What is Digestive Tract Paralysis/Gastroparesis?

Posted on August 22, 2019 by kerri

August is Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month. Gastroparesis is a form of digestive tract paralysis, in which the normal contractions of the stomach that help to digest food are either abnormal (insufficient to properly digest food) or absent. [1] This means food cannot be easily digested—as in, further crushed up by the stomach—or pushed adequately … Continue reading “What is Digestive Tract Paralysis/Gastroparesis?”

What do you know about Bipolar Disorder?

Posted on March 30, 2019 by kerri

Trying to understand bipolar disorder can be difficult, even if you are the one living with it. Bipolar disorder comes in at least three distinct forms—Bipolar I, Bipolar II and Cyclothymic Disorder (also known as Cyclothymia). As well, people may have other disorders that seem to be on what could be called a ‘bipolar spectrum’—known … Continue reading “What do you know about Bipolar Disorder?”

An Eye on Your Mind: Psychology Month

Posted on February 16, 2019 by kerri

Psychologists, like other professionals, have a variety of specialties and interests, but their biggest goal is to help people function at their best! This can mean helping through counselling, devising strategies to help with mental illnesses, diagnosing learning disorders, or even coaching people with no diagnosed mental health issues to function at their best and … Continue reading “An Eye on Your Mind: Psychology Month”

Migrant health: A worldwide concern?

Posted on December 18, 2018 by kerri

Migration is not just for birds in winter and summer! Recently there has been a lot of talk in the media regarding immigration to both the US and Canada. December 18 is International Migrant’s Day. Health issues affecting migrants—also known as immigrants or emigrants, depending which way these folks are headed—are a worldwide concern and … Continue reading “Migrant health: A worldwide concern?”

Understanding IBD: Crohn’s and Colitis Week

Posted on December 7, 2018 by kerri

The first week of December is Crohns and Colitis Awareness Week. Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are two types of inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD. IBD is very different from irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, even though they sound similar. What is IBD? Inflammatory bowel diseases are chronic diseases affecting the digestive system—they are incurable … Continue reading “Understanding IBD: Crohn’s and Colitis Week”

International Students Day: Student Health in College

Posted on November 17, 2018 by kerri

I spent 5 years getting one, 3 year degree in university—I was balancing asthma, other health problems, ADHD and a learning disability that went undiagnosed 4 of those 5 years, and working part time. Fortunately, I wasn’t also having to be self-sufficient, and my tuition was covered. When I think about student health, though, I … Continue reading “International Students Day: Student Health in College”