Posts by: Ali Wilson

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 conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. One area of this groundbreaking innovation is in the field of biologic medicines. When...

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 goal: to one day enjoy a comfortable retirement and the flexibility to do things like travel, spend time with family, pursue...

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 manage the condition can, for many patients, be a lengthy process. Some patients are prescribed biologic medications, of which...

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 restroom – piece of cake. Rolling out of bed and stepping into the shower – a daily routine that isn’t given a second thought....

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. The DNA in plasma cells can mutate into abnormal cells. These mutations can cause cells to multiply out of control, and may result in a type of cancer known as...

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 treatment plan and coordinating with your doctor are important steps to stay healthy. Though rheumatoid arthritis is...

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 know that thanks to recent medical advances and innovative, new treatments, a growing number of patients are living 10...

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 Jiwa, President and CEO, Osteoporosis Canada   November may be Osteoporosis Month, yet just five per cent of Canadians...

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 osteoporosis, it can be especially scary if you’re there after suffering an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporotic fractures, also...

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 innovative treatment options that allow myeloma patients to live their lives after diagnosis—and the outlook continues to...