what does it mean for your sex life? more

A look at cataracts

As we grow older, we are more likely to develop cataracts. Do you know what they are? more

Frequent INR testing can reduce future risks

Knowing what anticoagulation medications do and how they work can help you understand the importance of frequent INR testing. more


A neurologist is a doctor who diagnoses MS and oversees your treatment. Find out more about how your neurologist can help. more

What are my options for topical psoriasis treatments?

Learn more about the topical treatment options for psoriasis and how they work. more

When your sex drive has driven away

Has your sex drive driven away without you? Don't worry - there's help available. more

Keep it simple

Do you have a busy life? Remembering to take your medications is easier when you keep things simple. more

Rhonda's story: Healthy living

After a battle with breast cancer at the age of 34, Rhonda gave herself a "lifestyle makeover" that helped her feel great and reduce her risk of cancer. more

Trans fat FAQ

Trans fats have been in the news a lot recently. Have you retained the important facts? Refresh your knowledge. more

Topical calcineurin inhibitors

There have been warnings about cancer risk with the eczema medications pimecrolimus and tacrolimus. What do the warnings mean, and should you be concerned? more

Myths about MS causes

Can mercury from dental fillings cause MS? Is MS contagious? Can MS be passed from parent to child? Find out more. more

Are you at risk for skin cancer?

No one has a crystal ball, but there are a few ways to tell if there may be skin cancer in your future. more

Avoiding foodborne illness

Many of us prepare and store food on a daily basis – and manage to steer clear of foodborne illness (AKA food poisoning). But is it by skill or by chance? more

Use your head – wear a helmet!

Over 85% of all serious head injuries from bike falls could have been prevented by wearing a helmet. Find out why – and how to wear a helmet properly. more

MS and mobility

While MS can impact your mobility, especially as it progresses, there are treatments and ways you can care for yourself that can help you maximize your ability to get around. more

A quick guide to clinical endpoints

What are clinical endpoints and how do researchers use them to study multiple sclerosis (MS) medications? more

Who gets psoriasis?

If you have a child with psoriasis, will your other children also develop it? Where in the world does psoriasis most commonly occur? How common is psoriasis? more

How common is MS, and who is at risk?

People may think of MS as being diagnosed only in adults, but children and teenagers can also get it. Find out how common this is, and who is at risk. more

When to seek immediate medical help for psoriasis

Psoriasis is irritating, stressful, even debilitating, but it is seldom thought of as life-threatening. However, there are rare cases where a flare-up can be a medical emergency. more

Trans fat FAQ

Trans fats have been in the news a lot recently. Have you retained the important facts? Refresh your knowledge. more

Suncreen: Know your numbers

Get the most bang for your buck! Find out about the numbers associated with sunscreens and how to apply your sunscreen properly. more

Kinds of meditation

Some people think of meditation as a mystical religious observance. But it can actually be a very straightforward, non-religious activity. more

Savour the flavours of the season – without overdoing it!

Follow these tips for savouring the season without hurting your health. more

Enjoying an active life outside

Being prepared is the key to effective allergy control. Find out how you can enjoy a morning trimming the roses in the garden, an afternoon hiking in the mountains, or an evening playing golf. more

Splitting hairs over dandruff

Dandruff is a relatively common condition, and most people would find that they have at least a few dandruff flakes if they looked closely. However, up to 25% of adults may have enough dandruff flakes to consider it troublesome. more

Genetics in general

There has been a lot of research in recent years into mapping the human genome. When the talk turns to genetics, how much do you recall from science class? more

What is smog?

Can the air we breathe make us sick? Find out about the harmful effects of smog. more

MS and sexuality: Common myths

Is multiple sclerosis (MS) caused by a sexually transmitted infection? Will MS make you infertile? Learn the truth behind the myths about sex and MS. more

Sun protection for baby

The best way to prevent long-term "potential sun-induced" skin damage is to protect children from the sun at all times. more

Why vaccinate?

Vaccination is still the best way to protect your child against many serious childhood infectious diseases. more

What are the medication options for MS?

There are many medications used to treat MS. This health feature will focus on disease-modifying drugs. more

Hydration basics

Learn more about skin dehydration, skin radiance, and what they look like. more

Are you at risk of injury?

Many people get hurt working at jobs that don't seem dangerous. There are many gradual or unexpected ways to damage your muscles, bones, or skin. more

Vitamin and mineral therapy - a cure for MS?

You may have heard about vitamin and mineral "cures" for MS. Do they really work? more

Sneeze-free the natural way

The simplest and safest way for a pregnant or breast-feeding woman to control her allergies is to avoid the substances to which she is allergic. Learn some practical tips for new or expecting mothers to stay allergy-free. more

What is actinic keratosis? Am I at risk?

Find out what actinic keratosis is, how it's caused, and whether you may be at risk. more

What's the best treatment for MS pain?

MS can cause many different types of pain. Learn more about MS pain and how to relieve it. more

What is a cosmetic procedure?

Cosmetic procedures are all around us and more common than ever. What cosmetic procedures are used today? And what are your options? more

Benefit from yoga

Yoga aims for a union of the body and mind. Exercise through a series of poses to find better health and relaxation. more

Who's using the patch?

Transdermal patches are an increasingly popular way of receiving a variety of treatments, from birth control to hormone replacement therapies for men and women. more

Not the man you used to be?

Feeling way more tired, fat, and depressed than you did 10 years ago? Low testosterone may be to blame. more

Can't go?

It's a fact. Constipation is very common. Most healthy people of all types are affected by it at some point in their lives. At any one time, it is estimated that 1 in 4 Canadians has symptoms of constipation. 38% of Canadians report having had constipation within the previous 12 months. Has your irregularity made you a regular fixture in your doctor's office? more

What are PONV and PDNV? Why do they occur?

Many people experience nausea and vomiting after surgery. Find out why and how this happens. more

Quit smoking

Quitting smoking is a popular New Year's resolution &ndash; so popular, some people do it several times. So how do you make it "for good"? more

What is psoriasis, and who gets it?

Nearly 80 million people worldwide are affected by the red patches and silvery scales of psoriasis - and it can show up at any time during a person's life. The key to managing the condition is to learn more about it. more

Vitamin D analogues ease psoriasis

What are vitamin D analogues? What should I know? more

Heart attack: Know the symptoms

Getting medical help early is the key to surviving a heart attack – be familiar with and recognize heart attack symptoms. more

NAB-ing interferons

The body's response to foreign substances is to trigger the immune system to produce antibodies that inactivate the foreign substances. But this protection can backfire if neutralizing antibodies (NABs) to interferon medications are produced. Get the facts about neutralizing antibodies. more

Weight gain during pregnancy

You can protect your health and your growing baby with a healthy diet. more

Drug allergy overview

Feeling funny after taking that medication? Find out the difference between a side effect and a drug allergy. more

Questions for your pharmacist

If you're taking a prescription medication, your pharmacist will likely ask you for relevant information about your medical history and will inform you of many important details about the medication. To do your part in taking medications properly, be prepared – ask questions and provide any necessary health information to your pharmacist. more

Why exercise?

Being active can help you maintain a healthy body weight and reduce your risk of conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. more

When worry becomes obsession

Repetitive thoughts and behaviours characterize obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). more

The side effects of chemotherapy

Chemotherapy for cancer can cause a variety of side effects. But it doesn't affect everyone the same way. What should you expect? more

Helping your body beat stress

Learn how to de-stress when you need it most. more

A balanced diet - simple is best!

Staying healthy with a well-balanced and carefully planned diet will help your overall health and may help your body better manage MS symptoms. more

In the news: the West Nile virus

What does the latest news about the West Nile virus mean for me and my family? Should I worry about mosquito bites? more

A little help from your friends

If you have MS, or if a friend or family member does, there are hundreds of support groups you can turn to for advice, to share insights and experiences, and just to have others who know what you’re going through. more

Complementary medicine

My best friend swears by acupuncture, and my boss keeps a little bottle of echinacea at her desk... What is complementary medicine all about? more

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Are the grey days of winter getting you down? Find out if your winter blues are a more serious condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). more

Lost at sea? The perils of childhood obesity

When your child has more than just a little "baby fat," he or she may be at risk of health problems. more

A fish out of water

There are a variety of exercise options for people with MS, including aquatic exercise. more

Ask yourself the right questions

Do you use the Internet to find medical information? Ask yourself the following questions to find a website you can trust. more

Are you considering pregnancy?

If you have MS and are planning to have a baby, you need to plan ahead. more

Before your appointment

Be prepared for your next visit to the doctor. more

The difference between influenza and the common cold

Both influenza and the common cold are viral respiratory infections, but they have some important differences. more

Menopause – a change of life

How do you know you're really entering menopause? Learn about the common signs and the difference between menopause and perimenopause. more

Osteoporosis, the silent thief

Among Canadians over 50 today, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men have osteoporosis. The effects of thinning bones are becoming a major health issue. more

What is anthrax?

Learn more about anthrax, including how it is spread and how it causes illness. more

Do you really need to lose weight?

Find out more about how you can determine if you are at risk due to excess body fat. more

Eating disorders: the facts

An eating disorder is a very different thing from a diet. Find out about the nature and causes of common eating disorders. more

Avoiding eye injury

The eye is very delicate, and can be injured easily. Some of the causes may surprise you - here's how to protect yourself. more

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): The basics

You may have heard about chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, or other STIs, but what do you know about them? more

Are you getting enough sleep?

Find out whether you're getting the sleep you need to be at your best. more

Helping your body fight stress

Learn how to de-stress when you need it most. more

The low-down on multiple sclerosis

Did you know that Canada has one of the world's highest rates of multiple sclerosis? Get the low-down on one of the major causes of disabilities in adults under the age of 65. more

Can't sleep a wink?

It's normal to have trouble falling asleep once in a while, but as we get older, sleep problems become much more common. We'll explain why - and what you can do to finally catch 40 winks. more

It's in the water!

