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September 2012

Are you familiar with a burning chest pain? Sixty per cent of adults experience heartburn and acid reflux at least once per year; yet most people are not well-versed in reflux facts. This month’s Question of Health provides you with the information you need to understand your heartburn and acid reflux. Check out our news and features sections for even more up-to-date information on women’s health.


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A Question of Health

Every month Women’s Health Matters will be recruiting an expert to answer a question about a health issue that’s in the news or on women’s minds.

This month’s topic: Heartburn and acid reflux; what’s the difference?

In September, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Jeff Stal, gastroenterologist at Women’s College Hospital, about what is making heartburn and acid reflux so common today, and how to treat and manage your symptoms to prevent further complications.

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Getting fitter: what’s in it for you? Most people know that improving their fitness level is good for them, but some of the reasons might surprise them. Dr. Julia Alleyne, medical director of Sport CARE at Women’s College Hospital, discusses several exercise benefits for the heart, body and mind.

Exercise for a healthy heart at any age Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Paula Harvey, director of the cardiovascular research program at Women's College Hospital, about the link between menopause and cardiac health and how it is never too late to take care of your health with the help of exercise.

Reach new heights with altitude Find out what it takes to train for a climb along with Women’s College Hospital, whose team is embarking on a rewarding seven-day trek to reach a new summit for women’s health.

Empowering women living with incontinence Women’s Health Matters spoke to Frances Stewart, nurse continence advisor at Women's College Hospital, about what urinary incontinence is as well as the important voice that incontinence patients have in helping to prevent social isolation.

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Women's College Research Institute

An innovative solution for women with gynecological cancer Dr. Catherine Classen, scientist and psychologist at Women’s College Hospital, provides women with a new platform to discuss sexuality to reduce distress and improve their well-being.

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Online Mental Health Centre

Worrying about everyday life is something that we have all been guilty of doing. But when feelings of anxiousness become persistent and begin to interfere with day-to-day activities, you may have an anxiety disorder. While anxiety stems from several situations and affects each person uniquely, women have higher anxiety rates than men and are more likely to develop a panic disorder. The reasons for these differences have yet to be understood, however there are ways for a woman to determine whether she is experiencing everyday anxiety, or symptoms of an anxiety disorder. The Online Mental Health Centre’s anxiety section provides women with further information about the disorder, risk factors associated with anxiety, as well as online resources available to help treat and manage anxiety.

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