More than tremors: Parkinson’s Disease & Medical ID

Posted on April 11, 2018 by kerri

Perhaps what comes to mind when you think of Parkinson’s’s Disease is one of two things: a person with shaking hands, or a person shuffling their feet across the floor. These are both symptoms of Parkinson’s’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects 1-2 in 1000 people. [1] While Parkinson’s’s disease is most common in people … Continue reading “More than tremors: Parkinson’s Disease & Medical ID”

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a promoted tweet encouraged me to assess my risk of breast and ovarian cancer, using the Cancer Care Ontario My Cancer IQ website. I don’t live in Ontario, but i decided to take the quizzes anyways. As a generally healthy woman in my mid-twenties, I was not deemed … Continue reading “Cancer Awareness and Prevention: Have you checked your risk?”

Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Posted on November 6, 2017 by kerri

While cancer is a disease commonly associated with smoking tobacco, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and smoking is the leading cause of COPD. [1] Other causes of COPD include genetic problems such as alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, long term lung damage stemming from premature birth, and exposure … Continue reading “Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”

What is Chronic Pain?

Posted on September 11, 2017 by kerri

September is Chronic Pain Awareness Month. Chronic pain can arise from a variety of different medical conditions—arthritis, migraines, nerve damage, fibromyalgia, cancer, multiple sclerosis, ulcers, gallbladder disease, and lupus [1], to name just a few—as well as injuries that have not healed properly, poor posture, obesity, sleeping on an unsupportive mattress, trauma, and other acute … Continue reading “What is Chronic Pain?”

Idiopathic Hypersomnia: A disorder of extreme sleepiness.

Posted on September 1, 2017 by kerri

In previous articles, we’ve covered more “well-known” sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy. Idiopathic hypersomnia is another sleep disorder that can impact a person’s life, both day and night. Hypersomnia is a condition in which a person needs a greater amount of sleep than average—idiopathic means the cause of the condition, or need … Continue reading “Idiopathic Hypersomnia: A disorder of extreme sleepiness.”

As discussed in our previous post for Indigenous Peoples Health Day, the health issues of Indigenous people worldwide are no different than those of non-indigenous communities, however, due to a variety of circumstances including finances, geography, cultural and historical influences, and influences of non-Indigenous populations, Indigenous peoples worldwide experience higher-than-typical rates of a variety of … Continue reading “Indigenous Peoples Health Day Part 2: Health Issues and Indigenous Communities”