Even in crystal-clear mountain streams or chlorinated swimming pools, invisible creatures are lurking that can make you sick. What are these "bugs," and how can you avoid them? more

All about diabetes

In Canada, almost 2.7 million people have diabetes, and about 25% of those with the condition are unaware that they have it. more

Athlete, heal thyself

"No pain, no gain," right? Wrong! Find out how to handle common, minor sports injuries the right way. more

Know your knees

Over half of all sports injuries involve the knee – not surprising, considering all the activities that need knee movements. Bone up on this large joint. more

Diabetes detective

Trying to keep blood sugar levels under control requires frequent monitoring, so home testing kits are particularly helpful. more


In theory, taking large doses of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E should protect us from heart disease and cancer. But does this theory pan out in practice? Find out about the latest research. more

Hay fever

You may call them hay fever, but seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis, can be triggered by different types of pollen, but not by hay. more

More than one "flavour"

Headaches are not all the same. There are numerous types, each with its own signs and symptoms. more

Can pain-free be drug-free?

As effective as drugs can be, you don't always need them to "kill" the pain. more

Food smarts

Barbecues and picnics – what better way to spend time with friends and family? But summer food can have hidden dangers. Find out how to avoid some common food hazards. more

Cancer in the family

Cancer doesn't just affect the person diagnosed, it also touches families, friends and loved ones. more

Stop smoking. Breathe easy.

It takes practice and time to quit smoking, but it can be done, and it is worth the effort. Different strategies work better for different people. more

Arthritis: a term for many disorders

Did you know that there are several different types of arthritis? Learn about the most common forms and their symptoms. more

Picking the right program

There's no magic bullet to help stop smoking and not all methods work for everyone. Scout out the options. more

Education is power

The more you know about cancer, the better you'll be able to understand what's happening to your body and the available treatments. more

Make it stop!

Stressed? Feel a headache coming on? Need relief? There's more you can do than just grab for those pills. more

Does twisting make you shout?

If you're one of the thousands of Canadians with a "bad" back, you'll benefit from our advice, which aims to get you back on your feet. more

Fun in the sun

Fun and the sun – the two can still work together! Find out how you can protect your skin and still enjoy the outdoors. more

Caution: herbs are also drugs

From arthritis to prostate problems, more seniors are turning to natural or herbal remedies for relief. Unfortunately, many herbs can interact badly with the medications you're taking. Which combinations should you watch for? more

Poison ivy

Contact dermatitis is another kind of allergy, one that appears as a skin rash. One of the most common triggers of contact dermatitis is poison ivy. more

It's all in the timing

Conceiving a baby isn't always easy. How do you know if it's the right or wrong time of the month? Solve the mysteries of ovulation using state-of-the-art techniques. more

Know your knees

Over half of all sports injuries involve the knee – not surprising, considering all the activities that need knee movements. Bone up on this large joint. more

Putting the cuffs on hypertension

Have you been tested for high blood pressure? If your blood pressure is above normal, you might be at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. more

Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes may involve taking insulin injections or oral diabetes medications, and monitoring your blood sugar levels regularly. more

It's in the water!

Even in crystal-clear mountain streams or chlorinated swimming pools, invisible creatures are lurking that can make you sick. What are these "bugs," and how can you avoid them? more

Medication on vacation

If you're on any medications, don't forget to take them with you when you leave home. Find out how to manage your medications and stay healthy on the road. more

Bone-building buddy

We need vitamin D to build and maintain healthy bones. Although the sun's rays can help us make it ourselves, that's turning out to be a risky way to get it. Get the lowdown on vitamin D for all ages. more

Shouldering the burden

Your shoulder is the most movable joint in your body – making it unstable and prone to injury. Want to learn more about the warning signs? more

Navigating life with multiple sclerosis

Part of living with a chronic illness involves learning how to find the right fit between it and your lifestyle. more

More than just stress?

Sometimes, what seems like stress may actually be due to a medical condition. more

How can I tell if I have an STI?

Many people with STIs have no symptoms. How can you tell if you've been infected? more


Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people under the age of 65. Learn how to reduce your risk of eye damage due to diabetes. more

How to help

If you or someone you care about is affected by an eating disorder, it is important to seek help! more

Do fad diets work?

Straight information on the pros and cons of fad diets. more

Battling bone loss

Osteoporosis can't be cured, but treatments exist to help reverse bone loss or prevent further bone thinning. Learn how osteoporosis is diagnosed and about your options. more

How do you know if you have anthrax?

Depending on the location of the infection, anthrax can cause various symptoms. Find information about anthrax symptoms in this section. more

Don't let arthritis keep you down

There's no question that arthritis can get in the way of work and play, but here are ways to enjoy an active life. more

The estrogen question

With all the talk about hormone replacement therapy, how can you tell if it's for you? This section offers information on the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy and to help you decide what's right for you. more

Tips on prevention

Get the facts on what you can do to keep those nasty influenza and cold bugs away. Should you get an influenza shot? more

Mosquitoes spreading disease

How does the West Nile virus spread? more

During pregnancy - women and MS

So you're expecting a baby? more

Build a tool kit

In addition to using the Internet to find health information, use a variety of other sources to help you become a well-informed patient. Remember that knowledge is power! more

Beware of getting into hot water

Many people with MS experience a worsening of their symptoms when they become overheated. Learn general tips on how to avoid overheating while exercising. more

Problems caused by sleep deprivation

Lack of sleep doesn't just make you tired – it can have serious effects on your health and well-being. more

Food, fitness, and fun for the whole family

Diet and exercise are two important parts of any weight-loss program. more

Shining light on SAD

If you have SAD, you don't have to feel down all winter. Find out how SAD is treated. more

During your appointment

Make the most of it: tips during your appointment. more

Herbal medicines

What are herbal medicines for? How do you take them? And who should be careful about using them? more

Just the facts

When something affects your life as strongly as MS does, it's natural to want to know as much as possible about it. In-depth research can help fill in background and guide you on where to ask your health professionals for more information. more

More than just stress

Sometimes, what seems like stress may actually be due to a medical condition. more

Managing nausea and vomiting

Many people experience nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite as a result of chemotherapy. But there are a number of different ways to deal with these side effects. more

The role of brain chemicals

OCD is a complex disorder with a few suspected causes. more

Physical activity ideas

There are more ways than you might think for you and your family to get enough physical activity to keep healthy. more

Medication memory

Need help remembering to take your medication? We have tips on making sure you use your medication as recommended by your doctor or pharmacist. more

What causes a drug allergy?

An allergic reaction occurs when the body's immune system produces antibodies and activates disease-fighting cells in response to an offending substance. more

Bladder and bowel

Help manage your bladder and bowel symptoms with nutritious advice. more

Nutritional variety and important nutrients

If you are pregnant you should choose a variety of foods daily, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods and protein foods such as milk products, and meat and alternatives. more

Cut to the chase?

Experts are beginning to realize that NABs may play an important role in how people respond to interferon medications. However, it's difficult to predict who will and will not be affected. Find out if neutralizing antibodies really make a difference. more

All about coal tar

What is coal tar? Can it help my psoriasis? more

Signs and symptoms of psoriasis

In psoriasis, the skin grows much too quickly, causing it to become thick, red and scaly. Some parts of the body are more likely than others to be affected by this. more

Eat right

The holiday food binge is over. Now it's time for a crash diet – or is it? more

Am I at risk?

Some people have a higher risk of PONV and PDNV than others. Find out more about your risk factors. more

Getting things moving again

Irregularity getting you down? Why suffer from constipation when there are a number of treatment options to choose from? more

The "male menopause" myth

While andropause is often referred to as "male menopause," this is yet another example where men and women were not created equally. more

Patch one on

How do transdermal patches work? And how do you use them? more

What yoga is – and isn't

Unlike most forms of exercise and stretching, yoga has a mythos associated with it – it's often seen as exotic and somewhat mystical. Find out what facts and fiction surround this centuries-old practice. more

What are the risks of cosmetic procedures?

Cosmetic procedures can produce good results. But they may also cause some less desirable effects. more

MS pain: Facts and myths

If your pain gets worse, does this mean your MS is getting worse too? Find out the truth behind the MS pain myths. more

How is actinic keratosis usually treated?

To reduce the risk of skin cancer, early treatment of AK is critical. Find out more about actinic keratosis treatments. more

Making sense of allergy medications

Women are often cautious about taking medications while they are pregnant or breast-feeding. Ask your pharmacist or doctor to ensure that the specific medication you plan on taking is safe for you and your baby. more

What's the link between vitamin D and the risk of MS?

Vitamin D may help reduce the risk of MS, according to a new study. more

Invisible health hazards

Just because you can't see it or feel it doesn't mean it can't hurt you. The air you breathe, the sounds you hear and even your interactions with other people can harm your health. more

Dry skin vs. dehydrated skin

Is dry skin the same as dehydrated skin? Check your skin savvy. more

What are the benefits of disease-modifying MS medications?

How might disease-modifying medications help you? They act on the immune system to help change the course of the condition. more

Vaccination and antibiotic resistance

Lately, antibiotics that used to work well to treat infections are suddenly no longer working. Find out more about the threat of antibiotic resistance. more

Swimming and water safety

If your children will be spending time at the beach or at a swiming pool this summer, you'll want to read this article for some important tips and facts about water safety. more

Lover or caregiver - how can sexual partners deal with MS?

For partners of people with MS, trying to be both a lover and a caregiver can put a strain on your sexual relationship. Learn how it can affect your relationship and what you can do to cope. more

How can smog harm my health?

You have heard about how smog and air pollution harm our environment. Do you know how smog can harm your health? more

Psoriasis and your genes

Simply having the genes for psoriasis is not enough to trigger the condition. So what causes the onset of psoriasis? more

Time's a-ticking for aging hair

For men and women alike, hair is often a statement of personal style. A mane of thick, luxurious hair is desirable for many people, and some will go to great lengths to take care of their hair. Unfortunately, changes to hair do occur as people age, so it is important to understand how to keep hair healthy despite the aging process. more

Pack your bags and your allergy medications

Travelling with allergies requires special preparation. Forgetting the basics could result in a trip filled with allergy symptoms rather than good memories. more

Alcohol: be holiday smart!

