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Bone and Joint Health

Calcium and vitamin D: how much do you need?
August 2016
Calcium is the major building block of your skeleton, and Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium through your gut. They are both very important to bone health, but how much do people need?

Bone health: be aware of osteoporosis risk factors
July 2016 Osteoporosis is a condition in which loss of bone density and deterioration in bone quality causes bones to become weaker and more fragile. This decrease in bone strength increases the risk of bone fractures. Although it is a very common condition in older adults, it rarely has any symptoms, so it’s important to be aware of risk factors. 

Building better balance
February 2016
Balance is what makes it possible to stand, walk and move without falling. It’s essential for mobility and for fall prevention, and is a key element of fitness.

Taking fall prevention outside
February 2016 For many people in midlife, and even for active older adults, the risk of an outdoor fall may be greater than the risk of a fall at home. Making small changes can help reduce that risk.

How can I prevent falls at home?
January 2014
Falls are a major cause of injury, and many falls happen at home. We spoke to Shelley Thakrar, a physiotherapist with the Endocrinology Program and the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital, about ways to prevent falls at home.

Exercise choices for better bone and joint health
Jan. 31, 2014 In addition to increasing muscle strength, physical activity stimulates bone formation. It also improves posture and co-ordination, as well as balance. That helps prevent falls that can cause fractures and other injuries.

Ergonomics gives you the perfect fit at work
June 13, 2012 Looking around your office workstation design can offer new insights into your work productivity and health.

Watch your step: why fall prevention is important for all ages
April 5, 2012
Ten tips to help you avoid fall-related injuries.

Bone mineral density basics
Aug. 31, 2011 The Body Basics series takes a look at bone mineral density: learn what it is, how it's measured and why it's important.

Feet first: proper foot care will keep you on your toes
Aug. 16, 2011 Your feet don’t just take you from place to place. They also help you balance, support your body, and act as your body’s shock absorbers. With that much going on below your knees, it’s no surprise that feet may need some care.

Orthotics can be a step in the right direction for sore feet
July 25, 2011 For biomechanical foot problems, the solution might be orthotics: custom-made shoe inserts.

Taking a fresh look at osteoarthritis: new ideas about OA and its treatment
Dec. 6, 2010 Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common conditions affecting older Canadians, and a major cause of disability. Dr. Gillian Hawker, senior scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute and physician-in-chief of Women’s College Hospital’s department of medicine, talks about new research looking at causes, prevention and management of OA.


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