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Exercise as medicine
July 2016 Equating exercise with medicine isn't just a reminder that physical activity is good for you. Research has shown that exercise is a powerful therapy that can help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, among other benefits.

Breast reconstruction after mastectomy
Nov. 30, 2015 Women undergoing mastectomy to prevent or treat cancer have the option of having breast reconstruction surgery. This is a plastic surgery procedure that restores the shape and appearance of the breast.

Help for smokers who want to quit: effective aids for the best health choice you can make
Oct. 22, 2015 Most smokers know that quitting is the single best thing they can do for their health. But they may not be aware of all the options available to help them start living a smoke-free life.

Being more active and getting fitter: starting from scratch
August 31, 2015 For someone who has been inactive for a while – maybe even for years – adopting a more active lifestyle can seem like a challenging ambition. Setting attainable goals and making small, incremental changes makes becoming more active achievable.

Summer fitness: what you need to know about warm weather workouts
July 2015 Summer is a great time for outdoor activities, but it has its own challenges: extreme heat, humidity, poor air quality and the sun’s UV rays are just a few of the things to consider when planning a warm weather workout. Registered kinesiologist Faith Delos-Reyes, program coordinator and exercise specialist with the Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women's College Hospital, offers tips on avoiding the hazards of summer fitness.

Self-care tools for managing stress
April 23, 2014 Because most people have some stress in their lives, everyone needs some basic stress-management tools. It may not be possible to avoid stress, but it is possible to give yourself the best opportunity to cope with it.

Managing incontinence
November 2014 Incontinence – the involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder – is a very common symptom. This month, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Frances Stewart, advanced practice nurse and nurse continence advisor at Women’s College Hospital, about different types of incontinence and how to manage them.

Effective Kegel exercises
October 2014
Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, which support the bladder and other pelvic organs, and can help treat stress urinary incontinence. Women's Health Matters spoke to Frances Stewart, advanced practice nurse and nurse continence advisor at Women's College Hospital, about how to do Kegels correctly to achieve results.

What's the difference between being depressed and being sad or unhappy?
March 2014 Depression is an illness, and is not the same thing as being sad or unhappy, although those feelings may be symptoms of depression. This month, Dr. Simone Vigod, a psychiatrist at Women’s College Hospital, explains that everyone experiences life’s ups and downs, but not everyone experiences depression.

How can I maintain my activities in cold weather?
February 2014 It’s not your imagination: it really is more difficult to do things outdoors in cold weather. When the mercury dips, we all need to take some precautions, whether we’re enjoying outdoor sports or trudging to the bus stop. This is especially true if you have a health condition

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.

Working to end violence against women: White Ribbon director asks, “Where are the men?”
Dec. 9, 2013
On the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Todd Minerson, director of the White Ribbon Campaign – an organization of men dedicated to ending violence against women and girls – discussed the role of men and boys.

Women and opioid addiction
Nov. 25, 2013 The number of patients prescribed opioid pain medications has increased considerably in recent years. Along with the increase in prescriptions, there has also been an increase in the number of people – including women – who become addicted to these medications.

Women in big cities at higher risk of postpartum depression than rural women
Aug. 6, 2013 Canadian women in large urban centres are more at risk for postpartum depression than those living in smaller communities or rural areas, a new Women's College study shows.

Fertility treatment not linked to long-term cardiovascular risks, study finds
Aug. 2, 2013 Women who have used fertility therapy to add to their families need not worry about the effects of those treatments on their long-term cardiovascular health. New WCH research shows that fertility treatment is not associated with excess cardiovascular risk later in life. In fact, mothers who conceived using fertility treatment had significantly lower cardiovascular risks than other mothers.

Managing migraine
July 31, 2013 More than four million Canadians suffer from migraine, and it affects three times as many women as men. Dr. Christine Lay, director of the Centre for Headache at Women's College Hospital, talks about what migraine is, and what patients can do to take control of their migraines.

Exercise is strong medicine for heart health
Feb. 22, 2013 One of the most powerful treatments to help prevent heart disease doesn’t need a prescription. Cardiovascular exercise – such as walking, swimming, biking – can be a remedy for a major heart risk.