Many holiday celebrations involve alcohol. With social events around every corner, it's easy to lose track of our alcohol consumption. more

Why meditate?

You may have heard or read that meditation may reduce stress and improve health. But what are the health benefits of meditating? more

Sun smarts for kids

Set a good example for your children to follow. more

The growing obesity epidemic

The World Health Organization tells us that there is a global obesity epidemic and, troublingly, children are also at risk. What are the causes and what are the counter-measures? more

Treatments for life-threatening psoriasis

Psoriasis that requires emergency care is typically treated with rest, fluids as necessary, medications, and preparations applied to the skin. more

MS diagnosis and symptoms in children

How is MS diagnosed in children? Do children have the same symptoms as adults? Read on to find out. more

Causes and triggers of psoriasis

A variety of things may trigger the onset of psoriasis or make it worse. Are there things you should try to avoid to prevent a flare-up? Is your blood pressure medication affecting your psoriasis? Should you try sunbathing? Read on to find out. more

Effects of the interferons on clinical endpoints

How do the interferons affect clinical endpoints? more

MS and accessibility

Just because you have MS doesn't mean things like public transportation and entertainment venues in your area are out of reach. more

Follow the rules – share the road

When you're biking on the road, you have to obey the rules of the road – and be an active, aware, and visible part of traffic. more

Eating when you're not well

When faced with a cold, many of us put our faith in orange juice or chicken soup. But what can we do to help our bodies cope with long-term illness? more

Saving your skin

Seeking shade can help protect you from skin cancer. But there are other ways to reduce your risk. more

Myths about MS symptoms and progression

What will the future hold for MS? Learn more about what we do and don't know about MS progression. more

Topical corticosteroids

You may have heard that using topical corticosteroids for a long time can weaken the immune system or stunt children's growth. Should you worry? more

Jennifer's story: An ounce of prevention

For Jennifer, staying informed and actively participating in treatment decisions helped her feel more in control of her condition and treatment options. more

Want fewer relapses?

Some people with MS continue to suffer from frequent relapses even when they are taking disease-modifying medications. Learn more about treatments that may help. more

Why bother with medications?

It may be hard to see the point of taking medications for high blood pressure - a condition that you can't see or feel. But the hidden health benefits are well worth the effort. more

ED: Rising to the occasion

Have you been having problems getting or keeping an erection? Find out more about what can be done. more

Treating psoriasis: It's all about timing

When it comes to psoriasis treatment, timing is important. You need to understand when your medication will start to work and how long you should use it. more

MS nurses

An MS nurse has special training and experience in caring for patients with MS. Find out more about what an MS nurse can do for you. more

How blood monitoring can affect your lifestyle

If you are on anticoagulation medication, the inconvenience of regular INR testing is something you know all too well. But self-monitoring can minimize the hassle. more

Keeping an eye on macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in North America for those over the age of 55. What can be done about it? more

Sex and menopause: Dealing with the changes

What can you do about the menopause symptoms that are affecting your sex life? more

A visit to the travel clinic

What vaccinations are available? Should you get immunized? When should you visit a travel clinic? more

Emergency contraception

If you forget to use birth control or your usual method has failed, emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy up to 7 days after you've had sex. more

Tamoxifen: the first five years

Tamoxifen can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence and death in women with hormone-sensitive early breast cancer. more

Good grooming with MS

Whether you're a guy or a girl, these hair, make-up, and shaving tips will have you looking your best. more

New systemic treatments for psoriasis

Systemic means "affecting the whole body." These treatments are used for more severe cases of psoriasis. Find out more about new systemic treatments. more

Prevention of gum and tooth problems

For your mouth as for your car, it makes good sense to do some maintenance on a regular basis rather than let a problem grow out of hand from neglect. What can you do now to keep your mouth healthy? more

How are MS relapses treated?

Can you stop a relapse in its tracks? Find out more about dealing with relapses. more

The face of erectile dysfunction

The face of erectile dysfunction (ED) is as different as each man who has it. Learn more about the different types and severities of ED. more

Planes, trains, boats, and automobiles

How do you want to travel? Whether by air, by land, or by sea, there are ways to make things run smoothly. more

What's the problem with quick weight loss?

Considering that some fad diets can really cause your weight to drop quickly and meet your goal faster, what's the problem with using them to lose weight? more

Don't get stuck in the snow

Dread winter driving? Being prepared is the key. But would you know what to do if you got stranded or found yourself driving through heavy snow? more

How do kids feel about MS?

When a parent gets MS, the whole family is affected. What kinds of reactions and feelings might your children have? more

How do topical treatments work?

Topical treatments (such as creams, ointments, or lotions) are often used for psoriasis. How do they work? more

Biologics: the basics

Learn more about biologics. more

The ABCs of cholesterol levels

LDL-C, HDL-C, TG, TC... what do the letters and numbers on your cholesterol test mean? more

Stem cell transplants for people with MS: What does the research show?

Stem cell transplants are a promising treatment for MS. But they're also risky and expensive. How well do stem cell transplants work? more

How does atherothrombosis develop?

Atherothrombosis is a lifelong condition that can cause a blood clot to form inside an artery that has been damaged by a process called atherosclerosis. Atherothrombosis may lead to a heart attack or stroke. more

Setting goals

Setting realistic goals is the key to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. more

Take control of your cancer risk

Knowing which lifestyle factors have a worldwide impact on cancer risk is important, but how can you tell which factors actually affect your life? more

The health costs of second-hand smoke

Smokers place the health of their family and friends at risk as a result of exposure to second-hand smoke. more

Safe or not safe? Making the call

Who decides whether a medication is safe enough to be sold in Canada? Find out how the process works. more

Biologics: What's your preference?

Choices, choices, choices! If your rheumatologist has recommended a biologic treatment, you have many options. How will you make the decision? more

How food choices can affect your cancer risk

A diet high in fibre and low in fat can help prevent colorectal cancer. So the next time you cook or order a meal, it may be better to munch on a chicken Caesar salad instead of a 12-ounce steak with fries. more

The MS symptom catch-22

The physical symptoms of MS can get in the way when it comes to taking your medication. Find out how to deal with them. more

Finding the right migraine treatment for you

There is now new hope for migraine sufferers with the advent of newer and more effective medications to specifically target migraine. Find out which one is right for you. more

Rose's story: Moving forward

Rose is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed at age 54. Read Rose's story to learn more about the challenges she faced in the years after breast cancer treatment, and how she dealt with them. more

Medication that works: Andrew's story

After over-the-counter heartburn remedies didn't do the trick, Andrew finally found lasting relief with a prescribed medication. more

Pepsin: What's it all about?

Normal digestion involves more than just stomach acid. Enter pepsin, the digestive enzyme. more

What's new for the latest CHEP recommendations?

Learn more about two key CHEP recommendations: Yearly testing for adults with high-normal blood pressure, and reducing salt intake. more

How are TNF blockers used in RA treatment?

Learn more about the role of TNF blockers in rheumatoid arthritis treatment. more

How can early aggressive treatment help RA?

Much of the joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis happens early in the disease. That's why early aggressive treatment is critical to reduce joint damage and maintain joint function. more

Is chronic constipation affecting your life?

Chronic constipation can cause problems that go beyond the bathroom. Find out more about how chronic constipation can affect your life. more

Self-help for MS

If you have MS, there may be times when you feel like your life is out of control. Here are some ways to help you get that control back. more

Just the facts: What your doctor should know

The better understanding your doctor has about your health, your lifestyle, and your family history, the better equipped he or she is to help you. more

Parents may not understand

Unfortunately, parents don't always understand the causes of their child's bedwetting, and their instinct may be to punish the child for something that's not their fault. more

Sarah's story: The mother of invention

When you're pregnant, you want the best care for you and your baby. Find out how primary health care helped Sarah get access to the best prenatal care. more

Recognizing depression

Could you or someone you love be depressed? Here's how to tell. more

Early detection - your best chance to beat breast cancer

When it comes to breast cancer, early detection gives you the best chance for survival. Find out what you can do to be a survivor. more

The need for donors

Right now, over 4,500 people in Canada are waiting for an organ transplant. The majority of these people are waiting for a kidney transplant. Canada has lower donation rates than many countries. more

Availability and addiction

What leads a person to develop one habit over another? more

Building better treatments

Until a cure is found, researchers are also looking for better ways to treat MS and its symptoms. Learn more about treatments that may soon be coming to a clinic near you. more

Estrogen plus progesterone study results

The estrogen-plus-progesterone section of the study provided new information about the long-term health effects of this hormone combination. more

WHI: Making sense of the numbers

What do the results of the Women's Health Initiative really mean to you when it comes to the risks associated with HT? more

Stress and MS – and yoga

Stress is a normal part of life – and all the more so when you have a medical condition. But the combination of stress and MS can take a toll on your well-being. more

Mitchell's story: Rehabilitation

Mitchell is a 65-year-old former hockey player. A few weeks ago, he had a hip replacement operation. Find out how Mitchell's primary health care team helped him return home and recover from his surgery. more

Getting help - talking to your doctor about ED

Many men are uncomfortable raising the subject of erectile difficulties (ED) with their doctor. But talking with your doctor is the key to finding an ED treatment that works for you. Find out how to break the ice. more

Analyzing prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Canada. On average, 462 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every week, and 77 will die of it. more

MS at work: To tell or not to tell?

Should you tell your employer you have MS? There is no right answer. more

Keeping up to date

What's the best way to find your way through the vast amounts of information on skin cancer? And once you've found what you're looking for, how do you separate the good from the bad? Learn more about gathering and evaluating information on skin cancer. more

Give low hormones the heave-ho!

