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How can socializing benefit my health?

It’s been said that Canada and other developed nations are in the grip of an epidemic of loneliness. The good news is that things like volunteering to help others and even chatting with someone you don’t know can be good for your health. Kate Mulligan, senior director of the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing, shares what we know about how socializing can benefit our health.

Women are suffering needlessly through menopause transition, physicians say

Physicians say lack of information and poor access to doctors who have received specialized training on menopause have left most women without the tools they need to manage what can sometimes amount to debilitating symptoms.

Full Transcript for The Menopause Movement: Part 2

Full episode transcript for The Menopause Movement: Part 2

Curious about intermittent fasting? Here's what experts say you should know

More research on the long-term effects of intermittent fasting on health is still needed, according to researchers. But for those who want to try out fasting, experts share their best tips.

How can I manage the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause?

This week, we're answering your questions about perimenopause and menopause symptoms and treatments. Dr. Shafeena Premji, a family doctor and medical director of Mahogany Clinic in Calgary, shares her best advice on how to manage symptoms and when to speak to a health-care provider.

Full Transcript for The Menopause Movement: Part I

Full episode transcript for The Menopause Movement: Part I

Why this Sask. drug outreach centre doesn't require abstinence to access its services

Advocates say that harm reduction aims to meet people where they're at. That can mean supporting someone to continue using drugs in a safer way amid rising overdose-related deaths. 

What do we know about COVID-19 co-infections?

Across Canada, we’ve seen high numbers of people sick with flu and a lot of kids sick with RSV or group A strep. In some cases, people are sick with a viral illness and COVID-19. Allison McGeer, an adult infectious disease physician at the Sinai Health System, goes through what you should know about co-infections.
First Person

My epileptic seizures can hurt my pregnancy. I wrote a lullaby to soothe my baby and my fears

The risk of a seizure has haunted Julianne Hazlewood since she was 14. Now she’s turning her epilepsy journey into a song for her baby.

Resolved to work out more in 2023? What science says about sticking to it

If you've ever struggled to keep your New Year's resolution to exercise more, experts recommend giving it another shot. But start small, be specific and schedule time to workout are key steps to sticking with it.

How can I make exercise part of my routine?

If you've ever struggled to keep your New Year's resolution to exercise more, experts say to start small and to schedule time to workout are key. Mary Jung, an associate professor at UBC’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, shares her tips on how to make exercise a habit.

Without a family doctor? Physicians offer some short-term solutions

Millions of Canadians are without a family doctor. While they look for a primary care provider, physicians have some tips on how to help people manage their health.

'Most important part of that job is the people part of it': Meet Iain White, dietary aide and health-care hero

Iain White’s mother says her son and other dietary aides are unsung health-care heroes of the pandemic because they plate, prep and serve food to residents while offering connection and companionship.

How to be less stressed and more present this holiday season, according to experts

The holidays can be a time to celebrate but for some people, the holidays may bring stress or sadness. Mental health and mindfulness experts suggest mindfulness practices this holiday season.

Why there is so much happiness in this long-term care home that doubles as a Grade 6 classroom

A long term-care home in Saskatoon is providing a place for powerful exchanges between residents and Grade 6 students in an intergenerational classroom and through other activities designed to keep residents from being bored, lonely and feeling helpless.
The Dose

2 Montreal children have died from group A strep complications. Here's what parents need to know

Montreal Public Health said Friday that two children, both under the age of two, have died as a result of complications related to invasive group A streptococcus infections, and Canadian doctors are suggesting parents know the signs of severe illness from the common bacteria.

Many first responders struggle with PTSD. Limited research suggests psychedelics may help

Ketamine helped one police officer get through a childhood trauma. Some experts say psychedelics could help those with PTSD but much more research is needed.

Forget about the 8 glasses of water per day rule, according to these experts

You’ve probably heard that drinking eight glasses of water per day is key, but just how much water does a person really need? There are a lot of myths about hydration out there, says sports and exercise physician Dr. Jane Thornton. Here’s what you need to know.

These mobile crisis workers are on a mission: offer an alternative to police-led mental health calls

White Coat, Black Art checks in with one of Toronto's new mobile crisis response teams, which they argue is a safer and more effective way to provide health care to people in the community experiencing mental health crises.

Why is Ozempic getting so much attention?

We’ve been hearing a lot about Ozempic recently. It’s a drug for diabetics, but it’s now becoming popular with celebrities and regular folks wanting to shed a few pounds. Dr. Ali Zentner, a Vancouver-based specialist in internal medicine, diabetes and obesity, shares what you should know about the drug.

Patients have 'nowhere to go': Inside Sask. clinic's struggle during family doctor shortage

White Coat, Black Art takes us inside a walk-in clinic in Warman, Sask., that's trying to serve its community and help those who don't have family doctors — but it's fighting a losing battle.

What should I know about this flu season?

The annual flu season is back. Recently, health officials have taken the step of calling the sharp increase in flu cases an “influenza epidemic.” Dr. Allison McGeer, an adult infectious disease physician at the Sinai Health System, walks us through everything you need to know about this year's flu season.
First Person

Cancer taught me the hard truth about speaking up for myself

As a little girl, Jennifer Fotheringham was shushed for asking about cancer. As a grown woman, she was dismissed for asking about a mammogram. Now as a cancer survivor, she knows not to be silenced.

Don't be afraid of your colonoscopy, doctors say. It could save your life

With colon cancer being the second most common cause of cancer death in Canada, doctors say colonoscopies are an important procedure to have when necessary to catch cancer early.

What should I give my sick child during this medication shortage?

Parents have been dealing with a new challenge this cold and flu season: finding over-the-counter pain and fever medication for their kids. So this week on The Dose we’re asking: How should sick children and their parents cope with this medication shortage? Kelly Grindrod, a pharmacist and associate professor at the school of pharmacy at the University of Waterloo, has some advice for parents.