Empowering women living with incontinence
August 28, 2012 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.

Reach new heights with altitude
August 21, 2012 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.

Exercise for a healthy heart at any age
August 14, 2012 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 control of your health with the help of exercise.

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.

Clean hands every day in May
May 10, 2012
Find out how our hands have the power to stop the spread of infections and improve the quality of health care.

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

Sizing up portions: what’s on your plate?
March 28, 2012
With terms like supersize and venti quickly becoming part of everyday language, it’s easy to lose perspective on how much we are eating and drinking.

Why scent-free makes sense
March 21, 2012 Find out why a growing number of organizations are adopting scent-free policies.

Sleep tight: why we need a good night's sleep
March 14, 2012 Getting a good night’s sleep is beneficial to all aspects of a woman’s health, and can even reduce the risk of heart disease – the number one killer of Canadian women.

It's all about moisture: winter skin care
Feb. 28, 2012 Staying in Canada for the winter doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer. Read expert tips and advice on winter skin issues.

Eating well on the road
Feb. 22, 2012 Whether you’re vacationing or travelling on business, keeping your eating habits on track will pay off while you’re away and when you get home.

Feeling blue? All about winter blues, seasonal affective disorder and clinical depression
Feb. 13, 2012 There's a big difference between feeling down and experiencing depression.

Food for thought: eating behaviour, healthy habits and disordered eating
Feb. 6, 2012 Providing you with the tools to understand and develop healthy eating habits.

Get energized about exercise: 5 tips for finding the motivation to fulfill your resolutions
Jan. 18, 2012 How to stick to your exercise resolutions for a healthier 2012.

Don't let holiday cheer turn into holiday fear!
Dec. 1, 2011 Check out the latest article highlighting holiday stress and tips to make this season stress-free.

Hair loss can be distressing, so let's get to the root of the problem
Nov. 11, 2011 Check out the latest article on the hair cycle, types of hair loss and available treatments.

POWER Study highlights older women's health needs
Oct. 27, 2011 Read the latest chapter of the POWER Study, a comprehensive study of women's health in Ontario.

All about over-the-counter pain relievers
Sept. 22, 2011 Learn about different over-the-counter pain medications, and how to use them safely and effectively.

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.

Glucose: blood sugar basics
July 11, 2011 Learn where your body gets glucose, why it's imporant and why too much sugar in the blood can be unhealthy.

Blood pressure basics
April 21, 2011 Blood pressure is a key element of heart health. Learn what the numbers mean, and what you can do about them.

Bone up on bone health: new guidelines from Osteoporosis Canada
Feb. 22, 2011 It’s not just about bone density anymore. New osteoporosis guidelines stress the importance of fracture risk, and give women the opportunity to be proactive about their bone health.

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.

1,000 women tell Women’s College Hospital what they want from health care
Sept. 29, 2010 Women's College Hospital asked women from across Ontario what they want from health care, and from a health-care facility. The result is A Thousand Voices for Women’s Health, reporting the results of the hospital’s survey of women’s health-care experiences, fears, needs, criticisms, hopes and desires.

Musculoskeletal conditions have a big impact on Ontario women’s health
July 7, 2010 The latest POWER (Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report) study reports on the number one cause of disability in Ontario: musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis and osteoporosis.

Environmental Health: Complex Health Issues May Be Linked to Air, Food and Water
June 11, 2010 Conditions linked to environmental factors include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivities – some of the most common diagnoses at the Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital. Learn more about contributing factors from clinic physicians Dr. Alison Bested and Dr. Lynn Marshall.

Food for Thought: Strategies for Mindful Eating
April 5, 2010 Eating mindfully means having a healthy relationship with food: enjoying food and being aware of nutritional needs, but also being conscious of social and psychological factors that affect food choices. Women’s College Hospital dietitians offer tips on mindful eating based on the Craving Change program.

Promoting Pap Tests for Queer Women and Trans Men
Jan. 14, 2010 If you have a cervix, you need a Pap test – no matter who you have sex with. That’s the message from two campaigns promoting Pap tests for trans men and for lesbian, bisexual, queer and gay women, and other women who have sex with women. Based on a presentation at Women’s College Hospital.

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