Low hormone levels? This doesn't have to spell the end of your sex life! Find out more about what you can do about low hormone levels. more

What psoriasis treatment can offer

Is a complete cure for psoriasis possible? Can you expect long periods of time without those ugly red scales? Find out what your psoriasis treatment can offer you and tips on how to tell if it's working. more

Preparing for your colonoscopy

Well before the appointed date, your doctor will give you instructions on how to prepare yourself for your colonoscopy. You may need to start doing your homework a few days before your exam. more

How can rehabilitation help you cope with MS?

The benefits of rehabilitation for people with MS are enormous. Learn more about what rehabilitation can do for you! more

Understanding MS medication safety

What does it mean for an MS medication to be safe? If you want to understand how to balance safety and efficacy, it's important to know what to expect in terms of safety. more

How can AS affect your life?

David Atkins has been living with AS for over 20 years. Read David's story to learn more about how ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can affect a person's life. more

Exercise means better sex for men with heart failure

Have a heart condition? Is your sexual function flagging? A program of moderate exercise may give you just the lift you need in the bedroom. more

Start a walking school bus

Parents who feel time pressured may be unwilling to trade in the quick car ride to school for a slow morning stroll. The solution may be to start a walking school bus. more

More than just tired

Multiple sclerosis fatigue is different from the fatigue experienced by people without MS. more

Proper use of topical psoriasis treatments

Knowing how to properly apply medications is important to get the most benefit from them. Are you using your topical psoriasis treatment properly? more

Wanted: a good night's sleep

Is bedwetting keeping your family awake? Find out how to get a good night's sleep, even during back-to-school time. more

You can control your IBD!

If you have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis (also called inflammatory bowel disease or IBD), is your condition under control? If your treatment is relieving some of your IBD symptoms, you may want to answer "yes." But it's possible that your IBD is not as well controlled as it could be. more

Top 4 strategies for sticking with your medication

Now that you know the difference taking your medication as prescribed can make to how you feel, here are our top 4 strategies for staying on track. more

Protect your hearing

Hearing loss doesn't have to be an unavoidable part of aging. You can protect yourself from some of the common causes of hearing loss. Find out how. more

OA pain: Don't just tough it out!

Unfortunately, far too many people consider the joint pain of OA just another part of ageing. Although OA is a more common problem of mid-life and beyond, there are many actions you can take to relieve pain, improve mobility and enjoy life more fully as a result. more

Helping someone who is choking

You're in a restaurant when someone at your table starts choking. What should you do to help? more

What's new: Nasal spray

You can now take your migraine medication as a nasal spray. Find out more about nasal sprays and whether they might be an option for you. more

Marie's story: Tips for parents with MS

Marie, age 37, has been living with MS for 5 years. Find out how she conquered back-to-school stress and got her family routine organized. more

Eating for energy to deal with MS fatigue

Learn how to adjust your eating habits to keep your energy levels up! more

Are you putting your health at risk?

Could the way you're taking your medications be putting your health at risk? Take our self-assessment questionnaire to find out. more

How does your blood pressure medication work?

Have you ever wondered what's going on behind the scenes with your blood pressure medication? Now's your chance to find out! more

Talk to your baby's doctor about RSV

Talking to your doctor can help you protect your baby from RSV. Here are 10 questions to ask your doctor about RSV. more

Why is it hard to stick with MS treatment?

Finding it hard to stick with MS treatment? You're not alone. Find out why sticking to treatment can be tough and what you can do about it. more

Baby at risk? Conditions that may affect preemies

Most premature babies have special health problems. Find out more about some of the conditions your baby may experience. more

Is it time to switch my RA treatment?

When is it appropriate to switch treatments for your rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? Here's how to tell. more

Why is early treatment of my RA so important?

Early treatment is your key to fighting rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Don't miss your window of opportunity! more

Don't let RA take over your life!

There's no doubt about it - RA can change your life. Find out Angelica's secrets for coping with the changes and how she discovered a silver lining to the RA cloud. more

Relief from diarrhea is closer than you think

Whether you suffer from acute or chronic diarrhea, you probably want to know how to stop it. The good news is that relief is within reach. more

After MS diagnosis: What's ahead?

If you're newly diagnosed with MS, you may be wondering: What's going to happen to me? With MS, there's no crystal ball, but knowing which type of MS you have and staying informed can give you more information about what to expect in the future. more

Is it time to see my doctor about my yeast infections?

Fed up with yeast infections? Find out whether it's time to see your doctor. more

Is your asthma out of control?

How do you know your asthma is under control? It's time to ask yourself a few questions. more

Integrative medicine and your doctor

If you're thinking about integrative health care, talk to your doctor. more

Am I at risk of developing NAbs?

How do you know whether you will develop NAbs? more

How do you know when to step in?

Your involvement in your parents' care may start very suddenly with an illness or an accident. Chances are, it will be clear at that time what you need to do. But if things progress more gradually, it can be difficult to know when you should step in and how much you should do. This can be made even more difficult if your parent or parents insist they can "handle it." How do you know when to step in? more

How you can cope with MS bowel problems

Experiencing MS-related bowel problems? Find out how to maintain healthy bowel habits. more

Are you what you eat?

You may not think there's much of a connection between your top and your bottom, but what you put into your mouth can sometimes affect the health of your vagina. more

Reimbursement: speaking the language

Baffled by some of the terms you've seen or heard while looking into medication reimbursement? Our quick guide can help you decode them. more

Bacterial vaginosis

Many women who think they have a yeast infection may actually have another condition: bacterial vaginosis (BV). Learn more about BV, the complications it may cause, and how it can be treated. more

What causes colic?

If your baby has colic, you may be wondering: "Why me?" Find out more about current theories on what causes colic. more

Give me some nicotine!

Kicking your smoking habit to the curb might be on your to-do list, but how do you turn your good intentions into concrete action? more

Your best home workout moves

Home workouts have come a long way. You don't need to join a pricey health club – you can achieve a fitter, slimmer body in the comfort of your own home. more

Detox diet: do or don't?

Are you trying to think in new ways about what you eat and what it's doing to your body? If you're ready to put down the junk food and commit to eating better, you might want to consider detoxing. more

When your asthma is out of control

Two-thirds of all Canadians with "active" asthma do not have their condition under control. Find out why asthma goes out of control, how to tell if you're at risk, and what you can do about it. more

The right migraine treatment for you

If you have been treating your own headaches and you think they aren't as well controlled as they could be, perhaps it's time to explore other options. more

MS infusion centres

An MS infusion centre is a clinic or office that specializes in providing infusions for people with MS. Find out more about the benefits of infusion centres. more

Bedwetting: planning a holiday visit

For many families, travel is an important part of the holidays. Whether it's going to grandma's house or taking a Caribbean cruise, find out how to manage bedwetting when your family is on the road this holiday season. more

How Tysabri can help

Tysabri offers a new option for people with relapsing-remitting MS who cannot take other treatments, or for whom other MS treatments have not worked. Learn more about how this treatment can help. more

Are you the next Beyoncé? Says who?

Ever wondered why some people who want to be pop idols haven't noticed that they can't sing? They may have a problem shared by 4% of the population. more

Why love hurts

Falling in love is as much physical as emotional, so it's no surprise that the mind and body are affected when love is unrequited or a romance goes sour. more

Bedwetting research news

What's new in the world of bedwetting research? more

Taming your weight: how to get started

You've read about popular diets, you've seen the ads for the latest exercise gizmos - but what's the best way to keep your weight under control? more

Being a savvy internet searcher

If you're looking for information on MS, the internet is a powerful tool. Find out how to locate the information you need and make sure it's from a trusted source. more

Heartburn – more than just a nuisance?

Is heartburn more than just a nuisance? If you have ever experienced the pain of heartburn, you know the answer to that question! more

How cholesterol medications can help

There are many medications available today that can lower your cholesterol levels. Learn more about the benefits of lowering your cholesterol and how cholesterol-lowering medications can help. more

Walking like a robot: life with RA

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can take a huge toll on your life. Find out how Danny and his family were affected by RA. more

Life with migraine: the things you miss

Learn more about how migraine attacks affected Ruth's life, both at work and at home. more

Self-injection safety

For some MS medications, people can learn to inject the medication at home by themselves. Learn more about self-injection safety. more

A brief history of avian flu

Avian flu has been around for a long time in wild birds. But it has only been seen as a possible threat to humans since the late 1990s. more

How to find diarrhea relief

Want to find diarrhea relief? Read on to learn more. more

How treatment helped Nathalie

Learn how finding the right treatment, and knowing that to expect from treatment, helped former Olympic speed skater Nathalie Lambert stay active. more

Do you have vaginal dryness?

Learn the signs of vaginal dryness, options for treatment, and when to see your doctor. more

FAQ about MS and sexuality

Everything you always wanted to know about MS and sexuality, but were afraid to ask... more

Popular cosmetic surgical procedures

Liposuction, nose reshaping, and breast augmentation (implants) are 3 of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures worldwide. What makes them so popular, and what do these procedures involve? more

Facts and myths about ADHD

There are a number of common beliefs about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some of them are true – and some aren't. more

Replacement lenses: you have options

When you have cataract surgery, your cloudy lens is replaced with a new artificial lens. Find out more about your artificial lens options. more

Could you be a survivor?

We're all captivated by tales of survival, but we all hope we'll never need to live through them ourselves. There's always the chance, however, that you'll find yourself in a life-threatening crisis. What would you do? more

Bedwetting and visiting relatives

Do your travel plans include a visit to your relatives? Find out how to manage bedwetting challenges. more

What are my options for treating MS?

If your doctor has recommended treatment with a disease-modifying medication for MS, you have many treatment options to choose from. more

Stay in the loop on asthma

The secret to managing your asthma is "education first." Find out how to stay up-to-date with your asthma treatment. more

Deciding who and when to tell about your MS

When it comes to deciding who to tell about your MS and when to tell them, there are no hard and fast rules. Learn more about things you should consider. more

Cholesterol: The lower the better?

