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How simple and amazing it is to donate Cord Blood

For many people, a blood stem cell transplant is the last and best hope of recovery for over 80 diseases and disorders. With approximately 75 per cent of Canadians requiring a stem cell transplant relying on finding a match outside of their immediate families, there is an ongoing need for more cord blood donations. The process of collecting and transplanting is non-invasive and has the potential to change and save lives all over the world. Here’s how easy it can be:

 

What you should know about organ donation STAT!

During BeADonor Month, the health community comes together to educate and encourage the public about the importance of organ donation. One person dies waiting for a transplant every three days because there are not enough donors to meet the need. This is what organ donation in Canada looks like by the numbers, join us in giving the gift of life by registering at www.BeADonor.ca


What it can cost when you need care out of province

In Canada we’re fortunate that when we need medical care we don’t have to worry about paying. However, that’s not always the case when you’re travelling out of your home province. Here’s what you should know about receiving care out of province and what it can cost you.

How much do you know about living options for seniors?

This month, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Seniors’ Month. For many seniors, families and caregivers, choosing the best living option can be confusing. Test your knowledge with this quiz and learn more about what safe and healthy living options are out there.


What you need to know about Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists treat injured, ill or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills they need in order to live and work. In celebration of Occupational Therapy Month here are some things to know about OTs and how they can help you.

Eight things you may not know about Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the body's movement. Currently there is no cure, but many people can live with the disease for years and treat the symptoms with medication. While symptoms of the disease like tremors, slowness and stiffness and impaired balance may be commonly known, here are some additional facts about Parkinson’s you may not be familiar with:


This is how Tele Mental Health improves care for patients

Access to timely mental health care has been improved greatly with telemedicine technology. Patients seeking appointments often had to face long waits, incur travel costs and time away from their family, friends and work, adding unnecessary stress in their lives. Now with telemedicine, Osler patients can get care from the comfort of their own homes and evidence has shown that it's just as successful as an in-person interaction.

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Take a look inside: Colonoscopies

Like all cancers the best way to fight them is to catch them early, which is why getting screened is the most important thing you can do. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada. It's also one of the most preventable cancers, which is why a simple 15 minute test could save your life. Take a look inside colonoscopies in this video and see how easy it can be.

The health tips provided here are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your health care practitioner with any questions you may have regarding your health, medical condition or treatment and before undertaking new health care regimens.

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