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Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Back to normal? Get back to bone health first

Who doesn’t want to get back to regular life? The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted and interrupted a lot of things. Now we’re looking forward to picking up where we left off — travelling, taking...

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Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Why it pays to assess your bone health early and often  

 We can adopt positive habits as we get older to help pave the way for a healthy and happy future.       We can stick to a healthy diet, to name one good habit. We can also refuse to let...

Heart Health & Cardiovascular Disease

High cholesterol? Here are some ways to deal with it

High cholesterol is prevalent in the Canadian population: Nearly half of people aged 40 to 59 are affected – and for some, the first warning sign will be a heart attack or stroke. For others, a...

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Colorectal Cancer

On The Future of Colorectal Cancer in Canada

After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 1995, Barry Stein devoted his career to supporting future patients by forming what is now Colorectal Cancer Canada.  Colorectal cancer can be...

Colorectal Cancer

Prevention, Education and Advocacy: An Interview with the President of Colorectal Cancer Canada

When Barry Stein was 40 years old, doctors diagnosed him with colorectal cancer that had metastasized to his liver and subsequently to his lungs. He was told he should get his affairs in order, as he...

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Heart Health & Cardiovascular Disease

Heart attack and stroke: Are you at risk?

There is an urgent crisis in our midst. Across the country, millions of people are at risk of heart attack or stroke due to high cholesterol. You may not think that high cholesterol is a big deal,...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Living with rheumatoid arthritis: Sadiq’s story

Many think of arthritis as a condition that affects only the elderly. However, about three in 1,000 Canadian children are diagnosed with the disease.  When Sadiq was only six years old, he was...

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Colorectal Cancer

Living with colorectal cancer: Mark’s story

A colorectal cancer diagnosis can feel like your world has stopped, but there’s hope. With improved diagnosis and treatments, the survival rate for colorectal cancer is higher than ever...

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Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma: Ljubica’s Story

At 67, Ljubica was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. With three children and nine grandchildren, she has a lot to live for. So finding a treatment plan to manage the cancer and allow her to enjoy her...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Could Rheumatoid Arthritis Steal Your Independence?

Imagine waking up every morning and feeling as tired as you did when you fell asleep. You try to get out of bed, but your stiff and aching joints leave you struggling just to stand up. When you...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Osteoporosis can be deadly. Are you at risk?

Osteoporosis can sneak up on a person. Without a way to “check in” on your bones the way you can with other ailments and body parts, it’s possible that your bones can deteriorate over a number...

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Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Never to Return Home Again

You think that your family home will be yours forever: it’s the place you raised your children, made countless happy memories, and now it’s where you can see your grandchildren grow up. But in a...

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Multiple Myeloma

Living with terminal cancer

This is the story of identical twins – Paul and Peter. After Peter received a terminal diagnosis of multiple myeloma, survival and quality of life were the top priorities. [totalpoll...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

5 Bone Health Questions to Ask Your Doctor

On your way to the doctor’s office? Good for you! Regular check-ups are key to remaining happy and carefree well into your later years. But routine visits alone aren’t enough to guarantee good...

Colorectal Cancer

I’ve Been Diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer…Now What?

A colorectal cancer diagnosis can trigger a complex mix of emotions. Fear, sadness, worry, and stress are a few common reactions to this serious news. But amid these tumultuous feelings, it’s...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

How Well Do You Know Osteoporosis?

Few people are aware of the true impact of osteoporosis, and yet many will suffer from it at some point in their lives. Related to a decline in bone mass density that can result in fractures, the...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Having “The Talk” With Your Aging Parents

Having “the talk” is never easy. It’s difficult, it’s uncomfortable, and it can be a downright awkward  experience if you’re not properly prepared. No one ever wants to broach that...

Heart Health & Cardiovascular Disease

The alarming facts about heart attack and stroke in Canada

Each year, over 60,000 Canadians will suffer their first heart attack.   Another 50,000 will suffer a stroke. This alarming fact points to a critical issue across the country: cardiovascular...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Talk To Your Doctor About These Bone-Thinning Treatments

Osteoporosis currently affects about two million Canadians, but many more are at risk of developing this debilitating condition. Generally, young women achieve peak bone mass by the age of 20, and...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Plenty to Consider

As a result of significant investments in sophisticated, innovative research on new medications and treatments, scientists are beginning to unlock solutions to address chronic, incurable medical...

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Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Don’t Let Retirement Dreams Be Dashed: Assess Your Bone Health Now

Financial experts will tell you it’s never too early to start saving for retirement. Many Canadians take that advice to heart, dutifully contributing to RRSPs, TFSAs and other investments. Their...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Switching Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications: What’s the Big Deal?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack the joints, resulting in inflammation, swelling and pain. Finding an effective medication that helps...

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Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Osteoporosis: Don’t Leave it to Chance

It’s easy to take one’s mobility and independence for granted. Climbing onto a chair to reach the highest cupboard – no problem. Descending a flight of stairs to get to the restaurant’s...

Multiple Myeloma

Understanding Multiple Myeloma

Our bodies' plasma cells are powerful forces. They are part of a strong network of flexible tissue in our bone marrow that helps keep our immune system healthy. Mutation in DNA of plasma cells can...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Patient’s Journey

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not a simple diagnosis. It is a chronic condition, which means that there is no cure. However, it is possible to manage and mitigate its symptoms. Understanding your...

Multiple Myeloma

Tips for Living with Multiple Myeloma

While the prospect of managing multiple myeloma can be truly daunting, there are things that patients can do to look after themselves as they live with the disease. Patients and caregivers should...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Debunking Common Myths About Osteoporosis

This article, describing and debunking some of the common myths about osteoporosis, appeared in The Huffington Post in November 2016. It has been republished with permission. Byline: Dr. Famida...