When it comes to cholesterol, is lower better? According to Dr. Stephen Fort, we have evidence that the more aggressively we treat cholesterol, the better the results more

Crack the fruit and veggie colour code

There's a rainbow of vegetables and fruits available, all ripe for the picking, and their colours can reveal their hidden nutritional rewards. more

Taking stock and planning for the future

Where do you stand financially? Learn more about taking stock of your current situation and making plans for the future. more

Replenish your skin

Does your skin show signs of overindulgence? Freshen up with these 5 ideas. more

How staying with treatment can help you

Need some motivation to stick with your cholesterol treatment? Find out more about the benefits of using your treatment as recommended by your doctor. more

Fitness goodies

Your loved ones will be so "moved" by these active gift options. more

More about optic neuritis

Optic neuritis is often the first symptom of MS. About 55% of people with MS will have optic neuritis at least once. Learn more about optic neuritis and how it is managed. more

What to expect from heartburn treatment

Learn more from Dr. Armstrong about what to expect from your heartburn treatment. more

Breast pain and other breast problems

Breast-feeding shouldn't hurt. But some women suffer from breast problems and pain when they breast-feed. Find out what you can do. more

What to expect: Breast-feeding FAQ, part 2

Wondering what to expect when you're breast-feeding? Here are the answers to some frequently asked breast-feeding questions. more

Todd's treatment game plan

Learn more about how finding the right treatment helped former alpine ski racer Todd Brooker enjoy an active lifestyle. more

What types of exercise are best for MS?

Many types of exercise can help with MS. The key is finding an exercise routine that works for you. more

Avoiding your asthma triggers

Asthma attacks may be caused by a variety of triggers, including environmental allergens, infections from viruses, pollutants, and medications. Avoiding a trigger may prevent an asthma attack. more

How can we fix MS-related damage?

Current MS treatments can help slow the progression of the disease. But what if there was a way to actually repair the damage done by MS? more

Medications and surgery for tremor

MS tremor can be challenging to treat, but medications and surgery may help. Learn more about these treatment options. more

Asthma self-management: the key to your success

People who are informed about their asthma have better outcomes than those who aren't. more

Summer goal: no bad hair days!

The summer brings opportunities for fun, frolic... and follicular frustration. more

What is infertility and why does it happen?

Up to 1 in 6 couples struggles with infertility. Find out more about what can cause infertility and whether you might be at risk. more

Gardening safety tips

Got a green thumb and a sore back? Your tomato vines may climb higher, but your knees may suffer when you climb that ladder. more

Autism: the road from suspicion to diagnosis

Are you worried about some aspects of your child's behaviour? Are you wondering if you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to find out if your child has autism? Learn how you can tackle your suspicions. more

Home, safe home

Potentially harmful substances may be lurking in the kitchen, the garage, the backyard, or even your walls. Find out how to clear out the hazards to your health and your home. more

Treat your feet

Once in a while, treat your feet to the spa for a pedicure and a foot bath. Give your toes the thanks they deserve! more

Why do we dream?

Dreams can be compelling and confusing. Is there any reason humans dare to dream? more

Your 30s: body basics

Throughout your 30s, your body shifts and changes gradually, and taking care of yourself will mean finding a balance between stress and healthy habits. more

Can you get too much sleep?

Too much sleep: To many people, those words sound like a blessing, an impossibility, or a paradox. You can never have too much of a good thing, right? more

Your 20s: body basics

Your 20s are a decade of limitless possibility. Finding your identity, your groove, and your way of living on your own may all take precedence over your health. more

Talking to your child about injections

Injections can be scary. Find out how to talk to your child about injection medications. more

Which should I choose: tap, bottle, or filter?

Water is so elemental, but when it comes to choosing the safest, cleanest option for drinking water, things can get complicated. more

Dealing with hair loss

At some point in our lives, many of us will have to deal with hair loss to some degree. But however normal or temporary it may be, hair loss tends to be viewed with distress. Find out why we lose hair and what we can do about it. more

The year in children's health

The year 2008 may be noted as the year when some kids' bodies stopped acting their age. more

How can stress affect fertility?

Is it true that stress causes infertility? Most likely not, but stress can play a role in infertility and fertility treatment. Find out how. more

Marcia Cross: desperate to be a mom

Marcia Cross of Desperate Housewives knew it would be hard to get pregnant past 40, but she beat the odds – times two. more

How do you start running?

So you decide you want to start running. But how do you get from hardly being able to run for a minute to being able to go for a half hour, an hour, or more? more

What sex life?

For couples who are trying to conceive, sex can become a mechanical process. Find out how to keep your sex life healthy while trying to have a baby. more

CRP and your cholesterol

Find out what CRP and cholesterol levels have in common, how they differ, and why your doctor may recommend testing for both. more

Give dry, chapped lips some love

This winter, don't leave your lips out in the cold. more

Menopause and treatments

There are treatments for menopause. Learn about what options are available to help with menopause symptoms. more


Now and then, our body moves in odd ways that are out of our control. What's going on when we twitch? more

Danger-free dress-up

A costume can make you feel scary, silly, or sinister, but it shouldn't make you feel unsafe. more

RSV complications: Is my baby at risk?

Find out whether your baby could be at risk of serious health problems caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), such as lung infections, that could put them in the hospital. more

Hot tubs, medication use, pesticides, and male infertility

There are a lot of myths floating around out there about what can affect male fertility. Find out if you should believe everything you hear. more

Coping with chronic fatigue syndrome

You may feel incredulous to find yourself in a medical "wilderness" where little is known and the way out is unmapped. That's the reality for those with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). more

How to have a healthy hotel stay

Overnight stays away from home pose their own unique health risks. more

Food allergens: the usual suspects

Got a food allergy, or think you have one? Meet the usual suspects. more

The salmonella culprits

Food contamination can come from just about anywhere. Learn more about what to watch out for and how to avoid a case of salmonella. more

Help others: clinical trials

Interested in getting involved in health care research? Learn more about participating on clinical trials. more

MS medication indications and research

Medications for multiple sclerosis (MS) play an important role in the management of MS. While there is currently no cure, understanding your medication and how it affects the disease can help you live well with MS. Find out what MS medications are available in Canada and how they are used. more

I blog, therefore I am

Considering launching yourself into the blogosphere? Consider the pros and cons first. more


The name may remind you of carrots, but lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin can be found in many colourful fruits and vegetables. more

Bug off, bug bites!

Ways to zap the itch and prevent infection after a bite. more

Tools for self-massage

Your own hands are your greatest assets, but you can add a few simple, affordable tools to your self-massage kit. more

What are common MS medication issues?

A number of multiple sclerosis (MS) medications have been around for at least 10 years, while others are more recently available. No matter how long the medication has been around, medication issues can arise. Find out how research continues to look at improving existing MS treatment. more

Fertility options today

There are several different approaches that can be used for treating infertility, depending on the cause. more

How to reach your cholesterol targets

You can reach your cholesterol targets by following your treatment plan and keeping track of your cholesterol levels. Learn more. more

Do a big brush-off

Quick tips for taking care of the brushes you use every day. more

PMS 101

Make sure you know the basics with this primer on premenstrual syndrome. more

The year in autism

Autism affects one in every 150-160 children. What new developments have occurred in 2008 to give those children and their families hope? more

Save your bedroom for sleeping

Is your bedroom doing too much multi-tasking? more

Why bedwetting won't be a nightmare at camp

Being prepared for summer camp reduces worries and helps your child feel more confident about the nights ahead. Find out how you can prepare your child for summer camp so that bedwetting won't be a nightmare. more

Cutting calories and improving male fertility

Even in optimal circumstances, only 50% to 70% of sperm are healthy enough to fertilize an egg. Read on to see how cutting back your caloric intake can significantly improve the quality of your sperm and your chances of a fertile future. more

Why do you keep doing what you don't want to do?

People with a shopping problem know well the feelings of guilt and distress that comes with not being able to control a shopping urge. Find out more about the causes of shopaholism and how it affects you. more

Bedwetting and its effects on your child

Bedwetting can be more than just a little embarrassing. Find out how this seemingly harmless condition can affect your child. more

Fact or fiction: your pre-bedtime habits

What you do before you tuck in at bedtime makes a difference on the quality of sleep you can achieve. more

Road rave: 7 strategies for learning to enjoy your commute

If your commute is an unavoidable part of your day, why not make the best of it? more

A guide to good hand-washing hygiene

Teach your children the steps to a thorough hand-washing. more

Turkey tips

Turkey sits atop many a table at Thanksgiving. Be sure you know how to safely handle, thaw, and cook this bountiful bird. more

Tips for clearing congestion

When a cold takes hold, try a few do-it-yourself approaches to relieving your congestion symptoms. more

H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu) and you

Find out how you can protect yourself against H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu), and what you can do if you're infected. more

Maintaining ability and talking to your doctor

Your doctor is very busy, seeing many patients every day, and it can be hard for them to thoroughly meet your MS needs. You can help by being prepared to discuss specific aspects of your MS and treatment. Find out more. more

Breast cancer screening: the controversies

Nothing strikes fear in a woman's heart as much as finding a lump in her breast. And finding cancer early increases the chances of survival. So screening for breast cancer is a no-brainer. Or is it? more

8 things that can damage your teeth

You might think that brushing your teeth would always be a good thing. Think again! more

Your 40s: healthy habits

Some things are beyond your control. Thankfully, these 6 healthy lifestyle habits are well within reach and can make all the difference. more

Obstacles to sticking with MS treatment

Taking medications for a long period of time can be difficult for anyone who has a chronic disease. Learn why some people with MS stop their treatment. more

The bad habits that can hinder immunity

Are you making your body more vulnerable to infection? Find out how dropping certain bad habits can strengthen your immunity. more

Four healthy habits you shouldn't let slide in the winter

Just because there's a chill in the air doesn't mean you can neglect these 4 healthy habits. more

Stay stress-free this holiday season

While some people can grin and bear it, the holiday rush leaves other folks feeling sad, overwhelmed, and cheerless, emotions that can become all the more difficult with all the cheer and celebration going on around them. more

Food label claims

Food labels can get crowded when nutritional claims are made and various qualities are touted. Get the label lowdown on a few common buzzwords. more

Feed your skin the right foods

Find out which foods are the most skin-friendly and which skin-emies to avoid. more

Want to head out into the cold?

