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Sleep Deprivation: As Damaging To Brain Health As Binge Drinking?

In our January issue we talked about the eight proactive things you could do to improve brain health and ward off cognitive decline – at the top of the list were sleep and exercise.  If you are like many Canadians, you’re getting less than six hours of sleep per night. The cumulative health consequences of […]

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How processed foods may lead to “food addiction” and obesity

  • May 04, 2017
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    Dr. Farrell Cahill is a recognized leader in the field of obesity, diabetes, and exercise physiology in Canada.  Through his expertise in genetics, endocrinology, and human physiology, Dr. Cahill explores the aetiology and management of both obesity and diabetes to improve occupational health and performance.

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Accumulating evidence has documented neurobiological and behavioural similarities between compulsive overeating and psychoactive drug dependence. Obesity and being overweight are the fifth leading cause of global death1 and the second most preventable cause of death in the United Stated and Canada2. Weight gain in the general population is complicated. Being overweight or obese is usually the […]

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8 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Brain

The prevalence of dementia and cognitive failure is rising at alarming rates around the globe. In 2016, 564,000 Canadians were living with dementia according to the Alzheimer Society of Canada; this number is projected to grow to 937,000 within 15 years. Modern research has demonstrated that brain function can continue to be strengthened throughout our lifespan […]

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Why you should drink less

Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that has a depressant effect and it can be addictive. Short term effects of alcohol include intoxication, dehydration, and poisoning if consumed in enough quantity. In excessive quantities, alcohol is capable of damaging many organs and important body systems. Long term effects include changes to liver metabolism, addiction, damage to the […]

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Genetic Risk and Alzheimer’s Disease: Should You Worry?

Alzheimer’s Disease is now so common that almost all of us have experienced a family member slowly succumb to the condition. Could this also happen to you? Alzheimer’s Disease or Normal Aging? Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common of all dementia. It is a devastating, slowly progressive brain disease characterized by severe memory loss. There […]

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Keep Your Memory and Cognition Sharp with Brain Fitness

  • January 14, 2015
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    Dr. Shawnda Lanting received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Saskatch­ewan. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical residency in neuropsychology at British Colum­bia Mental Health and Addictions Services and her two year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsy­chology at the University of British Columbia and Copeman Healthcare Centre.

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To optimize your memory and thinking skills as you age, it’s important to exercise both your body and your brain. Studies suggest that engaging in mentally stimulating leisure activities during middle and late adulthood helps your brain build cognitive reserve, which acts as a buffer against the wear and tear of aging. Building these cognitive […]

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Your pathway to a better night’s sleep: Treatment options for insomnia in Canada

  • December 23, 2014
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    Dr. Amy Zwicker is a registered psychologist who completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia and her clinical residency in neuropsychology at Vancouver Coastal Health. Although she is skilled in assessment and treatment of a broad range of psychological conditions, her primary interests lie in providing assessment and interventions for adults and older adults with cognitive changes. Further to her clinical experience, Dr. Zwicker has published multiple journal articles and book chapters pertaining to cognitive and clinical psychology.

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Most adults will experience an episode of poor sleep at some point in life, which is often triggered by a stressor. For many adults, sleep difficulties naturally subside as the triggering circumstances resolve – but for others, this is the onset of insomnia. The amount of sleep you need varies widely based on multiple factors […]

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Turn it off to tuck in: sleep tips for tech junkies

  • December 23, 2014
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    Ashley has a great passion for health coaching, acute care, chronic disease prevention and management. Ashley’s background includes Acute Perinatal, Community, Mental Health, Surgical, and Pediatric nursing. She also has experience facilitating health service programs in diabetes self-care, immunization clinics for high school students, smoking cessation, and nutritional counselling. She completed her Nursing Degree at British Columbia
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Our modern lifestyles leave little time for relaxation. Due to our exhaustion, many of us expect to fall asleep as soon as we hit the pillow – but that is often not the case. Our evening TV, movies or other electronic habits that we use to quiet our brains may actually be working against us […]

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