Multiple Myeloma

A Guide to Multiple Myeloma Treatments

Multiple myeloma has no cure. But it is treatable. The disease occurs in the bone marrow, where blood cells—oxygen-carrying red blood cells, blood-clotting platelet cells, and infection-fighting...

Multiple Myeloma

The Past, Present and Future of Myeloma Canada: An Interview with Aldo Del Col

Sadly, Aldo Del Col passed away on August 6, 2019 due to unforeseen complications related to multiple myeloma. Aldo will be remembered for his trailblazing work with Myeloma Canada, raising...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Views from the Fracture Clinic

Going to the hospital is rarely a pleasant experience. Whether you’re the patient or visiting a loved one, being in a hospital can often be stressful and disheartening. And for someone with...

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma: The Patient Journey

Each day, eight Canadians are diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells found in bone marrow. Although there is currently no cure for the disease, there are now an array of...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Taking Control of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Staying active while managing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be a challenge. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the joints, rather than...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Small Fracture, Big Changes

What’s the first thing you think of when hearing the word “fracture”? Maybe a small break, like the kind your children or grandchildren might get from falling off the monkey bars. They wore a...

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Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Fragility Fractures Are a Life-and-Death Situation

A fractured wrist. A broken hip. Death within a year? That's how serious a fracture may be. And for someone with osteoporosis, a condition that causes the bones to thin and become more porous, a...

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Biologics & Biosimilars

What patients need to know about biologics and biosimilars

A biologic medicine is a drug that is created from living cells and is used in the treatment of conditions including anemia, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis,...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

One Fracture, Many Fractures

As you get older, your risk of breaking a bone can increase – especially if you have osteoporosis.  Even something as simple as lifting a heavy grocery bag, bumping your elbow on the car door, or...

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Osteoporosis & Bone Health

A Day in the Life

Suffering from a fracture can dramatically change your day-to-day life. Osteoporotic fractures can cause an independent, active individual to become stationary, cautious, or fully reliant on others....

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

How does osteoporosis impact your life?

If left untreated, osteoporosis can have a profound impact on day-to-day life. Fractures of the spine (also known as vertebral fractures) usually occur with little trauma. With osteoporosis,...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Fall prevention design tips

Believe it or not, a person's home can be a hazardous place for falls. For someone with osteoporosis, even a minor fall like a slip on the stairs or fall from a seated position can cause a bone to...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Understanding bone mineral density

Detecting osteoporosis early is important and can help prevent fractures from occurring in the first place. Download and complete this checklist to determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis,...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Who is at risk for osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis can happen in both women and men. The truth is that at least one in two women and up to one in four men over the age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

How does osteoporosis affect bones?

You may have osteoporosis, but do you really understand what it is doing to your bones? There has been no single cause identified for osteoporosis. There are a number of factors that can contribute...

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Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Healthy bones don’t break (usually)

The Fragile Truth about Fragility Fractures You may not have heard of fragility fractures, but there’s a chance you’ve heard of osteoporosis – a condition that causes your bones to be more...

Biologics & Biosimilars

AT THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Access to new medication has potential to save lives and healthcare dollars

Now more than ever, Canadians need to see changes in how heart health is managed. With more than 2.4 million Canadians suffering from heart disease, and thousands dying every year as a result,...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Why People Don’t Always Follow Their Doctors’ Advice

Do you always follow your doctor’s advice? You might be surprised to learn that many people do not. For someone with osteoporosis, for example, following a physician-directed treatment plan...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Osteoporosis: A life sentence

Getting diagnosed with osteoporosis isn’t like getting the flu. You can’t just curl up with a blanket and some chicken soup, take a few days off work and let the virus run its course....

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

How healthy are your bones?

Breaking a bone isn’t something you worry about regularly – that’s kid’s stuff. Falling off the jungle gym or mis-stepping on the trampoline aren’t concerns of yours. But while you may not...

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Can your bones hurt you?

It’s scary but true: as you age, your body might turn against you. Everyday activities such as bringing in the groceries or a simple trip and fall can pose threats in the form of fracturing a wrist...

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Biologics & Biosimilars

Creating biologics: genetically engineering a cell

Making medicine is complex: it requires high levels of precision, controlled environments and specialist scientific expertise. Making biologic medicines is a particularly complex process,...

Biologics & Biosimilars

How are biologic medicines different from other drugs?

Drugs can be categorized as being synthetically or biologically produced. Synthetic (conventional) therapies are made from chemical processes — like mixing, heating and cooling — to create the...

Biologics & Biosimilars

Biosimilars and Canada’s healthcare system

Biosimilars are biologic medicines that aim to provide similar therapeutic effects to an original biologic medicine that has already been authorized for sale by Health Canada and prescribed by...

Biologics & Biosimilars

A snapshot of biologic medicines at work

While advances in disease management and complex drug manufacturing are being made every day, there are a number of harmful diseases and conditions that scientists are still working to find ways to...

Biologics & Biosimilars

Biologics: what are they?

A biologic medicine (a term which is commonly shortened to a biologic) is any medicine that has been made from living material, which could include blood, human cells, animal cells, bacteria and...

Biologics & Biosimilars

Biosimilar medicines: a complex new entrant

Like their name implies, biosimilars are similar to originator biologics but not identical. In fact, because biologic and biosimilar medicines are created from living cell lines, no two medicines...

Biologics & Biosimilars

Reading the label: The importance of naming biologic medicines

Accurate communication between primary healthcare providers, nurses, pharmacists and patients is one of the tenets of quality care. Pharmaceutical naming, using brand names (the names given to...

Biologics & Biosimilars

The Evolution of Biotechnology

Biologic drugs are a major force in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry with more than 200 biologics benefiting millions of patients worldwide. This video gives an overview of biologic...

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