Keep in mind some winter workout wisdom: Stay warmed up, stretched out, and strong so you're in shape when you emerge from your den in the spring. more

Unhealthy grief: symptoms

What do you do if your grief gets out of control? Recognize these 4 hallmarks of unhealthy grieving. more

Is ovulation induction for me?

Trying to get pregnant and wondering whether ovulation induction (OI) might be right for you? Learn more. more

Choosing the right electric toothbrush

You know you want to power up your oral health habits, but do you know what to look for when you're selecting an electric toothbrush? more

Master the elements of good posture

Straight as an arrow or slightly slouched? Get the head-to-toe basics of proper posture. more

Flossing essentials for teens

Teens may be the least likely to brush and floss regularly due to less parental supervision and their own busy schedules. But oral care is important for people of all ages. Find out tips on how to ensure your teen is looking after their oral health. more

Toothbrushes: shapes and sizes

Using the right toothbrush can make your daily oral care routine more enjoyable - and more effective. Read more about different toothbrush shapes and sizes. more

Why get braces?

These days everyone seems to be wearing braces - kids and adults alike. What are braces and why do people get them? Read on to find out why. more

Hyperthyroidism: detection

Hyperthyroidism can be traced to a number of causes. Recognize the symptoms and find out how to reach a diagnosis. more

Choosing the right cooking oil

When you're ready to cook a healthful meal, which type of cooking oil will you reach for? more

Habits for a healthy memory

To keep our memories sharp, our bodies and brains need us to practice certain healthy habits. more

Thyroid nodules: what are they?

Thyroid nodules are surprisingly common, but find out why you should never ignore a lump or delay a doctor's checkup. more

Red carpet style rules

Although talent does still count for something, a fashion or beauty misstep at an awards show or movie premiere can upstage even the most Oscar-worthy performance. Here, the pros who make all the A-list stars look drop-dead gorgeous share the tricks and tools of their trade, so you can get the red carpet treatment at home. more

Treating adult acne

Acne comes in all shapes and sizes – the plugged-up pores of blackheads and whiteheads, deep lumpy cysts beneath the skin, or red, raised pimples. Ways to treat acne vary, too, and may depend on the type and severity of your blemishes and breakouts. more

Crib and cradle safety

Your baby's sleep routines may be unpredictable for a while, but you should be able to count on the safety of the crib or cradle you choose. more

What happens after miscarriage?

Your body experiences a lot during and after a miscarriage. Find out what happens to your body and what to expect when seeing your doctor. more

Why we drink milk – and why some people can't

If so much of the world's human population is lactose intolerant, why do so many people still drink milk? more

Food storage: Fruits and vegetables

When it comes to storing fruits and vegetables, what works for an apple may not work for an orange. more

Your 50s: body basics

In her 50s, a woman's body will likely go through many adjustments, most of which can be chalked up to the so-called "change of life," also known as menopause. more

School lunch bag safety

Parents who want to improve their children's nutrition will also want to know the safest way to pack a sack lunch. more

Talking to your doctor about fibromyalgia

Are you ready for your doctor's visit? Here are a few tips on preparing for your visit and some questions to ask your doctor about fibromyalgia. more

Dandruff and itching

You've tried to ignore the itch, but you can't help but think how good it will feel to scratch your itchy scalp. Should you give in to the urge? more

Dry scalp rituals

Treat your dry, scaly scalp to daily TLC with this delicate massage routine. more

Eyelid care

Your eyelids protect your eyes from so much. And it's your job to gently care for and protect the very delicate skin on your eyelids from damage and the signs of aging. more

How to be spring and summer shoe smart

Getting a pedi to prep for sandal season? Good start, but what happens if you trip over your flip-flops or twist an ankle in those espadrilles? more

How to deal with the 2 types of wrinkles

Our skin wrinkles in two different ways, so you'll need a two-fold approach to skin care. more

I think my child has eczema. What now?

Your child's skin seems to show symptoms of eczema. Do you know what your next steps should be? more

Are you starting to see age spots?

Nothing says "aging skin" like age spots. Discover how you can diminish the look of these spots of discolored or uneven skin. more

Rare diseases: why it's important to pursue an accurate diagnosis

It can take perseverance to acquire a diagnosis for rare diseases. But there are definite benefits to staying the course and being a proactive patient. more

Exfoliants can help reveal healthier looking skin

Add exfoliation to your skin care routine and you may reveal healthier, younger-looking skin hiding just beneath the surface. more

How can I benefit from plant sterols?

Eating foods with plant sterols can help reduce your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. more

Is a fertility clinic right for me?

Thinking about visiting a fertility clinic? Find out whether a fertility clinic is right for you, how to find fertility clinics near you, and how to choose one that meets your needs. more

How "mini-escapes" can help when you have a cold

Relieving stress can help you fight a cold. But how can you fit stress relief into your busy day? Find out how to use "mini-escapes" to give yourself a break when you're sick. more

The flu and asthma

You may be at risk for flu complications if you have asthma. Find out what you can do to protect yourself. more

Am I at risk for fertility problems?

Are you concerned about your fertility? Find out if you are at risk for fertility problems. more

Avoiding tooth sensitivity

Find out how to overcome tooth sensitivity. more


Find out what types of fillings exist. more

Oral care for people with diabetes

People with diabetes are more at risk of oral disease than people without diabetes. Find out about oral care for people with diabetes. more

Keep your mouth healthy en route to your destination

A 16-hour road trip or a 12-hour flight. Either way, you have a long journey ahead of you. Find out what you can do to keep your mouth healthy en route to your destination. more

Diabetes and your skin

Find out why many people with diabetes must deal with skin complications. more

Alzheimer's disease: diagnosis

Alzheimer's disease is considered a diagnosis of exclusion: the many other possible causes of dementia must be ruled out before the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be made. more

Sleep diary

Are you spending more time tossing and turning than you are in dreamland? If you're having trouble sleeping, use this sleep diary to keep track of your sleep habits. Then bring it to your doctor to have a meaningful discussion about your sleep health. more

Osteoporosis: treatments

There are several options available to prevent or treat osteoporosis. The treatment choice for one individual may be very different from person to person. There is not necessarily a right or wrong treatment choice, but a treatment that best suits the individual's needs. more

Osteoporosis: who gets it?

All of us will get osteoporosis if we live long enough. Since none of us have a crystal ball to predict our life expectancy, we should all do our best to ensure good strong bones and prevent falls no matter how long we live. more

Understanding your asthma medications

Asthma medications can fall into three general categories: relievers, controllers, and combination medications. more

Avoiding outdoor allergens

How can a person prone to seasonal allergies coexist with nature without sneezing, sniffling, and coughing? Know your triggers. more

Do you know your asthma triggers?

There are several factors that can trigger asthma symptoms. These factors are known as asthma triggers. Everybody has their own set of triggers. more

Types of anemia

While most people associate anemia with low iron levels, there are also other types of anemia that cause the same symptoms. Here's what you should know about the different types of anemia. more

How to take a bite out of stress

Find out how food can be one of your best stress-busting allies. more

Stress and shock: racing in the fast lane

While the physical aspect of a stress response can be surprising and uncomfortable, it can help you perform well. Shock is a rather different, and potentially harmful, experience. more

Stay safe at the pool and the beach

Find out how to have a fun, safe, and healthy day at the beach or at the pool. more

How MS affects the brain: cognitive changes

Learn about the cognitive changes that MS can cause, how they can affect your life, and what you can do. more

Understanding MRI changes: brain lesions and brain atrophy

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan helps show what's going on "under the surface" in your brain when you have MS. Get the basics on what doctors look for on an MRI. more

Protection of joints

Orthotic devices such as splints, insoles, and finger ring splints will stabilize and protect joints. more

Symptoms of RA

Symptoms of RA can vary from person to person. more

Getting the most from your COPD treatment

Are you doing everything you can to manage your COPD? Learn 4 ways to get the most out of your COPD treatment. more

Relapses: How to fight back

What should you do if you're having a relapse? Read these frequently asked questions about managing relapses and learn how to fight back. more

MS treatment: Working with your neurologist

Learn key facts to help you work with your neurologist to make sure you are on an appropriate MS treatment. more

What can I do to reduce my risk of MS symptom progression?

Find out what you can do to manage your multiple sclerosis (MS) and reduce your risk of MS symptom progression. more

Getting the most from your COPD treatment

Are you doing everything you can to manage your COPD? Learn 4 ways to get the most out of your COPD treatment. more

How MS affects the brain: cognitive changes

Learn about the cognitive changes that MS can cause, how they can affect your life, and what you can do. more

Helping your partner fight MS

Whether or not you are your partner's primary caregiver, you can fight in your partner's corner against multiple sclerosis (MS). Learn more. more

Understanding MRI changes: brain lesions and brain atrophy

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan helps show what's going on "under the surface" in your brain when you have MS. Get the basics on what can be seen on an MRI. more

Healthy foods: Tuna

Discover why tuna deserves a spot on your dinner plate or in your next sandwich. more

Pilates: What is it, and is it right for me?

With their focus on precision and alignment, Pilates workouts attract those looking to strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility. Find out what you can expect from a Pilates class. more

Diabetes and travel tips

Vacations are supposed to be a time to relax. But you may feel overwhelmed when you think about carrying all the diabetic supplies with you while traveling. Don’t let diabetes spoil your trip! more

Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 symptoms may range from little-to-no symptoms to severe illness and death. Most symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually 2 to 14 days after exposure. more

COVID-19 vs. Flu

One common myth around this year's pandemic is that a person can only get sick from either COVID-19 or the flu, but not both. In fact, it is possible to be infected with COVID-19 and the flu, and this is something you want to avoid. more

Risk of exposure

There are currently no vaccines or treatments available to stop the spread of COVID-19. Reducing your risk of exposure is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself. more

Diabetes and dental care

If you have diabetes, you're at a higher risk of oral health problems. Here's how to keep your mouth healthy. more

Diabetes and caring for your skin

Diabetes can be hard on your skin. Here's why – and what to do about it. more

Risk of severe illness

Most cases of COVID-19 infection are not severe, but certain people are at a higher risk of experiencing more serious illnesses. more

What kind of flu season are we expecting this year, and when does it begin?

Flu season in Canada typically starts in October, but it can vary from season to season. more

Diagnosis of COVID-19

Coronavirus infections are diagnosed by a health care provider based on symptoms and are confirmed through a laboratory test. Your doctor may take samples including saliva (sputum), a nasal swab, and a throat swab. more

Eating out when you have diabetes

There are many variables when you're eating in a restaurant. Here are some tips on enjoying dining out without causing trouble with your diabetes. more

Spin class: What is it, and is it right for me?

Sometimes called "spin class," indoor cycling is a low-impact way to get an intense cardiovascular workout. Is spinning right for you? more

Healthy foods: Sardines

Sardines are an affordable and surprisingly nutrient-dense fish with low levels of mercury. more

COPD Facts and Myths

Fact or myth? Find out what's true, and what isn't, when it comes to COPD. more

COPD Facts and Myths

Fact or myth? Find out what's true, and what isn't, when it comes to COPD. more

Diagnosing RA

Your doctor will determine if you have RA by performing a physical examination as well as looking at the results of blood tests and X-rays. more

Diet and nutrition with RA

Although certain foods have not been shown to cause or cure rheumatoid arthritis (RA), eating healthy can improve your overall health. more

8 tips for choosing sunglasses

When you're shopping for sunglasses, consider these 4 things that matter. more

Ha! Laughing is good for you!

Yuck it up - laughter is good for you! Discover why the benefits of laughing go beyond simply feeling happy. more

Diagnosing asthma

Diagnosing asthma can be difficult, since the symptoms are often similar to those of other respiratory conditions or heart disease. more

Allergy treatment basics

Sometimes, avoiding allergens is just not enough to prevent the troublesome symptoms of allergic rhinitis. When this happens, allergy treatment using medications may be necessary. There is a wide range of treatments available for allergy sufferers, including prescription and non-prescription products. more

Monitoring asthma symptoms

Monitoring your asthma symptoms will help you keep your asthma under control. more

Osteoporosis: diagnosis

Individuals who have not had any fractures but do have a number of risk factors for osteoporosis need an examination called a bone density test to determine if osteoporosis is present. more

Calcium and osteoporosis

You've probably heard of the link between calcium and osteoporosis. Your skeletal system holds the vast majority of calcium in your body. Calcium strengthens bones and promotes the functioning of nearly every body cell. more

The modified push-up

To most people, the push-up sounds and looks like a pretty easy movement, but there are very few people that can do a push-up with perfect form. Most people are so used to rounding their backs and pushing with their shoulders, that they just do not know how to use their chest (pectoral muscles) for any pressing movement. more

Alzheimer's disease: caregiver tips

If you are taking care of someone with Alzheimer's disease, you'll need to know about how to keep that person and their environment safe, how to deal with behavioural issues such as delusions, and how to make sure you take care of yourself as well. more

Diabetes: caring for your eyes

Understand the reasons why people with diabetes are at increased risk of eye damage, low vision, vision loss, and blindness. more

How to maintain a healthy mouth while you're away

You've arrived and now it's time to relax and enjoy – with these oral health tips in mind. more

Oral care and cancer treatment

Did you know that cancer treatment can affect your oral health? Find out how and what you can do about it. more

Dental X-rays

Learn about dental X-rays and what they are used for. more

How a trip to the dentist might help

Learn how your dentist can help you manage tooth sensitivity. more

Infertility: You're not alone

If you're facing fertility problems, rest assured that you're not alone. Get information on how you can get help and support. more

The flu and heart disease

People with heart disease are at increased risk for flu complications. Learn more about heart disease and the flu. more

How to get a good night's rest when you have a cold

You've made it through the day with your terrible cold. Now you need a good night's rest to make tomorrow easier. Here's how to make it happen. more

Getting ready to visit a fertility clinic

If your doctor has recommended a visit to the fertility clinic, you may be wondering what to expect. Find out how to get ready for your visit. more

Where can I find plant sterols?

You don't need a prescription to get some plant sterols into your body. Plant sterols are found in natural foods, fortified foods, and dietary supplements. more

Menopause and skin care

In addition to all of the physical symptoms of menopause, this change in life can also affect the appearance of a woman's skin. more

Rare diseases: how to get started toward diagnosis

Getting an accurate, confirmed diagnosis for a rare disease can take time, effort, and patience. Here are a few tips on how to be an informed, assertive, and empowered patient. more

Can you spot rough scaly patches?

Find out if you're likely to develop actinic keratosis, rough scaly skin patches that can age your skin. more

What types of treatments might be prescribed for my child's eczema?

Get a preview of the types of treatments often prescribed for infants and children diagnosed with eczema. more

How skin thickness affects wrinkling

Having a thin skin can mean you're fragile in the face of life's hard knocks. But truly thin skin can also make you more vulnerable to the signs of aging. more

Winterize your feet

Keep your toes toasty and safe this winter by sliding into the right pair of boots. more

Special care for under your eyes

Find out how you can erase dark, sleepy circles and deflate the puffy bags that can make you look older. more

Food storage: Herbs, spices, and sundry items

Is a spice rack the best way to store all those ground and powdered flavours? What about the other sundry food items that add spice and zest to foods? more

Itchy scalp rituals

Instead of scratching that itch, rub it away with a comforting daily scalp massage. more

Could it be psoriasis?

What you think is dandruff might actually be psoriasis; discover the difference. more

Treatment and support

How is fibromyalgia treated, and what can you do to find support? Learn more. more

Playground safety

Kids find all sorts of ways to injure themselves at school. Here are a few playground pointers and safety tips to pass along to your children. more

Your 50s: healthy habits

At the half-century mark, you face an onslaught of body and life changes. Thus, your healthiest habits should be all about strength. Facing fifty? Fortify! more

Food storage: Beans, seeds, nuts, and grains

Dried goods often have a longer shelf life than fresh foods, but should beans, nuts, seeds, and grains all be stored in the pantry? more

Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance can lead to abdominal pain, diarrhea, flatulence, and bloating. Learn more about the condition and what to do if you’re intolerant to lactose. more

Coping with the loss

The loss of a pregnancy can have a huge impact on you, your partner, your relationship with your partner, and your family and friends. Read more about coping with the loss. more

Stroller safety

Selecting the right mode of baby transport is the first step on the road to smooth strolling. more

What can you do about acne scars?

You don't have to live with the visual reminders of acne breakouts forever. more

Instant makeover: 7 ways to look (and feel) better

If you're longing for a head-to-toe makeover but are short on time, try one of the following 7 little pick-me-ups. They're quick and easy and, better yet, guaranteed to improve your appearance almost immediately. more

Thyroid nodules: detection

Learn more about the procedures required to detect and diagnose thyroid nodules. more

Change your mind: memory tips and tricks

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Get a few strategies for digging into your past, being present, and looking into the future. more

The healthy pantry makeover

A healthy pantry should be stocked with the essentials of nutrition and provide the makings for quick snacks and easy, hearty meals. more

Hyperthyroidism: treatment

Explore the options for therapy and treatment of hyperthyroidism more

Types of braces

Your dentist will know what appliance is best for your particular problem. Learn about the different types of braces. more

Types of toothbrush bristles

You're more likely to stick to a good oral health care routine if your toothbrush is comfortable and feels right. The type of toothbrush bristle you use is an important factor in this. Find out more. more

Making flossing fun for kids

To get kids into the habit of daily flossing as part of a good oral care routine, parents need to make flossing fun and easy. Here are ways to make flossing fun for kids. more

A more posture-friendly lifestyle

Your good posture habits shouldn't stop when you're at work or at rest. more

How to use a rechargeable electric toothbrush

Making the switch from manual to electric toothbrush? Brush up on your brushing skills. more

What is it like to have ovulation induction?

Wondering what ovulation induction is like? We take you through a "few months in the life" of using OI. more


You've seen the mall-walkers – the folks who don their sweats to walk laps around the shopping plaza. They just might be onto something… more

4 habits that harm your skin

Your skin provides a powerful barrier to the inside of your body, but it leaves itself out in the open and vulnerable to damage. more

4 food label buzzwords explained

Food companies may try to boost a product's nutritional profile with healthy, wholesome-sounding label lingo. more

Feed your immune system the right foods

Eating a balanced diet helps to provide for your body's baseline defences. But are there specific nutrients and foods that can give you an immunity edge? more

How to stick with MS treatment

Sticking with MS treatment can be challenging. It's not easy to take a medication for a long period of time, and people with MS may face challenges that make sticking to medication even more difficult. Here are some things that can help. more

Your 40s: check-up checklist

Check out this check-up checklist and stay on top of the tests and examinations you need all through your 40s. more

Tooth enamel TLC

Find out how you can protect your teeth from enamel erosion. more

Breast lumps

"OMG! I found a lump in my breast!" Don't worry – a lump usually doesn't mean breast cancer. more

Hand sanitizer tips

Show your children how to properly and safely use hand sanitizer. more

MS questions to ask your doctor

Your neurologist's practice is full of MS patients. Make the most of your doctor's appointment. Find out more on questions to ask your doctor. more

Introduce your nose to the neti pot

Find out about what a neti pot is, how to use one, and how it can give you relief from sinus symptoms. more

Safety tips for raking leaves

Time to take out your rake and tend to the fallen autumn leaves? Prepare yourself first with a few safe raking tips. more

Road rage

"Road rage" grabs headline attention, but is it a real danger? more

Fact or fiction: your sleep environment

Find out how where you lay your head can make such a big difference on how well you will sleep at night. more

Coping with bedwetting: what you can do

Bedwetting can be hard on your child. Find out ways you can help your child cope. more

Getting help and treatment for your shopping addiction

The first step to getting help is to acknowledge that you have a shopping problem. Once you have taken this giant step, you will have the motivation to look for help. Learn more about where to get help and your therapy options. more

Balancing the scales in fertility treatments

How can being overweight or underweight affect fertility treatment? Find out here. more

Bedwetting is nothing to fear

There's nothing like scary camp stories to keep kids up all night - and they love it. But tales of ghosts, monsters, and hockey-masked maniacs emerging from the woods are nothing compared to the fear that a bedwetter faces during the night. more

Don't be afraid of the dark

Here are some illuminating reasons why you may not be able to get a good night's sleep. more

The year in migraines

Migraine is more than a headache, and sufferers seek relief. What new research or news happened in 2008 to ease their pain? more

Eat to beat PMS

Which foods make PMS more burdensome - and which make it easier to bear? more

Staying motivated to reach your targets

Reaching your targets is hard work, but it's worth it. Find out how to get the motivation you need to stay on track. more

Multiple births: beyond the facts

What are the effects of multiple births? Why do they happen? Would a change in approach make a difference? more

Can we prevent MS relapses?

Many medications for MS have been proven to reduce the number of MS relapses. Are there other ways to prevent relapses? Is there a way to predict when a relapse will occur? more

Protect your skin from 3 summertime rashes

Poison ivy is not the only warm weather rash around. more


Many teas, coffees, wines, and dark-coloured fruits and vegetables boast flavonoids, a big family of phytochemicals with big potential. more

Stuck to the screen?

It seems we're shifting away from active lifestyles and moving toward one lived in front of a screen. more

Salmonella: do's and don'ts

To minimize your chances of getting or spreading infection with salmonella, follow these food safety tips and find out what are the do's and don'ts of handling food. more

I have a problem with certain foods. What now?

If you think you have a food sensitivity, take heart. There's a way through. more

Work out wherever you are

With these simple travel fitness ideas, there's no need to leave your workout behind. more

ME/CFS: dealing with an "invisible" condition

People who live with invisible illness have their own set of obstacles – on the outside they appear quite well but on the inside they are far from it. more

Medical conditions and male infertility

Having a medical condition that causes male infertility doesn't necessarily mean there's nothing you can do about it. Find out more. more

How to prepare for RSV season

In Canada, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season usually runs from November to April. Find out what you can do to get ready for RSV season and reduce your baby's risk of RSV. more

Tricks for treating

The big night has come! Here are some age-appropriate tricks for safe treating. more

On the topic of tickles

When you're tickled, you might grin and giggle, but are tickles such a laughing matter? more

Menopause and lifestyle

Don't let menopause keep you from leading a fulfilling life. Learn about lifestyle changes you can make to ease your transition to menopause. more

Hat head and other winter hair woes

Are you going to hide your hair under that toque all winter? more

What is the CRP test?

What is CRP testing all about? Find out the answers to frequently asked questions. more

Communicating with your partner

In romantic relationships, communication is vital to maintaining satisfaction and success. Communication is even more important when a couple is trying to conceive a baby. Read about how to keep in touch with your partner while trying to get pregnant. more

What kind of running should you do?

Running is simple. You just go out the door and run like something's chasing you. Right? Well, no. It's not complex, but it's more varied than that. more

Brooke Shields: an advocate for fertility issues

For Shields, the path from Pretty Baby to baby bliss was a long and winding one. more

Steps to cope with stress

Going through fertility treatments can be a stressful time. Learn ways to effectively prevent and manage stress related to infertility. more

The year in Canadian health

What could be behind Canada's health backslide? more

Answering your hair questions

What causes greasy hair? How about dandruff? Will cutting hair make it grow? Can you eat your way to healthy hair? Find out. more

Is it time to put away the plastic?

Millions of plastic bottles have been yanked from store shelves over fears that a chemical used in their manufacturing could pose health risks. Do you know which kinds of plastic are safe? more

Injection safety: Don't get stuck with problems

Find out about safety measures you need to consider when using injectable medications. more

Your 20s: time to establish healthy habits

Set yourself up for a longer, healthier, happier life by establishing healthy habits now. Prevention, as they say, is the best medicine. more


What makes a deeply sleeping person rise up out of bed and wander the house or, worse, out into the world? more

Your 30s: maintaining wellness with healthy habits

Through your 30s, maintain wellness with healthy habits, building on the foundation you established in your 20s and becoming fitter, stronger, and smarter than ever. more

Do we dream every night?

Some nights you travel far and wide in your dreams, while other nights seem silent and blank. Do we dream every night? more

Your feet, your foundation

Your feet are unsung heroes of good posture. Find out how really important your feet are to standing tall and walking well. more

Prepping your home for medical situations

If you looked inside your medicine cabinet at home, would you find the kinds of supplies you'd need to handle a medical emergency? more

After the diagnosis of autism

Your child has been diagnosed with autism, and a million and one questions are running through your mind. What do you do now? Where do you get answers? more

9 healthy herbs for your garden

Grow your own garden of helpful, healthful herbs. more

Could you have a fertility problem?

Learn more about how long it should take to get pregnant and how to tell if you might have a fertility problem. more

How to keep your lips sexy and safe this summer

Your lips help you speak, smooch, and smile. Help your lips with these simple summer tips. more

Make it easy to stick to the plan

Simplify your treatment plan and stay on track. more

Occupational and physical therapy for tremor

Occupational and physical therapists can suggest exercises, devices, and other strategies to make life easier for people with MS tremor. Learn more about how these approaches can help. more

Can MS-related damage be prevented?

Finding ways to protect the nerves and brain from the damage caused by MS is a major area of research. Learn more about new research in this area. more

Hang in there: dealing with asthma attacks

Milder asthma attacks are serious, but they are generally treatable outside of a hospital setting. more

Exercise safety with MS

When you exercise, it's important to keep safety in mind. more

Advice from a "Crazy Canuck"

Todd Brooker offers his advice for coping with osteoarthritis (OA). more

More about problems with eye movement

As many as 3 out of 4 people with MS will experience some type of problem with eye movement. Learn more about the most common types of eye movement problems in MS and what can be done to manage them. more

Home health must-haves

This holiday season, give healthy gifts that people can enjoy in their homes. more

What you can do to stick with your treatment

There are many reasons why people don't take their cholesterol treatment. Find out what you can do to make it easier to stick to your treatment plan. more

Refresh your routine

Did your workouts fall by the holiday wayside? Check out 3 ideas for getting back in the fitness groove. more

Helping to balance the balance sheet

Learn more about insurance, benefits, and creative working arrangements that can give a financial helping hand to people with MS. more

10 ways to eat all across the rainbow

Fitting a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables into your daily diet may seem like a chore. Check out 10 tips for squeezing it all in. more

Can the damage be prevented, stopped, or reversed?

We know that high cholesterol can damage the blood vessels, leading to health problems such as heart attack and stroke. But can the damage be prevented, stopped, or reversed? more

What should I say, and how do I say it?

There's no "right" way to tell people you have MS. Learn more about what you should keep in mind when deciding what to say and how to say it. more

Today's asthma pitfalls: Are you at risk?

A major problem facing asthma treatment today is that treatments aren't being used properly. Find out if you're at risk and what you can do. more

Which treatment for MS is right for me?

How do you choose a treatment that's right for you? Here are a few tips. more

Bedwetting and sleepovers

Bedwetting doesn't mean that sleepovers are off-limits. Find out how to prepare your child for a sleepover. more

Talking to your eye doctor

Your pre-surgery visit to the doctor is your chance to get informed and involved in decisions about your eye care. Find out what to ask your eye doctor before cataract surgery. more

Managing your child's ADHD symptoms

Once you know your child has ADHD, there are several things to consider to ensure their symptoms are being managed well. more

What you need to do before getting cosmetic surgery

Are you or is someone you know considering cosmetic surgery? Before you set up a consultation appointment with a cosmetic surgeon, make sure you do your research. Read on for a list of do's and don'ts to help get you started. more

"Sexual Healing" time

Having MS can bring some changes to your sex life. But by communicating with your partner and being open to new ideas, you can overcome the challenges of MS and reinvent your sex life. more

Vaginal symptoms: an expert's advice

Dr. Christine Derzko is a gynecologist who has helped many women who are going through menopause. She offers her advice on dealing with vaginal symptoms. more

Nathalie's advice: don't slow down

Three-time Olympic medallist Nathalie Lambert shares her number one tip for managing arthritis. more

Test your diarrhea knowledge!

Do you know the facts about diarrhea? Test your knowledge with these "true or false" questions! more

Pandemics through the ages

Historians believe that humans have been pounded by flu pandemics 2 or 3 times a century for at least the past 400 years. more

All about infusions

Some MS medications are given by a health professional through a slow injection called an IV infusion. Learn more about IV infusions and how they work. more

Finding a migraine treatment that works

In her fight against migraine attacks, Ruth has had a trusty ally: her neurologist. Learn more about Ruth's journey towards finding an effective treatment. more

Finding the right treatment for RA

Find out more about Danny's experience with RA treatment, and how finding the right treatment made all the difference for him. more

Staying on your cholesterol medication

High cholesterol is a silent disease. It won't make you feel or look sick. Find out why it's so important to keep taking your cholesterol medication. more

Ulcers and the germ connection

Just in case you need another reason to wash your hands... more

How to read a clinical trial

Interested in learning about new MS research and treatments? Find out how to read a clinical trial report - it's easier than it looks! more

Exercise: what works for you?

You already know that exercise can help you lose weight. But do you know the secret to sticking with your exercise program? more

Talking to your doctor about bedwetting

Have you ever wondered if there's more you could do about your child's bedwetting? Your doctor can help - and you'll get more out of your visit if you know which questions to ask. Get doctor-savvy with our quick guide. more

Senior sex: Romance, Act Two

As more and more people are realizing, sex and romance don't stop after 60… or 70, 80, or 90. But how do you keep the passion blazing as time goes by? more

Tysabri safety information

When choosing a new treatment, it's important to understand both the benefits and the risks. Find out more about Tysabri safety information. more